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 fantastic read and a different detective novel."
This is really one of my all time favourites! Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is one of those narrators that will have you searching for other books read by him, no matter what the book is about. He really is a great reader and I sometimes wondered when I was listening if I would have giggled gleefully here and there during the course of the book had I read it myself on paper. I can now add another favourite narrator to Steven Fry, whom I belive to be an absolutely fantastic narrator as well.
I really liked the main-character, and I enjoyed following him through London and into a somewhat stranger reality. I liked his dry wit and ability to screw things up while still managing to hang on to the end.
The villain was very well (and differently) played.
"This book is beautifully narrated"
Despite that fact that I gave this book a high score I didn't particularly enjoy it. However, I do think that it is well written and the characters are well rounded. The two main male characters are lifelike and eccentric with a healthy dose of cynicism. All in all for those that like this genre, I think this book would be very enjoyable.
I would not read another one of Ben Aaronovitch's books because it was a little too far fetched for me. Also I'm afraid I didn't take to the concept of Mother and Father Thames. Once these characters appeared I lost the ability to "believe" in the story.
I've never listened to Kobna Holdbrook-Smith before, as far as I'm aware. However, I very much hope to listen to him again. I loved his narration and it was because of him that I didn't stop listening until the end of the first part of the book. I sincerely hope that I will have the pleasure of listening to him again. He is one of the few narrators who can truly "do voices" and listening to his characterisations was nothing but a joy.
Sadly I couldn't finish the book, so listening to it in one sitting would be out of the question.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys this genre and I would certainly recommend the narrator. Even though I didn't finish the book I do feel that I got quite a lot out of it and so I will not be returning it.
"A lot of fun and brilliantly read"
This book had me laughing as I listened to it. And the narrator is just perfect. A great story; lots of intriguing details to puzzle over and a plot that moves forward at speed. The delight in this book is increased by realising that it is the first In a series that promises to make the winter drive to work slip by - it will be spring in no time.
"Great start to an exciting series"
I was initially drawn to Rivers Of London both by the intriguing plot description, and from having been aware of Ben Aaronovitch's writing for Doctor Who - I could not be happier that I took a punt, as I found it to be one of the most gripping and satisfying stories I have heard in recent times. I did not want to stop listening at any point, and it was obvious that the author had undertaken a considerable amount of research for the novel, which really came across both in the descriptions of London itself, and in the fantasy elements of the plot.
I would like to emphasise how impressed I was with Kobna Holdbrook-Smith's narration, his range of voices really marks him out as a wonderful talent, perfectly suited to the story, and I cannot imagine anyone improving on his performance.
I would thoroughly recommend Rivers Of London to anyone with an interest in fantasy, police procedurals or indeed just good old storytelling.
"Harry Potter - You're Nicked!"
I have loved this book. I am quite new to audio books and I think I am now hooked. Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is an absolutely fantastic narrator. As a Londoner myself I could relate and picture the scenes described within the book. Subtle humour all the way through as Peter Grant starts his 'magical' journey as an apprentice wizard in the Metropolitan Police force. Looking forward to the next three books!
Yeah, I would. But first: the next books in the series.
I'd have to say all the dry and witty observations made by the main character, wonderfully performed by the narrator. The author manages to present a fairly fresh take on fantasy, and had me hooked from the beginning. I laughed out loud several times.
Everything! This is definitely a new favourite narrator. He brings the characters to life - with convincing voices and accents (well, to me, anyway - english isn't my first language).
Yes. I almost did, too.
Fresh urban fantasy from an author I'm very pleased to have discovered. I had only listened to this book for about half an hour when I bought the next one - and now I've purchased the other two as well.
"Good, but disconcerting."
Not the best, but certainly not the worst.
The dog - added some humour to the scenes.
Breathy, nasal, improving.
A few good giggles, and some thoughtful moments.
Hearing the pages turn in an audio-book is not my favourite; Kobna's performance started off very dry - breathy and possibly too close to the microphone, but improved as more characters were introduced and the story line gained pace. In the same vein as Harry Dresden, but not yet in the same league. Nonetheless, I shall try another one!
"Very Enjoyable, great story easy to listen to."
Its been a while since I have got into enjoying anything as much as I have in this book. If you have enjoyed any of these titles - Neverwhere, American Gods, Anansi boys, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell - I think you will love this one. Will definitely be listening to the full series, I have listened to the first one over 2 days which I have not done in a while - I might try to savor the remainder a bit more than that! The only reason I have given 4 star to the performance is that there are just a couple of occasions I cant quite make out what is said - it may be perfectly understandable if you live in London, it has been 12 years since I did so maybe more to do with my ear than the Narrators voice. I heard some pages being turned at one point also, really no big deal at all but worth a quick mention, more of a 4.5 really as it could be fixed with a quick edit. Accents were excellent as was the performance aside from a couple of little glitches which didn't detract. Was great to know some of the locations that were mentioned :)
"A unique take on London"
It added fantasy characters into modern day London in a unique way. I loved the characterisation of the Rivers and the way that the story flowed.
It's difficult to compare this to other books, though the Dresden Files are similar. The thing it most reminded me of was Dr Who.
I loved the London accent used in this - as someone who lives just outside London it made a real difference to my sense of place and character. He had the right attitude and combination of playfulness and seriousness to bring Peter Grant to life.
If I could have listened to this in one sitting I would have done. However I listen while driving so that wasn't possible - it did keep me listening after I should have left the car to go into work on occasion though!
Imaginative, funny, nitty-gritty
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This is what would happen if harry potter became a copper
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