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Night Film Audiobook

Night Film: A Novel

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 thirty years.
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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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    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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    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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    Valerie A Hawkins Charlotte, NC USA 05-27-14
    Valerie A Hawkins Charlotte, NC USA 05-27-14 Member Since 2011
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    I was hanging on to every word. The ending was a little bit of a letdown, but all in all, very engaging.

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    Laurie P 05-13-14
    Laurie P 05-13-14
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Fans of Stephen King might enjoy this book due to its supernatural, devil worship sections.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Jake Weber’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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 you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Night Film?

    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.


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    Jaime CA, United States 04-15-14
    Jaime CA, United States 04-15-14 Member Since 2014
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    What did you love best about Night Film?

    I never really knew where the story was going to take me. I found it to be highly addicting!


    What other book might you compare Night Film to and why?

    I have no idea.


    What about Jake Weber’s performance did you like?

    Jake Weber was brilliant! He made the book very enjoyable.


    If you could take any character from Night Film out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Nora. I'd love to get to know her better.


    Any additional comments?

    Wish I hadn't waiting so long to listen and now I am sad it's over.

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    Angie 04-10-14
    Angie 04-10-14
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    "Didn't want it to end"
    What made the experience of listening to Night Film the most enjoyable?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nora Halliday!


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

    His own.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Do you dare?


    Any additional comments?

    A great listening experience! A very long audiobook that feels like it flies by. I would recommend it to anyone!

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    Donald PLYMOUTH, MA, United States 02-24-14
    Donald PLYMOUTH, MA, United States 02-24-14 Member Since 2014
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    This is a long book, but it is well written and not overly descriptive. Keeps you on your toes and the performance is top notch.

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    Greg OVERLAND PARK, KS, United States 02-22-14
    Greg OVERLAND PARK, KS, United States 02-22-14
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    What disappointed you about Night Film?

    The overall story was atmospheric but didn't really have anything else going for it. I mean, you sensed the dread but nothing really came out of it.


    What could Marisha Pessl have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    More action to the story, the characters did a lot, I guess, but didn't truly drive the story forward.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jake Weber?

    Michael Page, just because I think he is the best ever.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Night Film?

    Don't know.


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    Kristy Rodsho 01-20-14

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    "Unbelievable Performance!"
    What did you love best about Night Film?

    The performance. I wish I could give more than 5 stars. Where the story got a little lengthy and lost me the narrator kept me completely gripped. Very talented.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    McGrath is the key player and easiest to become emotionally attached to. But, Nora and Hopper were right there. Ashley was my favorite as far as favorites go. I think she probably steals the show for a lot of people.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Nora realizes it's good bye for good, but nobody else does.


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    Alexander Aker Norway 01-10-14
    Alexander Aker Norway 01-10-14 Member Since 2015

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    "Intense and exciting listen - in retrospect: meh"

    I finished this 23 hour long audiobook in 2 days, which reveals how riveted I was. The prose is, to my ears/eyes, wildly fluctuating in quality - sometimes succumbing to cliches, dullness and awkward missteps, other times imaginative, suspenseful and engaging. The book does however have a strong narrative drive, and I was compelled to keep listening. As this is considered a postmodern crime/horror novel, it leans heavily on using stereotypes and archetypes from these genres. To me, this takes away a lot of the potential horror this book could've conveyed. I liked the ending, although I understand how it might disappoint some listeners. I would've gone into more depth as to why I think so, but doing so will reveal too much of the story. If the premise of the book excites you I recommend you give it a listen, just keep your mind open. The part standing out the most to me is the chase towards the end and the events following.

    The narrator does a wonderful job, giving just the right cadence and richness to each character. The narrator alone gives this an extra star.

    The printouts of websites etc did nothing for me and felt gimmicky.

    All in all a good but flawed listen. Kept me at the edge of my seat most of the time, many interesting choices but as I'm finished not particularly rewarding or memorable.

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