I'm a picky audiobook listener. I tend to find fault with narrators (too slow, weird voices, can't pronounce some words...) and if the writing isn't tight, the audiobook format will highlight that sloppiness.
So when I say that this audiobook was PERFECT, it means something.
The plot is fast-paced, suspenseful, and at times genuinely shocking. The logic of the supernatural components of the world is solid. The main character is charismatic and competent at his policing, and always relatable. You'll be gripped by the story and care about its ending.
And the narration, oh, the narration! Kobna Holdbrook-Smith brings each character to life in a way I've never heard another narrator even come close to. When it says "he laughed" or similar written stage direction, the narrator does it, in a completely natural way. He actually acts the emotions of the book. If something tense is happening, he sounds tense, just as the main character should be. It adds a whole new level of immersiveness to the experience. I wish he could narrate every book, but unfortunately he seems to be specializing in the rather narrow niche of books about Brits of African heritage. Well, then, come on, authors, write some more of those! I want more books narrated by this guy!
I didn't want this book to end, and when it did, I immediately listened to the two sequels (which are also great). I think there are more planned, and I can't wait.
A rollicking good time. Well written but keeping that element of fun that make you want to keep listening.
The plot was well conceived and told very well. The details about the folly and other places visited were a treat to read. Fantasy can be to fluffy or the 180 to chiseled and edgy. This book struck a good balance with humanity, real police work and credulity.
Having never been to London, the reader added to the story with inflections that helped flesh out the 'feeling' for the area they were working in.
The Ladies and Gentlemen, The Lords and Ladies of the Rivers of London.
I really enjoyed this book. Looking forward to the 4th Peter Grant book.
If you like off beat, quirky characters and supernatural stuff and wrapped up then this is for you. This is not your typical vampire action book. It is well written, smart, funny and unique. I loved the writing style. Main characters are lots of fun. I have already downloaded the next in the series. It is difficult to describe this book but if you like an action story that is fun, scary and a little sophisticated this is it!
I live in Beijing and am thoroughly addicted to Audio Books.
I love this book--I think Ben Aaronovitch has done a brilliant job weaving together myth, folklore, history, and an old fashioned detective story. His characters are vivid, charming, and funny. The sort of people you'ld like to meet in a pub (though maybe not work with).
The setting--it made me homesick for London. It's very hard to separate the story from the setting, but I can't on earth imagine why you would want to.
Probably when we meet Constable Grant and he meets the ghost. I like how vivid the scene is, and how easy it is to suspend disbelief with this tableau. I love the narration from inside Constable Grant's head--the book wouldn't be half as funny without it.
This isn't the kind of book that's going to make you feel soppy or cry. You're going to laugh--a lot. Just go with it.
Waiting for the next instalment with glee.
Love this book. The story is great, and the narrator is excellent. Much in the vein of Harry Dresden, but with London as the background. Thoroughly enjoyed London locations and language.
A nice adventure into magical police and the gods of the Thames in modern London, with well developed out-of-control complications.
I loved this entire series. I love how fun and over the top the writing is. I loved all the characters. Finally a fantasy that portrays men and women as real 3 dimensional people, even when they are completely crazy. The narrator is simply one the best I have heard on Audible. I put him in the same category as Stephen Fry. The different voices he has for the different characters is fabulous. The author's affection for London is apparent and really makes London another character in the book, which I loved. Just can't recommend highly enough. So much fun. I just can't wait until book 4.
This is one of the Top Three Audiobooks i have ever experienced. A really great story, with totally believable dialog and topped off with an exceptional read!
Like Kevin Hearn, Robert Crais, Ellis Peters. Hate Romance genre.
Midnight Riot (Rivers of London) is the best audiobook series and performance I have listened to in years. Maybe ever.
I have listened to all three Peter Grant books more than once.
Ben Aaronovitch is a smooth and convincing creator of worlds. Kobna Holdbrook-Smith's rendition of a wide variety of characters in a wide range of classes so clearly even an American can understand them is nothing less than brilliant.
I really enjoyed this book although it started really slowly. I had to push myself to keep with it and I'm very glad that I did. I didn't see the twist coming and the look at London wth supernatural elements was very fun. I much enjoyed the British slang though sometimes I wasn't quite sure what was meant. The narrator did a fabulous job and I very much liked the sound of his voice.