The author is English with all of the wonderful sarcastic English humor.
The story is smart and fresh. If you like The Dresden Files, you will like Midnight Riot. The main character is brilliant and lost at the same time, which is understandable when he stumbles into a world (figuratively, not literally) that only existed in fairy tales.
The setting is London today. The author does a good job in merging magic, Grimm's Fairy Tales, and everyday modern living.
I am looking forward to the rest of the series.
I read the reviews and decided to give this book a try. I love a good series and was happy to see that this one had the 2nd book on Audible. But I did not enjoy this story. It was a little hard to follow. I actually skipped several chapters just to get to the end. I thought the narrator was really good and the characters were like-able, but I did not enjoy the plot.
Even if you are not an Anglophile you will enjoy this book. If you are an Anglophile then you will go bonkers. A fast moving detective romp through London and the countryside, the author includes lots of slang and landmarks. As far as fantasy, mystery, sci fi stories go, this one has everything from ghosts to vampires to crazy water gods and goddesses. So this is a fun, strange, funny book but the ending is even stranger. The characters are fun and the reader is awesome...wish everyone could be as enthusiastic.
This is a great book that really comes alive with Holdbrook-Smith's narration. Get this book. You will not be disappointed. And I have read the next 3 that come after it...they just get better and Holdbrook-Smith continues to be astoundingly fantastic.
Oh so good! This is police drama with urban fantasy done right. Peter Grant is a recently made constable that starts to see ghosts. This suprise has some down sides but has the decidedly great advantage of saving him from being a paperwork monkey that fills out other constable's and detectives paperwork for them. While that would be a "valuable service," it is not the service he signed up for. He wants to be a proper thief taker.
Ben Aaronovitch creates a fabulously Brittish view of London. It's modern, funny, and has the perfect and accurate pop culture references. I picked it up because I was trolling Daniel O'Malley's blog, hoping to find out when the sequel to "The Rook" was coming,and he recommended The Peter Grant series for those of us needing anything similar to satisfy our impatience.
This is a quick but fun read that will make you laugh. Make sure you have the sequel because you will not want to wait. It has some light sexual content and profanity but nothing extreme a slightly worldly teenager can't handle. Have your parents ever slipped up and sworn in front of you? Yes? You can handle this.
Kobna Holdbrook-Smith does a fabulous narration! It enhanced the book for me. The accents were fantastic and the characters were differentiated well. The entirety is in a strong Brittish accent but as it is set in London this was perfect. I will listen to anything he narrates and intend to listen rather than read the rest of this series.
The main character is charming and an endearing smart-aleck --love him.
It took me awhile to get used to his accent. After a few chapters, I didn't have to concentrate as much and by the second book, listening to his voice was quite soothing.
I really enjoyed this series and hope there is a fourth book coming out sometime soon. The only somewhat disappointing aspect is the supporting cast of characters are not as well developed as the main character.
There are so many good books out there in the urban fantasy genre, don't waste your time on this one. It was so dull, I found my mind constantly wandering as I checked over and over again to see if I was any closer to the end. The conclusion of the book was, to put it nicely, anti-climactic. I was sucked in by the many positive reviews, but I was just bored, bored, bored and had a hard time understanding some of the dialogue due to the accent of the narrator.
Literature professor and lover of mystery books!
There were many. Favorite is introduction to the Folly and exchanges between Peter and Leslie and Nightingale.
Hard to say. Many really good scenes that are funny and stand out in their own rights.
Made me crack up laughing many times.
I would have never found this series had it not been for the rave reviews of other listeners. People seemed to love it, so I gave it a go. These books are amazing! They are so funny and smart and interesting. The characters are complex and wickedly smart; you can connect to them easily. I also learned a great deal about the history of London listening to this series. This book, the first in the series, sets up a great deal of what is to come in the following books. Some things that seem hazy here get cleared up as the series moves along. But there is enough going on here to keep one riveted. This is one of the few books that I have actually listened to repeatedly because it is so nuanced and entertaining.
The narrator is outstanding and the writing is too. Highly recommend.
This book is so much better than the stupid title the US publisher saddled it with (it's called "Rivers of London" in the rest of the world). It's suspenseful, engrossing, and funny. I found myself laughing out loud while I listened to it. I've already downloaded the next two books, and am looking forward to some lengthy drives so I can listen to them in the near future.
I also have to single out the narrator, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith as a star of this production. The characters in this novel come from all strata of British society and education level, and span the time from present day to the 18th century. KHS makes each character speak in a distinctive voice, and also in the correct accent for their situation, something that is, frankly, mind-boggling, given the enormous variety and depth of British accents. My wife is British, and a bit of an accent Nazi. She also enjoyed the book enormously (and she doesn't usually like audiobooks), and thought he absolutely nailed the accents. I'm so glad they got him to narrate the rest of the books in the series.
I have to admit that I'm not a big fan of urban fantasy. I'm not sure why, but it generally just doesn't grab me. I was a little on the fence about this one at the beginning. If this was just an urban fantasy, I would probably just stop at this novel and not continue with the rest of the series, but there were several elements that have won me over.
Very clever story. Reminds me of a hipper, Londoner, Dan Brown. Full of history of London, references to history, literature, etc. but not in a way that drags down the story.(Which btw, I though Dan Brown's Inferno was often derailed by too much travelogue.)
Very well-defined main character. I suppose it's because I'm not a writer, I'm always surprised that people can write so convincingly about something they haven't lived. I was conviced this author must be an ex-policeman and half ethnic. He's so good at writing in details that - at least I - can't imagine he would have come up with otherwise.
Excellent writing and dialogue. Delightful.
Excellent narration. Wow did this narrator do a great job. I hope they never get a different narrator for this series. He could get very fast though and for someone who isn't British, I sometimes had to stop and re-listen to sections. This might not be the best choice of story to listen to if you are busy doing something else.
A refreshingly good novel.