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Publisher's Summary

A stunning PC Peter Grant novella continues this best-selling series with commuting ghosts, a kidnapping, and a superb new London mystery!

PC Peter Grant is heading west.

The Furthest Station is Ben Aaronovitch's first PC Grant novella...and there's something going bump on the Metropolitan line. And when commuters start reporting encounters with ghosts up and down the track - encounters which they forget entirely within minutes - Peter Grant gets a call to investigate. And the very first interview leads to a ghost-hunting expedition....

The first ever Peter Grant novella, this is a fantastic London-based mystery.

©2017 Ben Aaronovitch (P)2017 Orion Publishing Group

Critic Reviews

"The Hanging Tree is definitely one of the best in the Grant/Aaronovitch pantheon. There again, so have most of the previous books in the series and the odds are the next one probably will be too." (The Bookbag)
"Aaronovitch deftly balances urban fantasy with the police procedural. As for Grant, he's a wonderful blend of laconic copper and, methodically researching how magic works, full-on nerd." (Crime Scene)
"This series is brilliant!" (Teen Librarian)

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  • Diana
  • Antelope Valley, CA, United States
  • 09-30-17

Delightful writing and narration

This author and narrator team make the Peter Grant series my favorite audio book series. The writing is imaginative - with twisty plots and characters with depth and layers.

The narration is fabulous, with interesting change-ups in pacing, fantastic and recognizable voices.

Ben Aaronovitch and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith do outstanding work. I always look forward to the next book and find listening to this series delightful.

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Don't miss The Furthest Station

What do I love about this audiobook series? The vivid London landscape, the digressions about architecture, the musicality, the diverse backgrounds of all the characters (not one character is a cardboard stand in -- even if we're not told their whole story), the details of a police procedural, Peter's efforts to apply science to magic, the dashing Nightingale, the rich context of history, class, and region... and I could go on. There could not be a better narrator for this series than Kobna Holdbrook-Smith. If you haven't read the series, start at the beginning and don't skip this installment-- even if it's a novella, it's a wonderful listen. I can't wait for the next full length novel. Thank you, Mr. Aaronovich, now back to work!

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Very well done all around.

Loved it as usual but as good as it is, I know it's a short but I miss a chat with Peter's Parents all though it was nice to have more of Abigail. I'd love to see another series with just Abigail and I don't particularly like children in books but I'd make an exception for her.

The audio was really well done as usual.

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More Excellent Peter Grant

Peter Grant remains an unpretentiously witty and winning character. A strong writer with a great ear for both internal and spoken dialog, Ben Aaronovitch seems to have improved as the series has progressed. He elaborates Peter and Inspector Nightingale's universe while keeping it grounded in ours. I think that this would make a reasonable introduction to the series as long as you know that bad architecture is Peter's pet peeve. My only complaint is the short format - more Peter is definitely better.

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I love this narrator

Short but still fantastic. I love Aaronovitch's writing style. He gives Peter a great sense of sarcasm and humor. This time he deals with ghosts and another river god. Quite good especially with the perfect narration by Hobna Holdbrook-Smith.

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Good but.........

no Jazz between leaves the book lacking ...along with the story and characters the jazz is an important part of the story. Please bring back the Jazz between chapters in future books

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  • Ijw
  • Cochise, AZ, United States
  • 11-11-17

hurried

Still a fun mystery. Feels like the nugget of a novel that was joted off. But after 2 readings I don't understand the fox thread .

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More like a teen's book than Peter Grant story.

The plot was OK but overall the story is missing much of the details and little twists that I find enjoyable in the rest of the series. The feel is closer to a young adult story, minus the awkward love interest. This is probably due to the focus being more on Abagail and the length of the book.

Even with those detractors, Mr Holdbriok-Smith entertains. His characters have unique voices and atritudes which I appreciate in an audio book.

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Good narration of a loose story

The plot swerved without apparent purpose at times, but the story was well narrated and had interesting characters.

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The furthest Station

This was a really super wild fun mysterious that has a great ending.I really had a hard time putting it down

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  • David
  • 09-30-17

Good but too short

As always a good story but this time much too short.

