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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The story was refreshing change. Something completely different to your normal crime novel. Very quick witted and some very amusing observations.
The performance was brilliantly executed by someone who can do the full spectrum of voices!
Somewhere between a Robert Galbraith and a Terry Pratchett. Really enjoyable!
"Pure dead magic."
Really enjoyed this in an easy listening kinda way. I liked the magic world mixed with modern life.
"Different but very entertaining!"
Really liked this story.. Cleverly intertwined fiction and fact. Different....interesting....funny.....and clever. The guy who narrated was excellent.
"Jump in, get your feet wet"
Possibly but not for a good while. This isn’t to say anything bad about the book I really enjoyed it, but as I’ve literally just finished it I’d already know the “discoveries” that Peter makes
Nightingale, an old school British upper class colonial being dragged kicking and screaming into the digital age
All of the characters were enjoyable, the villain’s voice grated a little (understandably.) My favourite character performance, not that she was in a lot was Peter’s mother “You’re not too big for me to beat you!”
There are several bits of true British sarcasm that I enjoyed. The one part I found moving I won’t describe (spoilers!) Most dog lovers will “get it” if they listen (no dogs were harmed in the writing of this review)
I tried this book as the free part of a BOGOF and thoroughly enjoyed it, so much that I bought the next one immediately after finishing!
"Fantasy + The Bill + Gaiman = Rivers of London"
I don't think there is anything not to like. Fast, original story. Great likeable characters! And an absolutely top class narration! Like Neil Gaiman, Christopher Fowler and Michael de Larrabeiti before him. Aaronovitch crafts a gritty, modern London where the magic of Albion seeps through into the real world
The stand off at the Opera house.
All the characters are brilliantly bought to life by the narrator and for a fairly slim book there are a lot of characters! The range of tones and accents are amazing: Scottish, Northern England, Estuary English, Sierra Leonese. Kobna is a truly talented guy. The stand out for me is DCI Seawoll the gruff Northern copper, who has no time for magic! He his genuinely hilarious!
This book is a real laugh! Peter Grant's Mum and DCI Seawoll provide most of the humour! Don't kid yourself into thinking this is a light YA read though. There are some genuinely horrific passages.
I couldn't get enough of Peter Grant's adventures. I was lucky to find the next two audiobooks at the library and they are equally as good as Rivers of London. You could read/listen to the book as stand alone novels but Aaronovitch is crafting a cool story arc. He sets up a great cliffhanger at the end of each book that leaves you begging for more! This book drops hints at events in WWII and other story strands are developed in the later books. This is crying out for a film or TV adaptation. I really can't recommend the books highly enough!
"A very different and unusual read (or listen!)"
I had to persevere with this. There are many lose ends in the book and some unnecessary entries that I felt could have been removed without loss to the story. I will however listen to it again and try and understand more of what is happening. Nevertheless I enjoyed it.
I recently joined audible and got a free book on trial but this book was my first purchase as a member. Rivers of London is a plausible meeting of the physical and metaphysical worlds. Set in contemporary London we are introduced to interesting, distinctive characters. The narration, I would say performance, is superb. Mr Holdbrook-Smith has a talent for accents. I've seen him act on stage and so expected excellence. However, the writer is new to me and is equally impressive. I look forward to listening to the other books in this series. I am now a fan.
"Brilliant narration and fantastic story"
This is the first audible book I finished listening to (and I have around 20).
The theater scene with Henry Pyke.
His voice was perfect for the character and very engaging.
A good story, very well written and brilliantly narrated. All in all this is audiobook perfection.
"Good story, a bit tangled in places"
The detailed descriptions of the London setting were really excellent, and I liked the main characters and the idea behind the story. I did feel that the various plots got a little lost at the end though, and wasn't left feeling hugely satisfied.
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