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Gone Girl

By: Gillian Flynn
Narrated by: Julia Whelan,Kirby Heyborne
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The best-selling Gone Girl written by Gillian Flynn and narrated by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne is an audiobook so affecting it will have you looking at the closest members of your family and wondering how well you really know them at all. Now also a major film starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, this is the story of a missing wife, a distraught husband and a web of lies so thick it engulfs an entire community. You will listen wide-eyed and heart-pounding through the night, desperate to know their fate. This is a thriller of incredible depth. Available now from Audible.

Publisher's Summary

What are you thinking, Amy? The question I've asked most often during our marriage, if not out loud, if not to the person who could answer. I suppose these questions storm cloud over every marriage: What are you thinking? How are you feeling? Who are you? What have we done to each other? What will we do? Just how well can you ever know the person you love? 

These are the questions that Nick Dunne must ask himself on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren't his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. 

So what really did happen to Nick's beautiful wife? And what was in that half-wrapped box left so casually on their marital bed? In this novel, marriage truly is the art of war.

©2012 Gillian Flynn (P)2012 Random House

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Slow to start and pace was a bit too slow for me

I struggled through the first 1/3 of this audiobook. I don't think I would have finished the actual book if I had to read it. It needed to be trimmed back. The reading performances are also drawn out --I played it back at 1.5x just to get through it. Once the story picks up, it is quite satisfying, however its hard to feel sympathy for either of the main characters. Perfect trust fund socialite marries selfish husband. They never really grow or develop as people, which ultimately makes the ending a little hollow and unfulfilling. The plot and narrative format of switching voices makes the story entertaining, and the ending is ultimately worth it, if you can get past the beginning.

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  • Deb
  • 19-06-2016

time waster

Waited for ages for the story to improve, unending and monotonous. Dissappointing couldn't finish or concentrate on the monotonous narrator

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Complete rubbish

Why was this ever published?
A self indulgent garbage skip of mindless drivel.
Avoid at all cost.
No stars deserved but I had to rate with 1 to enable this post.

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Couldn't keep listening

I tried, really tried, but I just could not keep listening to this narration. I had enjoyed to movie and really wanted to 'read' the unabridged novel, but the woman's voice is unbearable, at least to my non-American ear :(

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Good book

I love this book and story but the narrator drives me insane. I wish is was done by someone else

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Male Voice Actor Is Monotonous; Hard To Focus

I love Gillian Flynn snd the movie version of Gone Girl. I had high expectations when listening to the audiobook. I've tried so many times to listen and finish it but I've struggled focusing on how monotonous the male voice was. The female voice was alright. The male voice was the worst. It took me a couple of rewind to know if he's narrating or saying a dialogue. I really wish they can redo the audiobook. I love the story but the voice actor was making it so bad. I don't wanna finish it. Can I refund/exchange?

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struggled to finish this

got far to far bogged down in details & the story stagnated because of it...

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Gone Girl, great story full of twists

Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

Maybe, it is a good story but in the middle I struggled to stay engaged

What did you like best about this story?

The characters especially Amy

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

No haven't heard from these before

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

No, starts and ends well, tough in the middle

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what a waste of time

This book has been an utter waste of time. I'm disappointed in myself for hoping it would get better and staying until the end. The narration was terrible too... I hated everything about it.

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  • liz
  • 29-05-2017

amazing!

ok, stop right now put everything down, don't read this just listen this book will keep you on your toes!

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  • Janie
  • 26-06-2012

Get Gone Girl soon!

Remember the film, War of the Roses with Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas? Well, this is along similar lines but there are less physical thrills and far more psychological ones which makes for a better read whereas the former, perhaps, makes for more excitable viewing. I found it pretty impossible to "put this book down." It went everywhere with me while I completed my daily tasks and then again late into the night. I had finished it within 3 days but unlike other books I don't want to read another immediately as I would like to 'soak' this book up for a while and think about it. It is very well written and contains some complex ideas which are described in metaphoric symbolism and therefore made easier to understand. I am looking forward to Gillian Flynn writing another excellent book. Very highly recommended.

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  • Paul
  • 15-08-2012

Not just another whodunit

Without giving the plot away, suffice it to say that Gone Girl isn't just another missing person story, but a psychological thriller that keeps up the suspense to the last page. So don't be put off by the length. I'm left pondering the character of the victim as well as the perpetrator, and wondering what will happoen next. It's one of those books I will read again. With the two antagonists telling their story in the first person, the alternating male and female readers was a must. A top book all round.

