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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No to both.
The narrative was very basic in its vocabulary.
Boring delivery with few variations for the different characters.
None in particular. None of them inspired me to want to know what happened.
I have struggled with this book for over a month and still haven't got to the end. The delivery is tedious, as if the narrator is struggling to get to the end as well. I won't be buying any more from this author or narrator.
"Interesting idea, great narrator"
The story and idea is quite original and I really liked the way tha it has been out together. A supernatural part of the world which is policed by a small secret part of the police force. It's interesting. It has been well thought out.
Yes. I loved this book and did not want to stop listening.
I would listen it more books by this narrator and I have already started listening to the next book in the series and it has started well.
"An interesting twist on the super natural"
Kobna Holdbrook-Smiths style of narration really suited the grittyness of the story
Meeting Mamma and Papa Themes
The riot scene
The sorty quippy and sometimes sarcastic humour made me smile
I Cant wait for next book!
"Had to give up"
I have only listened to the first two chapters, I don't think I can face any more. The story is good so far and the narrator has quite a pleasant voice but I just can't bear the constant sharp intake of breath he takes, I'm not sure if it's his fault or if the equipment they used to record was overly sensitive or something, but I just cant stand it any more, no one else has complained on here that I can see, so maybe its just me being fussy!
Fantastic narration, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith compelled me to listen to the other books in this series.
This book was very different from my usual selection. I enjoyed it so much I listened to the rest of the series.
It was very good
It was different to a lot of other books I have read.
This took a bit of time to get into it but I was very impressed and will listen to the other books in the series.
"More of a mash-up fiction than crime"
Londoners (myself including) will enjoy the book, there are lots of historical and contemporary references. However, I expected a crime novel, and it turned out that it is a ghost story, and not even that, it is a complete fiction mash up, until it gets completely abstract and confusing (maybe too abstract for my taste). However, I still enjoyed listening to it, the narrator Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is very good, excellent with accents, maybe not so much with acting female voices :). There is both history and moral of the story, which makes it a satisfying read in the end.
A very quirky style of writing and an equally quirky tale. I enjoyed it in parts, but just felt it was all a bit too far fetched/silly. I found my attention wandering at times and I won't be listening to the remaining books in the series.
"Wow! Clever, quirky, bonkers London tale!"
No I don't listen to books twice- too many great new books to discover, however I would definitely recommend and can't wait to read the next one.
The medical descriptions of the effect of the things that were happening to people's faces!! Yeuch! But so plausible, logical and believable.
I have not listen to him before- I thought his energy and vitality were superb and really fizzed the story along.
Be dragged, kicking and screaming into the wet beating heart of London...
I loved the personality of London, all the streets and areas are characters. I loved the craziness of the 'people' and I loved the logic of how the world works.
This was a real mixed bag. Where it was good, it was very good. But in the places where it lacked, it was poor. First of all, the ideas are intriguing and some of them original, but the story lacked depth. The thing about fantasy is that the story needs to be strong enough to allow the reader to suspend their roots in the normal world and believe in another world where the points of reference are different. Too much happened in this story where the reader was expected to take unusual magical events for granted without the author having the confidence to provide a structure to make it seem real. There also needed to be more of a back story for some of the central protagonists such as Nightingale and some of the magical characters. The humour was a plus for anyone who knows London well, but might fly over the head of someone not familiar with a Londoner's mindset. But, I carried onto the end because there was enough there to hold my interest and at times, it was a real "page turner". I will give the other books a try if only to see if the author fleshes out his London and his unusual characters. One word about the narration. I don't know if it was the narrator himself or just a bad recording of his voice, but I could hear him loudly drawing in breath in between most sentences as in.....talk, pause, gasp, pause, talk, pause, gasp etc etc. This became really very distracting in the action passages where the story got fast and furious. If it was the narrator rather than a poor recording, then he needs lessons in public speaking to help him discipline his breathing.
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