I bought this book before and returned it after listening for a couple of minutes because the narrator was so bad. I bought it again by mistake, but listened longer. The narrator is good when doing the characters; he rushes and is obviously reading to you when reading all other parts. Have patience and the book is enjoyable.
I have always been a fan of detective stories (especially British ones, you guys got us Americans beat there) and I love a good fantasy book, so this series is more then just up my ally, it is the ally!
The voice talent is perfect for the book, he fits the character of Peter Grant wonderfully!
A must read if you love magic, mystery and good old police work!
avid fantasy reader
I came into this not knowing much about the book, but I'd been recommended it by someone I trust. It was an unexpectedly wonderful listen, and a great story. Aaronovitch brings a lot of police procedural know-how and historical accuracy (with more than a few speculative twists along the way) to make the story feel rich and deep. Well-lived-in, so to speak. And the story itself started off well, but not so fast that it felt forced.
The main character, Peter Grant, was a very human soul thrust into a strange world of magic he never knew existed. Throughout the book, it was wonderful to see new twists on old magic pulled over an over again, all while Peter works the case, trying to solve the murder that sets him on the trail of the Rivers of London, the byways of the Thames incarnate.
Kobna Holdbrook-Smith was like a breath of fresh air. He brought a wonderful vibrance to the story, including a wealth of accents and a dramatic flair that had me engrossed throughout.
One of my all-time favorite urban fantasies now. I rarely begin reading the second book in a series unless I really enjoy the first book, and in this case I bought the second immediately and started listening within minutes of finishing the first.
I find myself unable to pinpoint exactly why I didn’t love this book, I usually love paranormal detective type stories, but something just didn’t work for me here. The pace of the book was a little off, the characters were interesting but not very rounded, and as a whole the storyline just didn’t come together for me. I found myself at some parts struggling to keep listening while other parts were very entertaining and funny.
This sounded like an interesting premise and I really thought I had stumbled upon something quite fabulous after reading the reviews but, in the end, this was simply not for me. I think the whole fantasy/police inspector hybrid was just too unbelievable as written. Aaronvitch just went too far. I thought the "I see dead people and they guide me in my job" was a great concept but then when he started mixing in mythology I think he overplayed his hand.
The narration was actually the best part of the book.
The narrator! Sexy voice.
Of course! I will listen and ''read' it' again, imagine Lister is a 20th century British Harry Dresden... And the story is (yes anathema!) at least as good as red Dwarf.
Actually.... ? First few pages... really! This is good!
Peter grant is ... way cool..!
Enjoyed the premise of this story - the details of modern London/melting pot life and the casual blend of the supernatural and police procedural. I did have some trouble toward the end when our hero just seemed to 'know' what to do with no explanations on how he arrived at the ideas, but I didn't mind enough to stop listening. I also enjoyed the narration. Mr. Holdbrook-Smith did a fantastic job with the various accents and for the first person narrative, the voice of Peter Grant was excellent. My only problem was the way Mr. Holdbrook-Smith gasped audibly for air between sentences as if he had emphysema. It got a little bit distracting after awhile. I do feel as if I need a break from his breathless narration before I venture forth and attempt Book 2...
This is a very enjoyable and entertaining series . . . very British . . . with an author that has an exceptional ability to insert details and descriptions so smoothly that the imaginary senses are fired up. The conversations are brilliant.
The undercurrent throughout the storyline is one of a light-hearted humorous observation of life. I love it!
It's the narrator that makes this series come alive with an exceptional range of voices and ability to act. This narrator is a 10 out of 10!
This is a professionally turned out series of audiobooks. When I don't notice mispronounced words, or editing gaffes, then all I experience is the story, so either someone did an excellent job of editing, or no one made any mistakes along the way.
I am always looking for different kinds of books. I don't care for Sci Fi or Romance. I don't know how to categorize this one. A real original. It does have magic in it and that was fine. Good story, great main character and very funny. Loved all the historical info on London. That was beautifully done. I will continue the series. And loved the narrator. He was perfect.