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Broken Homes: PC Peter Grant, Book 4 | [Ben Aaronovitch]

Broken Homes: PC Peter Grant, Book 4

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.
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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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  • krishna a
    Hatfield,UK
    12/11/13
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    "Excellent"
    What made the experience of listening to Broken Homes the most enjoyable?

    Ben makes London more of a character than a setting and the writing is great.Can't wait to read more in the future


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Everyone! especially Zach and Nightingale


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

    Kobna really gets into character and after James Marsters' Dresden his is the best experience I had listening to an urban fantasy series.


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

    Yes! I almost did Listen to it in one sitting


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MR
    STAINES, United Kingdom
    12/8/13
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    "Loved it!"

    I love these books - they're a British take on the Dresden Files, but more Police Procedural and with Kobna Holdbrook-Smith really pulling off the 'dry as you like narration', and with London and her denizens and defenders making up the supporting roles.

    However, someone picking up this book would be pretty deep in the dark about a lot of things. The series has now built up enough lore that it needs a bit of commitment for maximum enjoyment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dr
    Crewe, United Kingdom
    12/3/13
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    "Not as good as the previous books"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes if you have read all of the previous books. This is a bit of a filler book and somewhat predictable.


    What about Kobna Holdbrook-Smith’s performance did you like?

    Loved it. He brings the story to life with his reading of it.


    Any additional comments?

    Although i enjoyed this book it was not in the same league as the previous 3 books and i was a tad disappointed when i read/ listened to it. I waited what felt like forever for it to come out and now am left hanging again. It is still worth a read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gen
    Yate, United Kingdom
    12/3/13
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    "Fabulous narration"
    What did you like most about Broken Homes?

    Love the overall story arc. Can't wait until next one in the series comes out. The narration is fabulous. I deliberately got this on audiobook rather than a paperback as I feel Kobna's voice adds so much to the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The twist is excellent. Didn't see it coming at all


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

    All the other books in this series are equally excellent.


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

    Policing in a world where magic is real.


    Any additional comments?

    Hope the next book isn't too long in coming and that the same narrator continues throughout.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Kirkwood
    Congleton, Cheshire
    12/2/13
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    "The Magic is Fading"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I was dissapointed by the third of Ben Aaronovith's books, it seems like he is just churning out the books to meet publishers demands, rather than keeping the stories as original and fun as the first book.


    What will your next listen be?

    Doctor Sleep by Stephen King


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

    Kobna gives that urban feel to the character, making him very believable. It would be difficult to listen to anyone else narrating it.


    What character would you cut from Broken Homes?

    It doesn't need characters removing, the story just needs to be more original and focused. The ending of this book was very dissapointing and incomplete.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Janet
    Stockwood, Bristol, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "One of a set - all brilliant"

    Great novels well read. Original and interesting based in a fantastical London linked strongly to the real world these books are a great listen. The experience is enhanced by the choice of narrator, they are a great, great match. These novels are very English and not just because of the setting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • HowardManning
    Sherborne, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "Super spooky London"
    Where does Broken Homes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my favourite audio books along with the other titles by Ben Aaronovitch in this series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Building on the narrative of the previous books, although a stand alone listen, this book is probably best listened to after absorbing the previous three titles. The wicked combination of murder, mystery and magic set in the capital is served up with lashings of humour and terrific characterisations.


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

    The narrator is perfect for this taking the principal character and making him real.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The humour in this book is part of its charm coupled with the descriptions of locations in London are a huge part of the charm of this listen.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth a listen I am sure that you will become hooked on the antics of PC Peter Grant and his collegues in the MET Police.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jeff
    Scone, Perth, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "Excellent sequel"
    If you could sum up Broken Homes in three words, what would they be?

    I have listened to the two other books and this fits in perfectly. Good story line, some good twists and an excellent ending. This series is Harry potter meets the Sweeney.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This is difficult knowing the ending, so I will have to go with the 'inspector'


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

    They were all very good,


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

    DIY was very difficult to put down


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to the next one, just one question Who is the faceless man ?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    London, UK
    12/1/13
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    "Fantastic story and one of the best narators"
    If you could sum up Broken Homes in three words, what would they be?

    Contemporary London magic.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The rich London environment is easy to recognise and the magic has a structure that makes it more alive. After the first two books in the series picking up another Aaronovitch book was anticipation and joy from cover to cover without minding any of the introductions. The book is full of little jokes and nods without making it cheesy or feeling any less real.


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

    The narrator brings all the characters to life in a way that all the different personalities are distinct and alive. You can really understand what drives such different personalities as countryside housewives, urbanite elves, cockney geezers and so much more.The narration is simply alive.


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

    Detective work in the seedy magical underbelly of London.


    Any additional comments?

    We have great trouble waiting for the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Susan
    Redditch, United Kingdom
    11/29/13
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    "Peter Grant 4."

    Kobna Holdbrook-Smith does a really good job with this series and his range of accents helps bring all the various characters to life.

    I thought that Ben Aaronovitch might be running out of ideas now that we've reached book 4 of the Peter Grant series, but this was as fresh as ever and had a very surprising ending. My only criticism would be that the swearing in this book was very noticeable and to my mind was not really necessary.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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