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Broken Homes: PC Peter Grant, Book 4 | [Ben Aaronovitch]

Broken Homes: PC Peter Grant, Book 4

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.
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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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  • Miles
    Mansfield, United Kingdom
    8/15/13
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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]!)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr Forgetful
    Gillingham, United Kingdom
    8/2/13
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    "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!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A. G. Richardson
    Orpington, Kent, UK
    8/25/15
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    "That explains Elephant & Castle...."

    Another Peter Grant special with sidekick Lesley May and the erudite Thomas Nightingale do further battle with the faceless one - in Elephant & Castle. A bit of magic and a lot of interesting architectural explanation of South London- which is actually quite interesting - yeh... Honest.. Read by the brilliant Kobna Holdbrook Smith!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    8/10/15
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    "Assumed you've read the previous books............"

    If not you should have, they are great and quite different to anything I've read or heard before!
    Book 4 is still very entertaining but felt it wasn't quite as good as previous 3. Will see how we go with book 5?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • judith
    7/31/15
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    "addictive"

    really enjoyable listening. I would recommend listening to the whole series to fully understand all the sub plots.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Katrin Loehr
    7/20/15
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    "Fantastic new world!"
    Would you listen to Broken Homes again? Why?

    I loved the way the story sucked me in straight away, and would be tempted to listen to all the books again before the next release.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Peter Grant is fun, but I have to say that 'The Nightingale' is a fantastic Character! I love his how Old English he comes across.


    Have you listened to any of Kobna Holdbrook-Smith’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I love the entire Peter Grant series, Holbrook-Smith has done an amazing Job narrating the series.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I hated Peter Grant being betrayed by someone he trusts, and values.


    Any additional comments?

    I cannot wait for the next book in the series, and love the world and stories that Aaronovitch has created. I look forward to hopefully hearing more about The Folly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • RachelRay
    6/29/15
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    "awesome -"

    another great installlment. Preformance is brilliant and the whole series is so well researched, believable and extremely addictive - youve been warned!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Victoria Hulland
    Birmingham, United Kingdom
    6/28/15
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    "Enjoying this series immensely."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Definitely. Love this sort of book and the author gets it just right.


    What other book might you compare Broken Homes to, and why?

    Several. The magical and mythical co existing in a modern world is a very popular topic right now but this one stands out as a true British gem.


    Did Kobna Holdbrook-Smith do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    Definitely.


    Was Broken Homes worth the listening time?

    Absolutely.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Todd Robottom.
    6/25/15
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    "Going somewhere."

    Better story this time around with some very interesting developments moving forward. Performance was really good with most character voices nailed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MR
    6/19/15
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    "Keeps getting better"

    I've loved this series from book one, rich well developed characters, captivating plot lines and well presented audio; will be rushing immediately to get there next one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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