Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn audiobook

Gone Girl: A Novel

By Gillian Flynn
Read by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne

Random House Audio 9780297859383
19.19 Hours Unabridged
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The “mercilessly entertaining” (Vanity Fair) instant classic “about the nature of identity and the terrible secrets that can survive and thrive in even the most intimate relationships” (Lev Grossman, Time). NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Janet Maslin, The New York Times • People • Entertainment Weekly • O: The Oprah Magazine • Slate • Kansas City Star • USA Today • Christian Science Monitor 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. 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?  NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY San Francisco Chronicle • St. Louis Post Dispatch • Chicago Tribune • HuffPost • Newsday “Absorbing . . . In masterly fashion, Flynn depicts the unraveling of a marriage—and of a recession-hit Midwest—by interweaving the wife’s diary entries with the husband’s first-person account.”New Yorker “Ms. Flynn writes dark suspense novels that anatomize violence without splashing barrels of blood around the pages . . . Ms. Flynn has much more up her sleeve than a simple missing-person case. As Nick and Amy alternately tell their stories, marriage has never looked so menacing, narrators so unreliable.”The Wall Street Journal “The story unfolds in precise and riveting prose . . . even while you know you’re being manipulated, searching for the missing pieces is half the thrill of this wickedly absorbing tale.”O: The Oprah Magazine

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A #1 New York Times bestseller

A #1 Los Angeles Times bestseller

A Washington Post bestseller

A USA Today bestseller

A Publishers Weekly bestseller

A 2013 Women's Prize for Fiction Nominee

A 2013 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee for Best Novel

A 2013 Macavity Award Nominee for Best Mystery

A 2013 Barry Award Nominee for Best Novel

A 2013 Anthony Award Nominee for Best Novel

Winner of the RT Award for Best Suspense/Thriller Novel

A 2012 Kirkus Reviews Top 25 Book for Fiction

A 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Best Book for Fiction

A 2012 Barnes & Noble Best Book for Fiction

A 2012 Library Journal Best Book for Fiction

A Library Journal bestseller

A 2012 People Magazine Best Book for Fiction

A 2012 USA Today Best Book

A 2012 Kansas City Star Top 100 Book for Fiction

Selected for the June 2012 Indie Next List

One of Audible’s Best Audiobooks of 2014: Narrator of the year

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The “mercilessly entertaining” (Vanity Fair) instant classic “about the nature of identity and the terrible secrets that can survive and thrive in even the most intimate relationships” (Lev Grossman, Time).

NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Janet Maslin, The New York Times • People • Entertainment Weekly • O: The Oprah Magazine • Slate • Kansas City Star • USA Today • Christian Science Monitor

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. 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? 

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY San Francisco Chronicle • St. Louis Post Dispatch • Chicago Tribune • HuffPost • Newsday

“Absorbing . . . In masterly fashion, Flynn depicts the unraveling of a marriage—and of a recession-hit Midwest—by interweaving the wife’s diary entries with the husband’s first-person account.”New Yorker

“Ms. Flynn writes dark suspense novels that anatomize violence without splashing barrels of blood around the pages . . . Ms. Flynn has much more up her sleeve than a simple missing-person case. As Nick and Amy alternately tell their stories, marriage has never looked so menacing, narrators so unreliable.”The Wall Street Journal

“The story unfolds in precise and riveting prose . . . even while you know you’re being manipulated, searching for the missing pieces is half the thrill of this wickedly absorbing tale.”O: The Oprah Magazine

