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
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.
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.
No, but I love him in this series! I think because I'm a Yank (US) I get extra enjoyment from his wonderful accents ;)
A film wouldn't do the series justice.
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!
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.
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 !!!
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!
When listening to the book you forget it is a book. The narrator is so believable as the main character that you begin to think he is the main character telling you what has and is happening.
Sometimes I want a book that puts me with the characters, instead of in my car listening about the characters. This book puts me in London with the characters.
Ben Aaronovitch has not lost his touch and did a wonderful job with Whispers Under Ground. I finished this book and promptly listened to it a second time. I didn't think I could could do justice to my review, and let's be honest, I just wanted to listen to it a second time. Kobno Holdbrook-Smith, if you have already listened to the first two of the series, you know is an amazing narrator. He does remarkably with the characters, both with being able to do the accents but also with picking up on the personality, humor, and sarcasm Aaronovitch gave them. I wish every book and narrator were so well matched.
In Whispers under ground Peter, Leslie, and Nightengale are searching for the Little Crocodiles (ethically challenged magical practitioners that are rogue and not keeping the Queens Peace - Peter takes objection to Nightengale calling them black wizards.) They also are working with the murder squad to determine who murdered a young man with a bit of magically imbued pottery in the underground. This opens our team up to investigating the London Underground and sewers. Oh, how I want to now take a trip to London and take a tour of the underground! Leslie is back, and you get to experience Peter and Leslie develop their friendship after the tragic deformation of her face. Peter is far more sensitive than we would have believed in the past and its great to see these two characters grow, especially since Leslie is a perfect counter to Peter.
It does have profanity, but its situation appropriate. There isn't sex in this book unlike the last in the series. In my opinion, it wouldn't be an issue for a teenage crowd to read as long as you are comfortable with some profanity.
The book is delightful. I honestly don't know if it is the best written book, I really wasn't paying attention because I was so drawn into the book, but its one of my favorites. It's humorous, it has the necessary one liners of a police detective novel, and the brash characters needed with Sewall and Stefanopolis. It's delicious.
Yes. I have recommended this audiobook to everyone I can think of who reads fantasy fiction. The writing and story are great, and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith's reading is so good, I hear his voice narrating in my head when I'm reading the print books. As far as I'm concerned, Peter Grant sounds exactly like Kobna Holdbrook-Smith.
I have all of the Peter grant books as audio books, and, based on his excellent performances of this series, I plan to buy other books that Kobna Holdbrook-Smith has narrated.
I think the books are good, but the narrator makes it come to life. I find myself agreeing with a fictional character. I don't think anyone can go wrong with these books.
Loved the performance from the narrator - he's very good at doing different accents to create the seperate characters. His American is not his best (FBI agent sound a little airheaded) but I cant do any accent to save my life so....
Peter of course!
The editing on this book is lacking. There were two or three spaces where a sentence was repeated because of bad editing. There was also two spots late in the book where it was almost like a page was missing. One sentence Peter is drinking a cup of coffee and then suddenly hes somewhere else in the middle of a conversation. It was confusing and left me feeling like I should go buy the book to look up the missing dialog.
Literature professor and lover of mystery books!
The Cuckoos Calling, The Absent Ones,
Yes, in other books in this series.
Laughed out loud many times.
Absolutely love this book and the narrator. It is funny, interesting, full of twists, cheeky, and endlessly entertaining. It is also complex enough for multiple listens. This is my favorite in the series, but I love them all. The narrator is awesome and keeps getting better.
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