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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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  • Rich M
    West Midlands
    2/16/12
    Overall
    "A DECENT LISTEN"

    After reading the reviews I was looking forward to this book, and while it was not a disappointment it did not live up to my hopes. The storyline was unusual by at times struggled to hold my interest, possibly as recent sci/fi/fantasy books I have listened to have really left me wanting more of the same and in my opinion this was not at the same level. The narrartor was like the book, satisfactory but nolthing special. I will not be seeking out any follow up to this book, but at the same time I would not discourage people to give it a chance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • stephanie
    Bath, United Kingdom
    2/11/12
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    "Thrilling, fabulous book"

    I was really sad when the audiobook was near the end, but glad to discover a second book. Such a wonderful, imaginitive book. I listened to the book whilst on holiday in London and it was fabulous to walk around Covent Garden and listen at the same time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Edward
    Calne, United Kingdom
    1/21/12
    Overall
    "Simply Excellent."

    I could not put this book down, and would wholeheartedly recommend it to any listener. My Audiobook of the past 18 months.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patrick
    Morpeth, United Kingdom
    1/3/12
    Overall
    "unengaging, spoiler alert"

    Holiday listening, but I fell asleep, rewound, fell asleep again, would be a good relaxation tape ! I woke to "then he realised she was the Queen, the River Goddess, Mother Thames" and she had a Nigerian accent, all very fine but tedious beyond belief !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joanne
    Newport, United Kingdom
    1/1/12
    Overall
    "Enjoyable"

    Interesting concept took me a while to get used to the narrator but i liked the main charachter
    Not sure if i will download the second

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I F Jentle
    12/31/11
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    "A thoroughly enjoyable listen"

    I really enjoyed this audiobook, it is a real romp of a novel. Mr. Aaronovitch gives us thrills, magic, satire, history and humuor, all narrated with great competence and wit by Kobna Holdbrook - Smith. I highly reccomend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, United Kingdom
    12/21/11
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    "Modern Police Procedural with Magic and Humour"

    I recognised the name Ben Aaronovitch as a Doctor Who writer so I took a chance on this. I now count it as my favourite book of 2011 and bearing in mind that that I consider "Snuff" one of the better Pratchett books in recent years this is saying something.
    This is a well observed Police Procedural with the twist that our young PC protagonist discovers magic is real and dangerous. The "science" of the magic is well thought through and consistent. I don't know London well enough to comment on the geographic detail beyond the fact that it convinced me and grounds the story solidly in the real world. It's not a comedy but there are some very nice, humourous turns of phrase that made me laugh out loud and help lighten what is actually some pretty gory descriptions at times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • GRANIA
    bath, United Kingdom
    12/15/11
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    "An aspect of London we don't often think about..."

    An original and engaging author who knows how to skirt the edge of possibility, with great characters and a horrid dog!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel
    Stoke Bishop, United Kingdom
    12/14/11
    Overall
    "On the whole, worth it"

    I have mixed feelings about this:
    Firstly, I really did like the natural way in which the author expresses himself as written in the first person. I also liked the general premise and theme to the story even though it was not what I was expecting. I was unsure about the narrator when I listened to the sample, but within a few minutes I realised that he was absolutely perfect for the book and as it is told in the first person, I could forgive the odd dodgy accent (put that down to the charecter trying to mimic).
    Having said all this, I did get lost in the detail and lost a bit of interest in the story towards the end. Despite this the reader made it still a pleasure to listen to, and it certainly wasn't hard work. I imagine this to be better in audiobook due to the narrator than on paper, I certainly wouldn't rate this so highly had I read it, but I wouldn't slate it either. I will be looking for works by both the writer and the narrator in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Antony
    invergordon, United Kingdom
    11/26/11
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    "Didn't do it for me...."

    Didn't really do it for me, certainly an original idea but in my view lacked any real excitement. One of the very few books which I couldn't see to the end. I appreciate that I am in the minority so don't just take my word for it :-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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