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Something from the Nightside: Nightside, Book 1 | [Simon R. Green]

Something from the Nightside: Nightside, Book 1

"Taylor is the name. John Taylor...My card says I'm a detective, but what I really am is an expert on finding things. It's part of the Gift I was born with as a child of the Nightside - the hidden heart of London where it's always three a.m., where inhuman creatures and otherworldly gods walk side-by-side in the endless darkness of the soul. Assignment: Joanna Barrett hires me to track down her teenage daughter, who decided to forgo the circus and run away to the Nightside."
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"Taylor is the name. John Taylor...My card says I'm a detective, but what I really am is an expert on finding things. It's part of the Gift I was born with as a child of the Nightside - the hidden heart of London where it's always three a.m., where inhuman creatures and otherworldly gods walk side-by-side in the endless darkness of the soul.

"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.

Listen to the entire Nightside series.

©2003 Simon R. Green; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A fast-paced, macabre excursion into an entertaining world of twisted heroes and rampant weirdness." (Locus)

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    Laura NYC, NY, USA 03-14-09
    Laura NYC, NY, USA 03-14-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Over and Over"

    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...

    17 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Seattle, WA, United States 07-29-13
    Heather Seattle, WA, United States 07-29-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Love this book"
    Would you listen to Something from the Nightside again? Why?

    Yes!
    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


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Something from the Nightside?

    The surprise at the ending........don't want to give anything away, but the twist was a good one


    What about Marc Vietor’s performance did you like?

    He created the perfect voice for John Taylor.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Moved - no; made me laugh, smile, chuckle, rewind to hear it again - oh hells, yeah!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff 04-13-13
    Jeff 04-13-13 Member Since 2010
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    "I wish I could visit"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. John Taylor is a very good Anti-hero in my book


    What did you like best about this story?

    The ending which wasnt at all what I expected


    Which character – as performed by Marc Vietor – was your favorite?

    John Taylor of course.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes when Cathy is safe and how she works her way into Taylors life


    Any additional comments?

    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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tom New York, NY, USA 03-08-09
    Tom New York, NY, USA 03-08-09
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    "John Taylor rules!"

    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.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 01-28-09
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 01-28-09 Member Since 2007

    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)

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    "It's kinda like a comic book"

    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.)

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin and Gail APO, AE United States 01-09-09
    Kevin and Gail APO, AE United States 01-09-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Wonderful Story as are all his books"

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    :J phoenix,AZ 12-18-08
    :J phoenix,AZ 12-18-08 Member Since 2005

    yojne efil look at everything

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    "Something from the Nightside"

    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

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine St. Johns, FL, United States 02-27-14
    Katherine St. Johns, FL, United States 02-27-14 Member Since 2009

    I'm the managing editor of the Fantasy Literature blog. Life's too short to read bad books!

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    "Imaginative world, great audio"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Sylmar, CA, United States 09-08-13
    Kimberly Sylmar, CA, United States 09-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Nice short but good listen"

    I really enjoyed this book. It was straight to the point full of color action.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    G. Griggs 08-15-13
    G. Griggs 08-15-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Wonderful and full of Camp."

    Take 1 part Dashiell Hammett, 1 part Jim Butcher, 1 part Mickey Spillane, and finally 1 part Neil Gaiman, add a dash of Archie Goodwin wise-assery from Rex Stout;

    Mix thoroughly with Magic and pour out sideways, there you have it: "The Nightside".

    One could call this Campy or a Homage' to the Detective writers/stories of the 30's, 40's and 50's, "Witch" I loved growing up. Later i began to read "Constantine", "The Dresden Files", "Neverwhere" and Marion Zimmer Bradley's "GhostLight" Series.

    This Series is a combination of those [above] styles/stories, and out popped Mr. Green's own Flavour of Magical Detective.

    I appreciate this Homage to the old style of rough and tumble, classic American Detective (Dick). I can read the affection that Mr. Green has for those stories and the idea that there is Magic in the world. To me it is fun to read the English slant on this beloved genre' of writing.

    The Narrator is wonderful and easy to understand.

    I want to read more of these and some of the other different Series by Mr. Green.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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