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.
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.
These books are great! I've listened or read all of the Peter Grant series and can't wait for the next book to come out. They have humor, mystery, and magic all rolled up into one and the narrator does an excellent job of bringing the characters to life. I would highly recommend this series to anyone particularly fans of Torchwood, Doctor Who, and Sherlock.
I guess this could be Harry Potter for adults with an apprenticeship instead of Hogwarts. It's funny because the cover looks anything but that. I liked it pretty well but I admit to being lost about all the where's, why's and who's . It got really confusing for me at times and it is hard to look back in an audio book so it may have been my fault more than the book. It was entertaining but fairly grisly ( I mean it is not every book a mans dick is bit off by a woman's ?????vagina!!).
Also if you don't like a British narrator who breathes swallows and makes other assorted noises loudly, this book is not for you. At first I was Oh No! but I did get used to it and even liked him by the end. Again, think Harry Potter for adults He did great voices, he is just a heavy breather!
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...
Definitely do not make the mistake I did and lose track of this book in your library. It is a fine piece of modern literature. Now if you are not a Brit, you may not relate entirely to the story and its humor, but you can be forgiven that weakness and still find it a very entertaining time spent.
Kobna Holdbrook-Smythe is a talented young British actor who has brought his skill to narrating Aaronovitch's books in a big way.
So take an extremely well written piece of fiction and put it in the hands of an extremely talented artist, and you have a guaranteed 10 hours of entertainment.
Buy it and love it and expect it to addict you to the pair and be happy there are half a dozen books by the same pair.