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A Rare Book of Cunning Device Audiobook

A Rare Book of Cunning Device

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Exclusive to Audio! Somewhere amongst the shadowy stacks and the many basements of the British library, something is very much amiss - and we're not talking late returns here. Is it a ghost, or something much worse? PC Peter Grant really isn't looking forward to finding out....

©2017 Ben Aaronovitch (P)2017 Audible Studios

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    Jim "The Impatient" 05-14-17 Member Since 2016

    My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.

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    "I LIKE TO LEARN FROM THE MISTAKES OF FICTIONAL"

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    A lot of paranormal with a mix of Steampunk. Nothing I am too excited about and I will forget all of it by next week, but it is free and is only a half hour of my life. Certainly worth a go.

    LIBRAIRIANSHIP IS NOT FOR THE FAINTHEARTED
    The SODDEN narrator does a fine job.

    71 of 83 people found this review helpful
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    Elisabeth Carey 05-01-17
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    "A Peter Grant bonus short story"

    London PC Peter Grant gets called to the British Museum, which has a serious problem in one of its many basements. They think it's a poltergeist; something, at least, is moving things around in ways that can't be accounted for by the actions of staff and users. Grant thinks this is unlikely, because of how modern the building is, but given the ancient, rare, historical, and otherwise valuable items in the collection, can't rule it out.

    And so he goes hunting through the basements. But is he hunting a ghost, a poltergeist, something else?

    And has he brought the right equipment?

    This is a nice little short story, an Audible exclusive, that adds to the world-building and character development of the series. It's an additional little treat if you've been reading the series, and a nice introduction to Peter Grant if you haven't been.

    This story was free on Audible when I downloaded it.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    jason west bloomfield, MI, United States 05-04-17
    jason west bloomfield, MI, United States 05-04-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent as usuall, just to short, will take It."

    Every audiobook in this series gets better, this was a snippet, but listening to this narrator, is about as good as they get, imho of course. I sincerely hope that he will release these little short stories in between novels, especially if we are going to have to wait any significant amount of time, again just imho.
    Great story, writer and narrator. A winning trifecta

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    C. H. Dye 04-30-17
    C. H. Dye 04-30-17

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    "such a delight."

    Librarians, magic and Peter Grant making his patented wry observations. A must for fans.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    med c 04-27-17
    med c 04-27-17
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    "Short Story"
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    It was short and fun to listen to. I saw it was free , so I downloaded and listen to it right away.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Claire 04-27-17
    Claire 04-27-17
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    "Dangers of Librarians and Poltergeists"

    It's a short story so it's hard to say much without giving some of the plot away. What a fantastic taste of Peter Grant, at it again. The usual dry, irreverent humour that makes it such a excellent read with loads of laugh out loud moments. This is a short adventure with Peter and Post Martin. Even if you've never read any of the earlier books, you'll still enjoy it, and with the vocal genius of Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, you'll be hooked!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David Chamberlain Benicia, CA USA 09-22-17
    David Chamberlain Benicia, CA USA 09-22-17

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    "Sorry it’s only available as an audio book"

    But the story is excellent and engaging. Mr. Holdbrook-Smith’s performance is outstanding. Pacing is perfect and read with just the tone and attitude I would expect from PC Grant.

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    Sara Georgia 09-18-17
    Sara Georgia 09-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Very entertaining"

    Nice little short story. Great narrator!! left me wanting more. It was an interesting take on magic and the supernatural. I really would love to see a library like the one described

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    Eagle4life69 09-13-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Overall good story"
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    This is a great story, very short and cute. I can see me listening to more like this

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    Brendan 09-11-17
    Brendan 09-11-17
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    "Fun, makes me want to visit just such a library"

    I love the characters and how Kobna brings them to life. more Peter Grant please!

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    4/27/17
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    "More please!"

    A great short story from the Rivers of London series, it would be wonderful if all the graphic novels were issued as short stories too!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Beccameriel
    London, United Kingdom
    5/16/17
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    "Short vignette for the fans"

    A fun story that's really more of a short scene. Nice to see Postmartin have a bit of fun. Honestly, don't bother with this unless you already know the series. No concessions are made for noobs; it's just dropped there for you to find. Or, then again, maybe do just spend a few minutes listening to this and if you are intrigued, go back and get the books.

    Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is brilliant as ever. It makes such a difference to the quality of the audiobook when the author and reader work together. Kobna is so comfortable as Peter Grant and Ben Aaronovitch's world that it's always a pleasure to listen to him.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bex
    Burton-on-Trent, United Kingdom
    5/15/17
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    "A wonderful interlude"

    This short story was like when a beloved friend drops in for a coffee and after they leave you're bereft that they couldn't stay longer. More Peter Grant asap pleeeeeease!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rachel
    4/27/17
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    "Beautifully written. Wonderfully read."

    As soon as I knew it was available I had to have it, short but sweet.
    Always want to hear/read more of this fantastical-magical-reality crime series!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tod Werewolf
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    6/6/17
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    "Short but Sweet"

    A very short Peter Grant story. different type of tale, could have been longer but it's FREE.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    worcestershire uk
    5/21/17
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    "Too short!"

    This book may have escaped, via L-space, from Unseen University, but I would have liked this delightful storyline to have been more fully developed, perhaps as a subplot to one of the novels. Ah, well. Like having a single square of chocolate when one is ravenous, a taste of what you wish for only makes the desire stronger. Roll on the next novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    5/20/17
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    "good but short"

    l love the new character but wish it was a bit longer the performance was as always superb

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nicky
    Bray, Ireland
    4/29/17
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    "Fantastic"

    I only have one complaint, it's too short. I just wanted it to keep going. Delighted to have come across this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Don
    Enfield, United Kingdom
    9/19/17
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    "Very entertaining for a short story"

    Works very well as a gap filler whilst travelling a short distance on public transport.

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  • Jane
    9/16/17
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    "Wonderful"

    I own all the physical books in the series, including the graphic novels, and I have a crush on Peter Grant, a fictional character. This is a truly wonderful (free) recreation of his world and his voice and will send me off to buy the audio versions of the books.

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