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 have now listened to all three of the books in this series published to date. Aaronovitch has wonderfully fresh urban diction, and a fantastic ear for London. The plotting is a bit contrived in this first installment, but it doesn't really matter; the book is driven by character and ambiance. The next two books are more tightly plotted. I would have enjoyed listening to this book with even a mediocre reader, but Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is something special. In some ways I'm reminded of Lenny Henry's reading of Neil Gaiman's Anansi Boys: once you've listened to either book, you can't imagine it being read by anyone else. Holdbrook-Smith has nailed the character voices superlatively, and the voice of the protagonist, Peter Grant, essentially perfectly. He's got a great sense of irony and its limitations.
Myst/thrillers, some contemporary and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
I had a hard time getting into this one or connecting with any of the characters. I kept going hoping it would get better and then I was too far in to abandon it.
This was in the same genre with The Dresden Files and The Iron Druid Chronicles, but not even in the same ballpark. I may have been thrown off by the narration but I think it was the combination of both that and the story. Others I follow really liked it, so maybe it was just me?
It has everything; mystery, magic, humor, fascinating characters, and London! What more do you need? Narrator was a little "breathy" but accents were awesome. Can't wait for more.
These books are great! I've listened or read all of the Peter Grant series and can't wait for the next book to come out. They have humor, mystery, and magic all rolled up into one and the narrator does an excellent job of bringing the characters to life. I would highly recommend this series to anyone particularly fans of Torchwood, Doctor Who, and Sherlock.
I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.
The elements of the UK police work that you learn about in this series. Also, the magic system is interesting and not overpowering. A good low-powered magic user that has to rely on his wits instead of raw power.
I like Mother Thames. She kind of steals the show everytime she is in a scene.
He brings a real London flavor to the reading.
I would like to but don't have the time.
It's a monster of the week book, but gets the series off to a good start. The series continuously improves and I am currently looking forward to book 4. The narrator is excellent and adds a depth to the story it might otherwise not have.
I guess this could be Harry Potter for adults with an apprenticeship instead of Hogwarts. It's funny because the cover looks anything but that. I liked it pretty well but I admit to being lost about all the where's, why's and who's . It got really confusing for me at times and it is hard to look back in an audio book so it may have been my fault more than the book. It was entertaining but fairly grisly ( I mean it is not every book a mans dick is bit off by a woman's ?????vagina!!).
Also if you don't like a British narrator who breathes swallows and makes other assorted noises loudly, this book is not for you. At first I was Oh No! but I did get used to it and even liked him by the end. Again, think Harry Potter for adults He did great voices, he is just a heavy breather!
This is one of the most unambiguously enjoyable books I've listened to. It's not just funny, it's wity. It's such a pleasure to find an old theme - well, several old themes, since this story entwines police procedural, magic, social commentary, and character sketches - handled so freshly and deftly. The narration is a joy, with unique voices for each character, flawless regional accents, and a complete absence of overacting. The overacting thing is a biggie for me; I'm thrilled when the narrator is so synced with the story and characters that you kinda forget s/he's there
This is a very enjoyable and entertaining series . . . very British . . . with an author that has an exceptional ability to insert details and descriptions so smoothly that the imaginary senses are fired up. The conversations are brilliant.
The undercurrent throughout the storyline is one of a light-hearted humorous observation of life. I love it!
It's the narrator that makes this series come alive with an exceptional range of voices and ability to act. This narrator is a 10 out of 10!
This is a professionally turned out series of audiobooks. When I don't notice mispronounced words, or editing gaffes, then all I experience is the story, so either someone did an excellent job of editing, or no one made any mistakes along the way.
The language was bad, too many F words. The first half of the book was ok but I could not finish the last half. I enjoy paranormal books, but this is just a bad bomb.
I really like the premise and world the authors created here. I actually went on to buy the next two books immediately. Glad I did too, they seem to get better and better. One thing about this book though, and it minor, but really bugged me. The narrator sounds congested. He does lots of smacking and sighing and swallowing at weird times. It started really annoying me. BUT it's not there at all in the other two books. I seriously think he was congested. Lol. Once I got over that, I really enjoyed his voice and accents.
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