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Something from the Nightside Audiobook

Something from the Nightside: Nightside, Book 1

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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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    Kathie WONDER LAKE, IL, United States 11-05-12
    Kathie WONDER LAKE, IL, United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "great book"
    Where does Something from the Nightside rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    this book rates very high in my entire book reading and listening history


    What other book might you compare Something from the Nightside to and why?

    My all-time favorite books are "Count of Monte Christo", "Dune", and anything by Tolkien. This book is just a bit less overall.


    What does Marc Vietor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He gives a voice that is not mine to the characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I resented having to stop listening to sleep or eat.


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    Grahame 11-02-12
    Grahame 11-02-12
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    "A superb introduction to a spectacular series"
    What made the experience of listening to Something from the Nightside the most enjoyable?

    Simon Green essentially describes a world within a world (the nightside) that is downright scary and defiant of traditional logic or sense of normalcy, but can somehow be rationally assimilated, found to be intriguing and even liked. His style of describing the characters and their various encounters with the protagonist (John Taylor) is most captivating. This was further accentuated by his uniquely vivid depictions of sceneries and customs of the nightside. The proverbial "cherry on top" would be Marc Vietor's narration of the story and how the characters sprung to life under the majesty of his delivery.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Something from the Nightside?

    One of the most memorable moments of the book was the scene where John and Joanna are encountered by the Harrowing (John's dreaded enemies) and Razor Eddie shows up to dispense some nightside "justice". This scene clearly illustrated the dreadful nature of the Harrowing and showed exactly why John's only option in the past was to flee upon seeing them. However, it also illustrated the immensely powerful nature of the character Razor Eddie and how fortunate John was to have him as a "friend" in the nightside.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favourite scene in the book took place during the event where John and Joanna locate the entity which assumed the form of a house and held Cathy captive. The most exhilarating moment for me was when Cathy revealed that Joanna was not her mother and John then finally realised that he had been deceived by the entity (the house) and its puppet (Joanna), all for the malevolent purpose of luring him in and absorbing him.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I definitely wanted to listen to this book all in one sitting. In fact, I think I would have achieved this if not for the onset of urgent obligations.


    Any additional comments?

    Simon Green and Marc Vietor make a great team. Green is blessed with an intense, boundless and inspiring sense of imagination while Vietor's narrative skills easily go hand-in-hand with Green's creative genius.

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    Julie 08-14-12
    Julie 08-14-12 Listener Since 1999
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    "I recommend it but..."
    Where does Something from the Nightside rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Better than average


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like alternate realities and this was a good one


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

    Shotgun


    Any additional comments?

    At first you are going to get tired of the title showing up in every scene. We walked down the street in (pause) "The Night Side" and turned at the end of the block in (pause) "The Night Side." We found a restaurant that could only exist in (pause) "The Night Side." And so on. But it tapered off and there is an interesting story once you get past that.

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    Preston 03-12-12
    Preston 03-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Not like any other book yet has the fell of many."
    If you could sum up Something from the Nightside in three words, what would they be?

    Different, Fast-Paced, Gripping


    What did you like best about this story?

    It contained elements from many other stories but was very unique.


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

    This was my first time listening to this narrator but his performance was excellent.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    In the Nightside you can find anything your looking for... unless it finds you first.


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    Amazon Customer Hampton, MN, United States 03-05-12
    Amazon Customer Hampton, MN, United States 03-05-12

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    "Great Story!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I enjoy this series very much anyway, but the reading of it definitely put John Taylor in the character he comes through with in the story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    John Taylor -- who else. Unbelievable in many ways, but still in some ways someone you can relate to.


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

    John Taylor. He performed him brilliantly. Just like I envisioned him.


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    GARRY 03-05-12
    GARRY 03-05-12
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    "A awesome ride"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Something from the Nightside to be better than the print version?

    The reader puts more emotion into his words than I could ever do


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Suzie Shooter aka Shotgun Suzie aka Oh Christ It's Her Run! really I don't have to say more she is just awesome


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

    None before but this is a great start


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Welcome to the Nightside where dreams come true and Nightmares walk the streets.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy this you won't regert it

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    Amazon Customer Federal Way, Wa, United States 02-09-12
    Amazon Customer Federal Way, Wa, United States 02-09-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Good intro"

    This is one of those first books that spends a great deal of time introducing the characters and places. It's fine and understandable. Hopefully the next book will have a more intricate plot although this had some twists and turns most were viewable ahead of time. It was interesting enough to make me read the next and isn't that really the best recommendation there is?

    Loved the narrators voice. Tone and inflection were very good.

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    Beth Green Bay, WI, United States 01-28-12
    Beth Green Bay, WI, United States 01-28-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Lame-o"

    Oh, gosh, I gave this guy two credits worth of a chance, and couldn't even finish the second installment. What is this guy, fourteen? An escapee from the Big Bang Theory? I wanted to love it, the way I love Jim Butcher's Dresden, but the writing is just so very lame. Perhaps they could include a rim shot where it's supposed to be funny so I won't miss it. Sorry Mr. Green, no more credits from me.

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    Amazon Customer El Paso, TX, United States 10-13-11
    Amazon Customer El Paso, TX, United States 10-13-11
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    "John Taylor is the MAN!"

    Wonderful intro to the Nightside series. John Taylor is a man of two cities, both old and insane. Really enjoyed Razor Eddie, Pew, the Brittle Sisters of the Hive, and of course Suzie Shooter. Looking forward to all the works in this series.

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    Andrew Northridge, CA, United States 09-01-11
    Andrew Northridge, CA, United States 09-01-11
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    "A Brilliant Addition to the Urban Fantasy Genre"

    This last year I've gotten pretty deep into the urban fantasy stories. Jim Butcher's Dresden Files, Richard Kadrey's Sandman Slim novels, Mike Carey's Felix Castor stories, etc. Simon R. Green's Nightside series is a PERFECT addition to the lot. The tone, pace, and writing style of Something from the Nightside acts a perfect introduction to anyone new to the fantasy genre, and seasoned veterines will find a very interesting world and cast of characters in the story. Like most protagonists in the genre, John Taylor is the furthest thing from what you'd call a traditional "hero".

    On the contrary, he, along with most of the characters he befriends steer way clear of such title. The only thing seperating villain from anti-hero in this story are motives, and ultimately the comparison of how many bodies the two sides will create as a result of their actions. Taylor is an interesting character on the grounds that he's well aware of this fact, and often using it as a moral barometer for doing (more or less) the right thing...as long as he gets paid of course. Green does a great job of mapping out the structure, layout, and laws (or lack thereof) that exist within the Nightside, and uses just enough foreshadowing and omens in the style of Doctor Who that will interest readers in the next part of the story. Overall an excellent novel, and I for one cannot wait to continue with the other installments of this series. (=

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