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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"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.
Yes - to fill in bits I missed!
Don't want to add spoiler but Sky's last appearance...
No but would like to.
Mix - basically a good story well told.
Yes. I have strongly recommended it to someone.
They are all quite convincing in their own way. London is my favourite non-speaking part.
It's a fantastic performance with everyone having their own voice which suits them perfectly. Really a pleasure to listen to.
Harry Potter, eat your heart out.
I'm going to listen to the series again from the beginning.
"What a fantastic reader Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is."
I haven't read the print version but nothing could beat the amazing performance of Kobna Holdbrook-Smith - the way that he can change his voice for the various characters is fantastic - I felt every character was being read by a different reader, not just one. I thoroughly recommend his reading.
The rest in the series and they are all great - I am waiting for the 5th one - and hopefully there are more planned for the series - and that Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is available to read them as they won't be as good if he doesn't!
All of them but in particular the main character, Peter Grant.
Definitely worth starting this series with the first book - it is a great series.
"A Great 4th instalment"
This series has been a great listen so far and I am eagerly awaiting the next instalment. Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is prefect reader his tone and pace brings the book to life.
The best part of the story so far is how magic blends do easily into everyday life. Peter's discoveries and down to earth approach to everything makes it such a wonderful story to keep listening to.
There are two scenes that I really enjoyed Peter discovering the Tree Nymph and the explosions of the tower.
The discovery of the Tree Nymph showed Peter still had a lot of wonder in the world as well as how the River Gods protect more than there own.
The explosion of the tower was the prefect climax so much happening at once that sets up an amazing twist that leaves you waiting for the next instalment.
Magic for grown ups with a good dose of police work on the side.
The end of this book will make you wish Ben Aaronovitch would release the next one tomorrow.
"Brilliant. Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is sensational!"
A close call. Probably Peter the main character who's attitude remains resolutely "London"... Although I can't help but be drawn to the mysterious Nightingale...
Yes. Absolutely outstanding narrator. His accents and character voices are exemplary. Once you get used to the slightly unorthodox cadence of his narration his voice utterly immerses the listener in the story.
The excitement of the final scene was riveting.
"Makes me laugh out loud"
Yes i would it is an entertaining and amusing story that is beautifully read
It continues the series of the Peter Grant
I love his delivery
no i enjoyed switching it on and off especially when i was feeling i needed an amusing interval in life
The story is so silly but realistically told that you begin to wonder if there is some truth in it. wonderful escapism that makes me want to laugh at loud at times. In fact i did much to the amusement of others.
"loving this series"
The rivers of london series have been so good I was hooked from the beginning and had to buy more credits to get them faster. This book has more suspense than previous ones and aaronovitch's humour is perfectlytimed throughout. Only down side is that I'm now desperate for the next one which has yet to be released!
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