Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
I had a hard time getting into this one or connecting with any of the characters. I kept going hoping it would get better and then I was too far in to abandon it.
This was in the same genre with The Dresden Files and The Iron Druid Chronicles, but not even in the same ballpark. I may have been thrown off by the narration but I think it was the combination of both that and the story. Others I follow really liked it, so maybe it was just me?
Wow! For such a ripping yarn, this book packs in a lot of genres: a mystery, a police procedural, a magical fantasy, a student beginning to learn magic, history and geography lessons of London and British history, views of today's British class structure, and a fully-developed magical world. It's a wonderful tale.
And the reader's performance is exceptional, one of the best I've heard; breathless at times, quickly spoken and then languid, creating believable dialog. Terrific. And I'm glad to see that there are more installments. I look forward to hearing them.
I can't remember why I decided to purchase this audio book but I loved it. So strange and quirky and the narrator really added to my enjoyment of this book. The voice just seemed so perfect. Can't wait to try the next audio book by this author and narrator.
Neko chan at heart =^.^=
Actually~ yes. Not only is the narrator very pleasing to the ear, but the story is absolutely fun.
Anytime Molly is mentioned. I am SO curious as what her back-story might be.
I haven't, but I promise you I will listen to more!
I was often chuckling throughout the story. It's right-down quirky!
It's one of those tales that, going in, you're not really expecting much. Then you get rolling, and simply MUST know what happens next. Thank goodness for the mobile phone app so I could continue listening to this book throughout my day.
every day is a busman's honeymoon
I had no idea I'd enjoy this book so much. excellent narrator. Clever story with a great mythos twist. Really everything I like in urban fantasy save a female lead. That said, Peter is easy to identify with and very likeable. Good all round!
My husband picked this story up when Audible recommended it and I honestly wasn't sure if I'd like it. I'm so so glad I listened. The Peter Grant books are some of my favorites ever! I'm buying the books and reading them as well as listening because they are engaging in a way that I haven't experienced lately. I love the narrator, too!
Kobna Holdbrook-Smith can be credited with elevating the audio version of this book above the print version, he brings Peter Grant to life.
There were so many interesting elements to this novel but I think the most memorable moments revolve around Molly and her interactions with Peter Grant. Molly is a side character in this story but when he writes a scene with her in it Ben Aaronvitch makes you believe there is a sense of importance to Molly that you haven't yet seen. Not having read or listened to the other four books in the series I'm hoping Molly will be given a larger role as the story lines unfold.
This is the first audio novel I've listened to narrated by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith but I'm looking forward not only to finding others but also listening to his turn as Peter Grant in the rest of this series.
Definitely! If I could have sat back with headphones and no interruptions for twent-four hours I'd definitely have done it.
I know there are at least four more books in this series but I'm hoping by the time I reach book five a sixth will be in the works!
Takes a while to get going, but really starts humming in the back half. Great to see a protagonist who isn't white for a change. Was delighted to have no idea how the resolution would shake out. Looking forward to the future books.
Delightful, intelligent and funny. Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is to "Rivers of London" what James Marsters is to "Dresden Files."
I love characters whose strengths and weaknesses stem from the same source--Peter Grant is smart and interested in nearly everything--to the point of distraction. He is also funny, sexy, and kind. Even the secondary and minor characters are all richly realized.
The entire city of London--which the main character, and his author, obviously find fascinating.
Let's try to find one without any reference to "Harry Potter," just to see if it's possible.
The interracial (inter-ethnic, inter-species, and inter-temporal) cast of characters mingle like nothing I've come across before--it is the situation, not the point.
The story is imaginative and the situation is unique. It involves fantasy without the common devices of vampires, magic school, or aliens.
I enjoyed the initial meeting of Peter and DCI NIghtingale. It created high expectations for the book that were met and exceeded.
I would listen to this man read anything. His smooth voice flows and dips perfectly with the story; he is the character. After hearing him narrate the first book, I cannot imagine reading the sequels on my own. He brings Peter to life in every book.
Yes and no. The plot entangles the reader, yet the process is so enjoyable that one doesn't want the end to come too soon.
This has become my stress-relief book. I am a nervous flyer, but I pop on my earphones and disappear into the world of Peter Grant and Thomas Nightingale, as read to me in the velvet tones of Kobna Holdbrook-Smith. Even thought I know how the story ends, I immediately sink into their world and forget about mine.