John Taylor is a paranormal supernatural investigator with powers of his own. He's good at what he does but he has one hang up... He wants to find out who and what his mother is. In the mean time he's snarky and witty and he gets the job done. He is from the nightside where the paranormal and the supernatural live and play deadly.
I like mostly fantasy - Robert Jordan, Charlaine Harris, Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, etc.
I listened to several short stories by this author -all fantasy genre & pretty good. This book reminds me of an old Philip Marlowe gumshoe dectective novel. The main character can move between human reality & The Nightside, an alternate reality. In this installment we are introduced to John Taylor, a PI, with some supernatural talents. He sets out to save the day & the girl. Decent story &I will listen to the 2nd book at some point. This author usually gets a lot of good reviews so I will try one more before I draw a line in the sand & go no farther. Wishy-washy reviews usually irritate me but I cant't bring myself to get off the fence just yet - mea culpa.
this book rates very high in my entire book reading and listening history
My all-time favorite books are "Count of Monte Christo", "Dune", and anything by Tolkien. This book is just a bit less overall.
He gives a voice that is not mine to the characters.
I resented having to stop listening to sleep or eat.
Simon Green essentially describes a world within a world (the nightside) that is downright scary and defiant of traditional logic or sense of normalcy, but can somehow be rationally assimilated, found to be intriguing and even liked. His style of describing the characters and their various encounters with the protagonist (John Taylor) is most captivating. This was further accentuated by his uniquely vivid depictions of sceneries and customs of the nightside. The proverbial "cherry on top" would be Marc Vietor's narration of the story and how the characters sprung to life under the majesty of his delivery.
One of the most memorable moments of the book was the scene where John and Joanna are encountered by the Harrowing (John's dreaded enemies) and Razor Eddie shows up to dispense some nightside "justice". This scene clearly illustrated the dreadful nature of the Harrowing and showed exactly why John's only option in the past was to flee upon seeing them. However, it also illustrated the immensely powerful nature of the character Razor Eddie and how fortunate John was to have him as a "friend" in the nightside.
My favourite scene in the book took place during the event where John and Joanna locate the entity which assumed the form of a house and held Cathy captive. The most exhilarating moment for me was when Cathy revealed that Joanna was not her mother and John then finally realised that he had been deceived by the entity (the house) and its puppet (Joanna), all for the malevolent purpose of luring him in and absorbing him.
I definitely wanted to listen to this book all in one sitting. In fact, I think I would have achieved this if not for the onset of urgent obligations.
Simon Green and Marc Vietor make a great team. Green is blessed with an intense, boundless and inspiring sense of imagination while Vietor's narrative skills easily go hand-in-hand with Green's creative genius.
Better than average
I like alternate realities and this was a good one
At first you are going to get tired of the title showing up in every scene. We walked down the street in (pause) "The Night Side" and turned at the end of the block in (pause) "The Night Side." We found a restaurant that could only exist in (pause) "The Night Side." And so on. But it tapered off and there is an interesting story once you get past that.
Different, Fast-Paced, Gripping
It contained elements from many other stories but was very unique.
This was my first time listening to this narrator but his performance was excellent.
In the Nightside you can find anything your looking for... unless it finds you first.
I enjoy this series very much anyway, but the reading of it definitely put John Taylor in the character he comes through with in the story
John Taylor -- who else. Unbelievable in many ways, but still in some ways someone you can relate to.
John Taylor. He performed him brilliantly. Just like I envisioned him.
The reader puts more emotion into his words than I could ever do
Suzie Shooter aka Shotgun Suzie aka Oh Christ It's Her Run! really I don't have to say more she is just awesome
None before but this is a great start
Welcome to the Nightside where dreams come true and Nightmares walk the streets.
Buy this you won't regert it
This is one of those first books that spends a great deal of time introducing the characters and places. It's fine and understandable. Hopefully the next book will have a more intricate plot although this had some twists and turns most were viewable ahead of time. It was interesting enough to make me read the next and isn't that really the best recommendation there is?
Loved the narrators voice. Tone and inflection were very good.
Oh, gosh, I gave this guy two credits worth of a chance, and couldn't even finish the second installment. What is this guy, fourteen? An escapee from the Big Bang Theory? I wanted to love it, the way I love Jim Butcher's Dresden, but the writing is just so very lame. Perhaps they could include a rim shot where it's supposed to be funny so I won't miss it. Sorry Mr. Green, no more credits from me.