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Midnight Riot Audiobook

Midnight Riot: Peter Grant, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    LA Teacher Chino Hills, CA 10-24-15
    LA Teacher Chino Hills, CA 10-24-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Unique storyline"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, as long as you like ghosts!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It was interesting.


    What about Kobna Holdbrook-Smith’s performance did you like?

    I liked his accent.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh a few times.


    Any additional comments?

    My only complaint was that the author used too many London slang words, which made it difficult for us Americans to understand. Sometimes they were explained, but more often than not, they weren't. I was frustrated by this at times, and wished I understood more of them!

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    Benny 09-29-15
    Benny 09-29-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Dresden files combined with Neil Gaiman set in London"

    I'm a huge fan of the Dresden files and found that this book finally fits the hole in my left from having finished them all. It is just the right mixture of modern reality and fairytale, with interesting characters and a bit of snarky sarcasm. It also has a feeling of Neil Gaiman, with the various supernatural characters having more of a gritty, real life appearance than you get from Butchers lords and ladies of Fairy.


    The story line in this is a bit hard to follow sometimes, and there were a few moments when I wondered if I had skipped a chapter. A few details get casually dropped in, and I wondered if I had missed them before. Since it's the first in the series, I'm looking forward to seeing how he grows this particular universe.

    Reader is excellent, with a comfortable voice to listen to, and nice transitions to different voices and accents for the various characters. Reminds me somewhat of Neil Gaiman as well.

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    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 09-27-15
    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 09-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "The Verdict is still Out"

    This was ok beginning to a series. It didn't grab me or make me want to find out about the characters in the next book. Meh

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    K. Fosberg seattle, wa 09-26-15
    K. Fosberg seattle, wa 09-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "a very fun story! great narration:)"

    I really enjoyed this book. great characters, wonderful dialogue, my only critique in a negative way is that I could do without the Music at the beginning of each chapter

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    Columbo 09-17-15
    Columbo 09-17-15

    I love a good mystery, especially series, also a long time Stephen King fan. Enjoy reading and listening to multiple books at a time.

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    "Decent"

    It's no novel of the century but it kept my interest enough to listen to all of it and if there are sequels I would probably give them a try. If you like the dresden files, it is in that genre.

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    David 09-12-15
    David 09-12-15 Member Since 2013

    I read and listen.

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    "Excellent urban fantasy story"

    Excellent urban fantasy story with police procedural. Excellent voice work brings so much to this story. Great characters set in a known present day environment and lots of twists and turns. I will continue with the series.

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    David Burke Grenfell 09-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Should be a 5 star rating?"

    This is one of those books where the narration jives so well with the written material that I wonder if it is as good when read. Also, it isn't an "important" work of fiction, so I have a hard time giving it five stars. This is a review on Audible, so it is an audio audience, and this is a wonderful audiobook.

    If you can handle a book that is consistently charming and humorous, but also occasionally brutal, this is a fantastic choice for your next book.

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    Deborah Brault 09-05-15
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    "I love this series!"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Midnight Riot?

    It's a police procedural with a twist.


    Which character – as performed by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith – was your favorite?

    Peter Grant


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh out loud. I love all the characters. The writing is clever and smart. The narration is perfect. I've now read the whole series and can't wait for the next book. I highly recommend.


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    Dale 08-27-15
    Dale 08-27-15
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    "Intriguing concept"

    It's hard to believe while listening that this is fiction. It almost sounds plausible. I'm lolling forward to the next one.

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    STrummer 08-27-15
    STrummer 08-27-15

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    "Fantastic story! Fantastic narrator!"

    I am so glad to see that Holdbrook-Smith will be narrating the next installment of this series. He's absolutely fantastic. There are characters from many different backgrounds in this series and he can do all their accents to a T. I especially loved the way he portrayed Mama Thames. (Having lived in Woolwich and known women who were originally from Nigeria, but had lived in South East London for some time, her accent is exactly how they sound).

    As for the story itself-- well this is urban fantasy detective novel writing done by a confident expert and keen observer of modern London. The knowledge of policing in London is first rate. There is loads of suspense and I kept driving longer to find out what would happen next. I am so glad this is a series because there are plenty of finely drawn characters that I can't wait to see more of in the next installment, like Peter's jazz musician junkie father and strict Sierra Leonian mother.

    Well worth the read!

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