Lies Sleeping

Rivers of London, Book 7
Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
Series: Rivers of London Series, Book 7
Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,475 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The seventh book of the best-selling Rivers of London series returns to the adventures of Peter Grant, detective and apprentice wizard, as he solves magical crimes in the city of London.

The Faceless Man, wanted for multiple counts of murder, fraud, and crimes against humanity, has been unmasked and is on the run. Peter Grant, Detective Constable and apprentice wizard, now plays a key role in an unprecedented joint operation to bring him to justice.

But even as the unwieldy might of the Metropolitan Police bears down on its foe, Peter uncovers clues that the Faceless Man, far from being finished, is executing the final stages of a long-term plan. A plan that has its roots in London's 2,000 bloody years of history, and could literally bring the city to its knees.

To save his beloved city, Peter's going to need help from his former best friend and colleague - Lesley May - who brutally betrayed him and everything he thought she believed in. And, far worse, he might even have to come to terms with the malevolent supernatural killer and agent of chaos known as Mr. Punch....

©2018 Ben Aaronovitch (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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A very satisfying read

This is a cracking great listen. If you are already a fan you will be delighted by this book. It focuses on the pursuit of the evil magician known as The Faceless Man. If you aren't already a fan I strongly suggest (as does Ben at one point in the story) that at the very least you start with Midnight Riot. In this version of London magic is real…think Hogwarts meets the Metropolitan Police…sounds crazy but works perfectly. This novel follows and concludes the events featured in that first book. Riot and Lies Sleeping (odd name BTW) are bookends with the other five (very good) books sandwiched between them.
The pursuit of the faceless Man has scaled up become a full blown investigation featuring our hero Peter Grant and his enigmatic boss Nightingale. It includes many of the cast of thousands we have met in the Peter Grant saga and although it does integrate a couple of plot lines developed in some of the earlier stories, it's really tightly focused on the pursuit. It reads like an action thriller but never loses the wry humor Aaronovich specializes in. As always London is one of the key characters. Ben puts you right there, you can smell the warm beer and curry. You feel (and occasionally get to experience first-hand) its deep, complex history. I'm a Londoner by birth and the way he captures the energy and ambiance of that city is hugely impressive.
I'm not going to go deeper into the plot lest I spoil anything…but if you are a fan you will find this book deeply satisfying. As always the performance by Holbrook-Smith is a tour de force…his voices are perfect and greatly enhance the experience. fingers crossed there's more on the way...but if not then Peter Grant went out with a bang.

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All the right things

By book 7, it's impressive to me that Aaronovitch can continue to expand this world, including new characters, adding depth to others, and creating stories that not only surprise and satisfy me, but leave me desperate for the next book. However, I think that if anyone but Holdbrook-Smith was narrating them, I'd go back to reading the physical copies and hearing his voice in my head.
I think I'd be doing you a disservice if I gave you any of the plot, and if you haven't read the earlier books (and you should probably include The Furthest Station novella) get out of here and catch up because there is no hand holding "here's what happened last time" in this story.
As they say, this book has everything; magic, chases, escapes, sword fighting, true love... and police paperwork.

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What happened to Peter?

Peter Grant used to have a flare. I found him a fun character to follow, watch as he struggled to be both a police officer and wizard. In the last few books that flare has died. While I will pick up the next book, I won't be anxiously waiting for it as I did after reading the first few books.

In this book Peter is, at least to me, boring. Even his encounters with Leslie are bland, especially the ending one. While Peter's magic seems to have progressed some his cousin Abigail seems ready to outpace him. One of the special things about Peter was that aside form Nightingale, he was really the only none-Fae who practiced magic. In this novel, Peter's rare abilities are handed out to other characters like candy.

I suspect part of the issue is that some of Peter's stories are told in Graphics Novels and these non-graphic novels rely on events that take place in the Graphic Novels. Since I cannot read the graphic novels I miss both context and am left wondering at things that are mentioned. For instance the Folly now sports both a BMW and a Firari. I don't why they are at the folly nor why they have the "most haunted car in Britain". I know this last comes form one of the series comic book story but again I rely on audiobooks so comic books take away form the story.

It's almost as if the author got bored so threw this book together to tie up most of the loose ends. I'm rapidly starting to not care about the characters. As I said before, I'll read the next book but I won't be hoping it comes out soon.

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Brilliant performance

As always, Holbrook-Smith gives a virtuoso performance of all our favorite characters, and some new ones. Aaronovitch’s story has many unexpected turns and will thrill fans.

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AH-MAY-ZING!

Aaronovitch is just... gah. His talent for telling a story and creating such vivid characters is amazing. Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is an absolute delight to listen to, he is easily a top narrator in my books and his reading of the Peter Grant series thus far is a lesson in perfection.

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This series gets worse as it goes

the narrator does a pretty good job considering the challenge that is in front of him. I don't normally write bad reviews I normally just let things go but when you publish so many books that are short and expect people to buy them those people expect you to continue a good story and not insert a bunch of filler crap between each book and every other chapter of the main books. I don't think I'll be buying any more I guess I'll just never know how the story of Peter Grant ends.

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sad it could have been so much better. <br />

this book was a waste. there is so much that could be done with these characters

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Disappointed

I adore the Rivers of London series, it’s one of my go-to relistens (and I’m picky), but this one just...well, fell flat might be the best description. The characters felt stilted, the scenes rushed, the plot too broad and too convoluted to make for the usual upbeat narrative flow and character develop typical of the earlier novels in the series. It’s like it tried to bring EVERYTHING together, and all our favorite characters get at least a token appearance, but it tried too hard...I think a more focused story might have been better for me. As always, Kobna Holbrook-Smith’s narration is fantastic, though, and this book is still better than much of the stuff out there. I wish it could have continued the trajectory of awesomeness provided by the first 6 books, but if you’re a fan of the series, I guess the only choice is to plow ahead and hope the next novel lives up to the high expectations....

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Slow but picks up

The story starts slow but picks up and several loose ends are tied up in this one. It feels like it could be the end of the series.

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Why do men have to settle for this traditional ending? Otherwise a quite satisfying story. Hope this isn't the end of the line here , although I understand if the author is tired of it. The cast of characters and setting are quite enjoyable for escaping the reality of our dysfunctional world. If it continues only in the graphic novel form it will be leaving out those of us trying to read on a small screen and not satisfied with the brevity of that form.

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