Something From Nightside: an audiobook review

“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.

  • Audible Audio Edition
  • Listening Length: 5 hours and 51 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • Release Date: November 24, 2008
  • Whispersync for Voice: Ready
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001M5G736
  • Purchase from Audible

It has been a while since I have posted a review. Between our redesign hiatus and going back to school, it has been a little rough fitting in a review. But I am back and diving into my roots of urban fantasy.

And what heralded my return to doing reviews? Audible had a sale going on where you could buy the first book in a series from the best Audible Publishing had to offer for as low as $4.95 per title. I think I paid just under $8 for one of them, but most were on the entry level. Some of my favorites, too. Which made it hard for me to find titles I didn’t already own. Yet somehow six of them made it to my cart.

Something From Nightside was one of those titles I have heard about from friends, but have had yet to pick up. They knew I would likely get into it as a fan of the Dresden Files, as there were many similarities, but there was always something else higher on my list. But for $4.95 it was impossible to resist. And I am glad I grabbed it.

So the real elephant in the room for me is the series as a starting point. This character and story might not appeal to all. It is a dark tale, and the main character can be a bitter pill to swallow. Much like some people we meet in everyday life. But while I may not want to go out and grab a beer with him, I was definitely interested in his story. Which means you have been warned, if you are the type of reader that needs a likable main character, this one may not be for you.

The full read gave me the feel of a story steeped in the fey world. It looks like ours, just a little bit off. And for me, that makes for a very solid setting. One where I can see magic working its way into every day life. If that life was narrated like a pulp detective novel.

One part broken hero, one part detective novel… all of it flavored with magic and mystery. All of which with a solid, deadpan delivery of a narrator. I give this one…

4 Stars

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