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.
because some series are so damned good you have to buy the whole lot even though only the first is on sale. In these books the only thing better than the"world" is the reader who makes the characters into instant friends I want to spend more time with these people.
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'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.
My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
DO NOT PASS GO, COLLECT 200 QUID
Yes, this is very British and I am sure I missed some of the funnies, due to not being British, but do not let that stop you. This was very easy to understand, was funny to very funny and I did not feel ABUSED, SPAT ON AND VOMITED ON.
CHIEF INSPECTORS DON'T RUN, THAT'S WHAT THEY HAVE CONSTABLES FOR.
The magic in this book is more analytic then those in most books. It does not come naturally to the novice. He might have to be born with the ability to learn, but he must practice hard to learn the skill. As the apprentice learns the magic, we the listener learn about this world of magic. This approach keeps the listener from getting lost. This is listed as a detective novel and rightly so. There is almost as much in the novel about police work in London as there is about Ghost Vampires, River Gods and magic.
A FACE THAT LOOKED LIKE IT HAD BEEN HIT WITH THE FLAT END OF THE SHOVEL.
What I liked most about the book was the main character. He is pretty much an average young black man living in London. He likes to read, but in class his attention is liable to wonder. He is an average man trying to make something of himself.
WE'RE THE PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE THE PEOPLE THAT OTHER PEOPLE DON'T BELIEVE.
I only gave the book three stars. I did not feel the writing maintain the quality it started with. I did listen to the whole thing, but I was ready for it to end. I believe BA has a bright future, but he is not there yet. I do think the book is worth the credit and I am sure many will and do love the book.
KEEP BREATHING IT'S A HABIT YOU DON'T WANT TO BREAK.
The narrator is very good and I believe he made the book better. He does do a lot of heavy breathing, taking in deep inhalations before starting many sentences. I did not notice it till toward the end of the book, but then it did get a little distracting.
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.
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.