Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski and Read by Nicholas Guy Smith

nightfall, jake halpern, peter kujawinski, audio, nicholas guy smith

Bliss Island is a place where daylight lasts for fourteen years, followed by fourteen years of darkness.  As the years of darkness approach, the inhabitants of  Marin’s Island work diligently to make everything spotless and then leave the island on awaiting ships that will sail south with the tide and they will not return until daylight comes again.

For Marin, her twin brother Kana and their friend Line, this will be the first time they will be leaving the island and they are curious about what strange things will happen while they are away.  Their parents seen usually frantic, scrubbing all surfaces, taking locks off the doors, setting tables and arranging furniture.  When the teenagers ask about this bizarre preparation they are met with looks but no answers.

On the day the boats are set to launch, Line goes missing.  The twins set out to find him knowing they have to get to the boats before they leave the island.  Yet night, is upon them…. and the island…. is changing.




Cover, synopsis, what is not to love? This creepy tale caught me up from the start.  I had to know more about a place that stays light for 14 years!  Nightfall is just as creepy as described in a good spine tingling YA way.  Suspending any hopes of realism is a must, this is a read you need to let sink into your bones and marinate.  There’s something about things in the woods that always gets my heart beating a little faster.

While I personally found the story line to be good, the best part of this book was the narration.  Nicholas Guy Smith has this gravely accented voice that was perfect for this book.  Like someone telling a tale of old… I loved it.  I wish I could find a way to describe the narration better…. perfect.  Delectable.

click on picture for sample of audio

Overall, I think older MG (Middle Grade) and Younger YA (Young Adults) would find this an enjoyable listen or read.



  • Listening Length: 10 hours and 15 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Listening Library
  • Release Date: September 22, 2015


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