• Something from the Nightside

  • Nightside Series, Book 1
  • By: Simon R. Green
  • Narrated by: Dan Calley
  • Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (558 ratings)

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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 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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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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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 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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Great Story but Annoying

The story itself was intriguing and quirky, in a good way! However, I did not care for the narrator. And, I found the writer's ongoing use of the term "IN THE NIGHTSIDE" incredibly annoying. It was as if I had to hear recaps in the style of the show The Twilight Zone over and over and over throughout the entire story. "You never know what's going to happen...in the Nightside". "Things were always unexplainable...in the Nightside." Things were always dangerous,...In the Nightside." For what seemed like anything and everything. Even when the events were already interesting by their telling.

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Good story, poor narrator

Story was interesting and the characters were fun, but it felt like there was a bit too much side story at times
I assume its because this is book 1 of a series and it needed to introduce a lot of types of places and people that we can expect to encounter again. all that said, the performace was too flat for me. there was some exciting stuff going on, but there didn't feel like any real emotion behind the telling. because of that I will not contine with the series.

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Unbearable Narrator.

I previously purchased the entire Nightside series and loved the the narration.

Due to a hacking of my Amazon account, I had to repurchase my audiobook catalog. when I tried to repurchase the Nightside series, I was completely put off by the narration of Dan Calley. He is just horrendous. No emotion, personality, or character in any of the reading.

If you can find this series narrated by Marc Vector, I highly recommend it.

Otherwise, steer clear and just read the books.

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I can’t even finish this one

It rarely happens that I just can’t finish a book but I just can’t finish this one. I tried. I slowed the speed of the narrator but this book was just terrible. I know it’s just my opinion and I got it as a daily deal I think but I just can’t continue it.

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Feels like various entries in a compendium

Writer tried for noiresque one liners and encyclopedia entries instead of dialogue. Felt like cruddy cut scenes between playable parts of a video game. Main character was a poor choice for narrator of story. Performance felt hampered by this.

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More horror than UF

Something from the Nightside loosely fits into the UF genre, but imho I think it should be listed as horror or even grimdark.

Not sure if it's because SFTN is the first book in the series, where the author is trying to find their footing with the MC and storyline, then improves with the next book and really hits their stride in the third (like Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden series) or this is just Simon R Green's style of story telling, with a paper thin plot, a lot of description slowing down the story's momentum, redundant info that's constantly repeated slowing down the story's momentum and the MC not walking their talk.

Supposedly the MC is a badass. Someone to be reckoned with. He left the Nightside, because of the escalating danger and serious threat to his life. He keeps emphasizing he wasn't going to survive if he stayed. Yet when he reluctantly returns after five years living in 'the normal world', he makes stupid mistakes throughout the investigation, failing to be on guard to deal with potential attacks and the expected betrayals of the denizens that live there.

I hate when an author does this. Instead of a story, it's a series of contrived situations, which the MC fumbles and flails to get out of. I kept waiting for the badass to emerge, that everyone, including the MC, keeps talking about. It never happens. But! There's plenty of gross, horror moments throughout the story. I'm good with that...just not when the MC's annoyingly ineffective and an idiot.

As to the narration I needed to listen to it slowed down to sound normal, with pauses in the dialog and cadence to the delivery, instead of rushed and shrill. Initially I disliked it, till I adjusted the speed and the distinct characterizations and unique voices could be better heard.

The supporting characters were interesting as well as the world building, but it wasn't a satisfying story and I'm not motivated to continue the series.

If you're looking for satisfying UF/horror stories I'd recommend:
Twenty Palaces series by Harry Connolly
Isaiah Coleridge series by Laird Barron

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  • John P. Allum
  • 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.