Probationary constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London's Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he'll face is a paper cut. But Peter's prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter's ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, who investigates crimes involving magic and other manifestations of the uncanny.
Now, as a wave of brutal and bizarre murders engulfs the city, Peter is plunged into a world where gods and goddesses mingle with mortals and a long-dead evil is making a comeback on a rising tide of magic.
©2011 Ben Aaronvitch (P)2012 Tantor
I've listened to a LOT of audiobooks, so I couldn't give it a numbered ranking amongst the morass, but it's well above average. I'm buying the entire series. Does that answer your question.
Probably the humour, and the spit in your eye truths about human beings (not the supernatural stuff). It's got gritty cynicism perfectly matched with humour.
I think to reveal a favourite scene would be to ruin it for a prospective reader. No. I won't answer that question.
Again, discussing a moment that particularly moved me will mean spoilers. Who comes up with these stupid questions?
This is a fun, silly, clever, well thought out romp through London and its surrounds, with a bit of magic to spice things up. I think it would be just as good if it was about a regular plain clothes rookie and his boss. The narrator is the perfect match for the material, and the material is a lot of fun. Worth a listen.
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What to do when you're a copper for her Majesty's England and you suddenly find out the hard way that the gods of mythology never quite left....That rivers can be snobs and that sometimes you have to go a lot farther than your ever imagined to get your man.
This one was different and a really fun who-done-it and the voice actor is just perfect for the role.
I am eagerly awaiting the next one in the series.
So, I started listening to it. Within 10 minutes I was hooked and listened to all of the books not just once, but twice without any other listening in between. The reader is awesome, the story and all of the pop culture weaving giggle provoking, and the character development is great.
His voice is so engaging and just sounds perfect.
I learned of this series as a recommendation based on other books I like. I did read the reviews of other listeners and wished I would have paid heed to their complaints about the reader. The noises he makes are so distracting and unnecessary that I could not enjoy the story. I tried. I continued to listen, not wanting to give up on a story part way through, but now I wish I had those hours of my life back. Breathing in, swallowing and various other sounds that are not necessary and any good audio book should edit out. I believe the reader did so intentionally thinking if he sounded like he was running, and breathing heavily you as a listener would feel that adrenaline. It didn't work. He also read as though he were on a three day bender and could not be bothered to work up much enthusiasm for his own story and really just wanted to go to bed. I will definitely not finish the series in audio form nor will I ever buy any books read by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith again.
I bought this book before and returned it after listening for a couple of minutes because the narrator was so bad. I bought it again by mistake, but listened longer. The narrator is good when doing the characters; he rushes and is obviously reading to you when reading all other parts. Have patience and the book is enjoyable.
I have always been a fan of detective stories (especially British ones, you guys got us Americans beat there) and I love a good fantasy book, so this series is more then just up my ally, it is the ally!
The voice talent is perfect for the book, he fits the character of Peter Grant wonderfully!
A must read if you love magic, mystery and good old police work!
avid fantasy reader
I came into this not knowing much about the book, but I'd been recommended it by someone I trust. It was an unexpectedly wonderful listen, and a great story. Aaronovitch brings a lot of police procedural know-how and historical accuracy (with more than a few speculative twists along the way) to make the story feel rich and deep. Well-lived-in, so to speak. And the story itself started off well, but not so fast that it felt forced.
The main character, Peter Grant, was a very human soul thrust into a strange world of magic he never knew existed. Throughout the book, it was wonderful to see new twists on old magic pulled over an over again, all while Peter works the case, trying to solve the murder that sets him on the trail of the Rivers of London, the byways of the Thames incarnate.
Kobna Holdbrook-Smith was like a breath of fresh air. He brought a wonderful vibrance to the story, including a wealth of accents and a dramatic flair that had me engrossed throughout.
One of my all-time favorite urban fantasies now. I rarely begin reading the second book in a series unless I really enjoy the first book, and in this case I bought the second immediately and started listening within minutes of finishing the first.
I find myself unable to pinpoint exactly why I didn’t love this book, I usually love paranormal detective type stories, but something just didn’t work for me here. The pace of the book was a little off, the characters were interesting but not very rounded, and as a whole the storyline just didn’t come together for me. I found myself at some parts struggling to keep listening while other parts were very entertaining and funny.
This sounded like an interesting premise and I really thought I had stumbled upon something quite fabulous after reading the reviews but, in the end, this was simply not for me. I think the whole fantasy/police inspector hybrid was just too unbelievable as written. Aaronvitch just went too far. I thought the "I see dead people and they guide me in my job" was a great concept but then when he started mixing in mythology I think he overplayed his hand.
The narration was actually the best part of the book.
The narrator! Sexy voice.
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