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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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Publisher's Summary

"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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    Christofer 07-01-12
    Christofer 07-01-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story but too florid"
    Would you try another book from Simon R. Green and/or Marc Vietor?

    Simon R. Green? no
    Marc Vietor? YES


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Not worth it


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

    John Taylor. His gritty portrayal was perfect.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    If he says "In the Nightside" one more time, I'm going to punch something.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl 02-04-11
    Cheryl 02-04-11

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    "Ok episode of the Twilight Zone - no Harry Dresden"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Larry 03-16-10
    Larry 03-16-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Something of an adjustment."

    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.

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    Alan San Diego, CA, United States 01-22-09
    Alan San Diego, CA, United States 01-22-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Interesting/Fun"

    Good effort and interesting short story. Good value and fun listening. I will probably listen to more of these stories.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-28-10
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    "Wasted credit"

    Quite possibly the worst dialog ever written.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Omar HUNTINGTON BEACH, US, Canada 04-25-12
    Omar HUNTINGTON BEACH, US, Canada 04-25-12 Member Since 2014
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    "It was just ok."

    I had higher hopes for this one. It started out great and then I lost interest.

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    Geraldine Matteo 05-09-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Something from the Nightside"

    Don't waste money on this one, it's awful.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Rachael Gulf Breeze, FL, USA 01-23-09
    Rachael Gulf Breeze, FL, USA 01-23-09
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    "Painful narration/great story"

    I absoutley loved the story. It reminds me quite a bit of Constantine. I had to stop and take several breaks,however because the narrating was painful. The narrator uses the same rhythmic, and overly dramatic speaking pattern for everything. Immediatley you will notice the stereotypical detective, but the situtation is what made it interesting.
    I would love to listen to the rest of the series but I don't think I can take the narration. Great characters and story development, but hard to take narration.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra J Smith 02-11-09
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    "Something from the Nightside"

    I can't decide which was worse the typical story,bad writing or the terrible narrator.

    1 of 10 people found this review helpful
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