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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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    baltomd Baltimore, MD 07-28-14
    baltomd Baltimore, MD 07-28-14 Member Since 2012
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    "I was completely transported..."

    This is not only a terrific and creative series of stories: I can't be sure I'd like the books so much, were they not narrated by Kobna Holbrook-Smith. It's as though the author (Ben Aaronovitch) was channeling the narrator. His fit to the main character/narrator is uncanny. And of course, brilliant.

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    gkbowood 07-26-14
    gkbowood 07-26-14

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    "Jasper FForde Fans will enjoy this series"
    Would you listen to Midnight Riot again? Why?

    Read this series in the correct order for full appreciation. Presently listening to themnon-stop and after the first two, I am wishing the 5th was already out (Sept 2014)! Lots of good laughs to be had here as well. Kobna does a superb job of bringing Peter Grant to life;series will suffer greatly if he is ever replaced.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Midnight Riot?

    No spoilers!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Peter's conversations with Lady Ty and her Mother.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    (This is really a useless question)


    Any additional comments?

    Love the author's sense of humor!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pat 07-13-14
    Pat 07-13-14

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    "Found it slow going.."
    What did you like best about Midnight Riot? What did you like least?

    Found more potential than actual substance.


    Would you recommend Midnight Riot to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, too slow


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith?

    Yes, if he didn't have a cold at the time.


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    C. Wright Mesa, AZ USA 06-28-14
    C. Wright Mesa, AZ USA 06-28-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Awesome narrator!"
    If you could sum up Midnight Riot in three words, what would they be?

    Unique urban fantasy


    What other book might you compare Midnight Riot to and why?

    Dresden Files


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

    Peter Grant


    Any additional comments?

    Great story brought to life by an excellent narrator. Kobna Holdbrook-Smith does a fabulous job with all the various accents and characters.

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    Joan 06-10-14
    Joan 06-10-14
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    "Way better than I expected and fun, too."
    What did you love best about Midnight Riot?

    The characters are made real and likeable. The fantasy aspect doesn't overwhelm the story - just gives it some interesting twists. The narration is excellent.


    What does Kobna Holdbrook-Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His accent is perfect for the story - not a highbrow British accent, but rather one more fitting to Peter.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. You never knew where the action was going to take you or how it would end-up.


    Any additional comments?

    A fun and unpredictable listen.

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    Jason United States 06-03-14
    Jason United States 06-03-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Fun Story that Really Comes to Life"

    Aaronovitch has created a very fun and detailed world for his Peter Grant novels. Police procedural is melded smoothly with the supernatural, creating a London that is both wholly unique and yet feels like a natural part of the world.

    The narrative is written from Peter's perspective and is very well put together. The character's voice is very strong and consistent, adding color, flavor and humor to the scenes.

    Holdbrook-Smith gives a FANTASTIC performance. As the narrative is written is a strong and distinctly characterized voice, Holdbrook-Smith's performance brings that voice to life in remarkable ways. He is not simply reading the book to you, but is rather performing the book for you and is able to bring a whole additional level to the story through his performance.

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    jennifer MESA, AZ, United States 06-01-14
    jennifer MESA, AZ, United States 06-01-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Once was not enough"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Midnight Riot to be better than the print version?

    This is a funny question to answer... until I started listening to books, I had not realized I read in an American accent. It was jarring to understand I had been mishearing Terry Pratchett for all those years. So, for me, hearing the British/Scotish/various other accents of the narrator is helpful, and entertaining.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The surprises. (No spoilers here.)


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, it was a problem.


    Any additional comments?

    I admit to being a little bit in love with the main character. This is such a well written series, I have listened to each book twice. And I am panting for the next.

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    Dawn 05-28-14
    Dawn 05-28-14

    Nothing like a great book when on the move.

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    "If you're looking for a fantastic series..."

    Meet Mr. Grant - the is a wonderful series. The writing is funny, rich and exciting with characters that you will want to know more about. The story is compelling, and the author's use of London as a key character is beautifully executed.

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    Mike newnan, GA, USA 04-12-14
    Mike newnan, GA, USA 04-12-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Very Entertaining"


    The author is English with all of the wonderful sarcastic English humor.

    The story is smart and fresh. If you like The Dresden Files, you will like Midnight Riot. The main character is brilliant and lost at the same time, which is understandable when he stumbles into a world (figuratively, not literally) that only existed in fairy tales.

    The setting is London today. The author does a good job in merging magic, Grimm's Fairy Tales, and everyday modern living.

    I am looking forward to the rest of the series.

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    Kimberly GRAND PRAIRIE, TX, United States 04-02-14
    Kimberly GRAND PRAIRIE, TX, United States 04-02-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Not for everyone"

    I read the reviews and decided to give this book a try. I love a good series and was happy to see that this one had the 2nd book on Audible. But I did not enjoy this story. It was a little hard to follow. I actually skipped several chapters just to get to the end. I thought the narrator was really good and the characters were like-able, but I did not enjoy the plot.

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