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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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2013 Marisha Pessl (P)2013 Random House Audio

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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 2017
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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

    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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    R. Mendoza Tucson, USA and Morelia, Mexico 05-07-15
    R. Mendoza Tucson, USA and Morelia, Mexico 05-07-15 Member Since 2014

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    "One if the worst books I have ever come accross."

    I stumbled into this book almost by accident, while looking for something to listen over a long car trip. I knew it wasn't serious literature, but I wasn't expecting this. It is a novel with such an inept, cliché ridden prose, that it is difficult to understand how it made it beyond the very first editorial culling process. I do not exaggerate when I tell you that a student in a first year creative writing course could produce similar. if not better, results. Save your money and look elsewhere.

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    Katie Dumper 04-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Captivating!"

    I've been looking for a book to really get into for months and I finally found this one! Strongly recommend!

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    Jane Taylor Rockville, MD United States 04-11-15
    Jane Taylor Rockville, MD United States 04-11-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Waste of Time"

    I found this overblown and frustrating. The end went on and on in a way that felt like a lot of filler for a long time, then purposefully obscure. Was there a point? Clever paradigm shifting...ok, but to what end? Did it reveal anything about anyone, advance the characters' situations? The author muddled up the supernatural and the natural, successfully did a number on the reader, and then...hid. I found this book hard to get into at first; the set up unlikely and stretching credulity; by the middle I was interested and involved, but the last 20% was a waste of time and made me regret the hours I spent on it.
    When I read a good book I feel changed, elevated, intrigued or challenged in some way. After this one, I felt duped.

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