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Summary

Cult horror director Stanislas Cordova hasn't been seen in public since 1971. When his daughter Ashley is found dead in a believed suicide, journalist Scott McGrath is not convinced. For McGrath, another death connected to the legendary director seems more than a coincidence. Driven by revenge, curiosity and a need for the truth, he finds himself pulled into a hypnotic, disorientating world which begins to threaten his grip on reality.

©2013 Marisha Pessl (P)2013 Random House Inc

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Completely gripping

Completely gripping. Whatever faults her first novel had - so overwritten one couldn't forget someone had written it - are not on show here. The pace is immensely fast for such a big novel and the tone as fleet as it is dark. Jake Weber needs to read more audiobooks. I would now listen to another just for him alone. A low, expressive voice, perfectly paced. If you read this novel as well as listen to it, download the free app from itunes - like a series of dvd extras of music and audio, it extends what is already an epically good read. This is a real treat. Has - impossible to imagine, I know - Danielewski's House of Leaves made it to Audible. This is a near-cousin to it.

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Very enjoyable

I liked how the story progressed through the investigation of clues by the main characters leading to new revelations. The book was well written and the looming figure of Cordova sufficiently mysterious to want to find more about. There is a long chapter towards the end which does not fit well together with the rest of the book. I also liked the very open ending.
The only negative was the substandard narrator and especially with some characters who all appeared to be speaking really slowly and like they were suffering from some kind of disability. With a different narrator I would have enjoyed this book even more. Highly recommended!

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enthralling

Perfect story. This is a detective -investigative piece. intriguing throughout, the main three characters provide a wonderful balance of hard boiled detective, streetwise kid and iNgenue. The story brings us on a tour of New yorks underbelly . Nothing is certain. Every encounter is fascinating. I could not reccomend this more

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Meh

I know everyone loves this book, but I just found it a little long and unnecessarily so. I found some areas enjoyable but found the actual mystery of Cordova and his Daughter kind of dragged. The narrative felt like it was somewhat out of focus. Characters would just sort of show up and give exactly enough narrative as they should. Also it did not scare me one bit. One thing I will say is that the performance by Jake Weber was fantastic.

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Hard Work To Begin With

It was a struggle but I persevered for it to become interesting. But not the most enjoyable book I've listened to.

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Amazing

Loved this book so much, made me feel like it was a true story and I was in it, they should make movie about this.

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Riveting

This Audiobook is close enough to being 24 hours long, which normally could put me off. But I could have carried on listening to this for a further 24 hours quite happily. The characters, the tone, the story, everything had me so gripped that I can easily say that this was one of the best audiobook I have listened to so far. And my library is fairly extensive. Full marks from me, oh and the narrator is excellent too.

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  • Jo
  • 03-11-16

Gripping "noir" with a supernatural twist

A Marlow-esque detective story that transforms into a psychological thriller, great narrator, all the characters have fascinating back stories.

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Addictive

I could not stop listening to this book. Unfortunately I have now reached the end. I will probably listen to it all over again.
The narrator is brilliant.

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Should have been half the length, poor naratation.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narration should have been more Mickey Spillane really.The plot does not justify the length,it was a relief to get to the end.

If you’ve listened to books by Marisha Pessl before, how does this one compare?

I believe this her first book, its a promising start.There were parts that were excellent.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

I think the narration let it done somewhat,maybe i have been spoilt just finished listening to 8 Jo Nesbo books read by Sean Barrett.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

If the actors were exceptionally

Any additional comments?

It didn't leave me with feeling of wanting more,or trying to find more from the writer.As i mentioned just finished a Jo Nesbo run and prior to that Steig Larrson, somayhave been a little spoiled

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  • Yulia
  • 07-03-18

Dark, beautiful detective noir.

What did you love best about Night Film?

Darkness of the story. Great book to listen in autumn, when its cold and rainy.

What about Jake Weber’s performance did you like?

Great voice , very suited for the story.

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  • Janie
  • 10-11-14

literary masterpiece mystery

What did you love best about Night Film?

It wasn't until the book was finished that I truly appreciated it for what it was: a literary masterpiece. The prose was sublime, never overblown with self importance, but succinct and perfect in it's short descriptive phrases. It was not a thriller or a suspense novel but it was a true mystery which in itself was really never resolved except in it's telling, so beautifully by the author and brilliantly told by Jake Weber.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favourite character was Cordova who changed in the telling from horrific murderer, to loving father and back again and was always a mystery, remaining so.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I was transformed by this book, rather than moved, much like the main character, McGrath, who the story was narrated through, and everybody who came in contact with Cordova. The story hooked me, more and more, as I listened until the end, which, although unresolved was nevertheless complete.

Any additional comments?

I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys really good writing and an intelligent mystery. Not your everyday paperback thriller !!