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June 13, 2013 / Leslie

Review – Audiobook: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl by Gillian FlynnGone Girl
by Gillian Flynn
Narrated by Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne

Genre: Suspense / Mystery
Publisher: Random House Audio
Publish Date: May 25, 2012
Format: Audio, 19 hours | 11 minutes
Audio Listening Level: Easy
Rating: 4 of 5

Publisher’s Synopsis:

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?

My Thoughts:

This was a hot read last year and a book that landed on many people’s favorite book list. I finally got around to reading it because my book club chose it as their June read. Did it live up to all the hype? Yes and No. Mostly yes.

The story was easy to get lost in. It was well-written and tightly plotted, a riveting psychological thriller. The story was told by Amy and Nick in alternating narrative. Nick begins in the present with Amy’s disappearance while Amy starts further back in time, giving us a view of her dysfunctional childhood. Eventually the timelines converge and we get a somewhat clearer idea of what is going on, or so we believe.

I’m assuming many of you know the plot or have already read the book. This is a difficult book to discuss in any detail without giving up spoilers so I’ll try to be vague. While I enjoy a story that’s complex with multiple shifts in direction, I also like a few valid clues so I can attempt to figure out what is actually happening. I was doing fine for the first half of the story, but then things began to take some very weird turns and I felt the author was manipulating the reader a little too much. Unless Amy (and the reader) had a crystal ball, there was no way she could have foreseen and planned so well for a couple of situations.

Most of the characters were unlikable; not just Nick and Amy, but also her parents and many of the people we meet along the way. Often when I can’t relate to at least one main character I can’t engage in the story and eventually give up on the book. That didn’t happen this time. These people were so despicable it made for a compelling read and I had to find out what was going to happen next.

One of the ways I judge how much I liked a book is by how long it took me to listen to it. This one was about 19 hours long and it only took me a few days. The audio production was easy to listen to. It was performed with two narrators, one for each point of view. Having two distinct voices made it much easier to follow than having one person alternate between a male and female voice (a pet peeve of mine).

Now about that ending. I didn’t particularly like it but it didn’t surprise me. Most of the book club didn’t like the ending either but everyone liked the book to varying degrees. We also agreed that Amy was a sociopath and Nick was co-dependent, and that they deserved each other.

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Source: Review copy
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  1. Suko / Jun 13 2013 12:30 pm

    Thanks for sharing your honest thoughts about this audiobook. I think I’d prefer the two voices as well.

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  2. Jennifer @ The Relentless Reader / Jun 13 2013 1:06 pm

    The characters in this book really were all big jerks weren’t they? Jerky jerks. Hmph.

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    • Leslie / Jun 13 2013 1:17 pm

      I don’t think I’ve ever read a book with so many horrible people! Nick’s sister seemed ok, and the lady detective. But the others, blech!

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  3. BermudaOnion / Jun 13 2013 5:12 pm

    The ending didn’t bother me at all – I suspect there might be another book in the works. I agree with your assessment of Nick and Amy.

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    • Leslie / Jun 13 2013 8:22 pm

      I was wondering about a possible sequel. There’s another entire story waiting to be told!

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  4. Diane@BibliophilebytheSea / Jun 13 2013 5:28 pm

    It’s funny, I’ve read ALL of her books and liked this one the least — in the minority I know:(

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    • Leslie / Jun 13 2013 8:23 pm

      One of my book club members mentioned liking her other books better too. This is the only one I’ve read so I can’t compare.

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  5. Shannon @ River City Reading / Jun 13 2013 9:51 pm

    My immediate reaction to the ending was anger toward the ending…but after thinking it through a bit, I think I prefer that it ended that way to any other option (trying not to spoil here ;). I think the ending most readers want would have ended up feeling too clean and tidy for the novel overall.

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    • Leslie / Jun 14 2013 6:15 pm

      I would have been ok with the ending if there was an epilog… say 5 years in the future. There were just so many unanswered questions.

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  6. Melinda / Jun 14 2013 3:36 am

    I really enjoyed this book! I just wish he got revenge in the end, but oh well.

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    • Leslie / Jun 14 2013 6:15 pm

      Most of my book club felt the same way!

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      • Melinda / Jun 15 2013 3:27 am

        Yeah! I mean she did get hers because she made him “suffer”. But it was an unexpected twist of events!

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  7. Beth F / Jun 14 2013 6:03 am

    I liked the ending but didn’t really like the book overall. I thought the narrator for Nick sounded a little young (or so I recall). I started listening to this with my husband, who had most of it figured out rather quickly, so I was left with few surprises.

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    • Leslie / Jun 14 2013 6:16 pm

      I had it figured out until she lost her money…. and then it changed direction on me a few times that I wasn’t expecting.

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  8. techeditor / Jun 14 2013 6:04 am

    Your reaction to the book is pretty much the same as mine was.

    Almost all of GONE GIRL is a five-star book, i.e., it deserves the highest rating. Every page of the book builds more and more tension. It really is the best kind of book: unputdownable.

    But the last part of the book gets a little stupid, silly. And the end: other reviewers have said that it comes as a surprise. True. But I didn’t like it. It is as if Flynn couldn’t think of an end to the story so just stopped.

    I think the end should be rewritten.

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    • Leslie / Jun 14 2013 6:18 pm

      It needs an epilog. Or a sequel.

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  9. sagustocox / Jun 14 2013 9:29 am

    I will probably be the last to read this one.

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    • Leslie / Jun 14 2013 6:18 pm

      I was saying that too until the book club chose it!

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  10. Laurie C / Jun 14 2013 5:08 pm

    Gone Girl hasn’t stayed with me as some other books have. I think I should have listened to the audio. I wasn’t that impressed with it, overall, but it was way overhyped by the time I read it.

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  11. Anna (Diary of an Eccentric) / Jun 20 2013 7:27 pm

    I’ve seen a lot of reviews saying they didn’t like the end. On the one hand that makes me curious, but on the other…I’m hesitant to read a book knowing that I probably won’t like how it ends.

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  12. stacybuckeye / Jun 21 2013 10:50 pm

    They deserved each other, yes, but I really disliked the ending.

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