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.
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.
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'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.
What an unexpected story! Totally unique and entertaining
The closest comparison would be to Tilt A Whirl. Rookie cop working with a confident, quiet veteran of the "force".
Not only did I want to listen to this book in one sitting, I had to go back and get the next two books in the series right away. I spent the three day weekend with Ben Aaronovitch and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith and enjoyed every minute of it!
I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.
This is delightful. It's sort of Harry Dresden meets Monty Python and stalks Punch and Judy. The language is very witty, and that did it all for me.Occult without being nasty. Full of some real twists and turns. And very British. Really liked this.
This is a very creative book, bearing constant proof of the author's impressive knowledge of the history and trivia of London and its surroundings. It is also a book that requires quite a dollop of suspended disbelief, being full of vampires, river spirits, revenants, police magicians, etc. The young, mixed culture constable who is learning to deal magic and deal with magical beings, is more interesting to me, in terms of his family dynamics, than his magic, but I will grant you that it is all pretty entertaining stuff.
Narration is excellent and a big plus for this download, , but at times the fast talking, mixed with the author's constant use of initialisms, which are very rarely explained, leads to a sense of failing to glean all that is going on. That can leave me feeling frustrated, to the point where I started looking forward to the book finishing up. Peter Grant is a strong, empathetic, and very likeable character, as are most of the folks in, "Midnight Riot," but I am left not knowing if I will ever try the other two books in the series. At the moment I am not even sure if I will rate this a four or a three, for the reasons mentioned, but I am sure that the things that troubled me will not bother everybody. Maybe just a listing of what all those initialisms mean, after the end of the story, might have salved my annoyance a bit. I know RIB is the Royal Institute of the Blind, but is UCH the University of Cambridge Hospital? These are only two...there are many more, oh so many more. Yes, I am sure it is all part of necessarily quick and clipped cop-speak, but it can rankle.
I'm retired and living on the eastern edge of the Big Island of Hawaii. Each day I try and brethe in a little deeper.
Yes... I laughed out loud listening to this book.
It seemed to be just a funny cop story... and then it wasn't... it was a quest to solve a mystery of the super-natural.
There was a visit to the River Thames gods & goddesses in their liars... which was interesting.
The narrator of this book is a rookie cop in London... and his story is told in the first person. The guy is really quite witty & full of himself... and plays a lot of his descriptions off as absurd... which can be very funny.
Yes. The characters are very interesting, plus the narrator has done a magnificent job of telling this wonderful story.
The main character, Peter Grant who is a new policeman in London. He is a daydreamer drawn to details regardless of what is happening around him.
No, but I'll look for them now.
Yes, but it's unfortunately too long for one sitting
I bought the next two in the series already.
This book had some really, really funny lines. Early on i thought i'd found a great mix of comedy, seriousness and a bit of mysticism. But instead, it went overboard (for me) with the other-wordly stuff, and just kind of lost me. I'm disappointed because, as i said, there were parts i really enjoyed. I'm just not into the fantasy world stuff, so it needs to be in smaller doses for me. Oh well, won't be continuing...