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Whispers Under Ground: Peter Grant, Book 3 | [Ben Aaronovitch]

Whispers Under Ground: Peter Grant, Book 3

It begins with a dead body at the far end of Baker Street tube station, all that remains of American exchange student James Gallagher - and the victim's wealthy, politically powerful family is understandably eager to get to the bottom of the gruesome murder. The trouble is, the bottom - if it exists at all - is deeper and more unnatural than anyone suspects...except, that is, for London constable and sorcerer's apprentice Peter Grant.
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It begins with a dead body at the far end of Baker Street tube station, all that remains of American exchange student James Gallagher - and the victim's wealthy, politically powerful family is understandably eager to get to the bottom of the gruesome murder. The trouble is, the bottom - if it exists at all - is deeper and more unnatural than anyone suspects...except, that is, for London constable and sorcerer's apprentice Peter Grant. With Inspector Nightingale, the last registered wizard in England, tied up in the hunt for the rogue magician known as "the Faceless Man", it's up to Peter to plumb the haunted depths of the oldest, largest, and - as of now - deadliest subway system in the world.

At least he won't be alone. No, the FBI has sent over a crack agent to help. She's young, ambitious, beautiful...and a born-again Christian apt to view any magic as the work of the devil. Oh yeah - that's going to go well.

©2012 Ben Aaronvitch (P)2012 Tantor

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    Sean YUKON, OK, United States 02-28-15
    Sean YUKON, OK, United States 02-28-15 Member Since 2011
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    The story was better than Midnight Riot and Moon Over Soho, but man oh man. Kobna Holdbrook-Smith has the worst Oklahoman accent I've ever heard. I found my teeth grinding each time Agent Reynolds had to talk. It was so incredibly nasal. Oof. I had to grit through those parts and survive.

    Everyone else sounded just fine.

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    Mary Ann 02-07-15
    Mary Ann 02-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    I so enjoy listening to this series. I especially love the narrators performance. The stories are quirky and amusing. So glad I tried this series.

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    Mink Duluth, GA United States 01-21-15
    Mink Duluth, GA United States 01-21-15 Member Since 2012
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    Sometimes the narrator was hard to understand. Slurring was a problem - even when character-driven - but I'm looking forward to the next book.

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    Jan Bower 01-13-15
    Jan Bower 01-13-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Listen them all. Repeatedly. They're that good."
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It wasn't that kind of book for me. I took so much pleasure in the characters, the settings, the clever asides and observations, that the plot (though perfectly sound), was secondary to me.


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    Elizabeth 01-12-15
    Elizabeth 01-12-15
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    "London's real underground mystery!"

    Ben Aaronovitch delivers another brilliant mystery. The storyline is complete with a nicely crafted mysterious murder, a grieving father who brings his own FBI agent to London to help solve the crime, the right amount of magic, and of course, the right dose of humor.

    I've become a fan; well-done Mr. A!

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    Diana Parker Stow, OH USA 01-02-15
    Diana Parker Stow, OH USA 01-02-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Great entry in a great series"

    Ben Aaronovitch's witty magical mystery is perfectly narrated here. I'm only sad at having to wait for volume 5. Fun!

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    "Love the snark"
    Would you listen to Whispers Under Ground again? Why?

    YES! I really enjoy the narrator Kobna Holdbrook-Smith--I can listen to him for hours. I also enjoy the snarky, dry humor and characters that the author creates.


    What other book might you compare Whispers Under Ground to and why?

    My top three favorite series because of the characters and humor constructed by the author and brilliantly conveyed by the narrators, not in any particular order, are:
    * The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher and voice actor James Marsters (skip the audio book for 13 as JM did NOT narrate it!)
    * The initial Skulduggery Pleasant books by Derek Landry and voice actor Rupert Degas (the voice actor changes around book 4 and I personally didn't like him as much as RD)
    * This series

    The series are unique unto themselves, but the marriage of author and narrator adds so much more to the story than just the books (dead tree or electronic) alone.


    Have you listened to any of Kobna Holdbrook-Smith’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I love him in this series! I think because I'm a Yank (US) I get extra enjoyment from his wonderful accents ;)


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A film wouldn't do the series justice.


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    Leanna Seattle, WA United States 09-13-14
    Leanna Seattle, WA United States 09-13-14 Member Since 2008

    I love to read, but I am time-limited. Audible allows me to keep up with all my favorite authors while on the hiking trail. Thanks, Audible!

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    "Binge listened and not sick of it"
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    The Peter Grant collection a paranormal detective series which takes place in central London. This assembly is a fun listen by a sci-fi author with Dr. Who cred. The stories are interesting with sharp wit, dry British humor, and can withstand ridiculous behaviors like binge listening. I have binge listened to the first three books, and I still love this series. If you like collections like The Dresden Files, you will enjoy this selection. Furthermore, the narrations are a perfect match for the writing. Worth the listen. Highly recommend.

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    Sheri 07-30-14
    Sheri 07-30-14
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    What made the experience of listening to Whispers Under Ground the most enjoyable?

    I found myself thinking about when my next credit was applied so I could read the next installment. I love the varied characters, the music used as artfully as the words. More!!!! More!!! More !!!


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    baltomd Baltimore, MD 07-28-14
    baltomd Baltimore, MD 07-28-14 Member Since 2012
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    "I want this series to go on forever.."

    This is not only a terrific and creative series of stories: I can't be sure I'd like the books so much, were they not narrated by Kobna Holbrook-Smith. It's as though the author (Ben Aaronovitch) was channeling the narrator. His fit to the main character/narrator is uncanny. And of course, brilliant.
    Brilliant story as well, of course!

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