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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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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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  • Paul
    Crawley, West Sussex United Kingdom
    11/21/13
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Faiergreen
    Lavenham, United Kingdom
    11/20/13
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    "Can't wait for the next one!"
    What did you like most about Broken Homes?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


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

    Great characters throughout the book and an easy listen.


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

    Just made me want to keep reading!


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • katie
    holsworthy, United Kingdom
    11/13/13
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    "Wanted more!!"
    If you’ve listened to books by Ben Aaronovitch before, how does this one compare?

    Not the best feels a bit hap hazard and doesnt catch my imagination as much as the others did


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

    A lovely voice always relaxing and perfect for all the characters ! he brings lets the story play in my head,


    Was Broken Homes worth the listening time?

    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


    Any additional comments?

    Next book please

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • rose
    MANCHESTER, United Kingdom
    11/13/13
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    "aqnother excellent story"
    Would you listen to Broken Homes again? Why?

    Absoloutely - very gripping. Read so well and with great feeling


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of them. Peter is such a good central character and Molly is lurking, cant wait for her to pounce


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    When Peter goit tasered, i wasnt expecting that one!


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

    natural and supernatural entwined


    Any additional comments?

    Yes - i am hooked and need my next Ben & Kobna fix

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Isleworth, United Kingdom
    11/13/13
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    "Slow start but what an ending"
    Where does Broken Homes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abbie
    Kilkenny, Ireland
    11/6/13
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    "excellent"
    What made the experience of listening to Broken Homes the most enjoyable?

    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!


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

    I just wanted to keep listening and listening until it was finished - and then I wanted the next installment!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Katie Price
    London, London United Kingdom
    11/5/13
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    "Really a youngster's book, but engaging!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I did enjoy this book. I listened to it whilst working in the kitchen.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ben Aaronovitch again?

    Probably not, but that's because I felt a bit too old for the simpler story lines


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

    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.


    Could you see Broken Homes being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    Possibly. Played by youngsters! Maybe the Attack the Block stars.


    Any additional comments?

    Some very sneaky story leaps here that needed more explanation!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • C
    NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, United Kingdom
    11/4/13
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    "Transparent plot"
    Would you try another book written by Ben Aaronovitch or narrated by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith?

    Yes, but Aaronovitch's ploting must improve


    Would you be willing to try another book from Ben Aaronovitch? Why or why not?

    Not from what I've seen of his work. it seems targeted at adolescents rather than adults


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

    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


    Was Broken Homes worth the listening time?

    Yes I enjoyed it, but the predictability of the story disappointed me, I was hoping for a more sophisticated plot.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neil
    Newport, Australia
    11/2/13
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    "The first disappointment in an excellent series"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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


    What was most disappointing about Ben Aaronovitch’s story?

    I just told you


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Nothing I can think of


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Broken Homes?

    Why do you keep asking these silly questions ?


    Any additional comments?

    Whoever came up with this review structure is very silly.
    The narration was excellent - as ever

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • CH Waller
    England
    10/26/13
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    "another cracker!"
    What made the experience of listening to Broken Homes the most enjoyable?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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