Thriller Audiobook Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (Check It Out)

Posted July 30, 2012 by Felicia S in 2012 Read, 3.00 Wine Glasses, Audiobook, Reviews / 28 Comments


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“‘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 stormcloud 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? This is the question 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 did really did happen to Nick’s beautiful wife? And what was left in that half-wrapped box left so casually on their marital bed? In this novel, marriage truly is the art of war…

Read from July 21 to 24, 2012

Read for Fun!

Rating this one differently since the book did it this way…
PT 1: 3.00
PT 2: 4.50
PT 3: 2.00

Audio Rating: 5.00 (not part of the overall rating)

First thought when finished: PT 3 may have very well ruined the book for me!

Going for Spoiler Free so at times may be generic.

What I thought of PT 1: Part 1 of Gone Girl is what I expect from the beginning of a well done thriller. You methodically walk the reader through the crime, the suspects, and in this case you get a “view” into the heads of both main parties involved. There are times when you think you have it figured out and other times where you are just not sure! I even tweeted myself with who I thought “did it” and well I was wrong! I love that!

What I thought of PT 2: Part 2 of Gone Girl was BRILLIANT! Seriously, the first chapter had my jaw just hanging open. I even knew there was a twist but I didn’t expect what it was. I thought going through the heads of the two main parties in Part 2 was twisty, scary, and wicked cool. At the end of this part I was just floored beyond comprehension.

What I thought of PT 3: Part 3 I disliked with a fiery passion. That being said, I think it is one of those endings that everyone will either hate or love. It didn’t work for me BUT I still think that Gone Girl must be read so that you can make up your own mind about it.

What I thought of the Audio: The audio was done brilliantly by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne. The audio was 19 hrs and 11 mins. I think Julia and Kirby brought the correct amount of personalities to each of their characters. I think my favorite though is when they would do the other person’s character during their part. The audio was just excellent!

Final Thought: Gone Girl should be read by every Thriller lover so you can make up your own mind. Try to read it without spoilers though so you can get the full experience!

Felicia S
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28 responses to “Thriller Audiobook Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (Check It Out)

  1. Loved part one and two. I’m still thinking about part 3. I would have liked to have seen more twisting or it having a different conclusion…but this was certainly original.

  2. I have to admit…I’m crazy curious about part three now. I’m always interested in reading those types of endings…the ones where people have such an intense reaction, even if it DOES tend to be love or hate! Lol.

  3. Jennifer

    This blipped onto my radar sometime back and I was very interested in it. Glad to see I should maybe read it. Great review!

    • Oh I think everyone should read it! I should have stated that the 3 was about an end that did not work for me—I am betting 1/2 the people will find it BRILLIANT! It will be one of those books I talk about for a long while!

  4. The premise sounds awesome & sounds like it delivered most of the time. Nice that the audio was awesome. Bad audio could really ruin a good thriller. Sounds like a “check out” kind of book.

  5. I admit I just read the first line or two of this post since I’m reading the book now! : ) Hopefully I’ll have it done by NOLA and we can talk about it there!

  6. I’ve been in the mood for a good mystery. This one sounds really good, especially PT2. Although, I’m really worried about that PT3. If you didn’t like it, I don’t know if I would.

    • PT 3 is like Shadowfever—you either loved or hated what she did to Mac in that book. This is the same thing–you either love or hate what she did with the characters!

  7. Oh for me, sometimes an ending can make or break a book. It’s the last part you are left with and can really color your view on the book, so I think breaking it up was brilly. Not sure if I would love this one, but I’m curious enough I may library book it.

    • I am that person too! The writing and the crafting was a 5 but I didn’t like the end of the story. I always go with my story rating πŸ™‚

  8. Well I know the end was a WTF for me, but all in all it was such a wicked cool brilliant read that I was thinking about it for days. I remember I said in my review that she basically starts over with the characters that you thought you knew in the second half and it left my brain dizzy. I seriously didn’t know who to root for….the book was definitely a mind blower. I am glad you enjoyed it! I know the ending was a bit of a let down but I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the ride!

    • It was brilliant! I always rate by how I felt at the end of the story but if I was rating on crafting and brilliance that would have been a 5! It is a book that you want to talk about after!

  9. Oh no! I hate when you’re completely sold on a book in the beginning and then you get to the end and things rapidly deteriorate. So disappointing. I have a feeling if you hated the ending, I probably wouldn’t be a fan either, so I’m going to pass on this despite the brilliant second part!

    • You may love it! I have talked with as many people who loved the ending as the people who felt the same as me. I think Heidi liked how it ended!

  10. I’ve heard so many raves about this book, it was good to hear something a bit less glowy. And I liked how you broke it down into parts. Sometimes there’s just one chunk of the book that is fab and another that leaves you scratching your head.

    • This book lends to a broken down review–it actually has 3 separate parts. I do think the idea of it all is brilliant but I am a make/break by the end. Needless to say it didn’t work for me LOL