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Brilliantly constructed and consistently absorbing . . . The novel, which twists itself into new shapes, works as a page-turning thriller, but it’s also a study of marriage at its most destructive. Columbus Dispatch
Gone Girl is delicious and intoxicating and delightfully poisonous.” Scott Smith, New York Times bestselling author of The Ruins and A Simple Plan
Gillian Flynn's barbed and brilliant Gone Girl has two deceitful, disturbing, irresistible narrators and a plot that twists so many times you'll be dizzy. Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Gone Girl is that rare thing: a book that thrills and delights while holding up a mirror to how we live. . . . Through her two ultimately unreliable narrators, Flynn masterfully weaves the slow trickle of critical details with 90-degree plot turns. . . . Timely, poignant and emotionally rich, Gone Girl will peel away your comfort levels even as you root for its protagonists—despite your best intuition. San Francisco Chronicle
Gillian Flynn’s third novel is both breakneck-paced thriller and masterful dissection of marital breakdown. . . . Wickedly plotted and surprisingly thoughtful, this is a terrifically good read. Boston Globe
Flynn is a master manipulator, deftly fielding multiple unreliable narrators, sardonic humor, and social satire in a story of a marriage gone wrong that makes black comedies like The War of the Rosesand Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf look like scenes from a honeymoon. . . . It is, in a word, amazing. Yvonne Zipp,Christian Science Monitor 
It’s simply fantastic: terrifying, darkly funny and at times moving. . . . [Gone Girl is] her most intricately twisted and deliciously sinister story, dangerous for any reader who prefers to savor a novel as opposed to consuming it whole in one sitting. Michelle Weiner, Associated Press
Ice-pick-sharp . . . spectacularly sneaky . . . impressively cagey . . . Gone Girl is Ms. Flynn’s dazzling breakthrough. It is wily, mercurial, subtly layered and populated by characters so well imagined that they’re hard to part with. Janet Maslin, The New York Times“An ingenious and viperish thriller . . . Even as Gone Girl grows truly twisted and wild, it says smart things about how tenuous power relations are between men and women, and how often couples are at the mercy of forces beyond their control. As if that weren’t enough, Flynn has created a genuinely creepy villain you don't see coming. People love to talk about the banality of evil. You’re about to meet a maniac you could fall in love with.
Gone Girl [is] a thriller with an insane twist and an insidiously realistic take on marriage. New York 
An irresistible summer thriller with a twisting plot worthy of Alfred Hitchcock. Burrowing deep into the murkiest corners of the human psyche, this delectable summer read will give you the creeps and keep you on edge until the last page. People (four stars)
Gone Girl is one of the best ­and most frightening ­portraits of psychopathy I’ve ever read.” Tana French, New York Times bestselling author of Faithful Place and Into the Woods
Gone Girl manages to be so many stellar things all at once—suspenseful, inventive, chilling, funny, unsettling—as well as beautifully plotted and fiercely well-written. Gillian Flynn is a thrilling writer.” Kate Christensen, New York Times bestselling author of The Great Man  
“With Gone Girl, [Flynn has] placed herself at the top of the short list of authors who have mastered the art of crafting a tense story with terrifyingly believable characters.” Karin Slaughter, New York Times bestselling author of Fallen
“A devastating portrait of a marriage and a timely, cautionary tale about an age in which everyone’s dreams seem to be imploding.”  Laura Lippman, New York Times bestselling author of The Most Dangerous Thing
“The plot has it all. I have no doubt that in a year’s time I’m going to be saying that this is my favorite novel of 2012. Brilliant.”  Kate Atkinson, New York Times bestselling author of Started Early, Took My Dog
“Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl is like Scenes from a Marriage remade by Alfred Hitchcock, an elaborate trap that’s always surprising and full of characters who are entirely recognizable. It’s a love story wrapped in a mystery that asks the eternal question of all good relationships gone bad: How did we get from there to here?”  Adam Ross, New York Times bestselling author of Mr. Peanut 
“Ice-pick-sharp…Spectacularly sneaky…Impressively cagey…Gone Girl is Ms. Flynn’s dazzling breakthrough.” New York Times
“What makes Flynn so fearless a writer is the way she strips her characters of their pretenses and shows no mercy while they squirm.” New York Times Book Review
“An ingenious and viperish thriller…It’s going to make Gillian Flynn a star.” Entertainment Weekly
“An irresistible…thriller with a twisting plot worthy of Alfred Hitchcock. Burrowing deep into the murkiest corners of the human psyche, this delectable summer read will give you the creeps and keep you on edge until the last page.” People
“[A] thoroughbred thriller…Gone Girl begins as a whodunit, but by the end it will have you wondering whether there’s any such thing as a who at all.” Time
“It’s simply fantastic: terrifying, darkly funny, and at times moving. The minute I finished it I wanted to start it all over again.” Associated Press
“Gillian Flynn’s third novel is both breakneck-paced thriller and masterful dissection of marital breakdown…Wickedly plotted and surprisingly thoughtful, this is a terrifically good read.”  Boston Globe
