This young actor couldn't be better: wonderfully convincing as so many characters, sliding effortlessly from accent to accent and making the most of the author's stylish wit. It just wouldn't be the same without his warm cockney baseline narrative as Peter, the fledgling magician/cop or his plummy professorial tones as Nightingale, his mentor.
Laughed out loud a number of times.
Very witty writing, very human hero and wonderful descriptions of the darker corners of London (not for kids - sort of like Torchwood was to Dr Who, same DNA but meant for a mature audience) make this a fast and furious read, even better than the first of this clever series. Great fun! I'm a fan.
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This is a brilliant series that takes place in foggy day London town. The wit is sharp and tight and there are no idle moments in this blues walk whodounit. Take five and curl up with this series. You will enjoy it.
This is the second installment of the Peter Grant series. Peter is an apprentice to Inspector Nightengale of the magic police. It picks up where the first book leaves off, with Lesley on the mend, so Peter is on his own, jumping head on into the fire. When things (speaking of the magical bad people) are obvious to us, Peter is in denial (which becomes a little frustrating at times), as he puts his family and co workers in danger. Still, it's a good story made even better by the narration. Kobna Holdbrook-Smith does an excellent job with the voices and capturing the feel of the country. I'll go on to the next installment, hoping to see Peter mature some with his magical skills and acting correctly on his intuition.
I really enjoyed Midnight Riot. The characters continue in Moon Over Soho but they're not quite as interesting. This happens all the time in all kinds of entertainment. The sequel never to equal the original. This may happens more often with complicated characters and that's what we have in the "Peter Grant" stories. Peter is still a non-conformist. He is still struggling with his place in society. But he has figured out a bunch of stuff too. Though I am no prude, I did find the sexual scenes a little too much. I think it is great premise and the narrator is excellent but it is hard to follow up such a good premiere book, movie, television show, album, you name it.
His performance was incredible. There were nuances to his narration that were perfect - and even better than if I had been reading the book. He imbued a sense of humor into ordinary sentences, and his characterizations were wonderful. You couldn't even tell it was the same person when different characters were speaking -- especially Peter and Nightingale. I'm going to look for more books that he has narrated.
Not sure -- but at one point when I was listening to it I was practically jumping up and down in my car thinking it would make a GREAT movie!
I nornally wait a bit before I listen to the next book of a series, but I can't wait to start #3 today.
The characters are real people in an unreal real world. The humor is good and subtle. The command of the English Language is very refreshing.
Did not read the book
The Spider Series by Jennifer Estep are just as fast paced and fantastical. Love the characters, but like the Ben Aaronovitch series, the narrator simply makes the story.
He is brilliant with character voices but the cadence he applies to each character actually helped me visualize the person speaking. Books are grand but mostly one dimensional. When Kobna Holdbrook-Smith describes the vestigia, I can smell from his descriptions. I can feel textures. I can see expressions just from his speech. What a gifted artist.
When Peter discovered that Simone had ended her life.
I don't even think a movie would be as enjoyable. This combination of author and narrator made the story very personal; as if I was running along side Peter during the entire book.
Loved that exhilaration!
I truly enjoyed this book. Our quirky, magical Deputy Constable becomes the Jazz Police in the sequel to Midnight Riot. Peter Grant, self believed ladies man, humorously navigates some rather awkward romantic relationships with magical creatures amongst his regular police work duties. His conclusion, he creates a new rule for himself, don't date anyone with more magic than yourself.
While Peter does seem to get easily sidetracked by the ladies, he has two cases that intersect. One is of Jazz musicians that seem to be dying of an unheard of, until now, magical cause. This takes him and the healing Nightingale into discovering there may be more wizards in London than Nightingale knew of. This is of some surprise since Nightingale thought he was the last. We get the pleasure of exploring Nightingale's past, schooling, his time during World War II, and his recovery from it.
There are some fantastic jazz references in this book, although, Peter does have an unfair advantage since his father is the somewhat famous Lord Grant of the London Jazz scene. In this version with Kobna Holdbrook-Smith as the narrator you even get to hear some snippets of the pieces mentioned. Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is a fantastic narrator, a favorite of mine. I recommend listening to it if you have a chance.
I mentioned there is a bit of romance in this book. There is some profanity and some sexually explicit material but it is not the focus of the story nor the bulk of it. If you read the first book, it has more than the last but I wouldn't shelve it under erotic fiction by any stretch of the imagination.
I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.
I like how the main character gives a lot of background on how the London Police operate. that was very interesting and quite different from where I live.
The magic is fun and interesting. The characters are easy to idenify with and the story is tight and concise.
I have only heard this narrator is the previous book in this series. he does an excellent job and is a great listen.
Harry Potter becomes a cop.
This is a fun series and this story is better than the first in the series. The book is still mostly monster of the week like the first book, but the overarching story is starting to take root.
First off, I love the series. After listening to the first book I immediately bought the next 2, and they did not disappoint. One criticism of Moon Over Soho, and to some extent the other 2 books is that the narration of inspector Nightingale is almost whispered. I had to keep going back and turning up the volume to re-listen to his character.