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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I enjoyed the audio version more as the narrator is excellent and the author's descriptive, informal style works well in audio form.
Living in London, I enjoyed the London backdrop and also the informal, yet regal way that the deities carry themselves.
I have not heard him before, but I think he was excellent. His voices for the two lead characters are clear and distinctive from each other.
"A little annoying"
The basic story is pretty good. I got annoyed by the swearing and portrayal of the main character as a total pervert simply because it didn't seem to fit the story or the characters and felt unnecessary.
"An absolutely brilliant listen"
An unexpected, witty, dry delight of a book, read by one if the best narrators ever. Made me happy to walk to and from walk.
"Great book, amazing performance"
A great book supported by an amazing performance by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith. A must read for everyone.
"Choose this book!"
Brilliant story beautifully read by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith. I can't wait to start the next one.
"Not bad overall"
Slow and somewhat meandering then to much action squeezed into the final few chapters. Characters accepted the discovery that magic is real a bit too easily. Writing style was ok most of the time and the narrator' was well suited, but the overuse over a few stock phrases grated after a while ("the red ruin of his face"). Could have done with quite a bit being chopped out of the climax sequence: too many new elements are introduced all at once and I struggled to maintain concentration on them all.
"erm.. DIFFERENT. Refreshing yet a tad overwhelming"
After reading all the reviews about this book, I was very much looking forward to it with high expectations.
Id compare it to a Harry Potter novel for adults, but more urban.
Narrator excellent at different accents, however I struggled to stay engaged at all times and often had to rewind to catch up on bits i had zoned out on. I'm not sure if this was the narrators fault or the writing style... Or my poor attention span.
Not in a rush to listen to the following books, however, am glad I did listen and WOULD recommend. Especially to someone that enjoys fantasy novels (they are my least favourite)
"Strange story but ok!"
I liked the narrator - he had an air of Luther about him. Story was ok.
For everyone who love to read Harry Potter and Agatha Christy. Bring you to magical world that possible exists on side of our every day routine. Goblin and dwarf underneath he bridge, and the same time realistic London traffic. Mixture of realistic and magical.
"Great except for the technical chapter glitch!"
A great read. The story has enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing right up to the end.
I thought that the main character was a little too accepting of the existence of magic and ghosts and other non humans, but apart from that I will definitely be buying the rest of the series to see how the characters develop.
Sadly, the spoken chapter numbers do not match those displayed on my iPad, but that is a minor issue and certainly not enough to prevent me reading the next story.
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