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Night Watch: Watch, Book 1 | [Sergei Lukyanenko]

Night Watch: Watch, Book 1

Night Watch is a world as elaborate and imaginative as Tolkien or the best Asimov. Living among us are the "Others", an ancient race of humans with supernatural powers who swear allegiance to either the Dark or the Light. A thousand-year treaty has maintained the balance of power, but an ancient prophecy decrees that one supreme "Other" will rise up and tip the balance. When a young boy with extraordinary powers emerges, will the forces of the Light be able to keep the Dark from corrupting the boy and destroying the world?
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Publisher's Summary

Set in modern day Moscow, Night Watch is a world as elaborate and imaginative as Tolkien or the best Asimov. Living among us are the "Others", an ancient race of humans with supernatural powers who swear allegiance to either the Dark or the Light. A thousand-year treaty has maintained the balance of power, and the two sides coexist in an uneasy truce. But an ancient prophecy decrees that one supreme "Other" will rise up and tip the balance, plunging the world into a catastrophic war between the Dark and the Light.

When a young boy with extraordinary powers emerges, fulfilling the first half of the prophecy, will the forces of the Light be able to keep the Dark from corrupting the boy and destroying the world?

©2006 Sergei Lukyanenko (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Brace yourself for Harry Potter in Gorky Park.... The novel contains some captivating scenes and all kinds of marvelous, inventive detail: The vampires’ seduction of a teenage boy is bone-chilling; every time Lukyanenko described the Other-worldly Twilight, I felt lured into it; and the fantastical powers exercised by Anton and his colleagues range from delightful to awesome." (The Washington Post Book World)

"[As] potent as a shot of vodka.... [A] compelling urban fantasy." (Publishers Weekly)

"Night Watch is an epic of extraordinary power." (Quentin Tarantino)

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    Mel Aclaro ANAHEIM, CA, United States 03-08-14
    Mel Aclaro ANAHEIM, CA, United States 03-08-14 Member Since 2008

    My wife says she can read me like an open book. Though she regrets not being able to shut me up the same way. :)

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    "This just didn't gel with me."

    Don't hate me, but despite the positive reviews this story seems to have already received from others, for me: it felt like "another" vampire-/witchy-/supernatural-beings infused plot line.

    Characters "shift" in/out of dimensions even as they share a common reality with regular folks. And then there's this thing with a stuffed owl, and "the boss"... no spoilers here, but suffice to say: it wasn't working for me.

    Had the author given a little backstory that attempted an explanatory spin about how it is these beings/dimensions came to be -- or even how they came to be discovered and accepted by folks living in the regular world (the government licenses supernaturals in this world) -- then m'be it would've gel'd a little better with me. Instead, these issues are treated as a "given" in the storyline. Perhaps it's addressed later in the story, but it wasn't happenin' in the critical first hour... so it lost me.

    Okay, so that was one thing.

    The other thing that kept taking me out of the story was the narrator's choice to use different voices for the first-person narrative and the protagonist's dialog with others in the story. I mean, imagine the protagonist carrying on a Russian-accented dialog as he converses with others in the story, but then using a U.S. Western accent while narrating his account of that scene to you and me. WTH?

    I quickly found myself working too hard to keep track of where the guy was that I was supposed to be following... so I just let him go. :(

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wesley New Britain, CT, United States 10-05-13
    Wesley New Britain, CT, United States 10-05-13 Member Since 2012

    I love to read and since 2011 I have been mostly listening to audiobooks because oftentimes there is nothing like a good narrator.

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    "I almost skipped over this one, glad I didn't....."

    I kept seeing the Night/Day Watch titles in my searches at Audible but for one reason or another, I kept skipping by them. I finally took the chance and I regret not doing so sooner. Maybe its because of the translation from Russian or maybe something else completely, but the flow of the story is captivating. Sometimes I forgot I was listening to a book. I would start thinking about this or that aspect of the story and often I had to rewind a section because I would just "space" out during a part. LOL. I thoroughly enjoyed the rich and detailed world the author setup. He has quite a talent for keeping the reader interested and wanting more. This book more so than others I've loved, kept me wanting to listen "just a little longer". More than once, after driving home listening I'd sit in my car on the driveway for a bit, just to get an extra 10 minutes farther into the story.

