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
Another excellent book by Aaronovitch. The series keeps getting better and better. It's kind of like the X-Files mixed with Hogwarts. I can't wait to read the next one.
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.
Sometimes the narrator was hard to understand. Slurring was a problem - even when character-driven - but I'm looking forward to the next book.
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.
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!
Ben Aaronovitch's witty magical mystery is perfectly narrated here. I'm only sad at having to wait for volume 5. Fun!
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.
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