“Gillian Flynn’s terrific psychological thriller, Gone Girl, wanders into an alternate criminality, to the darkest corners of mind and matrimony, using Occam’s razor to slit its own throat.”  Daily Beast
“The story unfolds in precise and riveting prose…even while you know you’re being manipulated, searching for the missing pieces is half the thrill of this wickedly absorbing tale.” O, The Oprah Magazine
“[A] sharp, mercilessly entertaining psychological thriller.” Vanity Fair
“Masterfully plotted.”  Vogue
“A great crime novel.” Salon
“[An] absorbing thriller.” New Yorker
“Ms. Flynn writes dark suspense novels that anatomize violence without splashing barrels of blood around the pages…But as in her other books, Ms. Flynn has much more up her sleeve than a simple missing-person case. As Nick and Amys alternately tell their stories, marriage has never looked so menacing, narrators so unreliable.”  Wall Street Journal
“Gillian Flynn’s new novel, Gone Girl, is that rare thing: a book that thrills and delights while holding up a mirror to how we live.”  San Francisco Chronicle
Gone Girl is as skillfully creepy as her previous work…A chilling, stylish read about another unknowable woman.” Elle (UK)
“Part thriller, part macabre love story…The book is told deliciously…[and] the twists and turns are never obvious.”  New York Post
“In a word, amazing.” Christian Science Monitor
“A highly original thriller that’s also a razor-sharp depiction of a relationship gone off the rails.”  Parade
Gone Girl is a superbly constructed, ingeniously paced, and absolutely terrifying…A five-star suspense mystery.” Reader’s Digest (UK)
“Deviously good.” Marie Claire (UK)
“An unnerving, gorgeously written marital thriller that features one of the most compelling narrators in recent memory.” Atlantic Wire
“A dark, satisfying, psychological thriller.” Examiner.com
“A twisting, turning, zooming-up-the-charts thriller.” Real Simple
“A satisfyingly scathing take on a marriage so broken even the truth is built on lies.” Family Circle
“Dark yet funny with a devious twist, this is everything that made Flynn’s Sharp Objects a bestseller—but better.” Redbook
“[Flynn has] quite outdone herself…[she] delivers a wickedly clever cultural commentary as well as a complex and driven mystery.” New York Daily News
“Reminds suspense readers of the old Alfred Hitchcock stories…This is one puzzle you do not want to miss.”  Suspense
“Flynn keeps us guessing with equal parts charm and menace. An addictive read.”  More
“Flynn has shown her skills at gripping tales and enhanced character studies since her debut Sharp Objects, which garnered an Edgar nod, among other nominations. Her second novel Dark Places made numerous best of lists. Gone Girl reaffirms her talent.” South Florida Sun-Sentinel
“Brilliantly constructed and consistently absorbing…[Gone Girl], which twists itself into new shapes, works as a page-turning thriller, but it’s also a study of marriage at its most destructive.”  Columbus Dispatch
“Gillian Flynn’s barbed and brilliant Gone Girl has two deceitful, disturbing, irresistible narrators and a plot that twists so many times you’ll be dizzy.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune
“Flynn’s third noir thriller recently launched to even more acclaim than the first two novels, polishing her reputation for pushing crime fiction to a new literary level and as a craftsman of deliciously twisting and twisted plots.” Kansas City Star
“A good story presents a reader with a problem that has to be resolved and a few surprises along the way. A great story gives a reader a problem and leads you along a path, then dumps you off a cliff and into a jungle of plot twists, character revelations and back stories that you could not have imagined. Gone Girl does just that.”  St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“Flynn’s characters bloom and grow, like beautiful, poisonous plants. She is a Gothic storyteller for the Internet age.” Cleveland Plain Dealer
“One of the summer’s best.” Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
Gone Girl is a superbly crafted novel by a talented and daring young writer and it will keep you guessing until the very last sentence.”  Cincinnati City Beat
“Full of midnight-black wit and gorgeous writing.” Dallas Morning News
“A psychological thriller reminiscent of Hitchcock.”  Aspen Daily News
“Devilishly clever he said/she said thriller.” Atlanta Journal Constitution
“The ending…is one of the most chilling we've seen in recent years.” Sacramento Bee
“It’s one of those books you will feel the need to discuss immediately after finishing because the ending doesn’t just come; it punches you in the gut.” Amazon.com, editorial review
“Compulsively readable, creepily unforgettable, this is a must read for any fan of bad girls and good writing.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Once again Flynn has written an intelligent, gripping tour de force, mixing a riveting plot and psychological intrigue with a compelling prose style that unobtrusively yet forcefully carries the reader from page to page.” Library Journal (starred review)
“Both a compelling thriller and a searing portrait of marriage, this could well be Flynn’s breakout novel. It contains so many twists and turns that the outcome is impossible to predict.”  Booklist (starred review)
“One of those rare thrillers whose revelations actually intensify its suspense instead of dissipating it. The final pages are chilling.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“A fiendishly clever tale of a marriage gone toxic and revenge exacted to a disturbingly lethal degree.”  BookPage

