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Publisher's Summary

Marriage can be a real killer. One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times best seller Gillian Flynn, takes that statement to its darkest place in this unpausable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that her work "draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction." Gone Girl's toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn.

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife's head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge.

Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn't do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?

With her razor-sharp writing and trademark psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around.

©2012 Gillian Flynn (P)2012 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Flynn masterfully lets this tale of a marriage gone toxically wrong gradually emerge through alternating accounts by Nick and Amy, both unreliable narrators in their own ways. The reader comes to discover their layers of deceit through a process similar to that at work in the imploding relationship. Compulsively readable, creepily unforgettable, this is a must read for any fan of bad girls and good writing." (Publishers Weekly)

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Wicked --- Fantastic

Where does Gone Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The best so far.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes, twisted.

What does Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The two narrators.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

amazing

Any additional comments?

In search for another as good.

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Story of a crazy, ridiculous relationship

This story was so far out there I could never connect to it. Great narrators and good performance of the book. Liked the references to current issues and news shows. The book moves slowly and the couple is completely ridiculously unhealthy and its unbelievable to think anyone would willingly live that way.

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Twisted Perfection!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely! This book kept me up until 2:00a.m. in the night because I just could NOT put it down. The surprises and U-turns on how you feel about the main characters, over and over was mind blowing. Thoroughly enjoyed it! The author is simply wicked! Well done!

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  • Kori
  • Haleiwa, HI, United States
  • 08-23-14

Twisting and Turning, hard to put down...

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The book had be me hooked till the last page. Usually you can skip the last chapter, it's like a cool down...but not this one. It has you guessing till the end, and even then, i felt unsatisfied. I will say, that this book is definetely NOT boring. It's told from Nick's point of view, then the Wife's point of view, and keeps switching. You'll find yourself switching sides on who you think is the antagonist...I do wish that there was a little more justice/closure at the end...but it was worth it.

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VERY unhappy story

Would you try another book from Gillian Flynn and/or Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ?

Probably not. There is so much ugly in the real world that, when I'm reading about it in fiction, I want the "good guys" to win. Ugly, brutal, vindictive characters who are irredeemably nasty (and who never get their come-uppance) are my least favorite of all - and that's the essence of this story.

Would you ever listen to anything by Gillian Flynn again?

Possibly, but I would need to know a whole lot more before I would spend money again. I bought this one only because of all the hype. If I'd had any inkling at all of what an ugly story it is, I would not have bothered. There are too many books to read for me to waste time on something like this.

Have you listened to any of Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Quite possible. I thought they both did a good job, despite the material they were reading.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Gone Girl?

I probably would not have accepted it in the first place. It's way too much of a "downer" for my taste.

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Not very exciting narrating.

Would you try another book from Gillian Flynn and/or Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ?

I would not listen to another book narrated by this pair. Kirby Heyborne was dull and lacked the liveliness needed I felt was needed in the Audio genre for a book this dark.

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the mystery.

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  • Jim
  • CONWAY, AR, United States
  • 08-21-14

TERRIBLE ENDING - 18 HOURS WASTED

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A MUCH BETTER ENDING1

What could Gillian Flynn have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

LEARN HOW TO END A BOOKTHERY WEERE

What does Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

They were great - created characters.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

ANGER AT THE STUPID ENDING

Any additional comments?

I'LL NEVER READ ANOTHER BOOK BY THIS AUTHOR1

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  • cindy
  • st. paul, MN, United States
  • 08-20-14

Dance, Monkey, Dance!

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would love an alternative ending.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

My reaction: What?!?!? I didn't like the ending of this novel because the ending was so slow to come. When it finally did come, the ending was rather ambiguous! I can't speculate out loud or say much without ruining it for other readers, so I won't. But you'll know what I'm talking about after you've read the novel!

What does Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Whelan and Heyborne gave the character more rawness and emotion ... which is very important in this novel.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Nope. I've wasted 18 out of the 19 hours this audio book took to finish.

Any additional comments?

The novel has a fantastic beginning story line and an awesome climax but I felt the author met me down at the end of the novel...like the story kind of just lost its steam.

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Great in every way!

What other book might you compare Gone Girl to and why?

Loved this book to death. Depth of story leaves you guessing until the end. Ended up buying Dark Places because of how much I loved this story and it was ALMOST as good.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

YES

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Nobody to cheer for...

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The two main characters in this book were both miserable people. I found myself wondering who was the protagonist in the story, and I never quite figured it out.

What could Gillian Flynn have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I would have liked to have seen some redeeming qualities in one of the two main characters.

Have you listened to any of Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have heard Kirby before, but not Julia. Their performances were the best part of this book. Julia does a great job in particular.

Do you think Gone Girl needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No.

Any additional comments?

I really wanted to like this book, but the further I went, the more disappointed I became.