The audiobook performance was fine. I couldn't decide whether the story was trying to be serious or was a send up on the old detective novels. Mr. Green created some characters that will be very fun I hope in the future books but if I had to hear "in the nightside" one more time I was going to throw the book away.
I was hoping to find another series similar to Jim Butchers "The Dresden Files" books, bud sadly this is not quite what I had hoped for.
Have never left a review before, but first time for everything. Was trying some contemporary stuff went through Dresden, Verus,and Castor liked all them but this one seemed like the writing was cheesy and lazy. I'm not saying I could do better, but it just seemed he was repeating himself through the whole book I think he said this is the night side about 150 times. Sorry for the bad grammar an punctuation
Overall the book was good. I wish I had a penny for every time I just heard 'in the night side.' It was overused and then used some more.
I purchased this book on recommendation from Audible. it said, if you enjoy Jim Butcher, try this series. This book is nothing like the Dresden Files books. If that is what you are looking for, then don't waste your time.
I would recommend this to a friend, definitely a great story to listen to.
The voice actor was very good at distinguishing the tone and voice of each of the character, especially the main character. Additionally, the depictions of each scene was done well enough to the point where you were fully immersed in the trials and tribulations of the characters.
The story was incredibly good, although I will agree with the others who have reviewed this text that the use of "the Nightside" in text can get a bit annoying. Does not distract overall from how good the story was, but does make for a sort of tick it seems the author could not get out of.
I am so happy I found Audible!
If you read Butcher's, Dresden Files, then it may be frustrating to hear how much Green tried to re-create Harry and his world. If you can refrain from doing that and take this for what it is, it is enjoyable.
Yes, as the other reviews have said, the words: Night Side, are a constant. To put this in perspective for you, there was another review that said it would make a "great drinking game if you took a shot every time you heard it", well, you'd be drunk by the end of the first two chapters to be sure.
But, if you can think of John Taylor as a younger, less Dresden, more comic book, generic 50's P.I. then you can definitely have fun with this. It's a light read, fast paced and fun.
Marc Vietor does a fantastic job capturing John Taylor's persona. But, if you can't seem to get passed the repetitiveness try reading it first, it is not as bombarding that way.
I prefer urban/para romance right now for the fantasy aspect, but I listen to other genres as well.
Unusual, Creative, Unexpected
I think the overall concept of the book. I have not come across this idea before which is saying something when my favorite genre is urban fantasy. I really like this concept quite a bit.
This question always trips me up. I like the whole book. Trying to pull specific scenes out of a book doesn't work for me.
No. I like the complete atmosphere of the book. You bounce back and forth between what is considered normal and the Night Side.
I am going back through my library to write reviews and to see what I actually have. I forgot about this book and how much I liked it. I intend to read it again soon then to continue the series.
Based on recommendations from an acquaintance, I expected a British version of Butcher's Dresden Files series - maybe with a twist of Neverwhere. It was nowhere near as witty, and I wasn't intrigued by the story either.
Mostly I was just unimpressed. Everything felt a little too contrived, and the narrator was a bit too mature-sounding to believe that he was really John Taylor.
If you want a good supernatural PI story or one about the seedy, spooky world of London Below, stick with Butcher or Gaiman.
I'm obsessed with audible
The Nightside is a parallel World or maybe just a parallel London? that can be accessed through London's Tube system for those in the know. A pretty Dame walks into John's office wanting him to find her runway daughter that is rumored to be "IN THE NIGHTSIDE".
Why did I use the word 'Dame'? Why did I all cap "in the nightside"? Well. It's because this reads sort of like a cheesy clichéd old school private eye movie and the words "in the Nightside" were used SO many times that if you were playing a drinking game, you'd have been dead several times over. (Another reviewer mentioned this)
No one talks like that and what kind of writing and editing is that? It almost drove me MAD.
The world building is lacking in spite of John saying almost every sentence how it is "in the Nightside". There are supernatural entities and other bad guy humans with gifts of their own. John's gift is "finding things" and it only works "in the Nightside" (lol). We experience him open his mind to get a ghostly image of the girl's trail. Unclear? Me too. His gift also seems to change or pick up extra skills as needed when they're in trouble. The book is short. Time could have been taken to explain so much.
Anyways, it had intermittent moments when it was almost really good, but was an overall flop because it wasn't fleshed out enough. I feel like I just experienced first hand someone's vague dream memories upon waking. I kept thinking the entire time that I could be continuing to reread Harry Dresden, which is the void I was trying to fill.
Narration: Marc Vietor has a great voice. He does decent female voices and each character is identifiable and unique. However, his lilting cadence is a bit too much sometimes.