I bought this book on a whim, liking the sound of the blurb describing it. I wasn't sure what I'd get, but I loved it.
It is very silly, in an adult kind of way; think Dr Who crossed with Harry Potter, but written for grown-ups and with a lot of one-liners. I would've rated it as 5*, but for the narrator. He is very breathy, which was bad enough, but his timing was also terrible in places.
If you're expecting a serious detective story, you'll be sorely disappointed; go into it expecting to be entertained in a light, unusual way with inexplicable characters and a rather clever plot, and you'll love it.
"Proper London magic. My perfect book!"
My love for this series knows no bounds. Sorry for the hypebole but this is basically my perfect series of books. It pushes all my buttons: London, the Thames, Mr Punch, Newton. There is literally nothing here that I don't love.
The mythic resonance of London is central to the stories and the system of magic is a great invention. I do enjoy the fact that it's geographically accurate too (sorry, but this is important to me - when Peter is chasing something, I know I can follow his footsteps precisely).
I spend a lot of time mentally casting this - far too much time......
Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is the perfect reader. He gets all the accents spot on and has a naturally charming tone which makes Peter Grant inherently loveable (to me anyway)
"Enjoyable and fresh"
I really enjoyed this relaxed but entertaining take on the "modern magic" story, sufficiently self aware to tread carefully away from Harry Potter territory. Its a good enough story to stand out on its own but I was pleased to find more to come.
The plotlines are well worked and the characters really well defined by Kobna Holdbrook Smiths narration.
"Great book, perfect narrator"
Loved this book, Funny, clever, intriguing - all you want from a mash up of a grown up Harry Potter and The Bill. I wouldn't normally have chosen this but due to the excellent reviews I thought I'd give it a try and i'm glad I did.
Also, as mentioned (by practically everyone!) the narrator is perfect - the dead pan tone could not be better suited to the author. Lets hope these two keep together for this series.
"A brilliant, funny, enagaging tale"
I loved both the mystery and the sarcasm of this book, and its well paced for an audiobook. The reader too was excellent, both expressive and a pleasant listen.
Please get him to read the authors second book fast, I need to hear it! :)
I will never look at Covent Garden in the same light again!! Audible please release more of this series. Deserves to be a classic . Very well read. Am now hooked on this author.
Would listen to Kobna Holdbrook-Smith all day long and he is a perfect match for this book.
I love Ben Aaronovitch's writing voice - it is really different and I would love to hear more like it BUT as normal detective novels rather than the supernatural like this one.
I often thought about giving up on the book but the narration and writing style kept me going because both are fantastic.
The supernatural theme jarred for me though.
I got this after reading some good reviews and a friend recommending it. Have to say I'm grateful as I loved it, hated having to remove my earphones when the kids came home. The story is set in modern Britain with the added bonus of magic, the plot moves along wonderfully and the central characters aren't perfect but 'real' which helps a lot. I'll definitely be getting more of the series.
"Loving the way London was portrayed"
I loved this quirky novel. I lived in London for years and I loved the way the supernaturals WERE London. The mystery was interesting and kept me gripped but by far the characters were the most special thing about the novel. Considering this is a sci-fi novel and they felt like they had realism and depth. It had a feeling that it was similar to Dr. Who but instead of time travel and aliens there is humans with special powers. I look forward reading more in the series.
"Brilliant Londoners book"
I initially thought twice about downloading this, after all I don't really like fantasy type books. But some strong reviews on here made me think to give it a try. Plus my best mate works for the Met Police and having heard many of his stories I was keen to see how this fictionalised account compares.
Really enjoyed it and devoured it in a very short time...really glad the next book is now out which will be my next listen. The narrator is superb, to me he sounds like a young Idris Elba which is no bad thing. Yes its got spirits and vampires and trolls in it, but its not really a fantasy book to me, or at least what I would stereotype as being the fodder of your typical world of warcraft wielding weirdo...
This is a gritty, urban, London crime story, with large dollops of humour chucked in. Loved that, being focussed around the Thames, I could relate to the places and streets and have even drunk in the pubs mentioned.
Download it now, sit comfortably and write off the next ten hours...