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  • Something from the Nightside

  • Nightside, Book 1
  • By: Simon R. Green
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,976
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,394
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,413

"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."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Nightside

  • By Kemi on 04-18-09

Great listen if you love exposition.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-23-17

The concept is great. The book is chock full of good ideas for characters and settings, and it got me excited about the chance to explore more of this world. That said, the book was about 2/3rds exposition, 1/3rd action. Instead of setting tone by characters' interactions, Green often falls back on having his narrator fill in the gaps. And it gets a little relentless. We get it, things are different in the Nightside.

No qualms with Vietor, he does his best to stay in accent...and even when he beers away, it's not terribly distracting.

My only real beef here was that it seemed like every other paragraph in the first 4 hours of the book ended with the phrase "in the Nightside."

  • An Echo of Things to Come

  • The Licanius Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: James Islington
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 26 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,059
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,623
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,594

In the wake of a devastating attack, an amnesty has been declared for all Augurs - finally allowing them to emerge from hiding and openly oppose the dark forces massing against the land of Andarra. As the Augur Davian and his new allies hurry north toward the ever-weakening Boundary, however, fresh horrors along their path suggest that their reprieve may have come far too late. His ally in the Capital, the new Northwarden, contends with assassins and politicians and uncovers a dangerous political secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Footnotes, please!

  • By Joe B. on 09-10-17

Footnotes, please!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-10-17

I adored the first book, and have been checking on Islington's website, waiting for this one to come out. And, no surprise, it's good. It was worth the wait, and probably worth the year or two wait until the third book.

But.

But, wow, do I wish that Islington put just a little tiny bit of effort into exposition. This story spans thousands of years of history across many countries and peoples and hosts 7-10 point of view characters, and yet he spends very little time reminding us who is who and what is what. One of the things that makes this story great is just how many mysteries are nested inside of other mysteries. But it's next to impossible to know what's supposed to be a mystery and what's something that my poor forgetful mind forgot. A few throwaway sentences would have done wonders clear up many questions: what's a Dargathan? What's a shateth? Where's talen gol? Etc, etc.

I'd whole heartedly recommend this series, but I'd tell people to wait until the third book is out, and read them all in one go. Anything else is a little painful. Great story, but painful.

40 of 45 people found this review helpful

  • Warship

  • Black Fleet Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Joshua Dalzelle
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,196
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,794
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,764

In the 25th century, humans have conquered space. The advent of faster-than-light travel has opened up hundreds of habitable planets for colonization, and humans have exploited the virtually limitless space and resources for hundreds of years with impunity. So complacent have they become with the overabundance that armed conflict is a thing of the past, and their machines of war are obsolete and decrepit. What would happen if they were suddenly threatened by a terrifying new enemy?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A compelling and satisfying underdog space opera

  • By Elliot on 12-22-15

By the numbers...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-01-16

Fairly good, but uneven, and far too interested in its technology. Here's the breakdown of the story:
1 hour: Departing a planet
30 mins: Character development & backstory
6 hours: Space battle
30 mins: Denouement