"Exactly how it sounded in my head when I read it"
Definitely will listen to this production again, so well performed and so gripping.
Loved meeting the Rivers personified. And Kobna Holdbrook-Smith performed all the parts beautifully. Beverly Brook appeared before me :)
I haven't heard Kobna Holdbrook-Smith before but will look out for more readings by him.
My afternoon delight for a week. I made it last! Too good to listen too all at once.
Excellent book, excitement all the way through. The narrator does an excellent job with the different range of voices. Easy to listen to.
"Loved all the books"
I brought the first one and that was it I was hooked and have listened to them all. Best audio books I have listened to in a long time. The narrator is excellent - the scope of his voices is amazing and really contributes to the overall enjoyment of the book. The characters also develop over the books and the plots are well drawn and interesting. As one reviewer put it a cross between Doctor Who and Harry Potter for adults! Buy them -you won't regret it. I have the last book on pre order and can't wait! Hope there are many more.
Interesting as well as a great read. Will definitely be one of those books you read over and over.
"Surprised and Delighted"
To find a new set of unusual tales with depth and warmth lurking in the Sci fi section and until now a hidden gem. well worth the listen can't wait for the next one. the narrator is the perfect voice for our young London copper,if you want Morse then this isn't for you. if however you like your coppers to be rough diamonds from the inner cities with a touch of the macabre and unusual then this might appeal. tales of the unexpected meet Torchwood and Dr Who.
"Ambitious, different but this river doesn't flow particularly smoothly"
Firstly, the narration is truly excellent- Holdbrook-smith navigates the voices, accents and London vibe throughout with aplomb.
The story itself is interesting and different - magic, vampires, spirits and ghosts all living amongst us in London serve as a backdrop to a dual storyline of met constable Peter grant. Appeasing warring river spirits whilst solving a murder spree by a disgruntled revenant spirit sounds complicated and it is. Each scene within itself works but the transitions are shaky at best, jolting at worst and often you wonder how, where and why Peter grant is where he is at a particular moment. A niggly trait he also has is naming fashion to ridiculous degrees, spotting on people things like austrian lace, Italian blazer, an off the peg blazer etc. A small, but annoying trait that the character couldnt possibly know. All in all it was interesting, glad I tried it but I won't be going back for more with the other books in the series.
"One of the best books Ive listened to on audible."
A brilliant narrator, a fantastic story. A must listen. Like harry potter.. With more swearing and attitude. Laugh out loud stuff.
"Nicely done. Good narrator, accent exactly right."
I was dubious about a supernatural Met copper but the combination of a writer who is observant and a narrator who is utterly credible as a young, black London copper makes for an excellent audible story. Gone straight on to the second book of the series where we meet Peter's slightly scarey West African mum. The balance of this book is just lovely. Peter is a very credible protagonist, and Nightingale along with the other supporting characters are engaging. Love it.
This is one of my favourite audio books.
Peter Grant is a well written character and got me reading the series.
Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is a great voice for Peter Grant and enjoyed his performance in all the River of London series.
Very much enjoyed the London aspect of the story and had a good twist at the end.
A fantastic book I would recommend.
brilliantly told and written. was told to listen to it by a friend and now can't wait to listen to the next one in the series