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
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.
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.
Peter's conversations with Lady Ty and her Mother.
(This is really a useless question)
Love the author's sense of humor!
Found more potential than actual substance.
No, too slow
Yes, if he didn't have a cold at the time.
Unique urban fantasy
Great story brought to life by an excellent narrator. Kobna Holdbrook-Smith does a fabulous job with all the various accents and characters.
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.
His accent is perfect for the story - not a highbrow British accent, but rather one more fitting to Peter.
Yes. You never knew where the action was going to take you or how it would end-up.
A fun and unpredictable listen.
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.
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.
The surprises. (No spoilers here.)
Yes, it was a problem.
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.
Nothing like a great book when on the move.
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.
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.
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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