Night Film by Marisha Pessl audiobook

Night Film: A Novel

By Marisha Pessl
Read by Jake Weber

Random House Audio
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR • Cosmopolitan • Kirkus Reviews • BookPage A page-turning thriller for readers of Stephen King, Gillian Flynn, and Stieg Larsson, Night Film tells the haunting story of a journalist who becomes obsessed with the mysterious death of a troubled prodigy—the daughter of an iconic, reclusive filmmaker.   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.   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 until you turn the final page. Includes a bonus PDF of interactive images Praise for Night Film  Night Film has been precision-engineered to be read at high velocity, and its energy would be the envy of any summer blockbuster. Your average writer of thrillers should lust for Pessl’s deft touch with character.”—Joe Hill, The New York Times Book Review   “Mysterious and even a little head-spinning, an amazing act of imagination.”—Dean Baquet, The New York Times Book Review   “Maniacally clever . . . Cordova is a monomaniacal genius who creeps into the darkest crevices of the human psyche. . . . As a study of a great mythmaker, Night Film is an absorbing act of myth-making itself. . . . Dastardly fun . . . The plot feels like an M. C. Escher nightmare about Edgar Allan Poe. . . . You’ll miss your subway stop, let dinner burn and start sleeping with the lights on.”The Washington Post   “Haunting . . . a suspenseful, sprawling page-turner.”USA Today   “Entrancing and delightful . . . [a] whipsmart humdinger of a thriller . . . It feels, above all things, new.”The Boston Globe   “Gripping . . . a masterful puzzle . . . Pessl builds up real suspense.”Entertainment Weekly   “A very deeply imagined book . . . sprints to an ending that’s equal parts nagging and haunting: What lingers, beyond all the page-turning, is a density of possible clues that leaves you leafing backward, scanning fictional blog comments and newspaper clippings, positive there’s some secret detail that will snap everything into focus.”New York   “Hypnotic . . . The real and the imaginary, life and art, are dizzyingly distorted not only in a Cordova night film . . . but in Pessl’s own Night Film as well.”Vanity Fair

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times bestseller

A #1 Los Angeles Times bestseller

A USA Today bestseller

A 2013 Washington Post Notable Book

An NPR bestseller

A San Francisco Chronicle bestseller

A Barnes & Noble Best Book for August 2013

Selected for the September 2013 Indie Next List

Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award, October 2013

A Publishers Weekly bestseller

A 2013 BookPage Best Book

A 2013 Booklist Editors’ Choice for Adult Books

Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books, 2013

A September 2013 LibraryReads Pick

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
NPR • Cosmopolitan • Kirkus Reviews • BookPage

A page-turning thriller for readers of Stephen King, Gillian Flynn, and Stieg Larsson, Night Film tells the haunting story of a journalist who becomes obsessed with the mysterious death of a troubled prodigy—the daughter of an iconic, reclusive filmmaker.

 
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.
 
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 until you turn the final page.

Includes a bonus PDF of interactive images


Praise for Night Film
 
Night Film has been precision-engineered to be read at high velocity, and its energy would be the envy of any summer blockbuster. Your average writer of thrillers should lust for Pessl’s deft touch with character.”—Joe Hill, The New York Times Book Review
 
“Mysterious and even a little head-spinning, an amazing act of imagination.”—Dean Baquet, The New York Times Book Review
 
“Maniacally clever . . . Cordova is a monomaniacal genius who creeps into the darkest crevices of the human psyche. . . . As a study of a great mythmaker, Night Film is an absorbing act of myth-making itself. . . . Dastardly fun . . . The plot feels like an M. C. Escher nightmare about Edgar Allan Poe. . . . You’ll miss your subway stop, let dinner burn and start sleeping with the lights on.”The Washington Post
 
“Haunting . . . a suspenseful, sprawling page-turner.”USA Today
 
“Entrancing and delightful . . . [a] whipsmart humdinger of a thriller . . . It feels, above all things, new.”The Boston Globe
 
“Gripping . . . a masterful puzzle . . . Pessl builds up real suspense.”Entertainment Weekly
 
“A very deeply imagined book . . . sprints to an ending that’s equal parts nagging and haunting: What lingers, beyond all the page-turning, is a density of possible clues that leaves you leafing backward, scanning fictional blog comments and newspaper clippings, positive there’s some secret detail that will snap everything into focus.”New York
 
“Hypnotic . . . The real and the imaginary, life and art, are dizzyingly distorted not only in a Cordova night film . . . but in Pessl’s own Night Film as well.”Vanity Fair

