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...
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.
I wish I could give this 3 1/2 stars, because it's better than 3 stars, not quite compelling enough for the 4 stars---I reserve the 4 stars for books that i just HAVE to get back to. Somewhat cooky and off beat, it's a fresh approach to supernatural. Our hero is a bit distracted, but that's by design and his asides make me guffaw from time to time. Overall, worth the listen. If you enjoy bedtime stories and fanciful tales of ghosts, and other ethereal beings, you'll enjoy this.
He was constantly making little sounds with his mouth. You know how some people smack their lips before they start talking? He did this CONSTANTLY. And he was always out of breath, like he was narrating while recovering from a sprint.
His accents are good, and otherwise his narration was spot-on, but I couldn't deal with all the mouth sounds. Made me feel nauseous after a while.
Clearly I'm more OCD than most, judging by the other favourable reviews, but if you're similarly bothered by mouth sounds, steer clear of this one.
What a fabulous story! Wonderfully written! Peter Grant is exactly the kind of sharp, smart, but not plastic-perfect kind of character I'd most like to have show me around London. The narrator did a great job bringing all the characters to life.
It's a matter of proper miking for the narrator. Holdbrook-Smith does an excellent job of narrating the story and giving distinctive voices for each character. However, his every breath is all too noticeable.
Perhaps the producer and/or Audible can fix the problem, since the breathiness is evident on other books of the series.
The story itself? A fine beginning to a tale that is a gritty modern London police procedural merged with Terry Pratchett's understated humor and un-wooo handling of the supernatural.
Such a fine candidate for a TV series.
I couldn't follow the story because of the narrator's heavy British accent. I struggled with the British slang that was part of the story.