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.
©2013 Marisha Pessl (P)2013 Random House Audio
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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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
More action to the story, the characters did a lot, I guess, but didn't truly drive the story forward.
Michael Page, just because I think he is the best ever.
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.
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.
When Nora realizes it's good bye for good, but nobody else does.
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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