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.
©2003 Simon R. Green; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.
"A fast-paced, macabre excursion into an entertaining world of twisted heroes and rampant weirdness." (Locus)
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.
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.
This ranks pretty highly amongst the audiobooks I've listened to so far
I liked Kathy's spunk and John's dry humour and cynicism.
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.
This made me laugh even though I was running at the time, I like to listen to books instead of music.
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.
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.
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.
No. I love urban fantasy novels.
The accent was awful and he was completely over the top.
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.
Don't buy this if you're looking for something like Harry Dresden/Rachel Morgan etc.
All of the Nightside books are amazing and I don't see why anyone wouldn't enjoy them.
Marc Vietor is American yet the books are written by an English writer, set in London featuring an English character. Are there not any British readers out there? His attempt at an English accent is dreadful and makes the book unlistenable.
Very disappointed that an American actor is voicing these books. I was so looking forward to listening to them as I absolutely love the books. I have no objection listening to American actors voicing American books but please stop ruining British books.
A waste of a credit.
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.
"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!!!
"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.
"In the Nightside"
Creatures with no faces, horses that talk and run there own business, and houses that eat people are some of the things you will find In The Nightside. SRG is highly imaginative when it comes to monsters, not having to resort to trolls or sorcerers as found in other books. This book reads like a 1950's detective story only a lot weirder, with characters such as Razor Eddie and Shotgun Suzie.
Every other line begins with or ends with "In The Nightside" or "The Nightside" and each time they are pronounced as if each word is capitalized. The book is filled with lines such as the following: The air was thick and oppressive, hot and moist, like the artificial heat of a greenhouse, where great fleshy things are forced into life that could not normally survive. This world is intersting that SRG has created, only I believe it is better in the short story or novelette size.
I will buy more SRG, if it is on sale for $4.95 or less, but I don't believe I will be paying full price for it.
"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.
"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.
"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"?
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.
""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.
"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.
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