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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"sorry it had to end, what a great book..."
...I love Peter Grant, a really likeable interesting character and the narrator is brilliant too
"More, More! ... Please?"
I listened to it once, twice and I am now on my third time round. This is not because it's difficult to follow or because I keep nodding off but because it's a ripping story.
The fourth book in the series and hopefully not the last. I was so astounded by the ending of this volume I can honestly say "I never saw it coming".
The narration by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is spot on and totally flawless as always. As a Londoner I appreciate not having to listen to someone faking a London accent it never sounds quite right. "Know what I mean?"
The book had me tittering to myself on the morning train up to London whilst the suspense kept me from nodding off going home again at night.
his book will guarantee you plenty of personal space on the daily slog to work. No one ever sits by the crazy person on the train do they? If you have a boring commute listen to these books and let a little crazy laughter into your life. I dare you, be a little devilish...
Fun, original and a perfect match between narrator and story. I have enjoyed all 4 of the books in this series and will be very cheered up if there is a fifth. They are a great way to pass the gloomy early mornings and dark evenings as I travel to and from work at this time of year. Molly and Nightingale clearly have story - a story spanning a century - perhaps sometime we will hear it. An adventure rather than a romance; is like a background theme heard it the atrium of the Folly.
"brilliant and original"
I just love Ben Aaronovitch and can't wait for his books to come out. The reading by Kobna H-S is superb. if you like fantasy and the supernatural you will love these books. They are all excellent.
"Slightly disappointed with this one"
The narration, as always, is brilliant.
Not as good as the others. Too much architecture and not enough plot or twists and turns... until the end, of course.
He brings the characters to life and his use of accents never jars. He also brings a great deal of humour to the story. An unusually good narrator.
Laugh, at times.. Shocked by one particular plot point!
I was disappointed with this one and, sadly, it is my least favourite. (I'm looking forward to Book 5 though!)
"Harry Potter for adults"
Ben Aranovitch picks up where J.K. Rowling left off. This is a series of books (four of them so far with more to come) about a young constable learning to be a wizard and the mysteries he solves and capers he gets up to along the way. We are also introduced to his wizarding master, Nightingale and sundry sidekicks (Leslie etc).
These stories are like candy, the narrator's voice is smooth and does take a little getting used to. He can't pronounce any foreign words to save his life though and these are tooth-gratingly mangled. Overall, I would recommend these as good quality 4 star reads rather than must have 5 stars.
Twist at the end
accents and tone of voice
a good few chuckles
Well recommended - very much forward to book 5 when Ben pull's his finger out and finishes it!!!!!!!
"This book should not have been published"
Boring disjointed story , I got very bored and could not be bothered to get to the end of the book ....a first for me
Do not waste your time listening to this, watching paint dry is far more engaging
"PC Grant goes South"
The great advantage of any audio book is that you can be entertained, entranced and enjoying yourself when stuck in traffic. Broken Homes is no exception but in addition the narration stretches the imagination in directions it might not normally go even beyond the Elephant & Castle.
The whole Peter Grant daga is built on the basis of Newtonian Magic so this one can only be compared with its predecessors. It maintains the high standard of descriptions of London (above ground and below) and its denizens (above ground and below) and their actions (North and South of the Thames)
The range of accents and tones is superb
The understated romantic tension as PC Grant flirts around the special people that flow through the story.
Almost makes me want to spend time in London voluntarily (Almost but not quite - I still need to be paid to be there in real life but I'll pay to hear Kobna and Ben's next installment)
"Not my favourite"
I read Rivers of London & forgot I hadn't warmed to the characters. I was attracted by the cover - I find the book a little confusing & the characters are not always believable. I find myself waiting for it to end so I can start another. Sorry.
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