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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Ben makes London more of a character than a setting and the writing is great.Can't wait to read more in the future
Everyone! especially Zach and Nightingale
Kobna really gets into character and after James Marsters' Dresden his is the best experience I had listening to an urban fantasy series.
Yes! I almost did Listen to it in one sitting
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.
"Not as good as the previous books"
Yes if you have read all of the previous books. This is a bit of a filler book and somewhat predictable.
Loved it. He brings the story to life with his reading of it.
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.
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.
The twist is excellent. Didn't see it coming at all
All the other books in this series are equally excellent.
Policing in a world where magic is real.
Hope the next book isn't too long in coming and that the same narrator continues throughout.
"The Magic is Fading"
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.
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
Kobna gives that urban feel to the character, making him very believable. It would be difficult to listen to anyone else narrating it.
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.
"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.
"Super spooky London"
One of my favourite audio books along with the other titles by Ben Aaronovitch in this series.
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.
The narrator is perfect for this taking the principal character and making him real.
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.
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.
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.
This is difficult knowing the ending, so I will have to go with the 'inspector'
They were all very good,
DIY was very difficult to put down
Looking forward to the next one, just one question Who is the faceless man ?
"Fantastic story and one of the best narators"
Contemporary London magic.
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.
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.
Detective work in the seedy magical underbelly of London.
We have great trouble waiting for the next book.
"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.
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