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  • Michael Kitto
  • 07-10-2012

Thrilling and Disturbing

I’ve been trying to review this book for a while now and it has become a real struggle. I don’t want to give any spoilers for this brilliant book so I will try my best. Advanced warning: this review may have spoilers or turn out incredible vague. When I first saw this book I kept thinking this was just another YA novel but then I noticed this book kept popping up everywhere so I thought I better read what this is about and when I did, I had to read it right away.

When Amy disappears in suspicious circumstances all eyes fall to her husband as the primary suspect. Nick claims he is innocent but the evidence is not in his favour. Did Nick kill his wife? As this novel progressed any ideas of what happened will be shattered, any presumptions you’ve made about the characters will be wrong. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is a dark and twisted journey with so much unpredictability that you will be up all night trying to find out what really happened to Amy.

What I loved about this book was that you never really know what to expect. The book is told from the perspective of Nick and Amy, the diary of Amy tells the back story of their lives while the alternative chapters told from Nick takes the story from the disappearance. Slowly the pieces start to fall into place but there is always another curve ball just around the corner. The dark and psychological aspects of this novel remind me of something Jim Thompson would write but then the thriller and suspense of this book reminds me a lot of books like Before I Go to Sleep or Into the Darkest Corner.

Flynn did a brilliant job with this novel, it kept me up at night, made me want to skip work to read this book and in the end any spare time I had I was back in this book trying to find out what really happened to Amy. I wasn’t sure what I was in for and I didn’t know who to believe but in the end I enjoyed the ride. On reflection this book seemed incredibly basic with its plot but writing in a brilliant way that while reading you never have enough pieces to solve this puzzle. Highly recommend this book to any lovers of mystery and suspense.

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  • Sally R
  • 24-09-2012

continuing twists and turns

If you could sum up Gone Girl in three words, what would they be?

Engaging, enjoyable and well read.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Absolutely Nick Dunne

Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne – was your favorite?

Amy Elliot Dunne

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

If I could I would have finished it in one day.

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  • Jaime
  • 27-08-2012

Gone girl, lost boy

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Not a favourite by a long shot. Easy to pick the plot from early on and the rest was just filling in the details.

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Got the book after searching top tens, wish I'd gotten something else. Wasn't very interesting but once I'd started I had to finish to see if anything else popped up. Narraters were fine, just not a fan of the story line.

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  • Dianne
  • 21-01-2013

Absolutely loved this book!

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

Absolutely! Great story with many twists. Fantastic characters and I enjoyed the comedy (even though the story is quite dark).

Who was your favorite character and why?

Both main characters, although in the end I would chose the male lead.

What about Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s performance did you like?

Excellent delivery and timing. They were fantastic as their own characters as well as portraying the other characters.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Gives a new meaning to 'Woman scorned'

Any additional comments?

Loved this book, the twists were believable and characters strong.

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  • Colin
  • 28-06-2013

Twists and turns and a little bit of wow

Get this. Gone girl deserves its best seller status because it is good old fashioned story telling where the journey is just a thrill and ride and the destination a... well, you will see. I felt myself listening without distraction (as I would if reading a book) which for me is the best test of a really good audio book. The narrators both do an excellent job.

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  • Tribbles
  • 09-02-2013

Complicated dark and intriguing

What did you love best about Gone Girl?

The characters are delightfully packed with dark secrets.

What did you like best about this story?

The suspense and surprises....

Which scene was your favorite?

The flip in the middle when everything becomes clear. ....but I don't want ,give anything away !!!

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

Absolutely and I more or less did between the gym, office and car.

Any additional comments?

Listen and enjoy

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  • Nina
  • 27-01-2013

Gripping till the very end

A wonderfully written and well performed book. A husband telling the story of his missing wife and the wife revealing their life in her diary. Or so it seems at first... and just then when you feel yourself choosing sides (will you be in the Amy or the Nick camp?) the story takes on an unexpected twist. What looked like a pretty straightforward story now has you guessing - how on earth will it end. So go ahead, listen and hold your breath till the very end.

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  • Kris
  • 09-11-2012

Intruiging

The story was intriguing. I picked some of the plot points, but not all of them and enjoyed the twists.

The two main characters were both likeable and unlikeable; it was a bizarre feeling to mostly dislike the characters, but want to keep hearing their stories.

The author seems to have no idea what the word "literally" means. More than half the times it's used it's about something that is figurative... if those things were literal it would have been a more horrible and terrifying story. It bugged me so much that I wasn't sure I wanted to keep listening, but I persevered and was glad I did. That is the main reason I didn't give the book 5 stars all around.

