The New Watch : Watch

  • by Sergei Lukyanenko, Andrew Bromfield (translator)
  • Narrated by Paul Michael
  • Series: Watch
  • 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This is the next heart-stopping chapter in the Night Watch series.
Walking the streets of our cities are the Others. These men and women have access to the Twilight, a shadowy parallel world of magical power that exists alongside our own. Each has sworn allegiance to one side, fighting for the Light, or the Darkness. But now, beyond the continuing struggle comes a peril that threatens their very world....
At Moscow airport, Higher Light Magician Anton Gorodetsky overhears a child screaming that a plane is about to crash. He discovers that the child is a prophet: an Other with the gift of foretelling the future. When the catastrophe is averted, Gorodetsky senses a disruption in the natural order, one that is confirmed by the arrival of a dark and terrifying predator. From the Night Watch headquarters Gorodetsky travels to London, to Taiwan and across Russia in search of clues, unearthing as he goes a series of increasingly cataclysmic prophecies. He soon realises that what is at stake is the existence of the Twilight itself - and that only he will be able to save it.

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A must for fans of the Night Watch series

This is the 5th book in the night watch series. If you are a fan you definitely want to spend a credit on this one. While not as epic in scope as the previous books, it is a solid read that is thoroughly enjoyable.

You can really tell the difference that this is a Russian author as opposed to the British and American authors I normally read. The book and series is quite dark in places, often with a strong streak of nihilism included. The endings in this series are usually not "happy" but are satisfying.

The world and characters are well developed to the point you almost feel like if you were in Russia you might run into them. The stories in this series are compared to chess matches between the higher powers with the protagonist trying to find his way through and survive. He never really knows what is going on for certain until the endgame. I really like that level of mystery.

The narrarator does a great job, but moves between Russian accents in conversation and a standard almost monotone English even though all the characters are Russian. This takes a bit of getting used to and leads to adding and dropping of accents at times. It doesn't impact the performance but it was noticable to me.

This novel could be read stand-alone but the reader will enjoy it much more and get a fuller experience by listening to the books in order. This one is definitely worth spending a credit on and I hope the author keeps the series going.


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- Cliff

Impressive story translator and narrator, see why.

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

Yes, the translator, narrator, and story are all excellent. It is part of a vapid genre, however, it is not such an example of this type. I really like how the whole thing is full of interesting reflections in the Russian style, and I enjoyed a really good novel that one would be as at home reading it on a beach somewhere or in a cold dark winter reflecting on reality itself. It is a bit overdoing it to say that it is Dostoevsky meets modern fantasy, but it goes far in that direction. This book I am more impressed with than the others, though they are also good and I havent read the sixth one. This is rare for sequels beyond the first or second, and I am impressed. Well done Mssrs. Lukyanenko, Bromfield, and Michael. My only criticism is that it is overly nihilistic for my tastes, though my tastes go towards a consideration of nihilism followed by its utter rejection, so it probably isnt too nihilistic for most people. I am about to listen to the sixth book, and I hope that it comes to a similar conclusion of Turgenev's "Fathers and Sons."


What other book might you compare The New Watch to and why?

I don't know. I find that though it is similar in many ways to other fantasy novels, it and its series is something new for me in too many respects for me to compare it to any other books of its kind besides the others in the series. This is, in my opinion, very high praise--something that is simultaneously novel and worth reading is rare. Usually those two things don't go together.


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

Nearly seamless storytelling. His narration could only be improved by expanding the number of different character voices that he has to an impossible number. I have never encountered someone who can do a unique voice for every single minor character in a book with a lot of them. He does a different voice for all of the major ones and they all fit excellently. And there are a lot of major characters. The minor characters' voices all fit too, but some (only some) of them are duplications. He is as good or better at this than any other narrator I have heard. Bravo sir.


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

Sometimes, the main character Anton thinks about a song. They are almost all Russian songs that I have never heard of, and the one about the last warrior was very interesting to ponder. I usually skip such things or zone out a little, and I am glad I didn't for that part. It wasn't the best part of the book insofar as moving me in the moment goes, however, it will probably be overlooked by most listeners, so I thought that I should write about it. I am also impressed with the translator's ability to make it still be excellent, and the narrator's ability to follow and give meter to something that is supposed to have had it only in Russian, yet do so with a Russian the intonation, emphasis, and inflection of a Russian accent.


Any additional comments?

I quite like the mixture of false and true foreshadowing. It leaves you guessing, like the characters in the book, and keeps the story from becoming predictable, and, though that isnt always a bad thing, in this case knowing what was going to happen in the end would have been a major disappointment.

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- ed

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-18-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios