I really enjoyed this book - it captured my attention from the first, was far out and spooky without being stupid, and while not fine literature, was a cut above the average thriller. I love long books but expect some slow points, but this really was paced well. I can really recommend this to fans of many genres.
Beautifully written, amazing story and characters that I actually cried a bit for...
You never know just quite what the truth will turn out to be.
Great! Reminds me a bit of David Duchovny.
Hopper. He's got a lot more going on than he lets on.
As several reviewers mentioned (read their reviews way too far into my listening) this book suffers from a lethal lack of editing. What could have been an average but entertaining 6-10 hour story is a 22 hour monstrosity of mediocrity. I sufffer from a stupid need to find out "how it ends" and so I listened to this entire rambling, shambling, shuffling concept of a mystery, and was so irritated by the experience I am writing my first review. I have no idea how this book got the positive ratings it did. The author spends a huge amount of time trying to build this sense of dark, intense intrigue about this film maker character and his eccentric and possibly evilly disturbed actions. I found I really didn't care about any of these characters-the film maker, his tragedy of a daughter whom the entire quest revolves around, or any of the "detectives" that assist the protaganist on his baffling quest for I am not sure what, even at the end of the 22 hours. Seriously. I do not know what he was looking for. A story? That's how poorly this thing is pieced together. Several points of sublime irritation came when the author summarily dumps a couple main characters after their adventure to the spooky mansion/estate. I was never quite sure why these characters were interested in this guy to begin with, but the author insisted they were so I accepted them in our little story world. And then apparently they got bored or tired or disenfranchised in some way and bailed, to be seen only in a brief reunion where none of the information they were so passionately seeking was even a topic of discussion. Wow.
I suppose it is a positive thing to say this woman makes me want to write a mystery, because if this is what gets rave reviews, I'm a Pulitzer winner in the making.
Save yourself the headache, the money and the 22 hours and grab a Stephen King or a Jack Reacher or the new JK Rowling under whatever name. Infinitely more satisfying on every level.
I'm only 3hrs in and this is painful to listen to. Monotone delivery. Moves so slowly. . . . and the author's need to have list after list after list is irritating. I don't think I can make it through this book. Giving it 1 more hour. . . .
monotone delivery. puts you to sleep.
Which one would I keep? not sure. Did not feel a connection to any of them
My reviews are honest. No sugar coating here.
CNN had a feature on Marisha Pessl and her new book, "Night Film." I thought that I would give it a try. I'm not into murder mysteries, but I always try to expand my library. I'm not too sure of what I think about this author and her recent endeavor at writing a detective murder novel.
I understand that Pessl is using social media to tell other parts of Night Film, but the audiobook is somewhat hard to listen to. The reader is not to blame in this case. I thought Jake Weber's performance was okay, but the book and its narration in the third person and combine with the dialogue between the characters makes it to be tiring to read. It is very awkward to listen and to follow the plot line.
The book is too long to listen to. I don't really understand why it is 23 hours or 624 pages to tell us some creepy story about a cult film and a murder.
In 1999, there was a movie called "8mm" with Nicolas Cage. After I saw that movie, I was sick to my stomach because of the nature of the material. I don't feel sick for this book that I did with that movie, but Night Film is not rewarding to listening because it is not edited right.
I should watch more Book TV on C-SPAN2 because CNN really hyped up the segment of this new and upcoming author. Most modern authors doesn't know how to use the delete key. They really don't know how to edit their work. Each chapter becomes another run on sentence.
In Night Film, there are numerous chapters that doesn't needs to be heard or read.
Being lead on for so long.
The narrator was good.
Stupidity, plus, going through the property, Booooring. If you got to meet some of the characters the story revolved around "Somewhere" along the way it might have been more tolerable. You were just lead on a wild goose chase to "nowhere."
A grown man hanging with two kids was dumb. A guy wasting his time trying to redeem himself for What??? An ex-wife that had no purpose in the story, and a daughter who, as well, served no purpose. I'd think he was a bad father too.
struggled to finish seems to go on forever. however i was interested to find that one on the characters was from st cloud Florida and went to harmony high school.
Counselor with eclectic taste, I enjoy all types of fiction, dark, strange and twisted things, humor and explicitly.
Yes; I like the story telling, the prescriptive writing and the character development, but was let down by the non climatic ending.
Steady, clear and enjoyable
“Just when you think you've hit rock bottom, you realize you're standing on another trapdoor.”
Good story, get you hooked and holds you there. The ending was lack luster and antic climatic which was a disappointment.
Ears picking up the slack so my eyes can work.
Audible removed the longish and glowing review I posted just after reading this book. *sigh* I’ll just say take a chance and read this sucker. I’m glad i did. It’s not quite “amazing,” but it’s impressive. Pessl does a great job. Jake Weber’s narration is perfect casting.
The story was to long and very disjointed.
He was great and had an interesting voice
this is my least favorite book I have read this year. I didn't find the story compelling at all.