    I will most definitely be following up this book with the Day Watch that I believe comes next. For those of you looking for something just a little bit different in the fantasy genre, this is it I think.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christina D. Vickers Fort Smith, AR 05-29-13
    Christina D. Vickers Fort Smith, AR 05-29-13 Member Since 2009

    "reading junkie" I read or listen to almost anything except for non-fiction or history, unless I find it interesting.

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    "Sit back and Enjoy!"

    I actually read these books about 6 years ago. But I wanted to listen to them. This series is somewhere between sci-fi and paranormal. The setting is in Russia and that makes the whole book more interesting to me. There is one major plot that runs through all the books with 3 sub-plots. There is minor romance and tons of drinking. Many many interesting characters that make the story colorful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Larry J. Waggle Dr Larry J Waggle 03-11-13
    Larry J. Waggle Dr Larry J Waggle 03-11-13

    Dr Waggle

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    "new russian master"
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    this is the first of four novels which address the Others, locked in the balance between darkness and light, but set in post-communist Russia. the characters are compelling and the narration is good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Samuel Manheim, PA, United States 09-24-12
    Samuel Manheim, PA, United States 09-24-12
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    "Moving, Dark, Expansive"
    Where does Night Watch rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Number 1


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Olga, as she is mysterious & strong.


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

    A view point out side of my own psychologically referenced from listening to a person's live voice.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Watches


    Any additional comments?

    This is the greatest experience I have had in a long time.

    I haven't listened to an audiobook in over 12 years.

    I needed something other than music at work & this worked perfectly.

    This story line is currently my favorite film, yet the world in the book is so much more revealing than the film.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    martha Rochester, WA, United States 09-02-12
    martha Rochester, WA, United States 09-02-12 Member Since 2009
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    "unexpected surprise"
    What did you love best about Night Watch?

    This story took me a about an hour to get into. Once in, it was great. I love the narrator, who also performed on the Dan Brown novels. This book is split into three sections but pay attention, the book builds on previous events.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I really love the boy and all the scenes he is in. I wish i could say more but don't want to spoil things for anyone.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would have listened to it from start to finish but I wasn't able to. I listen to this while commuting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marshall Carencro, LA, United States 06-27-12
    Marshall Carencro, LA, United States 06-27-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Terrific start to a terrific series"
    Would you listen to Night Watch again? Why?

    This is a Russian novel and not the format a western reader expects. Lukyanenko creates an alternate world peopled by much more than vampires. There are a group of "Others", both Light and Dark that live in our world and their own world of the twilight. The book is actually three novellas, each building on characters and events from the previous story. Thoughtful discussions of what is "good" -- light, or "bad" -- dark. Fascinating read on many levels.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Anton is a light magician of modest powers, who wrestles with the concepts of good and evil.


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    Paul Michael is a charmed narrator with an understandable Russian accent and who voices all the characters very well.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, I read the first three books in the series before I had to take a break with something different. Every story and book builds on the earlier ones. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    06-03-11
    06-03-11 Listener Since 2009
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    "Good but..."

    The unique thing about this book is the approach to the nuances and blurry lines between good and evil. That kept the book above average when it could have fallen into the same category as dozens of other novels in this vein.

    But the problem is the book goes on way too long on this theme. There are pages of dialogue about this topic, especially during Book 3, when that had already been establshed. That should be the time for climax to the action, but it spends more time on the same theme.

    That said, the book does succeed in creating a believable dual-world that really works.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Burbank, CA, United States 03-09-11
    Anne Burbank, CA, United States 03-09-11 Member Since 2010
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    "A book about nothing"

    I usually don't post reviews, but this book was so awful I felt compelled to warn people off. No plot development, characters left in the wind and just no story. The conclusion was absolutely idiotic, boring and cheap. WTF? Amazing that it was published. Well narrated though.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Matt Manchester, NH, United States 12-31-10
    Matt Manchester, NH, United States 12-31-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Terrible"

    stay away from this one, characters are very bland, all of them sound like dracula, total waste of money

    6 of 28 people found this review helpful
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