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Taylor is the name, John Taylor. My card says I'm a detective, but what I really am is an expert on finding lost things. It's part of the gift I was born with as a child of the Nightside.

I left there a long time ago, with my skin and sanity barely intact. Now I make my living in the sunlit streets of London. But business has been slow lately, so when Joanna Barrett showed up at my door, reeking of wealth, asking me to find her runaway teenage daughter, I didn't say no.

Then I found out exactly where the girl had gone.

The Nightside. That square mile of Hell in the middle of the city, where it's always three a.m. Where you can walk beside myths and drink with monsters. Where nothing is what it seems and everything is possible.

I swore I'd never return. But there's a kid in danger and a woman depending on me. So I have no choice - I'm going home.

©2003 Simon R. Green (P)2022 Tantor

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If you like Harry Dresden, try this one.

It's pretty good considering it's the first in a series. That first one is always trying to find it's footing. It has the potential to be an amazing series! It has a Dresden Files feel to it. A strong, but flawed main character. I look forward to more.

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Always will be

One of my favorites. I’ve read it many times and waiting for a while for it to be on audible to revisit the night side. How lucky we are.

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Great book killed by the narrator

Nightside series from Simon R. Green is one of the best urban fantasy you can find. This entry into the series offers entertaining story with unexpected plot twist at the end.
However this Tantor edition narrated by Dan Calley totally kills the book. Dan Calley's narration is flat, monotone, without any feeling, he just mills and mills words like a machine.
If you really want good narration, try to find and buy previous version of this audiobook from Audible Frontiers narrated by Marc Vietor. Mark's narration is on another level alltogether.
Do not buy this version.

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Great setting

The first thing this reminded me of was Neverwhere (by Neil Gaiman) which is my favorite novel ever, so I was in for a ride. I love the setting of the Nightside. The characters that fill this story are ranged from charming to creepy to despicable and I enjoyed them all! The narrator had a nice voice, but his tone felt rather rushed and it was consistently on the same pitch, which made me not enjoy his reading very much. I did like the voices he could do, so his work was a bit of a mixed bag.
I’m definitely checking out more work by the author! I really enjoyed this short novel.

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Boring

THe story did not engage me. There were no characters to care about. Tried to be funny but wasn't.

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Entertaining and well produced

A delightful ramp and interesting story story. Worth the time period. Narrator's performance was 1st rate.

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Easy purchase as Daily Deal

Read the book way back. Audiobook didn't disappoint. Highly recommended. Interesting series, narrator is really good.

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Refreshing

Author has an amazing imagination. Story is fun, keeps you guessing. The action is non stop. The performance is very good.

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Excellent!

I constantly have audio books playing.
I bought this on Audible's deal of the day as I often do if the title, details and reviews are favorable.
This is a fantastic listen.
I enjoyed this enough to attempt to finish the series, albeit in print as I won't use my monthly credit for books less than 8 hours.
Very original for fantasy/sci-fi.
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Suspenseful and surprising ending.

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Great Descriptions, Average Dialogue

Welcome to the Nightside. Home of wraiths, monsters, daemons, time travelers, betrayers, and extra-dimensional incursions. Mr Greens descriptions are pretty detailed, verging on the florid, but his dialogue is a bit uninspired. On the whole I found the story pulled me in and held my interest until the last.

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  • 05-08-22

Blame it on the Nightside.

I listened to this after the Spectral Detective series and was very confused. Narrated in the same style and very similar voice, the only difference being, one's a ghost PI, the other is a not quite sure what PI. I can't find anything in this story which would - 1. keep me awake and 2. make me go through another one.
clichéd, repetitive and just a melange of so many other books, except instead of developing a story the answer to everything is 'the Nightside'.

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  • AudiobookDevotee
  • 04-29-22

Good but glad it was short

This was a decent enough book. The prose was gwnerally good, the characters if a bit two-dimensional were perfectly serviceable, the plot was alright and I'm not disappointed to have spent my time on it.

However, the author insists on repeating the phrase "in the Nightside" incessantly in the earliee chapters. It's not really as egregious later but when another reviewer said it was used 169 times I thought that seems low. The frustrating thing is without "The Nightside" the speech would be so much better and more impactful. Here's a few examples from the book:

"Should we be afraid?"
"Always, in the Nightside."

"Miracles do happen, sometimes, in the Nightside."

"What if she... doesn't want to leave? Stranger things have happened in the Nightside."

"A final warning: remember nothing is ever what it seems in the Nightside."

"Easy Suzie, she's new to the Nightside."

"Like so many times before in the Nightside I'd found the truth at last."

This was by far and away the worst part of the book beyond the slightly dumb main character and the PI/Private Eye pun that overran. The narration was good but I won't be recommending this to anyone... in the Nightside.