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!
"I love this series... But this one wasnt as good"
Yes, I was so impressed by the first 3 in the series but this one didn't quite live up to the previous 3 which is a shame. I will listen to the next one though because the first 3 were so brilliant. Maybe this one was a bit of a 'filler'?!
"This series is so good"
Loving these books so much, Kobna does a great great performance and the story is brilliant. Wish there were more!
"Magical detective story"
This is a brilliant story, well narrated by Kobna Holbrook-Smith.
Just the right amount of 'magic' but with a fantastic plot and a very likeable main character.
"Another enjoyable book in the series"
Knew it. There's a good change of direction in this book that may well lead the series into new adventures. Very enjoyable
"As compelling as the rest of the series"
If you've listened to the previous books in this series, it's more of the same utterly addictive stuff. Assume your headphones are going to be glued to your ears for the next ten hours.
"Gripping story with a completely unexpected twist"
These books keep getting better and better, the narration is strong and the story enveloping...I can't wait for the next one.
The book gave a very seedy view of London that made no sense to me. Maybe I should have read other books by him first.
I didn't warm to the narrator's voice.
There were some good characters but it was charmless.
I won't come back for more.
I've not read the print version, but I love Kobna Holdbrook-Smith's performance on this book. He gets the character spot on in my opinion.
I am really enjoying this series. It's not a serious crime series, it's the real world with a twist of magic brought into it. It is based around magical crimes in London and the issues the characters face in dealing with those magical problems and crimes. I'm about to start the 5th book in the series, hopefully he brings out more soon!
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