Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Adult Lit: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Rating: 5/5 Stars 

 Genre: Psychological Thriller 

 Release Date: 5/4/2012 

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About the Book: On a typical Missouri morning, Amy Elliott Dunne has gone missing on her anniversary. Her husband Nick is the main suspect. Amy has left behind a diary that includes many secrets and a peek into what kind of life she and Nick had-and it wasn't as happy as it might have appeared. Is Amy dead? If so, who killed her? And is Nick innocent? Full of twists, nothing is as it seems.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: First off, thank you to my friend Angie at Fat Girl Reading for suggesting this book. She told me it lived up to all the hype-and she was right!

Gone Girl is a very twisty thriller-just when you think you have things figured out, the story changes. Which makes it a very hard book to talk about and review, because I don't want to give anything away. What I will say is that Gone Girl is the book I have talked about most this year. When anyone asks me for book suggestions, Gone Girl is the first book I mention. It was just so shockingly good, addicting and, I know I've already said it, but twisty, that I couldn't put it down.

I listened to Gone Girl on audiobook-it's narrated by Kirby Heyborne and Julia Whelan. I'll admit, I got it mostly because Kirby Heyborn totally won me over at ALA Annual this year with his adorable ode to librarians.

I'm always a bit wary of dual narrations because I get frustrated when the voices don't match what the other narrator has already laid out. You don't have to worry about that here. Kirby Heyborn and Julia Whelan mirror each other's voices perfect. I believed Kirby's Amy voice and Julia's Nick voice. I didn't have to wonder who they were talking about, I knew because the voicing was so perfect. They also do an excellent job adjusting their voices as the story goes on and gets even crazier-their narration changes to fit the plot and it's so addicting and very easy to get caught up. This was an audiobook that I kept finding reasons to listen to-I even cleaned my house and made dinner because I wanted to keep listening! If that's not a mark of a good audiobook, I don't know what is!!

I will mention that the first part drags just a bit, but stick with it and you'll be rewarded-I promise. Also, this is an adult lit title, and it's very much adult lit-I don't know that there's a lot of teen crossover appeal since there's a lot of midlife crisis, job crisis, marriage in crisis (lots of crisis!) that I don't think teens would really care about. It's also very psychological and dark-this is not a happy, feel good book. Yet it's a book I couldn't stop thinking about and talking about, which I think makes it well worth the read (or listen).

If you're looking for your next great audiobook listen and are up for a very dark and messy tale, give Gone Girl a try-and then talk to me when you're finished because I know you'll want to!

Full Disclosure: Reviewed from audiobook purchased on


  1. I'm reading this right now, you're right, it's super-twisty-good! Can't wait to finish it. Glad to know the audiobook is good as well. I'll probably be recommending that to people.

  2. Completely agree! I loved it SO much!

  3. Wow, I've been skimming for some thrillers this fall and your review caught me. After a quick check on GoodReads it seems like people tended to rate the audio better than the book version. Can't wait to listen to this one on my runs!

  4. I started reading Gone Girl and it is riveting!

  5. I completely agree with this review. I listened to the audiobook too and really enjoyed the narrations of Julia Whelan and Kirby Heybourne.

    I did the same thing, with cleaning and making dinner just to keep listening. It's the one time my house was incredibly clean.

  6. I'm listening to it now because of some great reviews of it and I totally just did the thing where I was like "HEY, if I CLEAN MY HOUSE, I have an excuse to listen to GONE GIRL!" Definitely the mark of a good audiobook. :D

  7. :) It was so nice to meet you Sarah - I've been coming to your programs every year I've went to MLA and I was so stinkin' happy to actually get to "meet" you. Looking forward to seeing you in St. Louis - I won't know anyone but am excited to meet new people.

    I wanted to share this with you, on Thursday of MLA I went to the main branch of the Springfield Library. LOVED IT! I included the visit on my blog at

    Gorgeous and I want to commend the staff - every single person we met was friendly and happy. An utterly lovely place to visit!

    See you next month! ~Rachael from Moberly

  8. I finished Gone Girl a couple of weeks ago and recently recommended it on my blog for anyone who needs a gift for someone who loves good thrillers.

    Thanks for reviewing this book-you gave me the extra push I needed to read it. Unfortunately, due to reading instead of listening to the audiobook, my house did not get any extra attention...I couldn't put it down long enough to get any chores done!

  9. What a great book! This is a real page turner! I highly recommend. You will not be disappointed. Looking forward to the movie, too.

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