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    I'm John Taylor. I was born in the Nightside, that square mile in the hidden center of London where it is always the hour of the wolf, where gods and monsters walk side by side and where every dark question ever asked can be answered - for a price. I left for a while, but I did come back, to make my living doing what I do better than anyone else: Finding things - lost or stolen, real or imaginary.

    Recently, I found the most dangerous thing of all: the true identity of my long-gone mother. Turns out she's a being who's been around since beore the dawn of history. Then, she created the Nightside - and now, for her own warped reasons, she intends to destroy it. To stop her before she even gets started, I've got to do some hard traveling - back in Time, through endless eons, into the very distant - and probably deadly - past...

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

    Commentaires

    "A great entrée into the series for new readers" - Romantic Times"Highly recommended" (SF Revu)
    "I was really, really impressed at how well the narrator, Marc Vietor, does in creating a believable cast of characters who each have their own distinctive voice." (Green Man Review)

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    • Global
      5 out of 5 stars
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    • Kindle Customer
    • 23/09/2010

    Green Man Review's Review

    I was once again really, really impressed at how well the narrator, Marc Vietor, does in creating a believable cast of characters who each have their own distinctive voice. I yearn to have him narrate all of the Raymond Chandler Philip Marlowe mysteries, as he would be the perfect person to give voice to those works!

    This novel is entertaining look at the early history of the Nightside as initially John, Tommy, and Susie travel backwards in time with the assistance of Father Time. Later in the story, Tommy gets tossed back to present day Nightside, though John and Susie keep going backwards towards. . . . Oh, I'm not saying as you'll discover that yourself.

    I will single out two highlights of the novel for me.

    First, the look at the earlier incarnations of The Londinium Club -- where those with real power go to indulge in pleasures best not described here -- adds a nice touch to the texture of the Nightside story. I particularly like that the Doorman is apparently immortal! The Londinium Club is reflective of London as it grew around this magical place and Green revels in telling its story.

    Second, and a real treat for me, was the long look at Herne the Hunter, His Court, and the Wild Hunt. (Yes, John being the prey. A truly bad idea for Lord Herne as John doesn't play fair. Indeed, Herne will suffer badly for taking on John.) I think I've said before that I considered the Nightside novels to be fantasy, but hearing them makes me think that they are more properly treated as classic English horror as the detailed descriptions of the beings herein and what they do is rather visceral when heard.

    Suffice it to say the story, though not resolved, is advanced properly.And the usual high production values of everything Audible does is evident here.

    Cat Eldridge / Green Man Review

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    • Global
      3 out of 5 stars
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    • Angela Vickery
    • 26/10/2017

    Series going Downhill

    Gotta love John Taylor, but the series is starting to slide downhill. The long periods of pontification is annoying.

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    • Global
      5 out of 5 stars
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    • Valerie Ng
    • 08/02/2009

    The secret is out!

    I am still enjoying this series and its good to finally know who John Taylor's mother is!! Normally, a long series tends to get tired, but I'm finding that the plots are still interesting and its nice to have a familiarity in the characters and watching them develop.

    I find the narrator in this series to be excellent and I'll be getting the rest of the series.

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      5 out of 5 stars
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    • Amazon Customer
    • 30/08/2018

    The darkest and best yet! The birth of the Night Side.

    There be dark magic in his words and I like it. Simon Green has the goods and he delivers. This is my favorite so far and I have listened to Deathstalker, Ghostfinders and the Secret Histories. All are good but the paths not taken, stands out amongst them and makes me shiver with it. Although, I would say that.

    • Global
      4 out of 5 stars
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      4 out of 5 stars
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      3 out of 5 stars
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    • William
    • 05/05/2016

    Formulaic Plot, Amazing World and Characters

    Would you consider the audio edition of Paths Not Taken to be better than the print version?

    I have never read the print versions so I couldn't say.

    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting aspect I think was the exploration how the Nightside looked various points in time.

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

    I'm not sure. As I've never read the books I can't truthfully say.

