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.
It has everything; mystery, magic, humor, fascinating characters, and London! What more do you need? Narrator was a little "breathy" but accents were awesome. Can't wait for more.
I had this book on my wish list, but didn't buy it, for YEARS because the cover just didn't look like something I'd like. Well, you know the old saying... Anyway, I LOVED this series. If you're a Harry Potter fan who also occasionally likes a good mystery/crime novel, this series is for you. The narrator is AWESOME,you'll love the characters... though I will warn you that some will break your heart!
So if your Hogwarts letter never came, there may still be a place for you in the London detective squad...
And the covers DO get better in the later books!
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It's a decent book and a great audiobook. You'll want to devour the series after listening to it.
Probably the best part of the story is how Grant gets caught up in things.
I just love listening to his voice. I feel like I probably would have enjoyed the book regardless, but I bought all the books as quickly as I could after listening to Midnight Riot because of how wonderful a job he did.
Yes, in fact I think I might start again now.
don't know if he was really speaking that fast, or if it was a problem of the file, but i had to lower the speed to .85.
The story caught my attention immediately, however Holdbrook-Smith's narration carried the story through a quick paced and quick witted adventure. On to the next book!
I enjoy fiction including Sci Fi and fantasy (lots of epic fantasy.) I'm also a big fan of some of the spy genre like the Bourne series and some Tom Clancy.
Honestly, I'm an American and don't get much perspective on the UK outside of whatever is rattling across the BBC. This book was a pretty fresh experience because there were so many similar but different concepts to introduce. Overall it's just a good consistent listen.
There's a real edgy authenticity to him. I know a lot of cops and the attitude he performs is spot on. The way the character is written is enjoyable without being cheesy. You can connect with the characters much like in the Dresden series but this one doesn't go out of its way to rehash the same mechanics and concepts in crime.
No extreme reactions... it's a pretty smooth read - goes by quick, doesn't jerk you around... it's a good attempt (believable) at an english police procedural. As an American it was a little tricky to follow some of the dialect and slang but I caught on after not too long.
This whole series has been very enjoyable. I do wish the books were a bit longer but they keep coming out so kudos to the author! A series needs to keep moving or it dies on the vine like ... well, we probably all know who I'm thinking of...
I really enjoyed this story and the narrator was great. Very good at accents and didn't use falsetto for the female characters. Not a super intellectual or life changing book but definitely a fun romp in an alternate reality. I would recommend this book for anyone looking for something light, fun, and easy to listen to on your commute or other travels.