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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"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.
Great story, characters and narration is awesome. Funny, entertaining and enthralling. This series is epic, I can't wait for the next install ent
Lighthearted,ghostly and mystical shennanigins all mixed up with a bit of romance and crime detection! On to the next!
"I liked it, but will i like more of it?"
Murder, Ghosts, Different
The main one I guess, sorry can't remember his name now.
He has a really dry voice, very sort of dull, uninterested and cynical maybe, but I guess that's how the character feels so its good.
No, this is not a moving or soppy story.
I enjoyed it, but not as much as id hoped I would. Not yet gone back for more but I may do.
"Potter and Twilight blended with the MET"
Well I am in a minority here, but it just did not completely work for me.
I can see why its had cult reading and listening as its very contemporary, funny, satirical and not a bad plot.
I am not really into wizards vampires and ghost masquerading as every day people type books but can see why it appeals to some people. (don't get me wrong I am no literature snob.) The narrator was excellent, who I kept thinking was Idris Elba. I could see him playing Peter Grant it it ever gets to the big screen.
Thanks but I doubt I will read any more in the series.
Not what I expected or hoped for. A Bit boring at times. I had to concentrate to keep up with the characters. Nightingale was a disappointment for 100 year old wizard .
"Best Audio book so far"
The best audio book so far- really well read and great storyline! Made the car journey fly by, although be warned I did miss my junction as it got to an exciting part!
"Great Story with a good narrator"
The Book contains a mysterious fantasy story mixed together with a classic detective scheme. Never boring or predictable. The audiobooks narrator is perfect for Peter, the protagonist, and good enough for other characters.
"A change from what I normally read"
I habitually stick to more classic SF like Arthur C Clarke & Ray Bradbury so this was a departure for me. To begin with the narration sounded like the intro to a 70s TV cop drama, but it grew on me & it may be my imagination but it seemed less 'affected' as the book went on. I enjoyed the story, esp as I hail from the capital myself. The characters were good and I began to care about them. The ending was as good a place as any to stop. A poor ending can ruin a whole story. My only slight gripe was not quite knowing whether Nightingale recovers from his injuries. I will definitely be getting the next in the series.
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