Not much else to say. Performance was well done and the story was above average. I'll try the next book as well.
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I don’t know why but I just couldn’t get into the story. The characters are interesting and it’s well written but for some reason I just wasn’t into this one. Maybe it’s the fact that Peter is just learning how to do magic so we don’t get to see it that often. That being said the last quarter of the book was very good so maybe some more fun is in store in the next couple! If you’re a huge urban fantasy fan this book is probably for you, but the more casual fans may want to look someplace else.
Mr. Holdbrook-Smith does a good jobs with the characters but sometimes I heard him taking a deep breath in between sentences.
More fun than I've had since I discovered the Jim
Butcher Dresdon Files. Similar tongue-in-cheek style but with it's own flair, Midnight Riot takes the reader on a wild ride through London, past and present, where ghosts walk and talk, and magic is real. Narrated with impeccable skill and charm by Holdbrook-Smith.
My friends on the Discworld forum recommended this series. I'm glad they did, although I had a hard time finding the first book - in the UK the book title is "Rivers of London". If asked to describe this book in as few words as possible, I'd say that it's a combination of The Dresden Files and Discworld.
Peter Grant is a young London cop with aspirations of becoming a homicide detective. Unfortunately, he underwhelms his superiors, and it looks like it's the Case Progression Unit (paperwork squad) for him. Until the night that he's guarding a murder scene. He interviews a witness who, to his shock, is a ghost. Peter then becomes the assistant / apprentice to Detective Chief Inspector Nightingale, who investigates the uncanny happenings in London that are beyond the scope of the rest of the Metropolitan Police.
The plotline moves quickly, but smoothly. The pacing is masterful. Peter is voiced perfectly by the narrator.
One note of caution - if you're not up on your "Britspeak", there are sections that may prove a little difficult.
I bought this on recommendation during a chat- comparing this to Butcher's Dresden novels as one that I might like. I think it falls more in between Dresden and Simon R. Green's John Taylor stories. Not quite as gritty but the elements of them both are there. Some of the story line wandered a bit for my taste. It would jump time and give an explanation of something that the author assumed the listener would know, so it was a bit discombobulated. I would have to stop and think about what was happening before I could catch up. The British slang and such were not a problem though, although a couple of times the reading actually sounded as if they had changed narrators totally, esp at the end of Chapter 9. I did find the breathing sounds he made were a bit distracting.
All in all, it was not a bad listen, so I am off to give book 2 a shot.
Love some of the "sayings" of the locals. Great short story to listen to. Had to finish it at home since we made it home prior to the story finishing, just could not wait to hear what happened.
The story was a decent modern urban fantasy. It was a little too-London specific in tone and style. Too often knowledge of British police procedures and acronyms are expected to be known, though not as bad as some books I have read. Fortunately, I have watched enough BBC shows and read some other books that I had an idea what he was referring to. I might get the next book if I decide I can get past the narrator.
Kobna Holdbrook-Smith's narration took away from the story. His thick accent was hard to follow on occasion, but the real issue was his constant heavy breathing and moist smacking when speaking really detracted from the listening experience. Other than that, his experience as an actor shows through and his style works for the book and the character.
I have been listening to this series lately, because shockingly, there does seem to be a limit to the number of times I can re-listen to the sweet sweet sound of James Marsters reading the Dresden Files. This author isn't quite as funny as Jim Butcher can be, but he is damn close. Plus, the story is set in London and therefore provides some very entertaining British slang. My absolute favorite is "it's all gone pear-shaped", which I think is so much more colorful and evocative than clusterf##k could ever be. The voice actor who reads the books does a great job giving characters different voices with different British Isles accents, although the accent he gives the rare American character in the novel sounds off to my American ears. All in all it is a great performance, an entertaining story, and all around good fun for some light fluffy detective-novel-with-magic listening.