"Assignment: Joanna Barrett hires me to track down her teenage daughter, who decided to forgo the circus and run away to the Nightside. The kid has no idea what she's getting herself into...You can find anything in the Nightside-if it doesn't find you first."
John Taylor is not a private detective per se, but he has a knack for finding lost things. That's why he's been hired to descend into the Nightside, an otherworldly realm in the center of London where fantasy and reality share renting space and the sun never shines.
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©2003 Simon R. Green; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.
"A fast-paced, macabre excursion into an entertaining world of twisted heroes and rampant weirdness." (Locus)
I couldn't finish this. Most of the book is full of trite, chauvinistic and cliched sayings. I usually will go through the first 6 chapters to give authors a chance but this was just awful. I think that the one thing that made me stop listening is the fact that the author could never really get to the point and often would say "something from the nightside" whenever he couldn't imagine the answer to whatever his hero was facing. It was annoying (I lost count after 20). I also didn't appreciate the way he portrayed women - helpless, vapid and selfish. Yuck. If you appreciate really campy and cliched mysteries with a supernatural twist then I suppose you'd enjoy this, although you might be better off watching a bad sci-fi movie from the 50s. The narrator did what he could, I don't fault him. There's not much he could have done with the material at hand.
I somewhat liked this audiobook, but for the repetitive nature of the actual words in it. If I heard "the darkside" one more time I swore I would throw my ipod out of the nearest window. I wanted to find out what happened in the story, I really did. There were many instances where I found myself intrigued by the characters and the mystery of them all and wanting to find out more (above and beyond where this plot line was going) - and then it would happen.... the words "the darkside" again.
Good lord, I know where we are, stop beating me over the head with it! It felt like a bad film noir version of a contemporary fantasy novel. Whether it could be blamed solely on the writing or a mixture of the writing and narration is up to the listener.
Will I listen to any others of this author. Im not sure. Maybe when I begin to stop hearing those two words echo in my head... one day perhaps... one day...
Loved this from the moment I started listening to this weird macabre Twilight Zone/Dean Koontz style story. The narrator is amazing. He really brings the main character John Taylor to life and is able to create an amazing number of other distinct characters. Wasn't sure what to expect but I was entertained the whole time. Two bloody thumbs up.
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Simon R. Green has created a cast of zany characters in a dark imaginative world that's fun to explore. The audio is very good. However, this series starts to go down-hill after the first few books. It gets extremely repetitive and I ended up not liking the series in the end.
Something from the Nightside was fun, fast, and Marc Vietor gave the perfect voice to John Taylor. I am in fact listening to it for a second time; immediately after hearing it the first time
The surprise at the ending........don't want to give anything away, but the twist was a good one
He created the perfect voice for John Taylor.
Moved - no; made me laugh, smile, chuckle, rewind to hear it again - oh hells, yeah!
Yes. John Taylor is a very good Anti-hero in my book
The ending which wasnt at all what I expected
John Taylor of course.
Yes when Cathy is safe and how she works her way into Taylors life
I liked this book enough to buy the complete series to read on a long vacation. It was a shame for it to end. But it did end well to me
It would have to be the narrator, Marc Vietor. He infused all the characters with wonderful, distinct voices and made the story come alive in a way I doubt it would have if I would have been reading it myself. That having been said, I really enjoyed his cynically dry take on the main character; it struck just the right chord for me and made me want to root for him more, though he probably wouldn't expect it.
I really enjoyed the descriptions of the Nightside and its various occupants. I found that with every new thing I learned about it and them, I only wanted to know more.
There's quite a few really terrific scenes throughout the book despite it being relatively short so I'd be hard pressed to pick just one.
I can't deny I cringed a few times, especially during that scene with John, Joanna, Razor Eddie and all those creepy crawlies. It's vivid enough that I'm not sure I want to listen to it again any time soon. At least, not without some heavy duty bug spray on hand. Yuck.
Though I'm a bit disappointed that I'm only stumbling onto this series now, I'm thrilled that I did. It was an expected delight and reminded me in some ways of 'The Dresden Files' by Jim Butcher, though absolutely no one should go into this series with expectations for John Taylor to be like Harry Dresden. They're two very different characters that are well worth enjoying on their own.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
It's actually not a bad listen. It goes fast and the narrator is pretty good - sure he has a lot of dramatization, but it seems to fit the tone of the story.
The book almost feels abridged - certain events happen in what feels like a day, but the relationship of the characters advance as if it was much longer than that.
The story is like a comic book - events, characters, locations and situations that are not part of our reality. If you can suspend disbelief to accept these events, you should enjoy the story.
