• Something More Than Night

  • By: Ian Tregillis
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 03-12-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.5 (53 ratings)

Summary

Ian Tregillis's Something More Than Night is a Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler inspired murder mystery set in Thomas Aquinas’s vision of Heaven. It’s a noir detective story starring fallen angels, the heavenly choir, nightclub stigmatics, a priest with a dirty secret, a femme fatale, and the Voice of God.
Somebody has murdered the angel Gabriel. Worse, the Jericho Trumpet has gone missing, putting Heaven on the brink of a truly cosmic crisis. But the twisty plot that unfolds from the murder investigation leads to something much bigger: a con job one billion years in the making.Because this is no mere murder. A small band of angels has decided to break out of heaven, but they need a human patsy to make their plan work.Much of the story is told from the point of view of Bayliss, a cynical fallen angel who has modeled himself on Philip Marlowe. The yarn he spins follows the progression of a Marlowe novel—the mysterious dame who needs his help, getting grilled by the bulls, finding a stiff, getting slipped a mickey.
Angels and gunsels, dames with eyes like fire, and a grand maguffin, Something More Than Night is a murder mystery for the cosmos.
©2013 Ian Tregillis (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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Customer Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
By Oliver on 05-02-14

Mind bendingly brilliant!

Would you listen to Something More Than Night again? Why?

I actually went to the trouble to deliberately log into Audible and write this review, that should say a lot. Fantastic book which comes to life with Scott Brick narrating who should be familiar to anyone who's listened to the Ender's Game books as the voice of Bean.

The fact that Tregillis has a PhD in physics is pretty obvious throughout this book but the surrealist descriptions teamed with the classic Bogart one liners make this a very original piece of work.

What other book might you compare Something More Than Night to, and why?

Somewhere between Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman and the mind folding complexity of Ian M Banks.

What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Delivery. Just plain old delivery. He makes Bayliss into a real person during the course of this book!

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes. I won't spoil it but yes.

Any additional comments?

The most unique story I've read/heard in a long time!

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5 out of 5 stars
By krishna a on 05-01-14

Great novel

What did you like most about Something More Than Night?

It is a fascinating setting with an awesome mix of religion with a little theoretical physics sprinkled for fun.

What other book might you compare Something More Than Night to, and why?

on the surface it seems like other urban fantasies but it is much more.

Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favourite?

Bayliss of course,Scott got the Noir feel if the novel exactly right,It was a pleasure listening to the book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Catherine on 30-11-14

A quantum theorists idea of heaven's mythology

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

Highly recommended for anyone with the love of noir, strong female characters, and metaphysical humor. Hilarious, unexpected despite being trope filled, and attention grabbing. A joy to read.

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Michael Sanchez on 25-06-15

Great story; hard to follow

The stylish noir twist on Heaven and Earth is great. The humanization of angels and the deification of mortals is thought-provoking to say the least. Looking back over the story I can see the whole plot Land how it all came together. However, the prose used to describe many of the Heavenly realms and interactions between angels is SO lofty that it practically makes no sense. That could be the whole point, in a manner of speaking, in that mortals can't comprehend the afterlife.

The narrator is amazing and brings a great characterization to each player in the story. I would definitely listen to another book with him reading.

As a final note, I have read/listened to all of Ian Tregillis' books and I am a fan...this one was just a bit off the well-worn path for him.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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