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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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    Kerri 01-14-15
    Kerri 01-14-15 Member Since 2013
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    Too long for what was delivered. The twists in the story turned out to be nothing. This was a tedious book.

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    Mary 01-13-15
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    Story was too a bit too much, like heavy perfume. I stuck with it because I have always loved Mr. Weber's voice.





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    Sue Young BROOKLYN, NY, US 01-11-15
    Sue Young BROOKLYN, NY, US 01-11-15
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    "a surprising mystery"

    twisting plot..unraveled. .to a degree. I believed the many voices/characters! Great plot. Will look for this author and narrator.

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    Jim Boise, ID, USA 01-08-15
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    Good story and I liked all the twists and turns. Kept me going. The ending was a bit of a shock.

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    Chuck Paris CANTON, GA, US 01-06-15
    Chuck Paris CANTON, GA, US 01-06-15 Member Since 2013
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    What would have made Night Film better?

    Not sure - just did not enjoy at all.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Looking for a mystery.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    No real reaction. Maybe that's why I didn't like the book.


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    Valerie Valparaiso, IN, United States 12-29-14
    Valerie Valparaiso, IN, United States 12-29-14 Member Since 2001
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    If Stanley Kubrick and David Lynch had collaborated on Citizen Kane it might have been something like this.

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    Melissa Dayton, OH, United States 12-14-14
    Melissa Dayton, OH, United States 12-14-14 Member Since 2010

    Counselor with eclectic taste, I enjoy all types of fiction, dark, strange and twisted things, humor and explicitly.

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    Would you consider the audio edition of Night Film to be better than the print version?

    No Opinion


    Would you be willing to try another book from Marisha Pessl? Why or why not?

    Yes; I like the story telling, the prescriptive writing and the character development, but was let down by the non climatic ending.


    What three words best describe Jake Weber’s performance?

    Steady, clear and enjoyable


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

    “Just when you think you've hit rock bottom, you realize you're standing on another trapdoor.”


    Any additional comments?

    Good story, get you hooked and holds you there. The ending was lack luster and antic climatic which was a disappointment.

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    Lu Worrell 12-09-14
    Lu Worrell 12-09-14 Member Since 2014
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    The story was to long and very disjointed.


    What about Jake Weber’s performance did you like?

    He was great and had an interesting voice


    What character would you cut from Night Film?

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    this is my least favorite book I have read this year. I didn't find the story compelling at all.

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    David San Jose, CA, United States 11-11-14
    David San Jose, CA, United States 11-11-14 Member Since 2004

    Artist living & working in the SF Bay Area

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    "Becomes riviting"

    Once this story has laid the ground work it needs in the first chaper - it really takes off and captivates for a long and constant ride. Marisha Pessl creates a realistic sense of mystery and suspense with complex and interesting characters. The story slowly pulls its parts in, tightening the mystery's web in a delightful fashion. The producers choice of an A-List reader, Jake Weber was spot on for the story. Everything really falls into place with this suspense audiobook.

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    michael c. hughes 11-04-14
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    A little creepy in parts. Kept my interest right through with entertaining characters, especially Cleopatra. Narrator did a good job. Good quality writing & decent plot.

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