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.
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
I read nothing that is popular.
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.
I enjoyed this book but doubt that I would buy it again. It did have a lot of twists and turns that all came together at the end. I didn't have a problem finding stopping points to temporarily put it down. The narrator did a decent job. If you like a good mystery that is a cross of creepy, mystical, police search and dysfunctional families, this book id for you,and worth a credit.
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 book started out to be a really intriguing mystery story but by 2/3 of the way through, I wasn't sure I could finish it. It veered strongly off into the supernatural which is a genre I don't care for. And, the descriptions of the surroundings, which normally I like to have in detail, just became a grinding bore. I'm in the 3rd section now but I don't really care how it ends....I just want it to be over. I'm not sure I will finish it.
This has an exciting premise: a reclusive horror director's daughter commits suicide after getting the attention of an investigative reporter who had slandered the director years before. It seems, though, that the author reached a little to far and then, in an attempt to distract from the lacking parts of the characters and description, added the multimedia tie-ins. At least, that's how it felt to me.
The director in this book is supposedly legendary. He made films so horrific they are only available as bootlegs or in secret showings where people that watch them faint, or go insane and such. This is the first problem with the book. What descriptions there are of these movies fall short of anything horrifying. The author makes them sound like crime movies, or dramas. I got zero sense as to why these movies were so horrific.
The characters were fairly plastic, with moments of overkill of characterization. The lead character, Scott, is a investigative reporter who supposedly slandered the director by totally buying into an anonymous phone source that disappeared on him. Not much of a reporter. He is at best, naive, and at worst, a complete idiot. His sidekicks are often annoying, and, thrown in for good measure as a plot device, is an ex-wife and daughter.
There are elements of black magic sprinkled into the book, and, again, it feels more contrived than I believe it was intended, but it is not a central focus of the book. What is the central focus? The story of this director, (who may or may not be into black magic), his daughter (who seems to dabble in black magic), and his movies that this reporter is trying to uncover. At least, I thought that was the central focus.
And here's the worst part. That's not the story you get. You get the story of the reporter working with a couple of accidental assistants as he interviews people, follows leads, irritates his ex, and pretty much annoys everyone. You, the reader, never actual get the story he's after. You never get the story of the director, the truth behind the movies. You get unmercifully close in the last 7 minutes or so, but you never get there.
I'm ultimately unsatisfied at the ending. All of the endings, not to spoil it too much. I think the author is trying to be clever, or edgy. Maybe she hopes that we care so much for the characters that we won't mind. Since the characters are so wooden, poorly fleshed-out, and difficult to like, I do mind. I was just putting up with them to get to the punchline, and it never came.
The tie-in material, articles, webpages and such get transcribed in the book, so if you read through the .pdf that accompanies this title you will hear them again, some of them twice. You can also download an app for you phone to uncover more material. I was not motivated to do so.
The narration was not noticeable as either bad or good, which, to me at least. is a good thing. It's overall, just an average, but lengthy, book. Too bad I never got the story I was promised.
I liked this sound of this story, and was able to bear through the first half. But I found it melodramatic, overwritten, conscious, and a bit immature. It was a bit of an eye-roller for me. When I realized there was a part three, I gave up on it-- 18 hours of writing reminiscent of a melodramatic teenager was enough, and I wasn't even curious enough to find out how it ends. Oh well.
Narration was fine, though I found it a bit breathy and (third time's a charm!): melodramatic.
I chose a book on a whim that was long to use for running. This did not disappoint! This book kept my feet moving and my my motivation to run in check! Amazing find! Great listen!