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

A shrewdly contemporary whodunit. W Magazine  
The sort of a top-shelf whodunit that thriller buffs dream of. Seriously, people, this is the Game of Thrones of murder mysteries. Out  
Night Film is an engrossing yarn, full of twists and cliffhangers. . . . Pessl handles Cordova’s menace superbly, keeping readers in thrall. The Economist  
You won’t put this book down. Marie Claire
Noirish, impish and stylish, this literary thriller delivers twists, kinks and characters to care about. . . . Night Film gets two thumbs up. More  
A very deeply imagined book . . . sprints to an ending that’s equal parts nagging and haunting: What lingers, beyond all the page-turning, is a density of possible clues that leaves you leafing backward, scanning fictional blog comments and newspaper clippings, positive there’s some secret detail that will snap everything into focus. New York  
Hypnotic . . . The real and the imaginary, life and art, are dizzyingly distorted not only in a Cordova night film . . . but in Pessl’s own Night Film as well. Vanity Fair  
A literary mystery that’s also a page-turner . . . Night Film might be the most talked-about novel this summer. Time Out New York  
It may be true, as the opening scene of the novel says, that everybody has a story about Cordova. But it’s hard to imagine any one that would be better than Night Film. St. Louis Post-Dispatch  
Screenshots of online news articles and the Cordovite fansite, as well as copies of mental hospital patient assessment forms and other official documents—all fictional—plus McGrath’s terror-filled imagination, pull the reader into Pessl’s masterfully played ruse. Pessl has matured into a cleverly entertaining writer who wields her strengths with greater precision than in Special Topics. The Kansas City Star  
Inventive . . . Think Edgar Allan Poe and Stephen King meet Guillermo del Toro. Kirkus Reviews
Seven years after Special Topics in Calamity Physics, Pessl returns with a novel as twisted and intelligent as that lauded debut. Publishers Weekly  
Expands from a seemingly straightforward mystery into a multifaceted, densely byzantine exploration of much larger issues. Booklist (starred review)
This summer’s Gone Girl: a completely absorbing literary thriller. Library Journal
A rare and wonderful thing—an ambitious novel that hits its target fair and square. Night Film is beautifully imagined, beautifully written, and hypnotically suspenseful. Lee Child, author of A Wanted Man
A gothic thriller that’s among the best novels I’ve read this year. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel  
Having finished Night Film, I now find myself a dedicated Cordovite. Rob Brunner, The New York Times Magazine
A testament to Pessl’s tremendous gifts as a storyteller. Scott Smith, author of The Ruins
Gripping . . . a masterful puzzle . . . Pessl builds up real suspense. Entertainment Weekly  
Entrancing and delightful . . . [a] whipsmart humdinger of a thriller . . . It feels, above all things, new. The Boston Globe  
“Beautifully imagined, beautifully written, and hypnotically suspenseful.” Lee Child, # 1 New York Times bestselling author
Mysterious and even a little head-spinning, an amazing act of imagination. Dean Baquet, The New York Times Book Review  
Night Film has been precision-engineered to be read at high velocity, and its energy would be the envy of any summer blockbuster. Your average writer of thrillers should lust for Pessl’s deft touch with character. Joe Hill, The New York Times Book Review  
Maniacally clever . . . Cordova is a monomaniacal genius who creeps into the darkest crevices of the human psyche. . . . As a study of a great mythmaker, Night Film is an absorbing act of myth-making itself. . . . Dastardly fun . . . The plot feels like an M. C. Escher nightmare about Edgar Allan Poe. . . . You’ll miss your subway stop, let dinner burn and start sleeping with the lights on. The Washington Post  
Haunting . . . a suspenseful, sprawling page-turner. USA Today
“A testament to Marisha Pessl’s tremendous gifts as a storyteller.” Scott Smith, New York Times bestselling author
“Get ready to talk about this book.” Entertainment Weekly
“Hypnotic…The real and the imaginary, life and art, are dizzyingly distorted not only in a Cordova night film…but in Pessl’s own Night Film as well.” Vanity Fair
“Noirish, impish, and stylish, this literary thriller delivers twists, kinks, and characters to care about…Night Film gets two thumbs up.” More
“Your average writer of thrillers should lust for Pessl’s deft touch with character.” New York Times Book Review
Night Film is an engrossing yarn, full of twists and cliffhangers…Pessl handles Cordova’s menace superbly, keeping readers in thrall.” Economist
“Maniacally clever…Cordova is a monomaniacal genius who creeps into the darkest crevices of the human psyche…As a study of a great mythmaker, Night Film is an absorbing act of myth-making itself…Dastardly fun…The plot feels like an M. C. Escher nightmare about Edgar Allan Poe…You’ll miss your subway stop, let dinner burn, and start sleeping with the lights on.” Washington Post
“If there’s any justice, the first chapter of literary wunderkind Marisha Pessl’s much-awaited second novel, Night Film, should go down in literary history as among the most notable formal innovations of this century…Here she conjures an entire oeuvre, as well as its production, reception, and mediation. But her biggest triumph is the specter of Cordova himself. ‘He’s a myth, a monster, a mortal man,’ she writes. One who, by the book’s end, many readers will wish desperately was real.” Boston Globe
“It may be true, as the opening scene of the novel says, that everybody has a story about Cordova. But it’s hard to imagine any one that would be better than Night Film.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“A gothic thriller that’s among the best novels I’ve read this year.” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“Expands from a seemingly straightforward mystery into a multifaceted, densely byzantine exploration of much larger issues.” Booklist (starred review)
“An inventive—if brooding, strange and creepy—adventure in literary terror. Think Edgar Allan Poe and Stephen King meet Guillermo del Toro as channeled by Klaus Kinski.” Kirkus Reviews
“Jake Weber is an inspired choice to narrate Marisha Pessl’s dark and utterly addictive new novel. He is at home in the noir, able to treat it as if the nightmarish confusion in which protagonist Scott McGrath finds himself is utterly real to him—and to make it real to you. Weber’s pacing is impeccable, his characters distinguished so subtly that you can’t even say how you knew that was, for example, Hopper speaking, but you unfailingly do know. Pessl’s plotting is intricate and gripping as McGrath is helplessly compelled to pursue the truth about the ‘suicide’ of Ashley Cordova, gifted daughter of a maker of cult horror films, who may be just eccentrically private, or maliciously manipulative, or actually demonic. Trust me: You’ll care. Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile

Reviews

Reviews

by Donna 9/13/2017
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Worth your time cash/credit

This book lives up to the hype. Fantastic story very complex and surprises up till the very end. Did have difficulty with the multimedia application , had to hunt around the web for some of the keys for the smartphone app, but still very enjoyable without it. Do get this if you like the dragon tattoo books.

Details

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 23.16
Audience: Adult
Language: English