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Night Film: A Novel | [Marisha Pessl]

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.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2013 Marisha Pessl (P)2013 Random House Audio

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    Meggin Reno, NV, United States 03-22-15
    Meggin Reno, NV, United States 03-22-15 Member Since 2015

    Speaker, Coach, Author - in Reno, NV (A GREAT place!) I've been an avid Audible fan for several years. Listen on my iPhone many hours each week.

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    "Couldn't finish it. Total dud. And I tried..."

    I made it through nearly half of this book because I kept hoping it would improve but it didn't. Just ridiculous, impossible to follow, etc., etc. I had hopeful but it was not worth a credit and moreso, not worth my time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    kisbell123 01-02-15
    kisbell123 01-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Drew me in......"
    Where does Night Film rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very good story. It was a very thorough storyline. The narrator depicted emotions of characters very well. I couldn't stop listening. There were many twists and turns that kept me at the edge of my seat the entire story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Conley Juban 12-24-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Way too long"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This book is way too long. Its one thing to give background information or build the characters, but having to learn the plot and characters of every movie made by Cardova, even hours into the book, is too much. The plot needs to move, not merely continue to go over details of the producer's movies. I gave up after about 100 chapters.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cyndi Harmony, FL 12-17-14
    Cyndi Harmony, FL 12-17-14

    I love reading

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    "interesting read"

    struggled to finish seems to go on forever. however i was interested to find that one on the characters was from st cloud Florida and went to harmony high school.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bradley P. Valentine 12-13-14

    Ears picking up the slack so my eyes can work.

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    "Ack! Audible removed my glowing review"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sageparade 11-24-14
    Sageparade 11-24-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Bloatware in book form"
    Would you try another book from Marisha Pessl and/or Jake Weber?

    While the story was not bad, the novel just went on and on like there was a need to fill pages or sound files. But you'd have to listen through the noise to get to the rest of the story.

    I am tempted to ask for a refund, the experience was that irritating.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Marisha Pessl again?

    No.


    What does Jake Weber bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator was ok.


    Was Night Film worth the listening time?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Was there no editor?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sires Chesapeake, OH, United States 11-23-14
    Sires Chesapeake, OH, United States 11-23-14 Member Since 2012

    I like mysteries (particularly British ones, historical fiction and nonfiction, science fiction and fantasy.

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    "Somewhat Confused But Ultimately Engrossing Horror"

    Scott McGarth, a journalist on the downside of his career, becomes obsessed with the death of the daughter of a cult film maker, Stanislas Cordova - a man who hasn't been seen in public for more than thirty years.

    This is a book with wheels within wheels. Information frequently is proven to be unreliable. Characters are not what they seem. McGarth's own life spins out of control. I really had a hard time putting the book down.

    It probably could have been tightened up, it's a bit long and saggy in the final quarter, but I think it is still worth the read. I think the narrator added to the experience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie P 05-13-14
    Laurie P 05-13-14
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    "Needs to say goodnight"
    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 04-13-14
    Jennifer Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 04-13-14 Member Since 2011

    Jennifer B.

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    "75% excellent. Too bad about the other 25%"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jackygleason boston, ma 02-12-14
    Jackygleason boston, ma 02-12-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Too long and too much information"
    What disappointed you about Night Film?

    I didn't like any of the characters. I found the story unbelievable, too long and too much information. I read this for a book club and would not have purchased it otherwise.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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