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Nightfall

A Jack Nightingale Supernatural Thriller
Written by: Stephen Leather
Narrated by: Paul Thornley
Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins

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Publisher's Summary

“You’re going to hell, Jack Nightingale”: They are words that ended his police career. Now Jack’s a struggling private detective – and the chilling words come back to haunt him.

Nightingale’s life is turned upside down the day that he inherits a mansion from a man who claims to be his father. It comes with a warning that Nightingale’s soul was sold at birth and a devil will come to claim it on his 33rd birthday – just three weeks away.

Jack doesn’t believe in Hell, but when people close to him start to die horribly, he is led to the inescapable conclusion that real evil may be at work. And that if he doesn’t find a way out, he’ll be damned in hell for eternity.

©2010 Stephen Leather (P)2010 Isis Publishing Ltd

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  • Hilary T.
  • 15-06-10

What a gripping tale.

I have never come across Stephen Leather's books before, but if this is indicative of the standard of his stories, I will be looking for more in the future. I was so gripped by the tension of Jack Nightingale being surrounded by death and mayhem as he tries to find out the truth about his birth and the fate that awaits him on his 33rd birthday that I stayed awake half the night listening, because I just had to know what happened next. It is a long book, but my attention never wavered, which is rare. I recommend this as a jolly good 'read' to anyone who enjoys thrillers. A beautiful reading job by Paul Thornley, whose voice was perfect for the character, was the icing on the cake.

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  • Stephen Spencer
  • 20-09-10

A fantastic audiobook

I love all of Stephen Leather's books but this in my opinion is his best by far a really gripping listen, the Dan Shepperd books are fantastic but this is totaly different and Paul Thornley in my opinion is a fantastic narrator, try listening to this while walking the dog at night really does make you keep looking behind you.

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  • TinaF
  • 09-02-16

Very enjoyable but ....

Thoroughly enjoyable and unpredictable I would have stopped listening if it hadn't been as the constant "said (pause) nightingale" nearly drove me mad.

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  • Jess
  • SHEFFIELD, S Yorkshire
  • 08-08-11

Enjoyable Yarn

This book is more Dennis Wheatley thand Stephen King so don't expect gory goings on or aliens in the plot. I loved the narration and it was so good to listen to a British accent for a change. Jack Nightingale is a rather likeable sceptic and although I thought parts of the book dwelt a little too much on death, making it a bit morbid in parts, I really enjoyed it and can't wait to listen to the sequel.

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  • Helen
  • Bristol, United Kingdom
  • 10-05-11

A good enough listen

My first Stephen Leather. I'd read so much about him being a mainstream star who'd decided to self-publish that I thought I'd give his work a go. The supernatural theme was unusual and added interest when teamed with the otherwise slightly formulaic device of the jaded detective/PI character (hard-smoking, hard-drinking, world-weary and cynical, with a pretty female sidekick). I've previously enjoyed the narrator's work and a good narrator is key to the success of any audiobook, but on this occasion the narrator was slightly irritating (the emphasis and slight pause on 'said' became wearing after a while: "SAID...Jenny" "SAID... Nightingale"). I will probably look for other Stephen Leather books, but not for a while. This was one of those 'also ran' audiobooks that didn't exactly disappoint but didn't wow either.

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  • jennifer
  • alfreton, United Kingdom
  • 19-06-11

nightfall

Brilliant spooky chilling story keeps you longing for more i loved every minute of this story

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  • Janice
  • Wallington, United Kingdom
  • 19-08-10

Very different

An unusual storyline, supernatural but down to earth due to the brilliant narration of Paul Thornley.
Jack Nightingale's birthday is approaching, but he receives the unwelcome news that his soul has been traded and will be given up when he reaches his 33rd birthday. Various people repeat 'You're going to hell Jack Nightingale' and he has a race against time to find out what it's all about and save himself. Very different, looking forward to the next book.

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  • sharon
  • 11-01-19

Excruciating and boring

I found it difficult to keep going with this book. absolutely nothing happens until the end. It was very repetitive. Smokes Marlboro, drinks whisky and drives his MG whilst constantly asking if people believe in the devil. Meanwhile his friends and family are dropping dead and he still doesn't seem affected at all. The Narrator was boring, If anyone actually speaks like Jack I'd fall asleep in their company.
Wouldn't recommend it.

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  • Jemma B
  • 12-01-18

Great story concept but sadly it's construction is just a little too flimsy to contain a soul of its own.

Not an awful story not an excellent one either. I discovered Jack Nightingale through the short story compilation, which I thoroughly enjoyed, so I eagerly bought this one as a result. Sadly I was rather disappointed. This just felt like, what could easily have been another great short story, that had been heavily fleshed out by a lot of rather inane, and extremely repetitive, dialogue. One thing I really can't understand, is why there is so much emphasis put on cigarettes?! I know it's pretty standard for a character such as Nightingale to be a smoker - it's actually rather clichéd and stereotypical to be honest- but does it really need to be referred to quite so frequently?? The narrator does his job well enough, and does manage to breath life into a few of the weaker characters. I do wonder if his interpretation of Jack was influenced by John Constantine, & in turn, if Mat Ryan's portrayal of Constantine, in the eponymous tv series, was influenced by this narration? Anyway, if you want a simple but entertaining story, that you don't have to think particularly hard about, give it a try. If you want something challenging and thought provoking I'd try something else.

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  • Sharon Frater
  • Cheshire England
  • 05-02-16

Not Super-anything for me

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I really didn't like this narrator and unfortunately I have another in the series to plough through which I bought at the same time. Very stilted reading somehow, stopping in mid sentence, and pauses where they weren't needed. It certainly didn't frighten me in any way and it didn't transport me to any fantasy land. Quite boring really and I shall definitely avoid this narrator in future.

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  • Dimitri
  • 10-07-18

awesome series

listened to it a second time! Freaking awesome!! this is an incredible series and predict it will become a cult following.

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  • Leonie
  • 10-04-17

Really enjoyed it

Normally sci fi is my scene but this was good. Kept me wanting to read more.

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  • emmoff
  • 17-11-16

Cough, cough

It wasn't just the endless smoking that turned me off this book. I struggled to like the main character, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but I also found the plot, supporting characters and writing mundane. Ouch.