"Paying jobs are one thing. Personal quests are another. And I've been warned that uncovering the facts about dear old mum could be a very bad thing, not just for the Nightside but for all of existence. Still I can't stop...I'm John Taylor. Finding things is who I am. It's what I do. Whatever the consequences...."
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"Fans of Harry Dresden would find John Taylor a terrific read... but, then again, so would any fan of good, dark urban fantasy" (SF Revu)
"I can now say unequivocally that listening to this story was an immeasurably better experience for me than I had reading (and re-reading) any of the other Nightside novels, as the incredible work done by everyone at Audible makes the story come truly alive." (Green Man Review)
I can now say unequivocally that listening to this story was an immeasurably better experience for me than I had reading (and re-reading) any of the other Nightside novels, as the incredible work done by everyone at Audible makes the story come truly alive. Until I started using an iPod to listen to audiobooks while taking a long morning walk around the downtown area of the city I live in, I had never really appreciated the experience of a well-crafted audiobook, as I simply can't listen to them when I'm doing anything else. All of the Nightside novels are told in the first person singular, as narrated by John Taylor himself. Think Philip Marlowe or perhaps Lew Archer. Yes, he's hard bitten. Cynical. And Marc Vietor's voice work which clearly indicates that he's seen everything life can possibly throw at him. Indeed Vietor truly makes Taylor, his world, and all of the other characters come alive for me in a way that they don't quite do on the page. At best, I can just say the voice work is perfect. And Marc Vietor does all of the Nightside novels! So I envy the hours upon hours of great fiction awaiting you when you listen to all of the Nightside novels!
Cat Eldridge / Green Man Review
As usual for this author, the book contains great imagery. But, the last third of this book could have been reduced by half. Much of the latter dialog interferes with the flow. It could have been 5-star.
Not sure, this one had a much darker storyline than the first book that I read.
The story wasn't as fun\cheesy as the first book that I read, I missed that element. It was also a bit too convoluted(too many characters)
Yeah, go out and serch for rainbows, lol.
I agree that it's not high literature, but it's a highly entertaining read all the same! I especially love the narrator- his gritty, occasionally melodramatic, always wry and deadpan delivery is perfect for the text. This is the first one that actually made me tear up a bit at a particularly poignant scene.
In the fourth book of the Nightside series, private investigator, John Taylor, is hired to find out the origins of the Nightside by Lady Luck. John gathers together Madman, Sinner and Sinner's girlfriend, the demon succubus, Pretty Poison, to help investigate. Like all the Nightside books so far, this was a good listen. There's not a lot of hidden meaning in the books but they are enjoyable and easy to listen to while doing other tasks (such as huffing and puffing in my workout). I was surprised that we, the readers, found out this early in the series who John's mother is. For some reason, I expected the author to carry that mystery on a bit longer.
Marc Vietor is a good narrator. He's got that gritty, noir detective voice that suits the story well.
I didn't think I was going to like this, after all I got it because it was a $4.95 special, I don't think I read the reviews or anything, next when I started listening I discovered I was listening to a wizzard tale. Then I really didn't think I'd make it 20 minutes. Still the author doesn't seen to take it all too seriously and makes a pretty gorey tale light and interesting. The narrator is the best I have listened to, he is so good, I had too look at the cover a couple times to see if more than one person was reading. He so completely changed characters so effortlessly, that just the small indication of a sound of a word and you know which character he was speaking for, (you don't have to wait for Marc Vietor read who the character is). Amazing (wish he would read some classics) now I'm going to want to listen to all the books he narrates. I really like narrators that don't over act the thing and don't make spitty sounds or swallowing noises if you know what I mean.
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