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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"Thank you Mr Aaronovitch, Fantastic!! as expected"
Listening to Kobna, hit the right voice time and again
I suppose Peter as the story revolves around him, but the elephant in the room is London in all its grubby fantastic glory.
What's not to like? he nails every voice, accent and emotion thrown at him, Ben has said that he tries to think up new ones to throw him, but no luck so far.
I like to listen to books in 2 hour chunks over a couple of days.
Waiting for the next one, soon please!!!
"Got There In The End !"
This book was as good as the first three eventually, the first third seemed slow and I thought I had bought another author to begin with. But then he ho off we go with the story crashing through the head phones and today I am shattered as I could not turn it off.
Fantastic caracters as normal the lead character as good as ever and the narration just superb.
Anyone reading this review who has not read the first books must do so as they are so linked and if you have read the first books and start this one stick with it the slippery slope soon becomes one big cliff and you cannot hold on trust me I have the bruises to prove it.
"brilliant and engrossing."
From start to finish i loved this book. By book four I've become involved with the characters and their growth. The story is well thought out and well written, and the narration is top notch.
If you enjoyed the other books you'll adore this one too. But I wouldn't advise jumping in here, best to start with rivers of London.
The only problem is now i have to wait for the next book to be written.
"A little disappointed!"
I couldn't wait for this book to be released, and listened to all the others again just to be sure I was up to speed.
The narration and characterisation is as always superb - if this series does get on to TV then Kobna Holdbrook-Smith will HAVE to play Peter Grant, to have any other voice would be unthinkable!. There are a lot of 'asides' again (which will be lost on TV!) which greatly add to the enjoyment.
However, it felt as if the book had been written in a hurry. There seems to be lots going on, but in a waffly way so there appears to be less plot, and what there is is a bit loose - until the plot-twist at the end which is a good one. The river characters felt like they'd been added as a bit of an afterthought and the actual ending, lame.
Maybe this is just a way of getting to book 5? I hope so as in my opinion this is the weakest of the four books - but having said that I did enjoy it and look forward to listening to it again in a few months to pick up on the bits I missed this time.
I would still recommend the series to anyone who hasn't read them, but you do need to start with the first one - Rivers of London.
"Book 4 in a great series, but......"
The narrator is key to an enjoyable audio book. This series of novels is blessed with some of the best narration I've heard. However a good story is vital and this is where this book struggles a little. The climatic parts are terrific but the rest is not really accessible if you have not read the previous novels or have forgotten some of the detail.
It all feels like a bridge novel between book 3 and 5 and probably read as such will be a great listen. However at the time of writing this review, book 5 is not out so I'm left feeling slightly dissatisfied. There are loose ends a plenty which in fairness, look like they will be tied up in later novels.
Kobna makes these novels truly come alive and nails each character perfectly. I can't find fault. I just hope he remains as the narrator until the end of the series.
If you are fan of this series you will get this straight off. If you are new to the series, listen to the novels in sequence.
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