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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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    Angela Sharon Hill, PA, USA 04-18-09
    Angela Sharon Hill, PA, USA 04-18-09 Member Since 2008
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    "The Nightside"

    The first installment is pretty good. It is true that the author says "The Nightside" at least once every 30 seconds but the story was entertaining enough that it did not bother me. My review though, is not so much for the book but of the narration. The one thing I absolutely loved about this audiobook is the use of narrator Marc Vietor. I loved his deadpan delivery for the books. For me, his voice is the embodiment of John Taylor. He has made the series and as an avid reader I refuse to purchase the novels but will instead listen to the audio. It's worth checking out especially if you are looking to be entertained during a car trip or even a daily commute.

    25 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    01-17-09
    01-17-09 Listener Since 2008
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    "Escapism - Fun and Furious!"

    I really enjoyed the first book of this series and was certainly not disappointed with the story and the narrator. The time passed really fast and I couldn't stop listening to what was happening to John Taylor in the "Nightside". I've already downloaded Book 2 and can't wait!!!

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn Lopez Fairfield, CA United States 03-06-09
    Lynn Lopez Fairfield, CA United States 03-06-09 Member Since 2008
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    ""Just the facts, ma'am...""

    I think some reviewers have missed the point. The deadpan, cheerless narration, the melodramatic writing - it's all part of the package. The tone is set at the very beginning, when the new client mentions the bullet hole in the door, and John says dryly, "Moths." It's tongue-in-cheek and atmospheric. I enjoyed it.

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    breckoz SANTA CRUZ, CA, United States 06-05-12
    breckoz SANTA CRUZ, CA, United States 06-05-12 Member Since 2011

    Audiobook Junkie... Love all types of Science Fiction

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    "Dresden in Neverwhere"

    This was a fun listen. Sure, it parallels some other fiction I have listened to before, and some of it comes off a little cheesy (reference Shotgun Suzie and Razor Eddy), but it still manages to bring a fun adventure for the casual listener which has a little twist to enjoy in the end. There is magic and mystery to be found in this tale with a man named John Taylor who has the ability to find things in an underworld where nothing is as it seems.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Marti Montgomery, AL, United States 06-30-11
    Marti Montgomery, AL, United States 06-30-11 Member Since 2006

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Best Series Ever"

    Book 1 may not be my favorite book in the series but I love all of them and the narrator deserves multiple awards. I am a fan of The Dresden Files but the Nightside series I play over and over.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Martin Valparaiso, Indiana 12-31-08
    Rebecca Martin Valparaiso, Indiana 12-31-08 Member Since 2007

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    "Hooray for the Nightside!"

    The Simon R. Green "Nightside" books are some of my favorites, so I was extremely excited to see that audiobooks were made of them. Marc Vietor is delicious as the uber cool John Taylor. A little Sam Spade, a little Harry Dresden: John Taylor is London's most magical detective. This first book is a great intoduction into the Nightside and the subsequent books delve deeper into the mystery that is John's past. I highly recommend all of these books as they are fun and exciting. Who wouldn't want to take a walk in the "Nightside"?

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    E. Atkinson CA United States 02-11-09
    E. Atkinson CA United States 02-11-09 Member Since 2005

    xdaedalusx

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    "Awesome drinking game"

    Okay, first the Story is actually entertaining and light, a fun and mildly creepy read, here in the nightside. The characters are enigmatic and entertaining here in the nightside. The only problem with the book is the CONSTANT repeating of "in the Nightside." to the point that I started laughing at particularly dramatic points in the book because they kept saying, "here in the Nightside."
    So I propose that you get the book and invite over some friends and do a group listen (probibly in violation of the copywrite) Take a drink whenever they say "here in the Nightside." You will be unconscious before the book ends.

    29 of 33 people found this review helpful
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    Kendall Rockaway, NJ, USA 01-15-09
    Kendall Rockaway, NJ, USA 01-15-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Not Disappointed!"

    This was my first Simon Green listen and I just got the second book! Great, fast moving story. The narrator was outstanding. Recommended for anyone who loves a good mystery with spin to it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Marc Vietor 12-21-08
    Marc Vietor 12-21-08 Listener Since 2008
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    "Urban fantasy a la film noir"

    Wild characters, wild premise, wild ride. Philip Marlow meets Clive Barker. The first person storytelling and vivid characters keep the story racing along. Tongue in cheek references from Tolkien to Asimov. Good beginning.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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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 20 people found this review helpful
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  • Colin
    LondonUnited Kingdom
    4/20/09
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Darren
    Redditch, Worcestershire, United Kingdom
    1/2/09
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    "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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Harryetty
    YELVERTON, United Kingdom
    12/11/13
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    "Fantastic introduction to a new world"
    Where does Something from the Nightside rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This ranks pretty highly amongst the audiobooks I've listened to so far


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked Kathy's spunk and John's dry humour and cynicism.


    Have you listened to any of Marc Vietor’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    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.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This made me laugh even though I was running at the time, I like to listen to books instead of music.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    London
    2/10/13
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Joanne
    EdinburghUnited Kingdom
    5/6/09
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    London, United Kingdom
    7/31/14
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    "Great fun"
    If you could sum up Something from the Nightside in three words, what would they be?

    A good way to pass a few hours (okay, 8 words)


    Any additional comments?

    The Nightside books will never go down as the greatest literary accomplishments in this world, but they are nevertheless very imaginative and good fun. The characterisation is not deep - Green spends more of his time characterising the world rather than the people in it, but it's still enjoyable.

    I'm very surprised at the reviewer who thinks the reader's accent is appalling. Unless Mark Vietor spent some of his years in England, he has done a champion job getting it right. The accent is what I'd label as standard middle class English - very similar to my own - but nowhere near the upper class or old films, not even close. If the reviewer thinks that those accents are in any way similar, then I don't know what films he/she has been watching. For upper class, listen to Colin Firth or Rupert Grant (or Stephen Fry when he's mimicking the uber-upper class of Eton). Or Renee Zellweger's appalling attempt at an upper-middle (I can't imagine why anyone thought it was good - it was the fakest thing I ever heard. Ditto Gwyneth Paltrow in "Emma")

    I thought the narrator did a great job. It can be very easy to over-egg it when dealing with rather dry humour, and I thought he pitched it just right. A good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michelle
    5/10/14
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    "listen before you buy"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    Has Something from the Nightside put you off other books in this genre?

    No. I love urban fantasy novels.


    What didn’t you like about Marc Vietor’s performance?

    The accent was awful and he was completely over the top.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't buy this if you're looking for something like Harry Dresden/Rachel Morgan etc.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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