Remember back in August when I reviewed the audio version of Night Film? I thought giving the text version a look would be a smart idea, since the book is so unique. I finally had the chance to have a look at it and thought I'd share my thoughts on the hardcover.
I'm not going to give you a review and synopsis of the story because I already did that here. I'm going to discuss the differences between the experiences of the two versions.
Usually, I'm pretty happy choosing to listen to an audiobook. There are exceptions, like this one. In this case, reading the hardcover has a couple of advantages over listening.
The visuals: website pages, magazine articles, photographs, etc. These items are described and the text portions read in the audiobook but actually seeing them is a better experience. For example, see the photo below.
The app. There is a free smartphone app that can be downloaded from the iTunes or Google Play stores. Using this app and a connection to the internet, the reader can access additional information hidden as Easter eggs within the book. Some bits are more interesting than others. The information can be audio files or additional text. This is a bit gimmicky and doesn't add a lot to the reading of the book. For more information, visit the Night Film Decoder page.
|How the app looks when played on my iPod|
If I was going to recommend one over the other, I'd pick the text version, just for all the extras.