Ben Aaronovitch has stormed the bestseller list with his superb London crime series. A unique blend of police procedural, loving detail about the greatest character of all, London, and a dash of the supernatural.
A mutilated body in Crawley. Another killer on the loose. The prime suspect is one Robert Weil; an associate of the twisted magician known as the Faceless Man? Or just a common or garden serial killer? Before PC Peter Grant can get his head round the case a town planner going under a tube train and a stolen grimoire are adding to his case-load. So far so London. But then Peter gets word of something very odd happening in Elephant and Castle, on an housing estate designed by a nutter, built by charlatans and inhabited by the truly desperate. Is there a connection? And if there is, why oh why did it have to be South of the River?
Full of warmth, sly humour and a rich cornucopia of things you never knew about London, Aaronovitch's series has swiftly added Grant's magical London to Rebus' Edinburgh and Morse's Oxford as a destination of choice for those who love their crime with something a little extra.
Read by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith. Kobna is a Film, Theatre, Television and Radio actor. His television credits include Little Britain, Saxondale, Pulling, Taking the Flak, Star Stories and Sirens; his theatre credits include lead roles at the National, Tricycle, Young Vic, Manchester Royal Exchange, Bush and Shakespeare's Globe theatres and he has also been in numerous BBC radio plays. He has voiced audiobooks by Alastair Reynolds and Ben Aaronovitch for Orion.
©2013 Ben Aaronovitch (P)2013 Orion Publishing Group
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"Another fantastic book in the Peter Grant series!"
Ben Aaronovitch and Kobna Holbrook-Smith combine once more in what is undoubtedly the best series currently on Audible. This time Peter and Lesley have to go undercover on a large housing estate in Elephant & Castle in the hope of catching the 'faceless man'. As in previous books it is Kobna's superb characterisation of both Peter and Nightingale ('The Nightingale') that raises the already great writing to new heights. While the ending will leave you shocked, the ride up to that point is both grin-generating and guffaw-inducing - all-in-all a great audiobook! Roll-on book number 5!
(A quick word of warning - while the 'baggage' of previous books won't stop you enjoying 'Broken Homes' on its own merits, I would definitely recommend starting with the first book in the series 'Rivers of London'. This will give you a better understanding of the myriad characters which populate the novels as well as what the different forma are [for all you wizarding apprentices out there]!)
"An excellent addition to the Peter Grant Series"
The series follows likeable and well rounded characters in a vibrantly realised version of our world where magic exists and the long arm of the law has extended to police all things unconventional.
The latest adventure keeps things moving along swiftly, ratcheting up the tension as the pursuit of the "Faceless Man" intensifies. In addition, the narrator does a great job with the different characters, injecting warmth and humour into the performance.
Can't wait for the next in the series!
"Picked this series up and haven't put it down yet."
I have enjoyed this series so much that after getting half way through the first book, I quickly purchased the other 3 that are available so far. The stories run into each-other so it works well to listen to them all together. The Author has his own voice but the often dark humor and fantasy aspects of this novel, make me think that it will probably appeal to fans of Tom Holt. You can also see why Ben Aaronovitch wrote for Dr Who, although this is (hopefully) not something you will be reading to your children. The plots are interesting, imaginative and while often gruesome, always entertaining. The merger of `police-procedural', fantasy and humor, give it a broad range of appeal.
There are so many reasons I like this series. The way the author slowly leads the reader into an ever expanding fantasy world, as seen through the eyes of the main character, really held my interest. The portrayal of London, making it a living, breathing organism through imagery, history and it's characters, is wonderful to listen to. This is only improved by the hero's rich family history and how this affects his take on life. Although it is written from the perspective of a young male police officer, Peter Grant, unusually for a fantasy series, there are also a diverse range of strong female characters. Several of these have reoccurring roles in the books and have goals and personalities, beyond being love interest/prop for the hero.
This was my favorite of the stories since the first novel, as the universe just keeps getting bigger but characters from other stories continue to interact with the hero, rather than vanishing as with most books. You do need to read the stories in order and I can't say too much about the story without spoilers. However, while it leaves you impatient for the next book, I personally loved the ending here.
The narrator, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, is brilliant. He has a beautiful voice to listen to, while evoking the sense of history and personality that the author gives to London but equally manages to convey sarcasm or fear. Each character has their own narrated voice, regardless if they are male, female rich, poor, human or not. I honestly don't think they could have found a better person for these books.
A slow burner but well worth it for the finale. Very excited to see what happens next!
"Broken Homes Indeed"
I have come to love these books, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is Peter Grant and is a brilliant narrator for these books. On first listening to these books you wonder why there are three stories that seemingly don't coincide and it can be a little frustrating, however, it is part of the charm of these books and when they start to tie up you know the book is coming to an end. I did think one of the characters would turn to be what they have been revealed to be at the end of this book. I can't wait to listen to book 5 and look forward to the release of book 6 in September.
"more peter grant and every story is a winner"
this book kept me engrossed from Start to finish. great stories well written well read
I cannot get enough of these books.
"as good as the first RoL book"
Another great listen. much better than the last two books in the series. great story & performance.
"Fabulous addition to the series."
This is not a read alone book. Too many details are carried over from previous stories. However, it's a fabulous addition to the series.
There is a great story, quite complex and worthy of s second listen, with several strands that gradually come together for an exciting and shocking finale. And, as always, lots of fascinating detail about modern police work that shows just how much a career in the Met is a complete life choice!
If you have read the others and are wondering about this, don't hesitate, get listening.
If you haven't, start now with the first of the series, Rivers of London.
You won't regret either option!
I am just addicted to listening to these story's at the moment. The cast of characters is getting larger and larger but you know each and every one of them because they are written so well. I know I will definitely be heading back to the first book to start re-listening soon.
"Another great adventure of PC Peter Grant"
Yep big fan of the book serie and of its narrator, gulping them all. This one is a favourite as it lingers on one of the estate - similar to the one I grew up in not glamorising it but not making it worse than too many authors have made them to be.
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