"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.
"A fast-paced, macabre excursion into an entertaining world of twisted heroes and rampant weirdness." (Locus)
Repetitive. How many times do we need to her "in the dark side"?
Writing was so heavy handed I couldn't bear it. It has all of the horror and desperation but none of the wit of "The Dresden Files."
I have been searching for an urban fantasy series even half as good as the Dresden Files. Don't waste your time here. The writing is heavy-handed and cliché. It is very hard to be sympathetic to the protagonist. In addition, his supernatural gifts swing from ineffectual to omnipotent right at the climax of a conflict, and what is the fun in that?
I listened all the way through, hoping the writer would get stronger, but that didn't happen. Never mind the film noir stuff – it's simply written badly, and left a horrible taste in my mouth.
I would not touch a book by Simon Green again.
I might be willing to give the narrator another try, if the material were of better quality.
At the end, I felt extremely let down.
Simon R. Green? no
Marc Vietor? YES
Not worth it
John Taylor. His gritty portrayal was perfect.
If he says "In the Nightside" one more time, I'm going to punch something.
We already know that the characters are "in the Nightside". You don't have to remind us every page. I mean that literally. The main character says or thinks "in the Nightside" once or twice a conversation.
This felt like a TV script with dramatic pauses written in for really long commercials. I don't think I would have finished reading this, but the narrator was good enough that I finished listening to it.
While it was enjoyable at $4.99, I would not spend my monthly credit on it or pay full price for it or any others in the series.
Admittedly, I had a bit of difficulty getting into the book at first. I found the somewhat repetitive nature of the character alluding to the "Nightside" every other sentence, as if you are not aware of where you are, a bit distracting. Once I became accustomed to Mr. Green's writing style, I went on to enjoy the storyline.
Marc Vietor did an excellent job with the reading and his various voices added to the flow and tempo of the audio.
Overall I liked the book and have gone on to read the rest of the series. However, I find this first installment to be my least favorite of the series. This is of course understandable; as Green gradually develops the characters and plot lines in later books, you begin to fully appreciate his talent for storytelling. It's worth the time and effort.
Good effort and interesting short story. Good value and fun listening. I will probably listen to more of these stories.
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