• Dead of Night

  • Ghosts & Magic, Book 1
  • By: M.R. Forbes
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (569 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Everybody hates necromancers.

Death magic? It’s disgusting.

And dangerous.

For Conor, it’s also the skill that pays the bills. The medication that keeps him cancer free is expensive, and he’s terrified to die.

He should be. Death doesn’t like being played.

When the promise of a big payout for a small bit of thievery presents itself, Conor is all in. But nothing comes easy when magic is involved, and it isn’t long before he’s caught up in the machinations of the most powerful wizards on Earth and left with only two ways out:

Will he cheat Death?

Or meet him?

If you like Dresden, Temple, or the Iron Druid, you’ll want to meet Conor Night.

©2014 Michael Forbes (P)2014 Michael Forbes

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Dresden meets the Matrix, with Zombies!

What did you love best about Dead of Night?

I liked that the author combined many genres (zombies, necromancers, wizards, mafia-type Families, cancer, werewolves, skin walkers, ... I could go on and on) into a delicious tale of Good Guy Trying to Do The Right Thing! The voice actor combined this with epic skills, so you'd swear that there were several people doing dialogue!

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the "newbie" air to the whole thing. You've got this guy, who has the power to raise the dead, and he's got some awesome dice that can kill people. He has no idea what half of his powers are, since Necromancy is such a taboo subject. I love the fact that he has to figure it out as he goes along!

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

He does a great job with this title. Between the creepy echo effects of the mask, and the MANY voices that he can put down at the drop of a hat, this voice actor has totally nailed the needs of this book! Perfect pairing!

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

A sordid tale of deceit and action! This movie could be the death of you! Or the resurrection...

Any additional comments?

Both the author and the actor did a phenomenal job with this audiobook! I can not wait for the next book! Love!

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This urban fantasy left me wanting more.

If you could sum up Dead of Night in three words, what would they be?

Necromancers in Future

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked the main character's film noir-esque inner monologue. It set the mood for the whole book.

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

The raspy monotone of the main character took a little bit of getting used to. It would have been easier to follow a voice with more intonation. Still, the voice fit the character, and the voice acting of Jeff Hays was very convincing, with different voices for different characters.

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I enjoyed this book very much. Great light "reading" with a futuristic setting and a solid magical system. Waiting for the next one...

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This is a must read for urban fantasy lovers.

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When I say that I mean people who liked Dresden Files, The Hollows, and Sandman Slim. First let's talk about the narrator because he is my number one favorite now or tied for first place.He takes audio books to the next level. He coughs, laughs, and has a multitude of sound effects during the book to really bring it alive.
The characters are well developed and not overpowered. Your main character isn't a hottie by any extent of the imagination and is impotent due to his disease. This sends sex and romance into the far back seat focusing more on the plot and characters to carry the story.
The world is very cool. Vampires and werewolves have the mental capasity of zombies. No vampire or werewolf evil mastermind to be found here. The world isn't filled with beautiful hot people making it more real than more than a few urban fantasy books out there.
The story isn't obvious with plenty of twist and turns to keep you reading until the very end.
Overall I am excited for the series and hope it continues for a while.

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The Next Dresden Files

What made the experience of listening to Dead of Night the most enjoyable?

The smart ass prose style combined with a well thought out, fun world makes for a very enjoyable experience.

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This book was a really pleasantly surprising find. I've been looking for a new book to read while my other favorite authors (Jim Butcher, Brandon Sanderson, Peter Hamilton, etc.) are all out still writing the next in there respective series, and this was shockingly good. Seeing as how small of a splash this made in coming out, I wasn't expecting much, but it does strongly remind me of the Dresden files back in the day. A really small underdog coming out of nowhere and being way better than it has any right to be.

The book itself reads like its narrated by an even more jaded Harry Dresden, but never drops off into being too dreary or nihilistic. The author's humor runs through the book and offers a good counterpoint, ensuring that that doesn't happen. I highly recommend.

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If Walter White were a necromancer!

No good deed goes unpunished in this noir-esque hard boiled urban fantasy novel.

Take a gifted man who's stubborn, guilt-ridden, dying and in need of hundreds of thousands of dollars just to keep breathing now throw him in a world where he would be killed just for existing.. That's Conor Night.

This book has a lot of fresh ideas it's not like the somewhat stale rest of the genre that almost fully relies on existing myths and legends to support the majority of it's world, backstory and character set up.

The narration done by Jeff Hays is smooth and perfectly captures the attitude of Conor as well as the variety of thugs and monsters.

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New series with some original ideas

Where does Dead of Night rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

With some stiff competition of the genre, Dead of Night holds its own with some original ideas and concepts. The world created allows much room for future development.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

A satifactory conclusion to the story while leaving many questions and much room for further books in the series.

What about Jeff Hays’s performance did you like?

Consistent and varied character voicing well suited to all the indiviual chactacters. Selective use of vocal effects later in the book added to the atmosphere.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I found the main protaginist, Conor difficult to like or empathise with. This probably subdued some of my reactions and enjoyment.