I would listen to more in this series but only if they were on sale (or with a spare credit) - they are too short and not quite good enough to pay full price for. (On sale it's a definite 4 star, full price, only a 3.)
I love the stories and the main character in this series. I was not sure if I would like it, but wanted to give it a try since I have bought Simon Green's other books. I was even listening to it in the car, and my wife became interested. She wanted me to explain and fill in the story so she could keep up with the plot. The narrator is really good, and can bring the characters to life. I await the other Simon Green books and hope they get a great narrator to read them as well. Give it a try, if you like a good detective story in a dark fantasy setting.
Look for the details, that is what life is about.
First time listener to the Nightside. The reader was awesome. The book really held my attention and went so fast I didn't realize almost 6 hours went by. I just downloaded book 2 in the series. :J
"good science fiction, good novel"
For me this is what science fiction should be like. It has the necessary ingredients of a good novel, good characterization, good descriptions, good plotting, and thoughtful exploration of the situations. The requirements of science fiction, for me, include imaginative and even surreal scenes. This book has these, and although surreal, in my opinion, it never seems absurd. On the contrary, it all seems hyper-real as a dream does when one is in the middle of the dream, with a sort of compelling logic of its own.
The quality of the writing and descriptions is excellent. It is also easy to listen to, unpretentious. I might even say that it is inspired.
Of course, others may have a different experience of the book. But that is mine.
"Dick Tracy meets Angel"
Strangeley I enjoyed this listen, despite his over use of description and really annoying habit of stating where the characters are (in the nightside! if you listen to this book you'll hear that phrase approx. every 3-5mins, very irritating). However the writer clearly has talent, (but he may want to invest in a decent editor for his future titles) the story line is engaging and the characters, although exagerated to the limit, are believable and fun. If you like Angel and stereotypical Privat Eye detection then you'll like this, if you can get past some of his annoying habits as a writer you could even love it. All in all it's worth a listen, but I still can't decide whether to use one of my points to purchase another of the series when there are so many other potentialy great stories out there.
"Fantastic introduction to a new world"
This ranks pretty highly amongst the audiobooks I've listened to so far
I liked Kathy's spunk and John's dry humour and cynicism.
I haven't listened to any of Marc Vietor's other the performances but I like the way he reads this in that dry tone.
This made me laugh even though I was running at the time, I like to listen to books instead of music.
"No place like the Nightside"
To be honest, nothing I can say can convey how much I absolutely LOVE this series. And to think initially, I wasn't sure about spending one of my two monthly credits on this first book! I would really have missed out on a fantastic journey.
So, if you like fantasy, humour, thrills and adventure, you can not pass this one up or leave it in your wishlist for months on end. You need to buy it now. And if you're anything like me, you won't be able to put it down. Don't worry though. There's another 11 books after this one! And although its best to listen to them in order, if you did skip, the author is very good at summarising and filling you in on relevant past events pertaining to the current story, so you won't get lost.
The combination of Simon R Green's brilliant storytelling and Marc Vietor's wonderfully on point narration just completely drew me into the Nightside world and its inhabitants. Trust me, when I got to the final chapter of the 12th and final book, I felt really sad knowing there wouldn't be any more Nightside books. But the ending was lovely and fitting and well worth the journey and even two years+ later, I always have at least 1 or 2 of the books on my MP3 in case I fancy a trip back.
"Criminally good read"
This is not generally my type of book although I do like crime fiction. The story has an old school, Raymond Chandler feel to it and the writer draws you into his world with his descriptions. The story has good pace to it and several twists to keep you interested. I would certainly buy another book from this author.
"listen before you buy"
Better plotting and characterisation. Removing the use of the words "in the night side" every few sentences. Getting someone who can actually do a modern English accent if that's what it's supposed to be. I live in the UK and have never come across anyone with that voice. It only exists in really old films about the upper class. Doesn't fit the time period or character at all.
No. I love urban fantasy novels.
The accent was awful and he was completely over the top.
The story might have been good with some editing and a different reader. But the author still uses the phrase "in the night side" an unbelievable number of times.
Don't buy this if you're looking for something like Harry Dresden/Rachel Morgan etc.
All of the Nightside books are amazing and I don't see why anyone wouldn't enjoy them.
Marc Vietor is American yet the books are written by an English writer, set in London featuring an English character. Are there not any British readers out there? His attempt at an English accent is dreadful and makes the book unlistenable.
Very disappointed that an American actor is voicing these books. I was so looking forward to listening to them as I absolutely love the books. I have no objection listening to American actors voicing American books but please stop ruining British books.
A waste of a credit.
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