Reviews

Reviews

by Destiny 9/13/2017
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Anti-Climatic psychological thriller

I want to praise the voice actors, they are wonderful. The story comes together nicely. The flow lends its self to the final product of the plot. I so wanted to get my husbands perspective on events unfolding. I am sure a mans perspective is different in regards to character development, moral issues and behaviors. I know some people who were left frustrated and unsatisfied with the ending. I enjoy the fact that we could get a book 2 out of the story. Its a who done it- psychological drama with plenty of stones unturned. Give yourself plenty of time to get through its a lengthy read.
by Lizmeister 9/13/2017
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A cultural phenomenon

I purchased the print copy and got about halfway through before I put the book down--I did not like the hate and blackness spewing from the story and the language. It just was not my cup of tea so I gave the book away. I subsequently saw the film because I love the Director and because the critical reviews were so good. I really liked the film and saw it twice, and I was glad I did NOT know what was going to happen. I decided that I should try to finish the book (after the first viewing and before the second viewing) so I went the audiobook route. I still could not finish the final chapters, for all the same reasons! I recognize the public acclaim for the book so perhaps I'm missing something--I must be. The author is definitely talented and she clearly has her finger on the pulse of pop culture, but I cannot recommend the book. I highly recommend the film but I don't compare them (books and films) as they are different mediums. They are apples and oranges.
by ShortNFuzzy 9/13/2017
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Fine, I'll be the minority. This thing is WAY overrated.

My wife and I simultaneously (and quite by coincidence) decided to read/listen to the book. She read the hardcopy, I listened to Kirby and Julia's well done narration over a couple of days during a LONG car trip. We couldn't wait to convene and go over the story and give our differing opinions on the interpretation. BUT...and this tends to be a little weird for us, we had almost identical opinions on the story. Summed up here: This is a trashy page-turner. No more, no less. And very weirdly if feel like Gillian Flynn got tired of writing, or ran out of disc space or something because the story, quite literally....just...stops. There is no real end. Some may call it an existential end and you can interpret it what you will, but seriously, this book is not that deep, and frankly the lack of a satisfying ending makes everything that leads up to it lose the gravitas that you think you may be interpreting. There are FAR more interesting thrillers that can be enjoyed on Downpour.com. Check out anything by Patricia Highsmith (who feels like an influence here but crafts a much MUCH deeper narrative).
by Lauren M 9/13/2017
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Exciting

I always love a suspense novel that keeps me changing my theory on what really happened all the way through. This one convinces you of one narrative only to flip halfway through and reveal a completely different one; all with creepy monologues, flawed characters, and psychological twists galore. The narrators were great, especially the one narrating Amy’s storylines...which I can’t say more about without giving something away… The story was entertaining and gritty, definitely one you won’t be able to put down!
by Holly 9/13/2017
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Mind blown

This book is nuts. The ever-building suspense and complex, crazy characters are wonderfully drawn by author Gillian Flynn. The story is interesting and grips you right away, and you stay sucked in because you just have to know what's going on in this insane world you've entered into. The dual narration between Kirby Heyborne and Julia Whelan is excellent, nuanced and fluid. Great book!

Author

Author Bio: Gillian Flynn

Author Bio: Gillian Flynn

Gillian Flynn is the chief television critic at Entertainment Weekly. Her debut novel, Sharp Objects, was an Edgar Award finalist and the winner of two Dagger Awards. She lives in Chicago with her family.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Runtime: 19.19
Audience: Adult
Language: English