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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"A unique experience"
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.
I don't think I have read anything that easily compares and feel I would now be disappointed if I did.
No, but I'll be looking out for him.
It certainly made me laugh but there was sadness too and plenty of tension and horror.
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.
"Myth and the Met"
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!
An lovely accent
"Too many cooks..."
Less is more.
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.
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.
I did in enjoy the descriptions of locations.
Lesson learnt, just because I dabble in the genre of fantasy doesn't mean I'll enjoy all offerings.
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
"Fun to listen to"
I enjoyed the escapism of listening to the tale of a London born apprentice wizard with many quips but as equally serious.
I would be happy to and will read book 2 someday.
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.
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.
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
All of them really as he brings each one to life!
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!
"I loved this!"
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?
"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!
"A hard listen"
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.
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.
The voices where well done and fitted the character well. I am not sure it adds anything to the read though.
Not really worth the time I was a hard read for such a short book. I wont be downloading the others in the series.
"Something very special..."
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!
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