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 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
Fantastic narrator....excellent book....loved the dark humour..can't wait to download the next one. Would definitely recommend this book.
"Not perfect but perfectly enjoyable."
There have been some comparisons to other magic oriented novels but that is not really accurate or fair. In this series there is magic in the world and a small London police department to enforce the agreement. One person actually until due to circumstances a newly minted and somewhat distracted constable is assigned to the department.
The novel is a mix of the newly created detective coming to terms with magic and his role with magic and solving crimes involving magic. And, this in a world where magic is generally assumed to be of the stage variety and not real.
The story moves along at a good clip and the narrator does an excellent job of voicing the various characters and accents and while the writing style can be a bit over the top at times,if you just hang on for the ride you will find that it is a fun ride. There is an infectious level of humour in the story to get you smiling and in emotionally tied to the characters.
While not especially explicit in gore or sex the story is certainly aimed at an adult audience and one that will have a bit of history to understand some of the many references tossed around in regards to London or the jazz scene.
So, if you are looking for an enjoyable detective story with a bit of magic, romance and humour the this is the series for you.
Yes, because the narrator is brilliant. He captured the essence of the book perfectly
I haven't listened to anything else like it. If I say it's like a Harry Potter for grown ups that makes it sound rubbish because it's much cooler than that.
Hard to say without giving elements of the plot away. Just loved the tone throughout
Awesome magical mystery with a cool urban twist.
Whatever your usual preferences and genres are give this a try. I bought it on a whim based on other reviewers and was so happy I did. I bought Book 2 immediately as I miss the narrator and the characters in my ears.
"Enjoyable, took a bit of time to get into"
Did not expect supernatural element, but worked really well. Very good use of London, its history and locations. Characters a little two dimensional.
"Not for me"
I really, really didn't like the narration of this book. I found it irritating and extremely unrestful. I only managed 10 minutes of listening to it before I returned it. Only the second time I have ever done that. Unfortunately I am not in a position to comment on the content of the book.
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