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
Most excellent story. Most excellent narration. I am so grateful to have been introduced to aaronovitch. Lots more to read of him, thank goodness.
too late too little
super lame plot. great observations, great asides, loved characters, non existent plot..one more chance. maybe
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I think to reveal a favourite scene would be to ruin it for a prospective reader. No. I won't answer that question.
Again, discussing a moment that particularly moved me will mean spoilers. Who comes up with these stupid questions?
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.
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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