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
Enjoyed the premise of this story - the details of modern London/melting pot life and the casual blend of the supernatural and police procedural. I did have some trouble toward the end when our hero just seemed to 'know' what to do with no explanations on how he arrived at the ideas, but I didn't mind enough to stop listening. I also enjoyed the narration. Mr. Holdbrook-Smith did a fantastic job with the various accents and for the first person narrative, the voice of Peter Grant was excellent. My only problem was the way Mr. Holdbrook-Smith gasped audibly for air between sentences as if he had emphysema. It got a little bit distracting after awhile. I do feel as if I need a break from his breathless narration before I venture forth and attempt Book 2...
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.
I am always looking for different kinds of books. I don't care for Sci Fi or Romance. I don't know how to categorize this one. A real original. It does have magic in it and that was fine. Good story, great main character and very funny. Loved all the historical info on London. That was beautifully done. I will continue the series. And loved the narrator. He was perfect.
Wow! For such a ripping yarn, this book packs in a lot of genres: a mystery, a police procedural, a magical fantasy, a student beginning to learn magic, history and geography lessons of London and British history, views of today's British class structure, and a fully-developed magical world. It's a wonderful tale.
And the reader's performance is exceptional, one of the best I've heard; breathless at times, quickly spoken and then languid, creating believable dialog. Terrific. And I'm glad to see that there are more installments. I look forward to hearing them.
I can't remember why I decided to purchase this audio book but I loved it. So strange and quirky and the narrator really added to my enjoyment of this book. The voice just seemed so perfect. Can't wait to try the next audio book by this author and narrator.
Neko chan at heart =^.^=
Actually~ yes. Not only is the narrator very pleasing to the ear, but the story is absolutely fun.
Anytime Molly is mentioned. I am SO curious as what her back-story might be.
I haven't, but I promise you I will listen to more!
I was often chuckling throughout the story. It's right-down quirky!
It's one of those tales that, going in, you're not really expecting much. Then you get rolling, and simply MUST know what happens next. Thank goodness for the mobile phone app so I could continue listening to this book throughout my day.
every day is a busman's honeymoon
I had no idea I'd enjoy this book so much. excellent narrator. Clever story with a great mythos twist. Really everything I like in urban fantasy save a female lead. That said, Peter is easy to identify with and very likeable. Good all round!
My husband picked this story up when Audible recommended it and I honestly wasn't sure if I'd like it. I'm so so glad I listened. The Peter Grant books are some of my favorites ever! I'm buying the books and reading them as well as listening because they are engaging in a way that I haven't experienced lately. I love the narrator, too!
Kobna Holdbrook-Smith can be credited with elevating the audio version of this book above the print version, he brings Peter Grant to life.
There were so many interesting elements to this novel but I think the most memorable moments revolve around Molly and her interactions with Peter Grant. Molly is a side character in this story but when he writes a scene with her in it Ben Aaronvitch makes you believe there is a sense of importance to Molly that you haven't yet seen. Not having read or listened to the other four books in the series I'm hoping Molly will be given a larger role as the story lines unfold.
This is the first audio novel I've listened to narrated by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith but I'm looking forward not only to finding others but also listening to his turn as Peter Grant in the rest of this series.
Definitely! If I could have sat back with headphones and no interruptions for twent-four hours I'd definitely have done it.
I know there are at least four more books in this series but I'm hoping by the time I reach book five a sixth will be in the works!
Takes a while to get going, but really starts humming in the back half. Great to see a protagonist who isn't white for a change. Was delighted to have no idea how the resolution would shake out. Looking forward to the future books.
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