Not really, but it wants to be.
I shouldn't ridicule, because I really enjoyed this book quite a bit. But I was able to forgive the author her melodramatic writing. I don't know if you will be.
Also, this is a book which requires the reading of multiple PDFs. Fake newspaper articles and such. I was annoyed by this factor and it almost turned me off, but I persevered and found myself sucked in quickly.
Crazy ending may infuriate you, or you may love it. I don't like to give away things.
Warning: narrator is annoying, and so are the characters. Somehow I enjoyed it anyway.
Quality of writing was terrific, but it would be difficult to grade it among the volume of audiobooks listened to. This is usually not my genre, but so glad I took the chance.
YES. Marisha Pessi is one of the most talented writers enjoyed in a long time, so I will follow her future writing. However, this story was in dire need of a good editor. Easily, this book could have been multiplied into three books.
Too many to name, but it was the intensity and the insight into the human thought process that stopped me in my tracks. Ms. Pessi has the ability to express in words so accurately what we are thinking as we travel alongside the characters.
I would never try to rename an author's work.
This author has such talent that it didn't bother me her book was a bit overwritten. Her prose alone is worth the read. Jake Webber was simply superb in his narration.
It's a bad sign when I start counting the number of times an author repeats words. The narrator was continually "racing" to the bookcase, "staring incredulously," and enduring "pitch black" nights, rooms, tunnels, etc. As a fan of Special Topics, I was shocked that Ms. Pessl never left the Land of Trite Language. Even if she wanted to evoke the hard-boiled classics, she didn't have to abandon imaginative metaphors and descriptions.
It may be that I am particularly harsh after having just listened to Breakfast at Tiffany's; Capote's turns of phrase are so memorable they're stuck for good in my old mushy brain. Unfortunately, I will remember Night Film for all the wrong reasons: characters devoid of believable motivations, grinding repetitions, and endless speeches by zombie-like players.
Sometimes mediocre plotting and language can be redeemed by great narration but Mr. Weber's delivery was as bogged down as a decomposing baby doll in a fetid pool.
I did refrain from smashing my ipod. Instead, I turned it off at Chapter 98.
The end got a little strange and meandering for a while toward the end and I just wanted it to wrap up and get to the point sooner
I didn't think I would like him as a narrator at first but he grew on me
Fans of Stephen King might enjoy this book due to its supernatural, devil worship sections.
I chose this book because it came highly recommended. However, I was so dissappointed that I will be sticking with my favorite authors - David Baldacci, Michael Connelly, Sandra Brown, etc. I much prefer a straight mystery without the devil worship.
This was the first Jake Weber performance I have listened to, and I was very pleased. His reading rate and choice of voices were superb. However, even his excellent skills were not enough to make me enjoy this book.
If I were editor, I would definitely have the sections of emails and web postings rewritten. While they may be fine in the written form, they become quite tedious when read. I also would have cut the section about being in the series of hexagons and then choosing to return. That was over the top.
I never really knew where the story was going to take me. I found it to be highly addicting!
I have no idea.
Jake Weber was brilliant! He made the book very enjoyable.
Nora. I'd love to get to know her better.
Wish I hadn't waiting so long to listen and now I am sad it's over.
An avid reader who cherishes my time with a good book!
This was one of the more engaging stories I've listened to in a long, long time. Pessl delivers a great storyline that grabs you, shakes you by the roots and takes you a fast paced thrill ride. The writing is superb and the characters are so engaging and unique and they are brought into vivid color by a plot that will make you cringe, cheer, laugh and keep you up at night. Witchcraft and voodoo mix almost sensibly into a story about a family legacy, a mysterious compound and a young girl's untimely death. There are passages that blend the reality with the fantasy so artifully that even now, having finished the book, I'm at a loss to explain them. This book delivers in a way many others try and fail. Highly recommended.
It's hard to put your finger on where this book goes wrong. It's certainly not the first three quarters, which is exciting, well plotted and with great character development. It's the last quarter, where it all falls apart. I'm not going to give any spoilers, but I can say that there are a lot of details that were set up in the first 75%, which seem to promise more excitement to come, and then are just simply left hanging there. It's like the author got tired of writing this book, and decided to take the easy way out, using a literary trick as an excuse for doing so. I loved the characters, and I feel resentment at the way the author has abandoned them at the end.
Perfect reading by the narrator Jake Weber, in addition to the constant doubt you have as a listener between science and magic, as the book phrases it.
Do you dare?
A great listening experience! A very long audiobook that feels like it flies by. I would recommend it to anyone!