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Night Film Audiobook
Night Film
Written by: 
Marisha Pessl
Narrated by: 
Jake Weber
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Night Film Audiobook

Night Film: A Novel

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Audible Editor Reviews

Editors Select, August 2013 - I don’t often find myself interested in literary psychological thrillers, but the early buzz on Night Film – a dark novel by Marisha Pressl (of Special Topics in Calamity Physics fame) – was enough to pique my interest. It’s been a long time since I’ve read something that’s legitimately creeped me out, and this novel opens with a ghost story that set the tone. I’ve only just started reading the book, and it already feels like something bad is lurking on the every page. Scott McGrath is a shamed journalist who takes a new interest in an old case when his former subject’s daughter turns up dead at the bottom of an abandoned building’s elevator shaft. The book hinges on Scott’s investigation into the victim’s family, particularly her reclusive filmmaking father, who put Scott out of business in the first place. It’s an absolutely chilling page-turner and will be even more frightening in audio. —Chris, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

Brilliant, haunting, breathtakingly suspenseful, Night Film is a superb literary thriller by the New York Times best-selling author of the "blockbuster debut" (People) Special Topics in Calamity Physics.

On a damp October night, beautiful young Ashley Cordova is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Though her death is ruled a suicide, veteran investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. As he probes the strange circumstances surrounding Ashley’s life and death, McGrath comes face-to-face with the legacy of her father: the legendary, reclusive, cult-horror-film director Stanislas Cordova - a man who hasn’t been seen in public for more than 30 years.

For McGrath, another death connected to this seemingly cursed family dynasty seems more than just a coincidence. Though much has been written about Cordova’s dark and unsettling films, very little is known about the man himself.

Driven by revenge, curiosity, and a need for the truth, McGrath, with the aid of two strangers, is drawn deeper and deeper into Cordova’s eerie, hypnotic world.

The last time he got close to exposing the director, McGrath lost his marriage and his career. This time he might lose even more.

Night Film, the gorgeously written, spellbinding new novel by the dazzlingly inventive Marisha Pessl, will hold you in suspense to the final minute.

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©2013 Marisha Pessl (P)2013 Random House Audio

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    Lu Worrell 12-09-14
    Lu Worrell 12-09-14 Member Since 2014
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story was to long and very disjointed.


    What about Jake Weber’s performance did you like?

    He was great and had an interesting voice


    What character would you cut from Night Film?

    none


    Any additional comments?

    this is my least favorite book I have read this year. I didn't find the story compelling at all.

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    David San Jose, CA, United States 11-11-14
    David San Jose, CA, United States 11-11-14 Member Since 2004

    Artist living & working in the SF Bay Area

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    "Becomes riviting"

    Once this story has laid the ground work it needs in the first chaper - it really takes off and captivates for a long and constant ride. Marisha Pessl creates a realistic sense of mystery and suspense with complex and interesting characters. The story slowly pulls its parts in, tightening the mystery's web in a delightful fashion. The producers choice of an A-List reader, Jake Weber was spot on for the story. Everything really falls into place with this suspense audiobook.

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    michael c. hughes 11-04-14
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    "Good Romp"

    A little creepy in parts. Kept my interest right through with entertaining characters, especially Cleopatra. Narrator did a good job. Good quality writing & decent plot.

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    Joyousreads 10-30-14
    Joyousreads 10-30-14 Member Since 2014
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. No one should be deprived from reading this brilliant book.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. It's cloaked in mystery that doesn't give any hints.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    McGrath in the panopticon of The Peak.


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    Polly Philadelphia, PA, United States 10-16-14
    Polly Philadelphia, PA, United States 10-16-14 Member Since 2010

    An avid reader, demanding of the story, characters and narrator. Mysteries and historical fiction are my favorites.

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    "Good Story but not at all Scary"

    I am amazed at the number of reviewers who said this book would make you grab your pillow, have sleepless nights, get goosebumps. Not at all. Is it interesting? Yes. Are there many moments when I am not sure what is real and what isn't? Yes. But not scary.

    (If you want to be scared, read "Salem's Lot" by Stephen King, or read "Relic" and "Reliquary" by Preston & Child.)

    I enjoyed it, I recommend it, and I will miss the main characters, especially Nora.

    P.S. If you like narratives that tie up all loose threads by the final pages, do not read this book.

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    Karen D. King 09-24-14
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    "Based on a True Story"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book to a friend


    Would you recommend Night Film to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes.


    Which character – as performed by Jake Weber – was your favorite?

    no favorite


    Could you see Night Film being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    yes,


    Any additional comments?

    It was a good book, i was expecting a better story and ending. But i enjoyed the read

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    Sam Sydney, Australia 09-19-14
    Sam Sydney, Australia 09-19-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Verbose, imaginative journey"

    But one that never actually communes with the darkness it strives to evoke. That's essentially the problem with the book, which I did enjoy: it's not all there, sparking against your imagination, but then failing to take one into the full darkness it promises. The magical realism of the world and particularly its subject, are left under-drawn and disappoint. The seemingly sophisticated and mysterious Cordova could have been, should have been a great portrait... It's a shame because the flare of the better plot turns are bright, evocative and exciting. But horror is hard, right?

    Excellent narration though and the transmedia collage is quite cool, in spirit more that execution. Too long on balance, a good work that could've been great.

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    Nancy 07-06-14
    Nancy 07-06-14
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    "Wanted more "umph"..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    sure


    What about Jake Weber’s performance did you like?

    Mr. Weber was able to keep my attention and hold it together for me to the end.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    not especially


    Any additional comments?

    The storyline was involved enough to keep my attention, but it was Jake Weber, who delivered me from start to finish. Some parts held more promise than others, and I'm not panning the book. Pessl seems to have talent. I was just looking for a little more in a "whodunit".

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    KATHERINE KINGWOOD, TEXAS 06-24-14
    KATHERINE KINGWOOD, TEXAS 06-24-14 Member Since 2015

    Tell us about yourself! An Audible member since 2006 and a voracious reader always.

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    "VERY talented writer...EXCELLENT narrator, but..."
    Where does Night Film rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Marisha Pessl? Why or why not?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    If you could rename Night Film, what would you call it?

    I would never try to rename an author's work.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Casey marietta, GA, United States 06-06-14
    Casey marietta, GA, United States 06-06-14 Member Since 2013
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    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    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


    What three words best describe Jake Weber’s performance?

    I didn't think I would like him as a narrator at first but he grew on me


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