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
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.
An avid reader who cherishes my time with a good book!
This was one of the more engaging stories I've listened to in a long, long time. Pessl delivers a great storyline that grabs you, shakes you by the roots and takes you a fast paced thrill ride. The writing is superb and the characters are so engaging and unique and they are brought into vivid color by a plot that will make you cringe, cheer, laugh and keep you up at night. Witchcraft and voodoo mix almost sensibly into a story about a family legacy, a mysterious compound and a young girl's untimely death. There are passages that blend the reality with the fantasy so artifully that even now, having finished the book, I'm at a loss to explain them. This book delivers in a way many others try and fail. Highly recommended.
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.
The main character, Scott McGrath was great. You become drawn into his life and begin to feel all the emotions he is relaying.
None, this was by far the best one I've read.
He did an excellent job changing voices for each character. I will be looking for other books that he is narrating.
Ashley Cordova - she is the mystery that everyone is trying to solve throughout the book.
Intelligent, Amusing, Gripping
I love Hopper, he is very funny, and unexpectedly dynamic. That being said, I all but fell in love with Scott McGrath. I adore his attention to detail and insights, his regrets, frailty, and guilt over his own state of affairs, and, of course, his sense of humor.
I cannot imagine this story read by any other voice. Perfect changes in tempo and pitch in adjusting to different characters, never overdone.
Several. Too many to name. I am dying for my friend to finish this book so we can discuss it, but I can't give anything away.
I could literally feel McGrath's torturous obsession as though it was a part of me, but not in a negative way. It was in a way which made me want to be on his team and contribute. I was cheering him on the entire way. I am lucky that I have a job which permits for me to listen almost uninterrupted for 12 hours at a time, because once I started I could not stop. There did not seem to be any point in which I felt bored or like there was wasted detail. I truly did not want this story to end, but I loved how it did.
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