I look forward to the next novel

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  • Gabriel
  • 10-09-17

Not the best Peter Grant book by a long shot

If you only read this Peter Grant book you probably won’t read any more. Definitely not up to the usual standard in characters or story. Should be seen as a side story and not a novel but as a fan I wasn’t impressed at all. Here’s hoping the next one has more thought put into it

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  • Crazy Carer
  • 10-07-17

Not of the normal standard

This is a very short book in relation to the other books also it is more like a "stand alone" accompanying novel not adding much to the ongoing theme.

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  • Jeffrey Slater
  • 10-06-17

Ok but

The short stories / novellas are not a patch on the books. It is all rather lightweight and thin

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  • Sararara
  • 10-01-17

Much better but

Left wondering why this story wasn't incorporated into a full length novel. Good story more akin to the early books, with touches of Neverwhere. But some unresolved plot holes and the asides to American listeners /readers niggled. Teen character may please younger audience but overall not sure this was worth a credit.

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  • wiccaneill
  • 10-01-17

Slightly disappointed

I love the peter grant mysteries. This one is very short. Doesn't really get off the ground. Lacks a lot of the usual humour and heart of the earlier books. The basic plot has substance and could of gone a lot further. Seemed slightly rushed.

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  • A. Moorhouse Sacred Earth
  • 10-25-17

not long enough

not long enough by far, it only just got going when it came to an end.

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  • Cookie Monster
  • 10-05-17

rather disappointing to be honest.

compared to the previous six books in the series,I felt robbed of a decent storyline,I was so looking forward to this book,but alas it was very short,and it seems the author was stuck for a decent worthwhile story. sadly disappointed.

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  • Mr. C. Arthurs
  • 10-04-17

Below par

Sadly short and although narration was up to the normal excellence the story was perhaps not on form. Not the best considering I have been waiting since April. Very disappointing, I’m almost ashamed to say.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-03-17

Great story, superb narration

Ben Aaronovitch and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith are my dream team audio book pairing. Engaging stories full of the believable and unbelievable, narrated with clarity, precision, humour and an uncanny ability to move between character voices.

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  • Richard
  • 09-30-17

Absolutely amazing

There was literally not a moment that I was not enthralled, the story had a perfect place, revisited existing characters without excessive repetition of their history as other series often do. The slice of life along with story progression of Abigail was incredibly satisfying. Kobna's superb performing capabilities continue to lend this series all of the nuances it deserves.

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  • Roderic
  • 01-15-18

A decent read but missing the depth of the novels

It is very hard to maintain freshness and excellence in a series such are this, and this novella was missing something... "spring", a central context (rivers, jazz, architecture).

I have been captured by the characters, and the gaps in Nightingale's back story, but I want a return to the energy of the first few books in the series.

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  • oneofthe band
  • 12-08-17

great fun! please write more :-) putting more word

some more words for the stupid silly silly boy created by the crazed and silly marketing department of audible. happy?

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  • Andy
  • 10-20-17

expecting more

love the first 6 books, but this didn't go far enough or have a great amount of detail. it seemed to just end...

Excellent narration by Kobana as usual. my opinion is he has one of the best voices for narration out there..

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  • Thomas
  • 10-19-17

What IS wrong with Arcade Fire??

This series just keeps getting better and better. I absolutely love the cross references to past aspects of the story line and inclusion of pop culture and I can't help by listen to these stories with Google maps open too and follow as best I can the characters to the various parts of London and UK towns and villages. I'd love to sit down with PC Grant one day and have a beer with him, he seems like the kind of guy who'd fit my circle of mates.

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  • Readalot
  • 10-19-17

Loved it!

I loved this novella. It has everything I like about the Peter Grant stories, minus the angst (which I'm not so fond of). As ever, the narrator is pitch perfect.

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  • AC
  • 10-13-17

Short but sweet

Much too short! I wish it was a novel not a novella. Loved it though.

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  • catwomanOz
  • 10-11-17

Good but short

Kobna Holbrook-Smith is a brilliant narrator. This book is only 3h long though - it was wrapping up before I realised.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-29-17

Another excellent read.

I've enjoyed every book in this series, particularly the excellent narration of Kobna Holbrook-Smith. But I'm very disappointed that this time my pre-ordered book has turned out to be just a novella.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-29-17

The London Rivers and Peter Grant just keep getting better and better

The Furthest Station is by far the best in the PC Grant London Rivers Series. But why did it have to be so short?