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  • Something More Than Night

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ian Tregillis
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (110)

    Ian Tregillis's Something More Than Night is a Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler inspired murder mystery set in Thomas Aquinas’s vision of Heaven. It’s a noir detective story starring fallen angels, the heavenly choir, nightclub stigmatics, a priest with a dirty secret, a femme fatale, and the Voice of God.

    Alison says: "part noir mystery, part philosophy class"
    "not what i had hoped"
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    Would you try another book from Ian Tregillis and/or Scott Brick?

    i would need much convincing in order to try another book if written in a similar style.


    What was most disappointing about Ian Tregillis’s story?

    Bayliss; the fact that it took the whole novel to explain the underlying premise and actual interesting portions of the story.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He gives the characters a depth and vitality that makes them real people, feeling heart ache and joy, whom you can relate to.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Something More Than Night?

    Half of the background after Bayliss's initial foray into Gabriel's Pleroma. In short, many of his introspections and interactions had bland dialog, and while I know he is a shadow of his fallen self without hope or friends, he is too one dimensional.


    Any additional comments?

    OK. I don't write reviews. I just listen to books. Good or bad, I listen. This was really hard to get through. I mean I understand that the author was fascinated with the ethereal and the scientific, connecting the mundane to the angelic but in using a Sam Spade character who spouts doctoral level scientific terminology, the reader is drowned in language that is hard to relate to in a story whose momentum is stalled after the first page and populated with passably interesting washed out characters. It was sad because I had hoped to enjoy the book and in spite of listening to Scott Brick for years, it was hard going on after the first half hour. The writing was well-researched and good but that isn't enough. While I appreciate the effort this author went to in order to develop a really awesome premise (it is cool) I just can't get past the crawling pace that abruptly stops only to crawl forward to a moderately climactic end.

    Just know that the clip you can preview is the same speed of the whole book, all of it. It is not a book for anyone other than astrophysicists into gumshoe style/noir/sci-fi/redemption tales.

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