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Midnight Riot: Peter Grant, Book 1 | [Ben Aaronovitch]

Midnight Riot: Peter Grant, Book 1

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....
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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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    KansaKilla MSP, USA 04-18-15
    KansaKilla MSP, USA 04-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent!"

    Most excellent story. Most excellent narration. I am so grateful to have been introduced to aaronovitch. Lots more to read of him, thank goodness.

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    Bmack East Bay 04-15-15
    Bmack East Bay 04-15-15 Member Since 2015

    too late too little

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    "wonderful dialogue , extraordinary execution,"

    super lame plot. great observations, great asides, loved characters, non existent plot..one more chance. maybe

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    Lady S. United States 04-15-15
    Lady S. United States 04-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Strangely interesting"

    The story pulled me in from the beginning but lost me in the middle, which persuaded me to continue listening. The narrator's loud swallowing and entailing gulps of air was to say the least distracting. I think I would have enjoyed the book more with a different narrator.

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    Tee 04-14-15
    Tee 04-14-15
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    "good book with intrigue"

    This book was narrated with English accents. it was done very well. The only thing I would change would be the way the narrator breathes as he narrates. It's very distracting. otherwise this is an excellent story.

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    Lee Chapel Hill, NC, United States 04-07-15
    Lee Chapel Hill, NC, United States 04-07-15 Member Since 2007
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    "A Lot of Fun"

    Although not the type of fantasy genre I usually listen to, I really enjoyed Midnight Riot. Mostly light fun with enough characters and realism to anchor it. The narrator is excellent. I enjoyed the strong accent.

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    Louann Wilcock Urbana, IL United States 04-06-15
    Louann Wilcock Urbana, IL United States 04-06-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Love the story!"

    Love the story, I would compare to Dresden files more than Harry Potter and Agatha Christie. Only issue was with the performance or, I'm guessing, the editing of the performance. Longer than needed pauses and awkward transitions were disconcerting.

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    Ausskez Phoenix, AZ 04-05-15
    Ausskez Phoenix, AZ 04-05-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Meandering, rambling and weak plot lines"

    Don't waste your time on this .. Maybe unless you are under 15 and into the twilight series. It attempts to take on a weird jumble of supernatural phenomena with no cohesive storyline. Characters are inconsistent and unfamiliar and the plot gives very limited depth.

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    James Audubon, NJ, United States 04-01-15
    James Audubon, NJ, United States 04-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "The reader was perfect."

    And the book was clever. I enjoyed it and I will definitely listen to it again.

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    milla 04-01-15
    milla 04-01-15

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    Where does Midnight Riot rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I think to reveal a favourite scene would be to ruin it for a prospective reader. No. I won't answer that question.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Again, discussing a moment that particularly moved me will mean spoilers. Who comes up with these stupid questions?


    Any additional comments?

    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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    Nekko Derby, CT, United States 03-29-15
    Nekko Derby, CT, United States 03-29-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Police constible falls for a cute river?"

    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.

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