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 am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
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.
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.
This is a fantastic book. The actor nailed each and ever character. Brilliant performance from Kobna Holdbrook-Smith! He was so good I looked up his non-voice acting work.
One of my favorite series of books. Very enjoyable listening.
Very nicely paced story. The characters are very relatable which is saying something given that some of them are supernatural
Peter, the main character is great. All of the characters were great. Holdbrook-Smith does a truly masterful job of creating distinct and relatable voices for those characters.
Not extreme, just very enjoyable.
Addicted to books, especially audiobooks. Read lots and prosper!
The narrator was really good pick for this character. The dry British humor and story spins kept me on my toes. New young Brit cop meets X-files. Good start to new series. I'm going for the next one!
The story is a little weak. The book is short so setting up the setting and world is rushed. This rushed feeling is continuous throughout the book. Dr. Who fans will enjoy this book.
I picked this up on kind of randomly and was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. The premise of the wizard police officer could be hard to pull off but the author does so with a light touch and humor. The detailed descriptions of London make it almost another character to enjoy. The narrator is a real find, with a great main character voice. He handles both women and an impressively wide range of accents well. He is so good I have now listened to the whole series. There are not many narrators that can hold my attention that long and it is always an unexpected delight to find one. I look forward to more from the author and the narrator.