I live now on the eastern tip of the Big Island of Hawaii... and work in Pahoa Town... where I try to anticipate the weather...
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.
Seeking the Truth
Frankly, I could not get past Part 1 of this book before I had to throw in the towel. I found it inane, totally unabelievable, and not the least bit humorous (other reviewers found the book hilarious, but it left me irritated). I suppose if one likes the idea of a new police recruit being able to speak to ghosts and learning to perform magic and wizardry while he's trying to solve a "mystery", it might have some appeal, but this was advertised as an adult mystery book, not for children, so it would have to be an adult with a child's mind. The new recruit's supervisor - who no one likes because he's too weird - is from some obscure division of the London Metro Police (ala X Files) and makes it a point to help train the new recruit. It's supposed to be like Harry Potter meets the X-Files, but it doesn't come close on either count, other than perhaps a little plagiarism.
Ditch the concept for the entire book and try writing something else. The disparaging remarks about women certainly did not add any appeal on any level.
The narrator at times read too quickly.,
No. The author borrowed ideas from different movies and books and tried to make a mystery story from it. He failed miserably.
The book is not worth commenting on any further.
My taste vary. I love a good, blood stained horror, but also a well written kids story. Lots of Sci-Fi, but also Hist. Fiction. No boring!!!
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.
Are you tired of emo protagonists? Plots being moved along by stupidity? How about the same ol' humdrum?
I know I am, and that is why this book was such a wonderful surprise and I even almost passed on it.
The short and sweet of it is that you have this extremely relatable main character who just takes everything in stride, just like how I always feel a main character should. None of that "oh this is impossible" or "wooooow everything is so mystical." No, instead you have PC Grant questioning the thermodynamics of magic, his coworkers just shrugging it off and rightfully passing all the buck to Grant (really, who would actually want to deal with a psychotic serial killing ghost?), and him nodding knowingly to a river goddess while staring at her tush.
Seriously this book is clever, funny, and above all unique. The author knows how to subvert tropes and bring up all the random thoughts that pass through a reader's head and answer them, or at least ask them himself.
I recommend this book to anyone that likes urban fantasy, anyone who wants a spin on a mystery book, or anyone that has stayed away from urban fantasy because of the tired plot devices.
Also all the british slang...
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!
Aaronvitch writes very likeable and memorable characters, and Holbrook Smith does a beautiful job with a wide array of voices and global accents. This is the first in the series, and the main storyline wraps up rather abruptly; I was very happy to seek out the rest of the series none the less.
Yes, as long as you like ghosts!
It was interesting.
I liked his accent.
It made me laugh a few times.
My only complaint was that the author used too many London slang words, which made it difficult for us Americans to understand. Sometimes they were explained, but more often than not, they weren't. I was frustrated by this at times, and wished I understood more of them!
I'm a huge fan of the Dresden files and found that this book finally fits the hole in my left from having finished them all. It is just the right mixture of modern reality and fairytale, with interesting characters and a bit of snarky sarcasm. It also has a feeling of Neil Gaiman, with the various supernatural characters having more of a gritty, real life appearance than you get from Butchers lords and ladies of Fairy.
The story line in this is a bit hard to follow sometimes, and there were a few moments when I wondered if I had skipped a chapter. A few details get casually dropped in, and I wondered if I had missed them before. Since it's the first in the series, I'm looking forward to seeing how he grows this particular universe.
Reader is excellent, with a comfortable voice to listen to, and nice transitions to different voices and accents for the various characters. Reminds me somewhat of Neil Gaiman as well.