My name is Peter Grant and until January I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit - we do paperwork so real coppers don't have to - and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly valuable, and that brought me to the attention of Inspector Nightingale, the last wizard in England. Now I'm a Detective Constable and a trainee wizard, the first apprentice in fifty years, and my world has become somewhat more complicated: nests of vampires in Purley, negotiating a truce between the warring god and goddess of the Thames, and digging up graves in Covent Garden... and there's something festering at the heart of the city I love, a malicious vengeful spirit that takes ordinary Londoners and twists them into grotesque mannequins to act out its drama of violence and despair. The spirit of riot and rebellion has awakened in the city, and it's falling to me to bring order out of chaos - or die trying.
©2011 Ben Aaronovitch (P)2011 Orion Publishing Group Limited
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"really enjoyed this production"
its a fun easygoing story which those who enjoy the occasional dose of the supernatural in their reading should enjoy. as a Londoner I enjoyed the reading very much. spot on.
"Harry Potter joins the Met"
Started well - and I love the idea sort of Harry Potter meets young Luther but the story soon ran out of steam for me - good narrator though !
"Can't wait to listen to the next installment"
Beautifully written and complineted by excellent narration. You can always tell a good book because you don't want to put it down, I wanted to finish this one in one sitting!
"Pratchett-like genius with a real twist"
One of the best books I've heard in ages (and I listen to a lot) narrator was engaging and with a brilliant range of voices for characters, and the story was fantastic, had me in stitches several times, so witty!
I really wanted to enjoy this book after the amazing reviews but I struggled to engage with it. It's not put me off the genre as I love the genre, I just didn't particularly like this story and found myself drifting off far too much.
I wouldn't have finished the book had I been reading it. It was a challenge to get through it listening, it was Kobna that kept me motivated to persevere. I particularly enjoyed his mama Thames. Even Kobna couldn't keep me interested through some parts though.
I know I'm in a minority - I guess it's like marmite! I read a comment on here before I got it by someone who said it's Harry Potter meets The Bill, which I now get. It is, with quite a bit of swearing. I ended up trying it as it was in the daily deal, so nothing really lost!!
"Really wonderful magic even on second listening"
a superbly narrated and intriguing story with such depth if knowledge and humour. ..highly recommended
"A great listen even to a dedicated reader"
I've already recommended this audiobook to my better half who doesn't usually read anything other than biographies.
It has different facets to the story, very good characterisation. You actually believe in all the characters, even those with "small parts"
I have actually read this book in the past but wanted to hear it before listening to others in the series.
This narrater is superb, keeps you on edge in the suspenseful sections, laughing at the jokes and hanging on every word.
He has great skill in voicing the different characters and I "recognised them" from my own ideas of them.
I could easily have listened to it in one sitting if real life didn't get in the way.
I am presently working my way through the series ( on the third) and will probably be devastated when I've heard the last. Still I can always go back to number 1 !
"Nice story, definitely going to look at the series"
Good concept well executed, nice to be able to follow the action a bit better from my listening location on the M25.
Great performance and the little inter chapter music added a little something.
"May appeal to some...."
...but not me! It's like Harry Potter meets the Bill. Utter tosh from beginning to end.
Great book best book I've read in a long time. Brilliant narration highly recommend can't wait for next book! Great
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