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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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    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Marjorie Santa Rosa, CA, United States 05-27-15
    Marjorie Santa Rosa, CA, United States 05-27-15 Member Since 2017
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    "How Much Time Do You Have????"

    Would I recommend this book? Hmmm...... How much time do you have to listen and how much does the ending matter to you? This book is over twenty hours long. The narration is perfectly done, no complaint there. The story drew me in and kept me fascinated and intrigued for about the first three-quarters of the many hours of listening. I enjoyed the mix of characters during that first three-quarters especially the three investigators; who were a quirky mix including two young adults; each of whom had an interest in helping Scott McGrath (the protagonist and investigative journalist) solve the mystery at-hand. The problem with this novel is that it is too long and during the last fourth of the novel, I just lost interest. The book is probably worth listening to for the many hours of intrigue and adventure that it provides but, ultimately, I found it disappointing as it moved towards a long and painfully unsatisfying finish. If you like gothic fiction, this book reads like one but fails to deliver towards the end. In the end, I would recommend listening to this novel for about the first fifteen hours..... but, after that, your imagination could probably do a better job.

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    Dr. Meggin McIntosh Reno, NV 03-22-15
    Dr. Meggin McIntosh Reno, NV 03-22-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Couldn't finish it. Total dud. And I tried..."

    I made it through nearly half of this book because I kept hoping it would improve but it didn't. Just ridiculous, impossible to follow, etc., etc. I had hopeful but it was not worth a credit and moreso, not worth my time.

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    kisbell123 01-02-15
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    Where does Night Film rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very good story. It was a very thorough storyline. The narrator depicted emotions of characters very well. I couldn't stop listening. There were many twists and turns that kept me at the edge of my seat the entire story.


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    Conley Juban 12-24-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Way too long"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This book is way too long. Its one thing to give background information or build the characters, but having to learn the plot and characters of every movie made by Cardova, even hours into the book, is too much. The plot needs to move, not merely continue to go over details of the producer's movies. I gave up after about 100 chapters.


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    Cyndi Harmony, FL 12-17-14
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    struggled to finish seems to go on forever. however i was interested to find that one on the characters was from st cloud Florida and went to harmony high school.

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    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 12-12-14
    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 12-12-14 Member Since 2008
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    "A REALLY Fun Experience!!"

    I had no idea if I would like this audiobook--but the description, the idea of an accompanying pdf file, and the reviews made it difficult to resist. I found it truly a fun and engrossing listen, unlike anything I have come across before.

    Firstly, the pdf. It added a great deal to my enjoyment of the book but it is by no means a necessary component. This file is used mainly in the beginning of the story and basically, the narrator reads the documents as part of the book. While they are fun to follow along with, they are not necessary. So if you listen only on the go, don't worry about not being able to follow along. But when you have more time, do look at the realistic accompanying documents. Pure fun!

    I found this book extremely well written. Pessl has a gift for intriguing descriptions and this makes the book an easy candidate for a second listen. However, the story was what really grabbed me. I would think about it before falling asleep and before I got out of bed in the morning. The characters were well-developed and believable in their motivations and behaviors and were all interesting and mostly likeable. While this audiobook could be described as very dark, it was not TOO dark, I am thankful to report. While at times it seemed to veer off into a fantasy-like state, it always came back to believable reality which I appreciated. Reading this book was more like an "experience" for me, almost like a trip in the dark. I really loved it and would recommend it to mystery fans who enjoy the unusual.

    As for the narrator, I loved him immediately. There is something unique about his voice and he put in a great performance. He is ideal for this type of strange, quirky book. I was so surprised to realize I knew him from the television show, Medium, which I watched years back. At that time, I was not so fond of the character he portrayed. I think, however, he was in his element with Night Film. He definitely added to the listening enjoyment for me.

    So there it is! Will you or won't you?

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    Bradley P. Valentine 12-13-14
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    "Ack! Audible removed my glowing review"
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    Audible removed the longish and glowing review I posted just after reading this book. *sigh* I’ll just say take a chance and read this sucker. I’m glad i did. It’s not quite “amazing,” but it’s impressive. Pessl does a great job. Jake Weber’s narration is perfect casting.

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    Amazon Customer 10-21-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Absolutely loved it !"

    Fascinating details and captivating characters; narration was spot on. The author sure can tell a good story, deliciously eerie, intriguing and imaginative. I don't typically reread/re-listen books, but this was an exception.

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    A 09-27-17
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    this review contains spoilers so don't continue reading unless you finish the book. in terms of the actual story I found this book to have a lot of potential but in my mind somewhat fail in the end. I think it would have been a much stronger story had it ended without the final act. that being with the more realistic ending. in it's more mundane parts, which includes the Final Act I found the book to be a traditional story of a hard-nosed investigative reporter who is the realest but begins to believe in the Supernatural and is only able to get answers to his questions once he becomes a believer. the stronger parts of the story suggest that myth and Fable have a powerful influence on the human mind and we adapt objective reality to fit the stories that we we think provide more or better meaning for our lives. so despite to failings of the last section of the story, the audiobook is worth the time especially since the narrator does a great job.

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