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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"Funny and captivating"
This is another great novel from Ben Aaronovich in the Rivers of London series. The story is well-plotted and as usual illuminated with lovely flashes of humour. Once again Aaranovich throws a series of weird and wonderful accents and voices for Kobna Holdbrook-Smith to deal with, and once again he rises to the challenge superbly. These books are just great entertainment.
"Can't wait for the next one!"
Another unique and well written book following this fascinating series which is hard to stop listening to. Always the best sort!
Easy to pick up from the previous books and exciting to see how the storyline is developing over time.
Feels like you know the characters so well now and it was great to see how they and the exploits of the Folly have moved on into new adventures.
Great characters throughout the book and an easy listen.
Just made me want to keep reading!
This is the only series of books that my 16 year old son has completely listened to from my Audible collection without exception and the title of this review is his words when he finished this book. A great endorsement!
Not the best feels a bit hap hazard and doesnt catch my imagination as much as the others did
A lovely voice always relaxing and perfect for all the characters ! he brings lets the story play in my head,
Yes coz i love the series but this book feels a bit klunky compared to the artistry of the others :/ Just lacking the magic of the rest of the series
Next book please
"aqnother excellent story"
Absoloutely - very gripping. Read so well and with great feeling
All of them. Peter is such a good central character and Molly is lurking, cant wait for her to pounce
When Peter goit tasered, i wasnt expecting that one!
natural and supernatural entwined
Yes - i am hooked and need my next Ben & Kobna fix
"Slow start but what an ending"
Broken homes started rather slowly and I wondered where the book was leading, but wow what an ending and I really hope I don't have to wait to long for the book
I'm finding it hard to write this - not a bad reflection on the book - just trying to find the right words to explain how good this book and the rest in the series actually are! The characters are interesting and you want to get to know them and find out what happens next in their lives, the story lines are so well written, thought out and keep you reading(listening) to find out what happens next ( and you never know what's going to happen next!) - just read it!
I just wanted to keep listening and listening until it was finished - and then I wanted the next installment!
"Really a youngster's book, but engaging!"
I did enjoy this book. I listened to it whilst working in the kitchen.
Probably not, but that's because I felt a bit too old for the simpler story lines
I thought he was great. he believed what he was reading, understood the characters, and had a wide range fo comic through to serious tones.
Possibly. Played by youngsters! Maybe the Attack the Block stars.
Some very sneaky story leaps here that needed more explanation!
Yes, but Aaronovitch's ploting must improve
Not from what I've seen of his work. it seems targeted at adolescents rather than adults
His ascent emphasises that Peter Grant is the product of a different cultural heritage from me. This is something I might have missed at a gut level it I had simply read the book. If this is positive or negative to my enjoyment is difficult to say
Yes I enjoyed it, but the predictability of the story disappointed me, I was hoping for a more sophisticated plot.
I've read all of the Rivers of London Books and enjoyed them for the characters and dialog, but while Broken Homes keeps up these standards it has reached a new low with the plotting. I don't want to give anything away, but the supposed shock ending was apparent as soon as the villain was introduce to the series as "the faceless man". The way it was telegraphed in the story was more like a children's than a adult novel. The way Lesley May has been portrayed as a police paragon throughout the series makes it depressingly easy to see how the story of the next book will go. I will buy the next book, but if it does not surprise me and have a less transparent plot it could well be my last.
"The first disappointment in an excellent series"
The story lacked the humour, terror, twists (apart from the end), of previous stories. There was little new and story development was lacking. Very procedural
I just told you
Nothing I can think of
Why do you keep asking these silly questions ?
Whoever came up with this review structure is very silly.
The narration was excellent - as ever
Another fabulous book I enjoyed every page and such a good ending, I can't wait for the next. well written and narrated. I would recommend to anyone.
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