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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I've listened to all this particular series and find Kobna's narration suits the books.
Top.Fantastic series of books which I have thoroughly enjoyed. Great combination of detection, facts about London and the supernatural. I wouldn't have thought that they would work together, but they really do. Engaging believable characters which capture the feel of the real, contemporary and multicultural London. If you like the films, Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz these books are better. Narration is exemplary.
Can't pick out one. But I can say, there's not one I didn't like.
Peter Grant's mother. I think I know her!
Welcome to London.
"More like buying a chapter of a book"
Unlike other series (such as the Bryant & May series, about a secretive unit of the Met which investigates 'odd' or unnatural crimes) I think you really do need to read the Rivers of London books in the right order.
I love books 1 & 2; 3 was weak I felt but this one, the 4th, was stronger again and had a really good pace and story line developing.
However, the ending was so abrupt and so clearly a link to the next installment that I checked to see if I had missed some of it and then listened to the last 15 minutes again. But no, it WAS the end of the book, though it was more like the end of a chapter.
There is no closure or even a temporary close; it is clear that book 5 will just pick up right where book 4 left off. Which is good, in one way as I am very keen to know what happens...but it also feels a bit like being ripped off because while books in a series obviously should be linked, I don't think the story should have such limited closure simply in order to pave the way for the next.
Beautifully narrated as ever. The writing remains crisp and witty and I think this story line was stronger than book 3 but I am taking off a star because I did feel the way it ended was either very rushed or rather cynical.
"not my favoritest in the series"
Kobna Holdbrook-Smith's narration took a lot of getting used to. A lot! And it has been a while since the last book. A year, in fact. So I was trying to get used to Kobna Holdbrook-Smith all over again. And it took a good part of three quarters of the book before I finally did. And I had to borrow the hardcopy from the library while I was getting used to the narration. But I really do like Kobna Holdbrook-Smith's accent impersonations! They sound very authentic! But the thing I like best about this book is the humour between the pages! Awesome sauce!! My sides hurt!! Plus the plot building is solid and substantial with nice twists. However, having said that, this is probably the book which garnered the lowest rating yet in the whole series. This is mainly because of the ending. It bordered on being a cliffhanger. And I don't like cliffhangers! It left so many threads in the story hanging! And I also like seeing justice done. This is a police story, for goodness sake! A fictional one. So I was expecting the murders to get justice! I was indignant!! But I'm still kinda hoping that it'll get some answers in the next book. But having said that, my interest in this series is seriously waning... I might borrow this book from the library if ever I decide to continue reading this series rather than buying it.
Story telling quality = 4.5
Character development = 4.5
Story itself = 4
Ending = 3
World building = 5
Cover art = 2
Pace = (10 hrs and 17 mins listening time)
Plot = 4
Narrator = 4
Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5
"Another fantastic Peter Grant episode :)"
I loved the previous 3 Peter Grant books and was very much looking forward to this one to come out. It didn't disappoint.
This was a fascinating mystery/crime/fantasy ... with jazz, town planners, the police, farmers and magic - what could be missing!
The characters are further developed, the plot once again set in a totally believable London and further surprises for the plot (and it seems that there is space for more to come ...)
This is the fourth book in the series which runs: Rivers of London, Moon over Soho, then Whispers underground.
Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere - they are both all about the London that we see and that which we aren't aware of ...
His voice completely builds the character of Peter for me and he is one of those narrators that gets the book from the page into my head with no effort from me or interruptions to the process by a jarring accent or mispronunciation.!
It made me laugh out loud in a couple of places. No sad tears, but a bit of sadness too.
I did lose the plot a bit in the middle with the cremation, but I had it all sorted out by the end.
When is the next one coming out?!
"Great performance again!"
I love the translation of areas of London I know into fantasy and weirdness. Ben does it again with this one!
Fantastically read by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith.
Kobna almost acts ever word of this book and has you hooked from the start. He brings the characters to life.
The wonderful descriptions of London make you feel that you are there and the story got me hooked from book 1. This along with Kobna's fantastic narration makes it a great listen.
"Brilliant right up to the end"
Another great book in the series. What I really liked was the fact that the author assumes that anyone listening to this has already listened to the other books and understands what is going on with the characters. So, in all a great book, but the end...not that it's a bad ending, it just ends when things take a major turn and now we have to wait to find out what happens...very naughty Mr Aaronovitch or should that be very clever.
Yes - I've listened to it twice, already.
I sort of got the twist fairly early on. But I must say this hasn't diminished my wish to know what comes next. I like this series, I really do. I find the premise fascinating and the locations exciting. For me the story has two main characters. Peter and London, and I love both of them! I must say, however, much as I was keen for the next episode to come out - a bit more editing next time?NB - you don't get "sent down" from Oxford (unless you're very naughty) you might "go down" (graduate)? And no, that's not because I went to Oxbridge, I didn't!
Odd cadences didn't work for me, but hey, overall the narrator is pretty damn good, so please don't change him.
I suppose we have to wait year to see what happens to Lesley and Peter (and the rivers).
It would help if the boxes on the review page agreed to the headings on the review summary!!
"BEEN WAITING FOR THIS...."
GREAT NARRATOR AND FASCINATING STORYLINE
PREVIOUS BOOKS IN THIS SERIES
I TEND TO FALL ASLEEP LISTENING TO AUDIO STORIES AND THIS IS A BOOK WHERE I CAN REWIND AND ENJOY TIME AND AGAIN. NARRATORS VOICE IS GREAT FOR THE PART. STORY IS INTERESTING. AND I LOVE ALL THE LONDON SCENES AND REFERENCES.
CROSSED THE THAMES AT EMBANKMENT THE OTHER DAY AND THOUGHT ABOUT THE LANDING FOR THE SPRING EQUINOX FAIR.... WHAT MORE CAN I SAY.... READ AND ENJOY.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE HURRY AND COMPLETE THE NEXT ONE
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