John Taylor is a P.I. with a special talent for finding lost things in the dark and secret center of London known as the Nightside. He's also the reluctant owner of a very special-and dangerous-weapon. Excalibur, the legendary sword. To find out why he was chosen to wield it, John must consult the Last Defenders of Camelot, a group of knights who dwell in a place that some find more frightening than the Nightside. London Proper. It's been years since John's been back-and there are good reasons for that.
Listen to the entire Nightside series.
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“The best novel to date in the series, bar none.” (Green Man Review)
“By now, Marc Vietor knows this series inside and out, and he uses his warm, rich baritone to good effect in bringing the cheeky characters to life…Vietor has fun with the text, growling his way through Taylor’s lines, giving listeners over-the-top villains and a fittingly dramatic King Arthur. His narration makes for a fun trip through this urban fantasy world.” (AudioFile)
My first Nightside book. I read it because of the Excalibur angle.
I wasn't bored. The book is fairly fast-paced and almost off-handedly violent--but it's fun in a sort of distopian, over-the-top way.
Dark and well written story, with just the right amount of implausible twists you expect (but don't see coming) in a Nightside book.
It kept me engaged and managed to surprise me quite a few times.
The Nightside books are inventive, but the heroes always win and are never in danger of losing so there isn't much suspense. Dead people come back to solve unsolvable problems, heroes discover new capabilities just when they need them. The tone of the main characters is disdainful confidence while breezing their way through difficulty while maintaining their sort of witty dialog.
It is actually exactly like the author's Drood books in tone, but with more gratuitous gore since everything is set in the Nightside, a mythical underside of London.
The reader is good given the material.
Consistent story and characters. John Taylor is such a sarcastic...
Jim Butcher Dresden Files and Benedict Jacka's Alex Verus. Definitely, independent characters that swim upstream.
The trip to the future Nightside.
John's usual wisecracking wit.
Someone loking more for comedy than thriller
I din't finish, but in all the fact that it started off about excaliber and didn't get much better, I was done before Chapter 1 ended.
When I listen at work I need something high intensity and fast-paced. This may be better reading in print...it starts really slow
Very very cheesy and corny dialog. Think of every old fashioned PI story or movie you've ever seen and THIS incorporates ALL of the cliche lines, etc. ...gathered into one tall tale. You're being TOLD a story by a PI (who KNOWS everything and could NOT be surprised by anything 'cause he's seen it all...). You are not invited into the story, you are sat firmly on the sidelines...outside the story but in reach of the supposed witticisms. Sorry. Don't mean to be a smart a** about it, but the main character tends to bring that sort of thing out. LOL. I laughed all the way through part one (it was THAT cheesy) and when part two started...I realized that I could NOT finish this one. It was just too much. Ugh. Anyway. If you like the TRADITIONAL sort of private eye story (think Barretta, etc.)...you will probably appreciate this one. I didn't even make it back into the nightside (the second half of the story) so I missed out on all of the magical stuff. The irony is that I am a HUGE King Arthur buff, so it is shocking that I just couldn't get through to the end. I guess my tolerance for really corny, cliched dialog did me in. The narration was excellent. Go figure.
The entire Nightside series is well worth the listen especially if you like the Dresden Files. But a Hard Day's Knight is a fun trip for the series into the absurd and the weird. John Taylor stretches his legs as the new Walker and King Author gets to stretch his legs from the dead - it's pleasurable read for fans of the world of Camelot.
Marc Vietor is John Taylor. He does a fantastic job and when I imagine the character it's Marc's voice.
I laughed and smiled my way through the whole book. Its worth it if you don't take yourself too seriously.
It's a great read.
Look for the details, that is what life is about.
Awesome great listen
Others in the series
He is great to listen to. I prefer his voice to many others that Simon green uses.
Not a laugh or cry type of book.
Marc is a wonderful narrator. :J
This book introduced me to a place I have never heard of; London's Dark Side. The scenes and characters of London's Dark Side reminded me of the saloon in the first Star War's movie. Very cool!
I chose this book because I am so enamored with the Harry Desden series. Though this book was very different, it had a similar sense of humor and the same wide ride as the Desden books. Loved it.
Vietor has a dryness in his voice that compliments the main character and just adds to the humor of the story.
If that had been possible, yes. I did listen every chance I got, Long drives, getting ready for work, cleaning house.
I've read the other in this series. If you liked those, you'll like this. But I reccomend reading it... The narrator, Marc Vietor, reads like hes talking about someones stuck up fat old uncle. Completely out of character and very jarring.
"Again, a great reading but..."
The Nightside books are great stuff to listen to when you just want some light entertainment, and Marc Vietor's reading is, as ever, very good (But I winced each time he mispronounced Gaea and Castle Inconnu!)I only wish they'd got him to do the Forest Kingdom (Blue Moon) books, as I simply can't listen to the narrator they've used.
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