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 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!
"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.
"so goo i bought all 5"
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.
thaat would be telling...don't want to be a plot spoiler
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
surreally normal,normally surreal
love the whole series..you should listen to them in order but it is not necessesary
"Love these books."
I love the way the characters have developed. Can`t wait for the next book in the series.
Molly the housekeeper,because she is a constant but as of yet we know very little about her.
He`s very good and it would be impossible to choose just one.
"Perhaps best in sequence?"
I couldn't understand it - perhaps I should have looked for Books 1-3 first.
Robert Goddard's Dying to Tell
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
"even better than reading it"
the way its narrated just brings out the humour and the way its written even more
A Discovery of Witches - it brings the streets of London alive
couldnt comment and not spoil the plots
Whatever your mood or activity this series works great as audible ..
"Enjoyable but a little disappointing!"
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...
Yes I would, interesting plot, brings a blend of different concepts from other books into one.
It seemed very fresh and modern
I have not
Probably not, there is a lot of information and plot to think about
"Great story, amazing twist."
The setting was amazing.
A great part of the series
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.
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