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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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    JPaladin 06-17-14
    JPaladin 06-17-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Pretty good."

    I enjoyed, but wasn't blown away by this book. There were some interesting concepts bantered about by the main character, but nothing too profound or meaningful was every truly developed. Story line was run of the mill. But the writing was pretty good.

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    Theano77 05-29-14
    Theano77 05-29-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Moose and squirrel... and vampires!"
    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator's use of a Russian accent was a terrible decision. Just speak English! Yes, I know it takes place in Russia. I figured it out from the place and everyone's names. No need for everyone to sound like Boris and Natasha.


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    Bryan 04-16-14
    Bryan 04-16-14 Member Since 2009
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    "love this series well narated and superbly writen"
    What made the experience of listening to Night Watch the most enjoyable?

    the movies only do not do this series justice. when i read this i feel like i have been dropped inside of it in away that i have not felt since Harry Potter


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. Bassett 03-12-14
    C. Bassett 03-12-14

    fabric fanatic

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    "Vampires are nominal"

    This is obvious the beginning of a series of the Light and the Dark.
    While not completely predictable, you need to swallow to many non-sequiturs to tie the loose needs together. The narrator was actually pretty good with the voices, Russians accents were OK but it was distracting to have the protagonist think in an American dialect. I think I'll skip the sequel.

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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. :(

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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.

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    Christina D. Vickers Fort Smith, AR 05-29-13
    Christina D. Vickers Fort Smith, AR 05-29-13 Member Since 2015

    "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.

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    Larry J. Waggle Dr Larry J Waggle 03-11-13
    Larry J. Waggle Dr Larry J Waggle 03-11-13

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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.

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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.

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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.


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