Audio Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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Title: Gone Girl
Author: Gillian Flynn
Genre: Mystery, thriller, suspense
Length: 19 hours and 11 min

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. 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 review
Story: 4.5 stars
This is one twisted and messed up story, I LOVED IT!  Nick and Amy are a disaster.  While I had moments of liking one of them or feeling sorry for them, they are both selfish, stuck in their own self-pity and high expectations for others.  When those high expectations fall between them, and Amy’s psychotic tendencies take over, the book and their lives are put in a tailspin that is impossible to stop.  I repeatedly shook my head and said to myself: “I can’t believe she (or he) did that.” The decisions they make are beyond reason.  And like a car wreck, you can’t but help and stare

Tanner sums it up well: “You two are the most fucked up people I’ve ever met, and I specialize in fucked up people.”

The tension of whether Amy will be found and what will happen to Nick, pull you through the story.  You can theorize how it will turn out, but I doubt anyone could predict that ending.  FYI, it’s not a HEA.

Brilliantly written, great character development, with a shocking plot line, I loved every minute of it!

Performance: 5 stars
The narrators for Amy and Nick were flawless.  They perfectly captured the emotions of the characters to where I felt like I was watching a movie (I’m beyond excited to see this on the big scene now).  Within their own narrative, they often had to include other characters.  I typically don’t like when the female narrator reads a male voice and vice versa, but these two did a great job with it.

My only complaint, and it’s not really a complaint, was the length of the audio (obviously there is nothing that can be done about this – the story is the story).  Ideally I like audio books to be under 14 hours, that way I can finish them in two weeks.  This audio was 19 hours. BUT, and it’s a big BUT, I was so engrossed in the story, I actually listened to the last 3 hours at home, walking about my house like a tool with my ear buds in.  I HAD to know what happened!

Overall: 5 stars
When you finish this book, you will want to:
A) Push Amy & Nick off a cliff
B) Crown Amy as one of the Best Villains ever
C) Applaud the author for this psychotic brilliance
D) All of the above
Answer: D

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