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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.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2013 Marisha Pessl (P)2013 Random House Audio

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    ayla duggan 03-29-16
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    "Vivid, engrossing, and keeps you on your toes."

    So awesome! The different settings and characters are so vivid and fun I just wanted to continue hanging out with them. Also, just as you think the guy has a handle on what's going on, a new detail flips everything and resets the investigation! Even up to the last half hour of the reading!

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    Kryptography West Sacramento CA, CA, United States 03-24-16
    Kryptography West Sacramento CA, CA, United States 03-24-16 Member Since 2015

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    "good story but..."

    the interactive features don't work. the app isn't available on iTunes or Google play, so you can't see the bonus videos.

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    Nicolette 03-22-16
    Nicolette 03-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Night film? More like the best book I've ever listened to"

    It's so good omg pls read this! recommended by Joseph Fink of Welcome to Night Vale and I'd like to that his bc this book is so good and the guy who narrates it has a voice that feels like a crisp fall morning like so beautiful!!!

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    Jill Massachusetts 03-21-16
    Jill Massachusetts 03-21-16
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    "Brilliant, chilling, all I expected and so much more"

    I listened to this audiobook as soon as Joseph Fink recommended it on his podcast Welcome to Night Vale. I was expecting a gritty NYC film noir version of the desert world he'd created.

    I was not disappointed. Night Films is the quintessential film noir mixed with subtle surrealism intertwined with the darkest dreamlike realism of the best of film noir.

    The narrator captured the ambience perfectly, so much so that I'm leery of reading the book myself for fear the narrator in my head won't compare. That's a risk I'll have to take. Night Films is so huge in breadth that it demands rereading. Though the novel is finished, I'm not finished with it.

    The world of Night Films encompasses some of my favorite blurred lines: sanity versus madness, magic versus wishful thinking, dreams versus waking. Real Baba Yaga shacks on chicken legs versus mythology. Where does reality begin and end? Does it?

    Engrossing, thought provoking and emotionally captivating, I've fallen in love with the world of Night Films.

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    Caffeine Queen 03-12-16

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    "Dark and Moody, perfect for bedtime"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Night Film to be better than the print version?

    I got the hardcopy at the library and browsed thru it. All the art work and visuals are interesting but I loved have the spoken word deliver all the info, including narration of newspaper articles etc. Jake Weber just brings his character and the story to such life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I can pull this up and listen to it in the dark, start anywhere in the book and immediately be immersed in this absolutely original tale.


    What about Jake Weber’s performance did you like?

    He is the perfect narrator for this.


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

    Please don't ruin a great listen... I wouldn't want to see this made into a movie... they always f*@$ it up.


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    Wyatt 12-18-15
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    "Disappointing"

    This was not a horror book and was not once scary. The accents done by the narrator are very bad. I'm actually really disappointed after hearing this book. It was interested but was never exciting and left me wanting my time back.

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    Chelsea 11-10-15
    Chelsea 11-10-15 Member Since 2016
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    "leaves you wanting more"

    I fell in love with the characters. I just wanted to keep following them and was saddened when I had finished.

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    Alisha Nashville, TN, United States 10-20-15
    Alisha Nashville, TN, United States 10-20-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved it"

    It touched on so many things that interest me: movies, mystery, potential supernatural events, black magic, and potential drug induced delusions.

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    Tara F Nc 10-11-15
    Tara F Nc 10-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Wow, just wow."

    Dark, but full of beautiful, gorgeous imagery. I hung on to every word. You will not regret listening.

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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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