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  • 23-02-2013

Keep going with this

When I started listening I thought I had made a mistake - I didn't like the voice of the man, the aggressive tone and the bad language,but I always think it worth persevering for a while and I'm glad I did. It's one of the those books that might take a bit of getting into, but once the characters were established and the book began to deal with the disappearance of Amy the feel of it changed and it became absorbing. So I would recommend - and if you start listening and have some doubts, keep going you will enjoy it.

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  • Saffy
  • 16-01-2013

Exceptional

There has been so much hype surrounding Gillian Flynn's latest novel. It's been on lots of 'best thriller of 2012' lists, was apparently the hippest read in New York in 2012 and there is talk of a Hollywood movie. I am also a big fan of her two previous novels which I think show her to be one of the most original contemporary thriller writers. Therefore, I was very excited about the release of this, her third novel and actually started listening last year when it was first released. However I became really stuck about half an hour into it

and could not move beyond Amy's narration- I did not like the character or the narrator. However, my New Year's resolution is to finish all those unfinished

listens (I am so pleased I decided to do this as my first unfinished listen I

revisited was Alex Marwood's 'Wicked Girls'. - outstanding!)

So am I glad I put in the effort to finish this? I can't believe I initially stopped listening- so if you are struggling, once you get past the first hour it is definitely worth persevering.

Initially I found Amy's narration irritating and wanted to hear more of Nick's story, however as the book progresses and you navigate the many twists and turns of the plots you are drawn further in to both narrator's stories never knowing which one to believe. This is the real strength of this novel - the

reader is kept guessing throughout - all the way until the end.

This is a long listen but I could not stop listening and as with any excellent read I miss the characters stories and am struggling to find a listen to match it.

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  • mrs
  • 27-03-2013

Poor ending

I had to listen to the last 3.5 mins 3 times as I thought I had missed something or that my audio app was not working.The poor ending spoilt the whole experience of a great novel. Even though I was gripped by the story I feel ripped off in the end......

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  • christina
  • 13-04-2013

A bit of a struggle

Although this book is clearly well written, the characters are so unlikeable that I really struggled to finish it. I suspect that if I was reading it rather than listening to it I may very well have given up. The narrators are good, though I like Amy's voice better than Nick's so there was a jolt every time they switched while I got used to the voice again. If you like psychological thrillers then I wouldn't want to put you off altogether - as I said - it is well written,I just found that because I wasn't routing for one of the characters the plot wasn't enough to hold me.

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  • Kirstine
  • 10-03-2013

Intriguing story marred by language

This is a well-crafted if implausible story with excellent narrators who must have got as tired as I did of the author's rather juvenile use of the F-word hundreds of times so that when it would have had impact it fails to register as it had been used so indiscriminately as verb and adjective ad nauseum. I don't object to swearing when it's justified but it is lazy writing that diminished an otherwise compelling story.

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  • Bella
  • 24-01-2013

Great Book, but poor ending

I just raced through this book. Loved the style of writing. It certainly was one of those books you just didn't want to put down and not a dull page until the ending.

I couldn't believe Gillian gave such a good book the crappy ending that she did.

It left me feeling like I wished I hadn't wasted my time reading this book. A poor conclusion which I'm sure most people would agree just didn't do the story justice at all.

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  • David
  • 17-03-2013

Not a Thriller

If am confused with the positive ratings that some have given this novel. I spend a lot of time driving long distances and find listening to thrillers an ideal way to relax when stuck in traffic.



Some of the thrillers I have recently listened to such the Forgotten by David Baldacci have caused me to remain in the car once I have arrived at my destination as they were absolutely riveting.



It is crucial that the book I am listening to is exciting, not dull and tedious or the journey feels like it is taking longer than it actually is.



I listened to over half this book before, I made the decision to sack it, it just wasn't getting interesting. This is the first time I have not finished an audio book or bothered to write a review.



Take my advice and try another book.





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  • GG
  • 30-07-2012

The perfect holiday listen

The perfect holiday listen. Brilliantly written. Two wonderful characters. Two wonderful voices. The writing is sharp and incisive and both Nick and Amy are completely believable. The plot is brilliantly planned and the secrets are held back and revealed in teasing snippets. Loved it!

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  • Gatehouse reader
  • 15-10-2012

Slow slow slow

I don't really care what happens to either of them I am so bored maybe its the narration or maybe the story is just unexciting but I love audiobooks and seldom leave one unfinished but this one is

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  • Jess
  • 22-01-2013

Not quite 5 stars

This book is totally absorbing from the start, the characters are complex and interesting and although they are unlikeable they manage to pull you in; I became immersed in their viewpoint. The first 2 thirds of this book I found so gripping that I thought it would be a five starer but I think because it was so involving I expected a slightly more satisfying end. Worth listening to though for the weaving plot and the characters that are so well thought out.

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