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Rivers of London: PC Peter Grant, Book 1 | [Ben Aaronovitch]

Rivers of London: PC Peter Grant, Book 1

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.
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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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  • MRS
    Hammersmith, United Kingdom
    2/27/14
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    "A unique experience"
    What made the experience of listening to Rivers of London the most enjoyable?

    Probably the narration. It was spot on. The narrator sounded just as you would expect the main character to sound like and his change of voice for the other characters made them easily distinguishable. However the story line was also brilliant: lots of unexpected twists and turns. I loved the supernatural plot on top of a very recognisable modern Central London and the humorously disrespectful but utterly loyal attitude of PC Peter Grant towards the London Met. All the other main characters were also thoroughly enjoyable.


    What other book might you compare Rivers of London to, and why?

    I don't think I have read anything that easily compares and feel I would now be disappointed if I did.


    Have you listened to any of Kobna Holdbrook-Smith’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No, but I'll be looking out for him.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It certainly made me laugh but there was sadness too and plenty of tension and horror.


    Any additional comments?

    I've already enjoyed the next audio book in the series: "Moon over Soho" which was equally good and intend to download the whole series. I will be quite disappointed when it ends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Bristol UK
    2/26/14
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    "Myth and the Met"
    What did you like most about Rivers of London?

    The joy of reading a fantastical plot that at no point drags me down into the unpleasant reality of the vile acts, that's the way to do it!


    What does Kobna Holdbrook-Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    An lovely accent


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Very funny


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • RhonaB
    London, United Kingdom
    2/19/14
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    "Too many cooks..."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Less is more.


    What was most disappointing about Ben Aaronovitch’s story?

    I loved the idea of the book, the beginning chapters gripped me but it soon became evident that this was a dragged out affair. To sum up, it reminds me of the TV show Lost. It starts off gripping and interesting, then so many characters and situations are added it just drags on. With so many sub plots to keep track o,f interest is lost and I may never know what the conclusion is. As I gave up before I reached the second part.


    What aspect of Kobna Holdbrook-Smith’s performance might you have changed?

    I thought it was well read, I enjoyed what I heard of the performance. The relaxing tones that its spoken in is possibly what kept me listening longer than the story line did.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I did in enjoy the descriptions of locations.


    Any additional comments?

    Lesson learnt, just because I dabble in the genre of fantasy doesn't mean I'll enjoy all offerings.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
    Ashford, United Kingdom
    2/16/14
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    "Interestingly diffferent"

    I definitely enjoyed the book, and thought it a good modern take on all things not of this world. The book keeps in a police mode, and retains the London copper feel throughout.

    The police element adds to the book, because it overlays a logical approach to the encounters / plot, and also puts the actions into a context of doing a duty / job despite the risks.

    The book flows well as a police drama, but I found the magic elements slow to develop, and not utilised enough. There is magic with spirits constantly, but not lots/enough of magician type magic...This however makes it different and interesting, whilst keeping the promise / potential for all those hooked to this sort of thing...

    Join the club, and get into this series, you wont regret it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mikey
    poole, United Kingdom
    2/16/14
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    "Fun to listen to"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed the escapism of listening to the tale of a London born apprentice wizard with many quips but as equally serious.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Ben Aaronovitch? Why or why not?

    I would be happy to and will read book 2 someday.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a good book for fictional escapism that has been written well and will keep you entertained the majority of the time. I enjoyed listening to it (being originally bred in London myself) and I would definitely say that you will enjoy it even more if you are from London.
    Good characters, great narration (especially in the final scenes) and a dramatic storyline that will keep you coming back for more, this is a fun book that is well worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John Hayes
    2/1/14
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    "Brilliant narrator...superb!"
    What made the experience of listening to Rivers of London the most enjoyable?

    Holbrook Smith is sensational in this very good story. His various accents are fabulous and make listening to this book one of the most enjoyable I have experienced since I started with Audible.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Rivers of London?

    The whole story grips you from the start to the finish...the characters are so good they do really seem as though they are for real


    Which character – as performed by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith – was your favourite?

    All of them really as he brings each one to life!


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The story and the voice takes you through London and keeps you listening. I don't do fiction normally, but this was superb from start to finish - Excellent!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Claire
    Bradford, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
    1/26/14
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    "I loved this!"
    Would you listen to Rivers of London again? Why?

    I didn't know what to expect, but I enjoyed it so much I'm about to download the next book in the series. The characters are all well rounded, the plot is bizzare, but makes perfect sense. The narration is spot on. What more could you ask for?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rebecca
    London, United Kingdom
    1/20/14
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    "Liked by a Londoner!"

    I enjoyed this new twist on a supernaturally parallel London - especially as the story is grounded in real places in the city, many of which I visit or pass through weekly...though they seldom yield events as interesting/terrifying as in this novel! I'm still undecided about the narration in parts, though I'll admit that KHS' performance does aptly reflect the central character's often laid-back attitude. Looking forward to listening to the next two books!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • david
    portsmouth, United Kingdom
    1/19/14
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    "A hard listen"
    What did you like best about Rivers of London? What did you like least?

    I really wanted to like this book but I just could not get into the story. The character was good and it should have grabbed me more than it did. I think it just dragged on for too long with little interest.


    What could Ben Aaronovitch have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I think you need to be really into magic and myths for this. I enjoyed the topic in parts but if Ben had just managed to add some spice to it, i am sure it would have been a better listen.


    What does Kobna Holdbrook-Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The voices where well done and fitted the character well. I am not sure it adds anything to the read though.


    Was Rivers of London worth the listening time?

    Not really worth the time I was a hard read for such a short book. I wont be downloading the others in the series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • kmcca5
    Brighton, Sussex By The Sea, UK
    1/16/14
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    "Something very special..."
    Any additional comments?

    Dr Who meets grown up's Harry Potter meets Buffy meets The MET Police. What more could you ask for? Oh... Ok, it has witty dialog, fast pace action, adventure and really wild things. If you are wondering if you should download this then wonder no more and add this to your basket, download and start listening!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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