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"John Taylor's the name. I work the Nightside. Only in that dark heart of London where it's always three a.m., where human and inhuman can feed their darkest desires, do I feel at home. Probably because I was born here. What I do is find things - people, objects - and in this case, the truth about the origins of the Nightside. That's what Lady Luck has hired me to investigate. But the more I dig, the more I discover, not about the Nightside but about the great question in my life: exactly who - and what - was my long-vanished mother.

"Paying jobs are one thing. Personal quests are another. And I've been warned that uncovering the facts about dear old mum could be a very bad thing, not just for the Nightside but for all of existence. Still I can't stop...I'm John Taylor. Finding things is who I am. It's what I do. Whatever the consequences...."

©2005 Simon R. Green (P)2008 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Fans of Harry Dresden would find John Taylor a terrific read... but, then again, so would any fan of good, dark urban fantasy" (SF Revu)
"I can now say unequivocally that listening to this story was an immeasurably better experience for me than I had reading (and re-reading) any of the other Nightside novels, as the incredible work done by everyone at Audible makes the story come truly alive." (Green Man Review)

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 23-09-2010

Green Man Review's Review

I can now say unequivocally that listening to this story was an immeasurably better experience for me than I had reading (and re-reading) any of the other Nightside novels, as the incredible work done by everyone at Audible makes the story come truly alive. Until I started using an iPod to listen to audiobooks while taking a long morning walk around the downtown area of the city I live in, I had never really appreciated the experience of a well-crafted audiobook, as I simply can't listen to them when I'm doing anything else. All of the Nightside novels are told in the first person singular, as narrated by John Taylor himself. Think Philip Marlowe or perhaps Lew Archer. Yes, he's hard bitten. Cynical. And Marc Vietor's voice work which clearly indicates that he's seen everything life can possibly throw at him. Indeed Vietor truly makes Taylor, his world, and all of the other characters come alive for me in a way that they don't quite do on the page. At best, I can just say the voice work is perfect. And Marc Vietor does all of the Nightside novels! So I envy the hours upon hours of great fiction awaiting you when you listen to all of the Nightside novels!

Cat Eldridge / Green Man Review

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  • Devin K Gregory
  • 17-08-2015

They are getting better

I keep groaning over these books but as soon as I finish one I'm on to the next. The writing is improving and the story is starting to get good. Still predictable but always fun. If not a bit tongue in cheek.

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  • gardener97
  • 19-03-2011

Gotta love the Nightside

What can I say - another great Simon R. Green and his strange and weird Nightside!

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  • Rainiac
  • 18-03-2011

Complete Enjoyment

I didn't think I was going to like this, after all I got it because it was a $4.95 special, I don't think I read the reviews or anything, next when I started listening I discovered I was listening to a wizzard tale. Then I really didn't think I'd make it 20 minutes. Still the author doesn't seen to take it all too seriously and makes a pretty gorey tale light and interesting. The narrator is the best I have listened to, he is so good, I had too look at the cover a couple times to see if more than one person was reading. He so completely changed characters so effortlessly, that just the small indication of a sound of a word and you know which character he was speaking for, (you don't have to wait for Marc Vietor read who the character is). Amazing (wish he would read some classics) now I'm going to want to listen to all the books he narrates. I really like narrators that don't over act the thing and don't make spitty sounds or swallowing noises if you know what I mean.

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  • Palo Alto Resident
  • 01-09-2009

Ending Too Long

As usual for this author, the book contains great imagery. But, the last third of this book could have been reduced by half. Much of the latter dialog interferes with the flow. It could have been 5-star.

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  • Silverlyn
  • 17-11-2017

Best Thus Far

I enjoyed the journey of this book more than the ending. Since book one, I have been keen to see who ends up being JT's mother. Green did a great job in throwing together a bunch of cool characters and possible answers to the question. My fav book of the series thus far.

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  • Kyproula
  • 21-10-2017

interesting plot

Between cheesy and dramatic, the names of the characters especially. But interesting plot and you can get easily absorbed into it. Which is why 4 books in and I'm still listening.

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  • Jonathan D. Rees
  • 17-10-2017

unimportant book lover

the readers voice doesn't get much variety for the characters.
However there books are very well written and enjoyable saving my mind at work and so top scores for me.

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  • Cory S
  • 14-04-2017

Awesome entry in the Nightside series

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I'd recommend this audio series to anyone who was a fan of clever urban fantasy with plenty of wit.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Hex and the City?

Quite a lot of it, but I particularly loved the Lord of Thorns and the ending, where much is finally revealed.

What about Marc Vietor’s performance did you like?

Marc gives the lead a distinctive voice and personality. His delivery is perfectly spot on and when needs be perfectly sarcastic and sardonic to get the tone of certain parts of texts just right to the audience.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When a demon remembers what love is.

Any additional comments?

One of the best Nightside books yet, definitely made me anxious to listen to/read the next installment.

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  • Michael
  • 11-10-2016

Just keeps getting better

I started the Nightside with a bunch of short stories and have been hooked into since. This installment follows John to some pretty awesome revelations and the series just keeps getting better and more in depth. The narrator catches the atmosphere magically.