Yes, as long as you like ghosts!
It was interesting.
I liked his accent.
It made me laugh a few times.
My only complaint was that the author used too many London slang words, which made it difficult for us Americans to understand. Sometimes they were explained, but more often than not, they weren't. I was frustrated by this at times, and wished I understood more of them!
I'm a huge fan of the Dresden files and found that this book finally fits the hole in my left from having finished them all. It is just the right mixture of modern reality and fairytale, with interesting characters and a bit of snarky sarcasm. It also has a feeling of Neil Gaiman, with the various supernatural characters having more of a gritty, real life appearance than you get from Butchers lords and ladies of Fairy.
The story line in this is a bit hard to follow sometimes, and there were a few moments when I wondered if I had skipped a chapter. A few details get casually dropped in, and I wondered if I had missed them before. Since it's the first in the series, I'm looking forward to seeing how he grows this particular universe.
Reader is excellent, with a comfortable voice to listen to, and nice transitions to different voices and accents for the various characters. Reminds me somewhat of Neil Gaiman as well.
I really enjoyed this book. great characters, wonderful dialogue, my only critique in a negative way is that I could do without the Music at the beginning of each chapter
I love a good mystery, especially series, also a long time Stephen King fan. Enjoy reading and listening to multiple books at a time.
It's no novel of the century but it kept my interest enough to listen to all of it and if there are sequels I would probably give them a try. If you like the dresden files, it is in that genre.
I read and listen.
Excellent urban fantasy story with police procedural. Excellent voice work brings so much to this story. Great characters set in a known present day environment and lots of twists and turns. I will continue with the series.
This is one of those books where the narration jives so well with the written material that I wonder if it is as good when read. Also, it isn't an "important" work of fiction, so I have a hard time giving it five stars. This is a review on Audible, so it is an audio audience, and this is a wonderful audiobook.
If you can handle a book that is consistently charming and humorous, but also occasionally brutal, this is a fantastic choice for your next book.
It's a police procedural with a twist.
It made me laugh out loud. I love all the characters. The writing is clever and smart. The narration is perfect. I've now read the whole series and can't wait for the next book. I highly recommend.
I am so glad to see that Holdbrook-Smith will be narrating the next installment of this series. He's absolutely fantastic. There are characters from many different backgrounds in this series and he can do all their accents to a T. I especially loved the way he portrayed Mama Thames. (Having lived in Woolwich and known women who were originally from Nigeria, but had lived in South East London for some time, her accent is exactly how they sound).
As for the story itself-- well this is urban fantasy detective novel writing done by a confident expert and keen observer of modern London. The knowledge of policing in London is first rate. There is loads of suspense and I kept driving longer to find out what would happen next. I am so glad this is a series because there are plenty of finely drawn characters that I can't wait to see more of in the next installment, like Peter's jazz musician junkie father and strict Sierra Leonian mother.
Well worth the read!
I like the concept of "river gods" and the beginning of the magic system that doesn't quite get fleshed out (we learn about "formers" and where magic might come from but not a lot else).
I had a problem relating to the British colloquialisms as well as the London locale. I guessed the meaning of most of the non-American words since they were used in context but I felt that the need for spontaneous translation kind of popped my little bubble of disbelief. Also, being not at all familiar with London, I felt like I was missing out on some inside jokes. I could tell that the author is a clever, witty, fellow though. His writing is good, it's just so British that I had trouble relating and this from a rabid Monty Python fan. For instance, I didn't even get that the main character was of Nigerian descent until far past the African mama jokes, which took me aback.
I also have to admit that I had a problem with the narrator's performance. He gulped, swallowed, and gasped minutely at various intervals and I found it distracting. His voice and inflections were also disturbingly similar to Nick Frost's character, Ed, in Shawn of the Dead so that's whom I pictured narrating throughout the story.
I THINK the series has potential and I want to find out but I'd like for somebody to tell me that Kobna's performance improves as he gains more experience in narration so I can at least concentrate on the story a bit more.