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Night Watch Audiobook

Night Watch: Watch, Book 1

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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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    Ken East Lansing, MI, United States 03-16-16
    Ken East Lansing, MI, United States 03-16-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Awesome setting, narrator will get into your head"

    Finally got around to reading the book (of course, saw the movie back when it came out). Really interesting setting, and the writing really conveys Anton and his emotions well (even when he is indecisive and when depressed, which is hard to convey while still keeping the writing engaging). However, does hit that pet peeve of mine of having a protagonist with very little agency who is just a pawn. It's kind of the point of the story, and I have read far worse examples of it, but that's just a subjective thing of mine. I am definitely still interested in the rest of the series sometime. Plus, the audiobook version was very well done and since starting it, I have found my internal voice occasionally slipping into a Russian accent. Fun. I have resisted the temptation to always refer to my boss by his first and last name every time I talk to him, however.

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    Thomas J. Quilitzsch Attleboro, MA United States 01-12-16
    Thomas J. Quilitzsch Attleboro, MA United States 01-12-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Read it twice, listened just now"

    I've read this twice over the years. Decided I wanted to revisit it and listen while at work. I love the Narrator using accents only during dialogue. plan to finish the set. I remember enjoying all the books.

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    Hilary 01-05-16
    Hilary 01-05-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Good start, great performance"

    The world-building and imagery were solid throughout, and I found myself identifying with several of the characters. However, the stories felt disjointed, and the character development and progression of relationships felt incredibly forced and like we were missing several steps. The author used time jumps to account for that, but it took away from the story for me.

    The performance, however, was fantastic. Paul Michael's character distinction, as well as his transitions from narrative to dialogue, and his use of accents, made this book a delight to listen to.

    I don't know if I'll continue the series, but I don't regret listening to this book.

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    Paul United States 09-10-15
    Paul United States 09-10-15 Member Since 2013

    I listen to a bit of everything. Mostly Fantasy and paranormal romance with my wife. Along with mysteries/thrillers, even some sci-fi.

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    "Vampires, Werewolves, and Magicians Oh My!"

    First of, The Night Watch is a series of short stories all interconnected. That's can be good, bad, or indifferent. It's "modern day" Russia, but not current modern day, and it does date itself a bit with some of the devices mentioned (portable CD players etc.)

    I think the weakest point of the book is how the characters interact. That is to say, I don't believe their interactions and for me it's because it's a series of short stories. I don't believe the relationship with Anton and Svetlana, or Igor.I know there's time between each of the stories, but it doesn't really make me care more about the characters. I like Anton, Boris, Olga and Igor, but I don't care about them. I feel we got to know Anton a bit, Igor quite a bit, but we only get enough to move the plot forward for Olga and Boris. I feel like I don't know Svetlana at all.

    Narrator Paul Michael give a great performance. He changes characters seamlessly, his Russian accent is great, and when he's not speaking as a character uses an American dialect.

    It's not a bad set of stories, but they just didn't click for me, so my wife and I will be passing on the rest of the series, but if you're interested in an urban fantasy set in Russia, this is a pretty cool setting, and there's some good stuff, but it just didn't click for me.

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    Amber L. Shupe Flagstaff, AZ USA 02-16-15
    Amber L. Shupe Flagstaff, AZ USA 02-16-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Great Performance"

    Very interesting story of magician of the light and the darkness. This story brings a new perspective of good and evil.

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    Olga 01-18-15
    Olga 01-18-15
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    "Great story a bit spoiled by fake accent of narrat"

    A rather original spin on the same old "good vs. evil" situation. I really enjoyed the story. But I really hated the fake russian accent of the narrator! The fact that the author is russian, the setting of the story is in Moscow, and all the characters are, of course, russian, absolutely does not mean that it needs to be narrated with russian accent. Especially when it's done only in dialogues and half the names and places were pronounced incorrectly. But it still did not spoil a great story, it was just funny and a bit irritating.

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    Johan Westberg 01-02-15 Member Since 2012
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    "It's a great book!"

    The narrator was great & the book was even better than the movie! I can definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes sci-fi, fantasy & horror! Reminds me of Harry Potter, Hellblazer, Hellboy & the Dresden Files.

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    kelvin phoenix 07-14-14 Member Since 2013

    I wont go in to the plots too much mainly if it 3 - 5 stars you may want to try it.

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    "Russian Vampires"
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    It's an old book but good story a little date but still good. witches, Vampires, and other human based creatures some work for the light some for the darkness. This shows plans within plans politics and law enforcement in this world hidden in our world.

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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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    Kindle Customer 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


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