I don't usually rush out for all the "best sellers", but give each intriguing book/author a look. I have found many diamonds in the rough.
I had a hard time getting into this one or connecting with any of the characters. I kept going hoping it would get better and then I was too far in to abandon it.
This was in the same genre with The Dresden Files and The Iron Druid Chronicles, but not even in the same ballpark. I may have been thrown off by the narration but I think it was the combination of both that and the story. Others I follow really liked it, so maybe it was just me?
I really like the premise and world the authors created here. I actually went on to buy the next two books immediately. Glad I did too, they seem to get better and better. One thing about this book though, and it minor, but really bugged me. The narrator sounds congested. He does lots of smacking and sighing and swallowing at weird times. It started really annoying me. BUT it's not there at all in the other two books. I seriously think he was congested. Lol. Once I got over that, I really enjoyed his voice and accents.
This book (and hopefully the series) is the perfect combination of sharp, smart writing and pitch-EXCELLENT narration. I've listened to a huge amount of audio books over the years and this is one that stands out as one of the best pairings I've heard. Yes- there are spots that could have lagged a bit but they were saved - no, elevated! - by R Holdbrook-Smith's execution. Oh, and did I mention how often I literally burst out laughing? Good job guys. You both now have another follower! I start book 2 tomorrow.
It's nice to find a competently written urban fantasy that isn't paranormal romance. Sorry, I have the wrong chromosomes to appreciate that kind of stuff.
We get a combination of wizard apprentice story combined with police procedural. It pretty much works. The main character has a well fleshed out personality and the supporting cast are good also. Plotting is a little uneven but competent. Street level London is wonderfully diverse and ethnic. So are some of the supernatural characters. Good job.
The narration is competent. The narrator does a mostly good job.His ethnic voices are the best part of his performance. He does tend to run his sentences in a predictable pattern with not a lot of inflection, ending on a lower note and somewhat drawing out the last syllable. It's a minor point but does draw my attention at times from the story to the narration. It's not enough to keep me from enjoying the audiobook.
I assume that this will be the first in a series. I hope so.
Words form the heart, sound forms the soul, intrigue forms the mind.
What a Hoot!
The digs at English entertainment, literature, politics and wizardry in general was such a refreshing look at urban fantasy in real world time. It was well written, sublte where it needed to be, the prose was excellent.
There were several. When Peter meets Goddess Thames. Some interesting dialogue and visuals.
Your not in Hogwarts Anymore!
The narrator did an excellent job of bringing Peter to life. I can't imagine anyone else doing him now. While the stroy was dark in some places, the commentary on mondern england and its culture was wonderful. Peter is a somewhat "distracted", open and on-target character. I look forward to more!
I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.
The elements of the UK police work that you learn about in this series. Also, the magic system is interesting and not overpowering. A good low-powered magic user that has to rely on his wits instead of raw power.
I like Mother Thames. She kind of steals the show everytime she is in a scene.
He brings a real London flavor to the reading.
I would like to but don't have the time.
It's a monster of the week book, but gets the series off to a good start. The series continuously improves and I am currently looking forward to book 4. The narrator is excellent and adds a depth to the story it might otherwise not have.
I'm a technician that does a lot of driving for his job. I use the "windshield" time to listen to audiobooks.
The story isn't bad, and is occasionally funny, but the narrator is either a mouth breather, or is so out of shape that he's almost out of breath the entire book. I think if he had just slowed his reading some and not inhaled/exhaled constantly into the mic, I might have given the book 87 out of 100.
I love the BBC and British mysteries, but my tastes are very eclectic. I live with my husband and menagerie of rescued cats and dogs.
So many genre novels just seem to be slightly different versions of each other that it is a delight when a truly different novel comes along. While I could certainly detect some influences for this series, Aaronovitch has created a world that does not feel like every other wizard/detective/urban fantasy novel that has come along in recent years. Although I like many of them, I enjoy reading something distinctive, and Midnight Riot is quite different in the characters and the way Aaronovitch has incorporated magic into his world. I especially like the main character Peter Grant. I took one star off story because a few elements seemed forced, and I felt that a few things just came out of nowhere (and not by magic). Overall, however, this book was excellent and kept me looking for excuses to listen.
Kobna Holdbrook-Smith was a fabulous choice to narrate this series. He made every character stand out, and performed the book more than simply reading it.
I hesitated for quite some time before taking the plunge on this novel because of comparisons to Pratchett's Discworld series, which I have never been able to find a way to care about. Apart from the existence of magic, I saw almost no similarities. It was more like a traditional British police procedural with magic and magical creatures thrown in.
I have now listened to all three of the books in this series published to date. Aaronovitch has wonderfully fresh urban diction, and a fantastic ear for London. The plotting is a bit contrived in this first installment, but it doesn't really matter; the book is driven by character and ambiance. The next two books are more tightly plotted. I would have enjoyed listening to this book with even a mediocre reader, but Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is something special. In some ways I'm reminded of Lenny Henry's reading of Neil Gaiman's Anansi Boys: once you've listened to either book, you can't imagine it being read by anyone else. Holdbrook-Smith has nailed the character voices superlatively, and the voice of the protagonist, Peter Grant, essentially perfectly. He's got a great sense of irony and its limitations.
It is possible that Brits may find this book enjoyable but I found many times that I shook my head and wondered if I had fallen asleep and missed a page or two. I finished the book ONLY because I just got stubborn and thought it 'had' to get better. Narration was very good but the story was just not fluid. I started the book driving home - 6.5 hr drive - and ended up several times just going to XM radio to prevent boredom.
I'm glad that I got the book on one of the Daily Deal sales or I'd be more disturbed about the purchase. I will not be listening to the rest of the series.