We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
Midnight Riot Audiobook
Midnight Riot
Written by: 
Ben Aaronovitch
Narrated by: 
Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
Midnight Riot Audiobook

Midnight Riot: Peter Grant, Book 1

Regular Price:$27.99
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

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

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.1 (3054 )
5 star
 (1291)
4 star
 (1094)
3 star
 (471)
2 star
 (125)
1 star
 (73)
Overall
4.1 (2785 )
5 star
 (1146)
4 star
 (977)
3 star
 (472)
2 star
 (126)
1 star
 (64)
Story
4.4 (2796 )
5 star
 (1606)
4 star
 (786)
3 star
 (281)
2 star
 (77)
1 star
 (46)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Don 07-12-15
    Don 07-12-15
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    29
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Fun with enjoyable characters"

    Very much enjoyed the humor of the main character and the concept of the book although the secret magical agency is a well traveled concept.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    D. Fyler 07-11-15
    D. Fyler 07-11-15 Member Since 2014

    chocoholic

    HELPFUL VOTES
    9
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    123
    59
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    7
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Dresden Files deluxe"

    This is similar in tone to the Dresden files but is much better written. The characters are strongly written and quite different those of the Dresden files. Also, the novel gives a the reader a nice flavor of present day London. The city itself is the setting and is also an integral part of the plotting and and characters of the novel.

    The narrator gets 5 stars. He can mimic almost any type of accent and his voice is as malleable as clay.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kristi 07-07-15
    Kristi 07-07-15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    6
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great listen!"

    Loved the humor, characters were likable & I couldn't stop listening. Looking for more like this or a series with the same characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Akane 07-03-15
    Akane 07-03-15 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    190
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Love this series!"
    What did you love best about Midnight Riot?

    The characters were interesting and you really liked them. I liked the spin on wizards. I am HUGE Harry Potter fan and devour fantasy and mystery books. Laughed out loud whenever he said you mean a wizard like Harry Potter?


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Peter Grant of course!


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

    Yes. I listened to all 5 books straight through.


    Any additional comments?

    I was super sad at the end of the 5th book. I need 5 more!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kim 07-01-15
    Kim 07-01-15 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    51
    12
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Enjoyable read!!"

    Really liked the story! Set in London, complete with British brogue. I will continue the series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Mary 07-01-15
    Mary 07-01-15
    HELPFUL VOTES
    333
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    84
    76
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    26
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Fun and funny book"


    I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It's funny and brilliant. Although my logical left brain told me every premise in the book is beyond ridiculous, I found myself holding out my hand and thinking "lux!" Just in case, ya know, I might actually feel a small tingle.

    Not a deep, thought-provoking story. Just fun and silly and completely captivating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Gypsyjolie Madison, WI, United States 06-29-15
    Gypsyjolie Madison, WI, United States 06-29-15 Member Since 2016

    audiobook addict

    HELPFUL VOTES
    249
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    228
    134
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    10
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "British police procedural with paranormal flair"

    This was the closest to the Harry Dresden books by Jim Butcher that I have come so far. It's a police procedural, with the protagonist being a British constable who discovers that magic is real and that some of the crimes he is investigating are really caused by things that go bump in the night. The book is set in London, by someone that really knows London. It has the feel of London, with the racial diversity, British slang, young Brit way of life (clubs, pubs, kebabs, curries, and flats with laundry on the floor), and a generous dollop of well-researched London history. I very much enjoyed the idea of the Thames and its "daughter" waterways being manifested by human-seeming spirits with distinct personalities and agendas. There is a lot of (dry or earthy) humor and humanity in the writing, which flows very naturally and is easy to get swept up in. It felt rather Dr. Who-esque. Like Dresden, there is an apprentice system for learning magic, and the protagonist is taken under the wing of an Inspector in a special "supernatural" wing of the constabulary.

    What was somewhat lackluster: The pacing was odd. The story ran in fits and starts, with lags here and there. The teacher of our constable is injured and out of commission and thus unable to advise our hero for a big chunk of the book. The ending was rather far-fetched, involving a near-death experiment and time travel that seemed to come out of nowhere. After the ending, there is a bizarre episode after the resolution of the actual main plotline, which felt like the preview chapter of the next book. The main character is a likeable fellow mostly, but is quite juvenile sexually - commenting on cleavage and despite budding relationships with two female characters, is seemingly bumblingly teenage in his thoughts about them. The villian of the piece ends up to be re-enacting the old Punch and Judy tale, which is, quite frankly, ridiculous. It lessened the level of tension inherent in the solving of the crime for me. While I appreciated that the magic system was something that anyone could learn and the magical abilities were kept to a relatively conservative level in power and affect, our hero learned way too fast and too easily for the short period of time covered in the book.

    3.5 stars, particularly for the easy, almost effortless style of the writing and the wonderful feel of the London setting. The narration was beautifully done, smooth, with all the right pacing, humor, and sarcasm, and excellent varied accents.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Tim apalachin, NY, United States 06-29-15
    Tim apalachin, NY, United States 06-29-15 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    10
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    42
    26
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Just OK"

    I liked the plot and characters. Could almost call it a British version of Monster Hunters Inc.

    The snuffeling and noisy breathing of the narrator got to be a distraction.

    All in all an enjoyable book but I won't be rushing out to spend my credits on the sequels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Susan SANGER, TX, United States 06-27-15
    Susan SANGER, TX, United States 06-27-15 Member Since 2011
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    16
    8
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Interesting And Different"

    Loved the story line as it was different from anything else I have read. will likely read more from this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    LC Kane 06-26-15
    LC Kane 06-26-15
    HELPFUL VOTES
    0
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    111
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good First in Series, Fast! Narrator"

    Intriguing beginning! A pretty good supernatural police mystery that includes sciency magic, lots of characters that you know must have a story, that English dry humor, and good storytelling. But beware, the narration is fast and breathy so you have to pay attention and it may be a bit harsh through crappy phone speakers, but still worth the credit. I'm giving book 2 in the series a try.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.