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

    No. I generally listen to books as my time allows. Sometimes only for a chapter, sometimes for three hours straight.

    • Global
      3 out of 5 stars
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      3 out of 5 stars
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      3 out of 5 stars
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    • Rebecca
    • 24/05/2015

    Glad I stuck with this series

    I was horribly disappointed with the first novel in this series but I decided to keep reading just in case it improved. I didn't hold much hope. Book two isn't an improvement but book three was better and I am happy to say the series gets better. I look forward to finishing the entire series. The only downside is the constant references to The Nightside.

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    • Global
      5 out of 5 stars
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      5 out of 5 stars
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    • Heather
    • 30/09/2013

    who's your mummy?

    after many people giving John their best guess, he finally gets to find out who his mother is. Well done Simon!!

    • Global
      4 out of 5 stars
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      3 out of 5 stars
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    • melrailey
    • 12/08/2012

    Time-Travelling John Taylor

    Any additional comments?

    This is a good addition to the Nightside series. I am always impressed with Green's ability to play on words and fiddle with history just a bit. I'm not too sure how I feel about this series become more of a mythology series than a Taylor solving the most recent mystery series. I feel now that it becomes imperative that each book be read in order and that I understand what's happening with all the characters because I might miss something in future books.

    Marc Vietor is a wonderful narrator and I hope to listen to more of his work in the future. If you want some good, easy fantasy books to listen to during your commute or while working around the house, I'd recommend the Nightside series.

    • Global
      3 out of 5 stars
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      3 out of 5 stars
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    • Katherine
    • 27/02/2014

    Visit the Nightside of the past

    Originally posted at Fantasy Literature.

    Warning: Contains spoilers for previous NIGHTSIDE books. If you haven’t read them, please start at the beginning with Something from the Nightside. Otherwise you’ll be lost.

    Paths Not Taken is the fifth book in Simon R. Green’s NIGHTSIDE series. In the previous installment, Hex and the City, John Taylor investigated the origins of the Nightside and discovered that Lilith, his own mother, was its creator. Now, in Paths Not Taken, John and Suzie Shooter travel back in time to discover why and how Lilith created the Nightside. That might help them figure out why she now wants to destroy it and how they might be able to stop her.

    The best part of Paths Not Taken, as usual, is the setting. This time it’s fun to learn what the Nightside was like throughout history, not just by being told, but by actually going back to experience it. (If you thought the modern Nightside was bad, you should have seen it in the 6th century!) As we go backward in time, the past mixes up with the possible futures John has already seen in a previous book (thus the title Paths Not Taken) and we see how John has been unwittingly influencing events all along. We get to visit some familiar people and places and we learn what happened to Merlin’s heart, where the Lamentation came from, and how Suzie becomes disfigured in the future John has been worrying about. Green purposely creates all sorts of time paradoxes which will make your head spin. I’m just starting to realize how well he planned out the NIGHTSIDE series.

    Paths Not Taken suffers from the same problems this series has had from the beginning, mainly the repetition of ideas and language within and between books. Green repeats himself so often that I wonder if he has certain phrases typed into a macro. For example, “… I opened up my inner eye, my private eye … and it was the easiest thing in the world to….”, “… they all remembered they had urgent appointments somewhere else.”) This was a real problem for me, so I’ve decided to take a break from NIGHTSIDE before revisiting it in the next book, Sharper Than a Serpent’s Tooth.

    I’m listening to the fabulous audio production narrated by Marc Vietor. I wouldn’t think of reading NIGHTSIDE any other way.

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    • Global
      3 out of 5 stars
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    • Joseph
    • 08/05/2010

    not worth the listen or price

    Mr. Green seems to have gotten trapped in his own nightmare. These novels are definitely redundant page after page, hour after hour to literally impossible unending mayhem and destruction.
    There is some very dark humor that does at one time or another surface to keep the reader almost laughing, but otherwise the repition of personal histories goes on and on and on, much like the energizer bunny. I will not invest another hour or dollar in this series. Very disappointing indeed!