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Unique, Fascinating, and Dark!

One of the things I admire about Forbes writing, is his ability to create unique stories, and world building across the Sci-Fi, Urban Fantasy, and Paranormal genres. The plot, and characters in Dead of Night were original, and had a good mix of action, mystery and dry humor. I liked the main character, and his ability to raise the dead, and those deadly dice.

Jeff Hays does an amazing job narrating! He is very talented, and I love his ability to project a wide cast of characters, which makes following them easier and more enjoyable.

I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review, and while this is not my favorite story by Forbes, I really liked the originality and fresh concepts in the plot.

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Freshening up the genre of the urban dead

I liked this book. In general I don't have much time for urban fantasy. Too often it devolves into fantasy porn and pretty soon you are one step away from sparkly vampires.This book was different.

The story is a nice balance of mystery, darkness, and a nice touch of tongue in cheek humour. The magic system and world building feel like a fresh look at a traditional trope.

The emotional aspects were not so well done as the rest but I was not looking for that - I just wanted a good story. Some parts of the book ( generally the flash backs) could have used tighter editing but overall a promising new series for me.

The narrator does a good job capturing the protagonist and handles all the other male and female characters well. The narration helped carry over the weaker parts of the story.

I'd recommend this book if you want urban fantasy that is mostly dark with some good fights and a light touch of humor. AND bonus: no sparkly vampires or brooding werewolves.

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Anti-hero fun

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As this genre grows, there is a sameness to a lot of the books, however, this is not one of those books. The character, story, and mythos is as original as it can be at this time. The main character is the ultimate selfish anti-hero. The narration was so different I had to stop listening and come back to it. Jeff Hays gives a depth and hellish feel to this character. This book ranks up there with Sandman Slim books.

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Not for me.

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Unfortunately, this wasn't for me. I have tried listening to it 3 times now over the course of 2 months but just couldn't connect to the characters nor care about the story. I have to give it up and move to the next story.

I will say that Jeff Hays did an amazing job with the narration though. His intonations and characterizations were perfect. I'm kinda bummed that I didn't like the story because he was easy to listen to but you can't like every book!

*I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

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  • Tony Bough
  • 10-20-16

A superb urban fantasy

Would you consider the audio edition of Dead of Night to be better than the print version?

I've only listened to the audible version, but the narration is brilliant and immersed me into the story-line completely. So I'd say yes, at least for me as a listener.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Conor is my favourite character. I'm used to anti-heroes and guys you love to hate but here we have a hero that we feel sorry for. You worry about his declining health and almost don't want to get to the end because you like him and want it to turn out good - but can it? Some cool gifts. I really liked the idea of how his dice work as well as his general magical ability.

Have you listened to any of Jeff Hays’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes. Really good narration, always. Really good voices to bring out the different characters and also a good voice for general narration. It's really easy to listen to and enjoy.

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

Yes. Although equally no because I wanted everything to go well for Conor but if he's going to die do I want to see it. Yes I want to see how it turns out as its a great story. So yes, but because I've engaged with this character, no.

I listened to it in two sitting and really enjoyed it.

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  • Hussain
  • 05-25-18

Simply amazing !

With Little dark thriller sense , this book is amazingly creative and light reading in the world of urban fantasy .
And the narration is simply fantastic ! A brilliant job of creative added sounds, making listening to this audio book while much enjoyable to while new level .

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  • Jim Brodie
  • 02-22-21

Very enjoyable

I enjoyed it overall only thing i wish he would stop killing side characters im trying to like same as the Sheriff Duke series

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  • Ali
  • 08-15-16

Whole new Take on Raising the Dead

The main character is so refreshing. Bitter and a little twisted but still with a good heart. It will be interesting to see where the next book takes this character.

Love the way the author has combined the supernatural world into something new, and no gratuitous sex scenes.

The supporting characters are so different to each other. I was so sure that one of them would be a main stay for the rest of the series, but she's been killed off! And not only that she busts his jewels for trying to bring her back.

Really getting hooked by this author and narrator. Very talented duo.

"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com

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  • Jason Boulton
  • 01-16-20

very enjoyable first listen. highly entertaining

a very easy to listen to story which just builds as it goes and you find yourself strangely drawn to the seemingly unlikable protagonist, Conor Night. The tale gives glimpses of a fascinating alternate reality and you find yourself completely biuyng into its gritty feel and nearness to our own. am hooked and just bought and about to start book 2 iin the series. highly recommended - don't get me wrong it's no Lord of the Rings, it's no Dune, or GoT. but the author didn't pretend to be. He aims for entertaining romp, and delivers on that in spades.

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  • connor
  • 10-06-17

Something dry but different

Honestly it's not a bad read but the protagonist is a average guy who makes a lot of bad choices don't expect overpowered super hero he constantly escapes death by talking his way out of it or his enemies talking themselves to death it is a story trying to lead him on a major journey of growth but just mostly him on the verge of death escaping by the skin of his teeth For a pity party later

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-22-17

I enjoyed this book

I loved this book was a good listen and Jeff hays is a great narrator