I know the description said 'ghosts'....but I didn't expect spirits and magic etc to take over the book. I was so enthralled by the author's use of words and the reader's enthusiasm in reading the book--I thought I could make it through to the end--but not so. Plot was not for me....Oh so sorry--but would love it if this author actually wrote a more realistic book.
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.
A very English book, so I had to accustom myself to the wording, in which the narrator did a great job of delivering all the appropriate punch lines.
It's about a new graduate from his police internship, that finds himself paired with the wizard of the squad, soon to learn that magic really exists. Peter Grant is now the newest apprentice helping to solve a rash of murders leaving it's victims faceless.
In his new line of work he meets some really interesting characters guaranteed to give the reader a chuckle at times, when they're behaving themselves.
Dresden fans will most likely also like this story.
Even if you are not an Anglophile you will enjoy this book. If you are an Anglophile then you will go bonkers. A fast moving detective romp through London and the countryside, the author includes lots of slang and landmarks. As far as fantasy, mystery, sci fi stories go, this one has everything from ghosts to vampires to crazy water gods and goddesses. So this is a fun, strange, funny book but the ending is even stranger. The characters are fun and the reader is awesome...wish everyone could be as enthusiastic.
This is a great book that really comes alive with Holdbrook-Smith's narration. Get this book. You will not be disappointed. And I have read the next 3 that come after it...they just get better and Holdbrook-Smith continues to be astoundingly fantastic.
voices of the various characters are good but what really sets the narrator above so many others is his sense of timing.
The Pratchet/Python mentions in other reviews drew me in. This book is DEFinitely none of that (over the top extreme craziness), ...but it is VERY witty in a dry, understated way. Very Nice, if you like that sort of humor. The tale DOES travel across magical spaces and into mythological places... but not in a flamboyant sort of way. Low key and Understated are very good words for this tale. Interesting. Unusual. Entertaining. Ok. Very thorough in the police procedural sort of department. Not sure how I feel about it actually. Very real world for all the fantastical slant (and NOT in a "reality TV" sort of way :) LOL. There is a "quality" to the story and that's a fact. Anyway. I'm not a professional critic. I'm an artist who like a book with LOTS of imagination. Form your own opinion. Book 2 was on sale and I picked it up, but I think I'll take a little break in between.
I enjoyed the story line all by itself but the voices, accents and dialogue of the narrator make this a top ten listen for me.
Had I the foggiest notion this book contains (gasp!) magic, I would have simply ignored it and gone on my merry way. I was on a short trip and had downloaded only two books for this excursion, so I was "stuck" with my listening material. Imagine my surprise when I actually liked it. Will likely listen to the other two books in the series.
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.