"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....
Meet Shaman Bond, aka Eddie Drood, scion of the ancient Drood family. He is devoted to protecting humanity from the forces of darkness....
Owen Deathstalker, last of the infamous warrior Clan, always considered himself more of a writer than a fighter, preferring his history books to making any actual history with a sword....
Considered by the author to be his finest work yet, this is a novel of realistic detail, heartfelt emotion, and dazzling imagination that builds a world readers won't want to leave and spins a tale they won't want to end....
JC Chance, Melody Chambers, and Happy Jack Palmer are agents of the Carnacki Institute - a place where the sole purpose is to “do something” about ghosts....
How do you keep the people you care about safe from enemies you can’t remember?....
Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer....
Daniel Faust knew he was standing with one foot over the brink of hell. He's about to find out just how far he can fall....
There are things in this world that men and women aren't meant to understand. We aren't supposed to know these things exist, much less how to fight them....
Some people are born boring. Some live boring. Some even die boring. Fred managed to do all three, and when he woke up as a vampire, he did so as a boring one....
Nate Temple's all-consuming quest to avenge his parents is temporarily put on hold when shape-shifting dragons invade St. Louis....
When he was 19, James Stark was considered to be one of the greatest natural magicians, a reputation that got him demon-snatched and sent downtown - to Hell....
Rupert didn't especially want to be a prince. And he certainly never asked to be the second son of a royal line that really didn't need a spare....
Harmony Black is much more than your average FBI special agent. In addition to being a practicing witch, she's also an operative for Vigilant Lock....
The ancient gods are alive and well in the modern world in this hilarious, action-packed collection of original short stories featuring Atticus O'Sullivan....
My name is Roy Morgan, and I'm not your average Atlanta cop. For one, most of them don't have to kill people to stay alive. I do. It's a half-demon thing....
Alex Verus is part of a world hidden in plain sight, running a magic shop in London....
Jane Yellowrock is the last of her kind-a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires and hunts vampires for a living....
"Assignment: Find out why the local diva called the Nightingale has cut herself off from her family and friends. I'm also wondering why her suicide-prone fans think she has a voice to die for. Literally...."
I have now finished listening to all nine novels in the Nightside series -- a feat that took most of the last six months, as I treated them like radio series by listening to them while I was doing my morning walk along the streets of the city I live in. That's nearly seventy hours of really interesting storytelling. I envy those of you starting the series from the beginning as you have a lot of truly great listening ahead of you for fantasy, when well crafted, has the power to pull you out of this existence and transport you to new places; it's pure escapism at it's very best.
Cat Eldridge / Green Man Review
Now I've said it before, but I'll repeat it again -- all of these audioworks have great story, terrific narration, appropriately used music, and crack production, which is true of all the audiobooks that Audible does in house. Certainly I was really, really impressed at how well the narrator, Marc Vietor, does in creating a believable cast of characters who each have their own distinctive voice. Dead Boy is voiced as a weary, seen it all sort of zombie (or perhaps not, as Green doesn't say that he is such a creature; nor does Green say that he isn't). Dead Boy sounds different than John Taylor, and all of the other characters are also voiced in a manner that lets you know who is on stage.
Nightingale's Lament has everything I like in an urban fantasy -- an interesting and very cool protagonist, snappy dialogue, loads of violence, quite a bit gore, a smidgen of sex, weird characters, a bit of a mystery, and a pacing that never lets up. And for once, there's a reasonably happy ending for the client, a rare occurrence in the annals of John Taylor!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Another in the long series of John Taylor. For those of you that enjoy urban fantasies with very little romance and quick plot turns and twist this one is for you!!
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Would you consider the audio edition of Nightingale's Lament to be better than the print version?
Nothing is like a real book. I do find it nice to have something good to listen to on trip.
Who was your favorite character and why?
John Taylor. He's John Taylor.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
If you can go though a Nightside book and not laugh, chances are your already died.
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What did you love best about Nightingale's Lament?
This whole series of Night Sides tales is totally fantastic and unbelievable, but full of truth about the human condition.
What did you like best about this story?
The clichés are ridiculed even as they're expressed.
Have you listened to any of Marc Vietor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Marc Vietor has an amazing ability to portray a wide range of characters.
Any additional comments?
Simon has an amazing mind. The world of the Nightside is amazing. wish I could visit. :)
This story was tough to follow. I had to start the story over twice. It wasn't till towards the end, that the story picked up and by then, truly, not by much. I kept with it though because I really like the narrator, I have the complete series and I really want to know who John Taylor's mother is and the full extent of their powers, abilities and purpose(s). Besides, that place called nightside is like a garden variety of paranormal soup filled with all types supernatural paranormal stuff.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Imagination, mythology, a gritty P.I., and a wonderful narrator!
I highly recommend this series.
Green’s writing is becoming repetitive, but he continues to dream up really wacky characters in strange situations. Very creative. Very quick read. The audio is the way to go, I think.
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This is the first book I've downloaded from this series, since the reviews for the first two weren't exceptionally positive. I thought it was worth a shot, though, because I really like urban fantasy. This book is entertaining and I liked the narration, but the actual writing is sloppy - The bad guys have a tendency to spill everything just before they take action so there is time for the main character/his allies to take action; the phrase "my third eye, my private eye" is repeated quite often. Additionally, the main character is very impressed with the "weirdness" of the Nightside and goes on and on about it, which seems a bit odd - What jaded native, as he is supposed to be, is so impressed with how "weird" a place is? Why wouldn't he take it in stride? All in all, I wouldn't recommend it, but it's fine as a time filler.
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If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?
Someone who doesn't mind poor writing, weak characterisations and has a short attention span.
What was most disappointing about Simon R. Green’s story?
The plot. Predictable and at some points boring.
What didn’t you like about Marc Vietor’s performance?
At this point Marc Vietor hasn't nailed down the voices of characters other than the main protagonist. Vietor does get better in the later novels but at this stage he was working with shallow depictions of the characters.
You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?
As always with Green's books there are some interesting and redeeming qualities, just not enough in this book to make me keep it. If you want an interesting and engaging listen then skip this (I wish I had) and go to the later Nightside novels.
Any additional comments?
By all means give it a go but I can't recommend it as either a good listen or interesting enough to spend a credit on it. When you look at other urban fiction out there, this particular book is low quality.