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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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    shipyardjay Boston 09-14-15
    shipyardjay Boston 09-14-15 Member Since 2014

    Love TrueCrime! Most other non-fic, sports, TrueCrime,family/love stories, scary fiction, TrueCrime, Stevie King, TrueCrime, & TrueCrime!

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    "My first 5-star review!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Night Film to be better than the print version?

    Yeah, probably, considering Mr. Weber turned in the best narration I've ever heard since starting the Audible "thing."


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

    Idk.....hmmmmm...tough one.


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

    My fave was probably "Hopper." He did a pretty good job with him. I think he portrayed him just how the author would've described him.


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

    Absolutely! But 20hrs+ is a lot to ask these days when I'm chasing a toddler around my house as well as his 3 older siblings! All under 11...ugh.


    Any additional comments?

    I honestly don't know how Ms. Pessl is going to write another novel after this one. I can't see her being able to find ANY more beauty in herself to pull it off! Seriously, her tank must be close to empty after this. What a book! So dark, so edge of your seat, so wonderfully written. Couldn't WAIT to reach the ending to see how this was all gonna string together. It's a journey you go on here man. I wish I could've sat in the dark for the whole listen.

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    Margaret 09-01-15
    Margaret 09-01-15
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    "Half of a good book, saved by a great performance."
    What did you like best about Night Film? What did you like least?

    The performance.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Marisha Pessl again?

    Nope.


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

    I don't believe so but he's wonderful.


    Did Night Film inspire you to do anything?

    Yes - stop reading this author!


    Any additional comments?

    This is half of a good book. It is fascinating in the beginning but then completely jumps the shark and becomes overwrought and silly. I cannot believe the author managed to sell the film rights.

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    Abigail 08-11-15
    Abigail 08-11-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Awful"

    Sexist, boring, just terrible. Nothing compelling or creepy, just...really anticlimactic. Can I return this somehow?

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    Pegeen 07-30-15
    Pegeen 07-30-15

    reading is pure joy

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    "Lyrical horror; perfect skeptical narrator"

    Lyrical horror -- the writing tackles both the big ideas and the devilish details. Best I've listened to all summer.

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    Carol T. Carr Lake Monticello, VA 07-27-15
    Carol T. Carr Lake Monticello, VA 07-27-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Excesses of Convolution Exquisitely Narrated"

    I've just forged my way through all 23+ hours, and I feel like at least half of that time was unnecessary to make the point (or lack of point) of this story. Calamity Physics gave me high hopes that this would be another exquisitely crafted volume with characters who grew with every new facet exposed. Wrong. The characters, even as unique and unusual as many of them are, are primarily two-dimensional. The main character, McGrath, does evolve, but it is never really clear what he has ultimately learned from his experiences and insights.

    I can live with uncertain endings, and I relish the opportunity to craft different endings in my own mind. But with this book I felt cheated of even that opportunity, as it is never clear what is real or what is part of fiction in which all the characters are playing a part. All that said, it is lovely prose, and Pessl can create any atmosphere or mood with her words. I would read her books for that alone, and just hope that as she matures as a writer, she learns how to craft a tighter and less ambiguous plot.

    Outstanding, flawless narration. Weber is a genius with his accents.

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    Robert 07-27-15
    Robert 07-27-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Brilliant!"

    I was riveted the entire time, it pulled me right in and would not let go. When I reached the last few chapters, I didn't want it to end! The narration was absolutely stellar, I connected with each character's voice and will be looking for more works by this author and more books narrated by Jake Weber.

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    Amazon Customer MEDFORD, NY, US 07-18-15
    Amazon Customer MEDFORD, NY, US 07-18-15 Member Since 2016
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    "On the top of my very long list"

    I read a lot and use audible often. I originally bought this book on my kindle (print version) after reading an article stating it was similar to House of leaves. I still hadn't read HOLs because I had to wait for it to ship but was excited to read it because all of the craziness I heard surrounding it. I started reading Night Film and did not put it down so much to the point that I ordered it here despite already having it so I could listen when I was unable to read. House of leaves had a good story potentials but it really was just a book of madness. NF is nothing like that. it is mystery that the reader gets to see what the main character sees, police reports, photos, handwritten notes.you are right there with him the entire time. The characters are strong and likable. It is also a thriller with borderline horror. I would not be suprised if this is made into a high budget film but a giid movie from a book like Silence of the lambs. Do yourself a favor if mystery/thriller is your favorite and get this before it goes Hollywood.

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    Sarah 07-03-15
    Sarah 07-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Love the Author, Love the Narrator, HATED THE CONTENT"

    I've had enormous affection for this author ever since I read her book, "Special Topics in Calamity Physics".
    If I wanted to listen to a book about black magic and witchcraft, then I would look for such a book in the appropriate section. I like thrillers, I like whodunits, I liked Marisha Pessl. I do not like witchcraft, black magic, spells, "soul barters", or ritualistic occult sacrifices. For goodness' sake, who does like reading about a fawn's eyes being carved out as part of a Satanic sacrificial ritual?!
    I loved the writing style, vocabulary, most of the plot, and the characters. But I felt like I was reading a book written by Stephen King.
    The narrator was flawless- he sounds like Lee Pace!
    The summary for this book is, I feel, misleading. It is dark, brooding, dangerous- it sticks in your mind like the titled movies by the character Stanislas Cordova. This is not a happy book in any way. If you're a fan of the occult, you'll probably like this book. If not, you'll be as disgusted as I was.
    I absolutely would not recommend this book.

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    Frode 06-22-15
    Frode 06-22-15 Member Since 2016

    Norwegian in a English world!

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    "Cool book"

    I did really liked this! I did not like that it had PDF! I am not sure what other i can say that i like it alot!

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    Kirsten E. Vestrand 05-21-15 Member Since 2012
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    Wonderful! One of the best audiobooks I've ever listened too. Great narration and storyline. Five stars.

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