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Broken Homes Audiobook

Broken Homes: PC Peter Grant, Book 4

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Publisher's Summary

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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  • DizzyKitten
    12/12/14
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    "Brilliant fun."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Broken Homes to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • boosmummy
    Yorkshire, UK
    11/30/14
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    "Another winner in this series"

    I've got completely hooked on this series and book 4 Broken Homes is just as good as the previous ones. This time Peter and Leslie go undercover in an unusual building on a London housing estate. I love the descriptions of not only characters that Peter meets but the areas, you can totally 'see' the story unfold in your mind. The story flows along easily helped by the narrator who totally gets into the story and keeps you listening ages after you meant to switch off. For me it's definitely another winner by a wonderful author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fiona Seltzer
    Glasgow
    11/16/14
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    "so goo i bought all 5"
    What made the experience of listening to Broken Homes the most enjoyable?

    the narrator has the perfect voice for the character and in an instant can become a very believble Asian Glasweegion or any other person required.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Broken Homes?

    thaat would be telling...don't want to be a plot spoiler


    What does Kobna Holdbrook-Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    As a dyslexic i am able to read quite well but i miss the nuances of well rounded prose......this reader conveys all that is going on in his character's head


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    surreally normal,normally surreal


    Any additional comments?

    love the whole series..you should listen to them in order but it is not necessesary

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M
    LITTLEHAMPTON, United Kingdom
    11/8/14
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    "Love these books."
    Where does Broken Homes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love the way the characters have developed. Can`t wait for the next book in the series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Molly the housekeeper,because she is a constant but as of yet we know very little about her.


    Which character – as performed by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith – was your favourite?

    He`s very good and it would be impossible to choose just one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stan
    11/1/14
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    "Perhaps best in sequence?"
    What would have made Broken Homes better?

    I couldn't understand it - perhaps I should have looked for Books 1-3 first.


    What will your next listen be?

    Robert Goddard's Dying to Tell


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    None


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Benjamin
    STOKE ON TRENT, United Kingdom
    10/25/14
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    "bored now"

    where has all the flare and imagination and new world gone.
    Maybe my expectations were too high but I didnt think much of this.
    I love the narrators voice but you need to set it to 2x

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • B Higson
    Suffolk, UK
    10/12/14
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    "even better than reading it"
    What made the experience of listening to Broken Homes the most enjoyable?

    the way its narrated just brings out the humour and the way its written even more


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

    A Discovery of Witches - it brings the streets of London alive


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    couldnt comment and not spoil the plots


    Any additional comments?

    Whatever your mood or activity this series works great as audible ..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alexander Sutherland
    UK
    8/26/14
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    "Enjoyable but a little disappointing!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Broken Homes to be better than the print version?

    Having loved the first 3 in the series, this was another entertaining book that has some real highlights for the character developments and plot. The problem was not with the overall plot and storyline which was great, but somehow the writing wasn't as gripping as in the earlier books - lacking in suspense and those moments where you’re biting your knuckles thinking just about anything could happen. I do hope things get back on track with book 5! If you loved the first 3 books, it's definitely worth listening to, just not quite at the same high standard as before...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tristan
    Exeter, Devon
    7/12/14
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    "Interesting"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would, interesting plot, brings a blend of different concepts from other books into one.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It seemed very fresh and modern


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

    I have not


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Probably not, there is a lot of information and plot to think about


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Brenhden T. Seago
    Bristol, UK
    7/7/14
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    "Great story, amazing twist."
    What did you like most about Broken Homes?

    The setting was amazing.


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

    A great part of the series


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The farm.


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

    The twist!


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great story, the characters are all there doing what they do best. It ends in a way I totally didn't see coming. Although the end was a bit abrupt.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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