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.
This series is very popular in the UK and I can see why. It is funny (I don't laugh out loud while listening to a book very often) yet you really care about the characters. the match of narrator to book is smack on target here. Kobna Holbrook-Smith channels Peter Grant perfectly. He's no slouch when it comes to the other voices, either.By the way, this isn't posh London- this is gritty streets of London, immigrants and all. I loved every book in the series and can't wait for the next audible book to be published. Though the writing is excellent, I can't imagine reading this series and missing the narrator's spot on performance.
It took me two listens to fully appreciate the perfect balance this book achieves between police procedural, understated british humor and supernatural characters. When it clicked for me I went full steam ahead with the next three books and am now patiently waiting for book number 5.
This is easily my favorite urban fantasy series next to the Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne.
The narrator is fantastic and gets slightly better in the following books.
Listen and Enjoy!
I don't know why I waited so long to try this series. Audible had been suggesting it for over a year, but I'm picky and didn't think I would like it for some reason. I absolutely love it though. The narrator is perfect, the story moves at a quick pace, it is funny and sad and exciting. Nearly perfect! I purchased the rest of the books in the series that were available before I even finished this one, and I'm anxiously awaiting the release of the next one. If you're on the fence about this book, just go ahead and get it. If you're a fan of the Dresden files you'll love it.
I just completed the first book in this series and have now purchased the remaining three. I am usually a reader of more traditional mysteries, but I found this book an engrossing twist on the form. (I did read all of the Harry Potters and Ender books....so I have enjoyed some syfi - supernatural materials in the past.) The reader does a terrific job of communicating the characters and action. Even before finishing the remaining books, I'm hoping there won't be as long of a wait before book 5 comes out as there was between 3 and 4.
There are times when the reader really adds to the story, and this narrator is absolutely fantastic. The character he's working with is also a good one - young, smart, mixed-race, cheeky. A working-class "copper" trainee who ended up apprenticed to a wizard in a special division of the Met. Very entertaining.
I found this ghost story to be “ok”, but I am not overly enthusiastic about it. It was very fast paced, not only with the events and scenes happening, but also by the fast reading done by the narrator, Kobna Holdbook-Smith. I found myself having to listen carefully to the narrator, in case I missed something.
There were definitely British characters and humor in the story; in addition to some horrific and bizarre murders. The crime is solved in the end, but it still leaves you with some unanswered questions and anticipating what the next mystery will be in the series.
This wasn’t really my type of paranormal fantasy though, so I don’t think I'll read "Moon Over Soho," the next installment in the series.