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Probationary constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London's Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he'll face is a paper cut. But Peter's prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter's ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, who investigates crimes involving magic and other manifestations of the uncanny.

Now, as a wave of brutal and bizarre murders engulfs the city, Peter is plunged into a world where gods and goddesses mingle with mortals and a long-dead evil is making a comeback on a rising tide of magic.

©2011 Ben Aaronvitch (P)2012 Tantor

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  • Ellenaeddy
  • Chesterton, IN, United States
  • 05-11-13

monty python silly

This is delightful. It's sort of Harry Dresden meets Monty Python and stalks Punch and Judy. The language is very witty, and that did it all for me.Occult without being nasty. Full of some real twists and turns. And very British. Really liked this.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Separated by a Common Alphabet

This is a very creative book, bearing constant proof of the author's impressive knowledge of the history and trivia of London and its surroundings. It is also a book that requires quite a dollop of suspended disbelief, being full of vampires, river spirits, revenants, police magicians, etc. The young, mixed culture constable who is learning to deal magic and deal with magical beings, is more interesting to me, in terms of his family dynamics, than his magic, but I will grant you that it is all pretty entertaining stuff.

Narration is excellent and a big plus for this download, , but at times the fast talking, mixed with the author's constant use of initialisms, which are very rarely explained, leads to a sense of failing to glean all that is going on. That can leave me feeling frustrated, to the point where I started looking forward to the book finishing up. Peter Grant is a strong, empathetic, and very likeable character, as are most of the folks in, "Midnight Riot," but I am left not knowing if I will ever try the other two books in the series. At the moment I am not even sure if I will rate this a four or a three, for the reasons mentioned, but I am sure that the things that troubled me will not bother everybody. Maybe just a listing of what all those initialisms mean, after the end of the story, might have salved my annoyance a bit. I know RIB is the Royal Institute of the Blind, but is UCH the University of Cambridge Hospital? These are only two...there are many more, oh so many more. Yes, I am sure it is all part of necessarily quick and clipped cop-speak, but it can rankle.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Hogwarts Meets Agatha Christie

These books are great! I've listened or read all of the Peter Grant series and can't wait for the next book to come out. They have humor, mystery, and magic all rolled up into one and the narrator does an excellent job of bringing the characters to life. I would highly recommend this series to anyone particularly fans of Torchwood, Doctor Who, and Sherlock.

6 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • donna
  • Amarillo, TX, United States
  • 10-31-15

Investigator /Apprentice Wizard

I guess this could be Harry Potter for adults with an apprenticeship instead of Hogwarts. It's funny because the cover looks anything but that. I liked it pretty well but I admit to being lost about all the where's, why's and who's . It got really confusing for me at times and it is hard to look back in an audio book so it may have been my fault more than the book. It was entertaining but fairly grisly ( I mean it is not every book a mans dick is bit off by a woman's ?????vagina!!).
Also if you don't like a British narrator who breathes swallows and makes other assorted noises loudly, this book is not for you. At first I was Oh No! but I did get used to it and even liked him by the end. Again, think Harry Potter for adults He did great voices, he is just a heavy breather!

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  • John
  • NJ, United States
  • 11-18-14

Good start, but lost me

This book had some really, really funny lines. Early on i thought i'd found a great mix of comedy, seriousness and a bit of mysticism. But instead, it went overboard (for me) with the other-wordly stuff, and just kind of lost me. I'm disappointed because, as i said, there were parts i really enjoyed. I'm just not into the fantasy world stuff, so it needs to be in smaller doses for me. Oh well, won't be continuing...

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Don't Lose this book in your library

Definitely do not make the mistake I did and lose track of this book in your library. It is a fine piece of modern literature. Now if you are not a Brit, you may not relate entirely to the story and its humor, but you can be forgiven that weakness and still find it a very entertaining time spent.
Kobna Holdbrook-Smythe is a talented young British actor who has brought his skill to narrating Aaronovitch's books in a big way.
So take an extremely well written piece of fiction and put it in the hands of an extremely talented artist, and you have a guaranteed 10 hours of entertainment.
Buy it and love it and expect it to addict you to the pair and be happy there are half a dozen books by the same pair.

7 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • 2Ponds
  • Somerset, CA United States
  • 05-30-13

Darned near 4 stars!

I wish I could give this 3 1/2 stars, because it's better than 3 stars, not quite compelling enough for the 4 stars---I reserve the 4 stars for books that i just HAVE to get back to. Somewhat cooky and off beat, it's a fresh approach to supernatural. Our hero is a bit distracted, but that's by design and his asides make me guffaw from time to time. Overall, worth the listen. If you enjoy bedtime stories and fanciful tales of ghosts, and other ethereal beings, you'll enjoy this.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Pratchett meets Rowling in modern London.

If you could sum up Midnight Riot in three words, what would they be?

What a Hoot!

What did you like best about this story?

The digs at English entertainment, literature, politics and wizardry in general was such a refreshing look at urban fantasy in real world time. It was well written, sublte where it needed to be, the prose was excellent.

Which scene was your favorite?

There were several. When Peter meets Goddess Thames. Some interesting dialogue and visuals.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Your not in Hogwarts Anymore!

Any additional comments?

The narrator did an excellent job of bringing Peter to life. I can't imagine anyone else doing him now. While the stroy was dark in some places, the commentary on mondern england and its culture was wonderful. Peter is a somewhat "distracted", open and on-target character. I look forward to more!

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Sherry
  • Oceanside, CA. United States
  • 05-02-13

Loved it!

It has everything; mystery, magic, humor, fascinating characters, and London! What more do you need? Narrator was a little "breathy" but accents were awesome. Can't wait for more.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Not the tame London you're used to...

Where does Midnight Riot rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of my favorite series on Audible - the writing is fast and furious, the narration is spot on, and the plot sinks its hooks in and never lets go... Add funny, relatable, flawed characters that are brought to life in the narration... and it's no wonder why this is one of my go-to books. An excellent start to a new series!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Midnight Riot?

The most memorable moment for me was the scene at the end where the villain confronts our hero, who is faced with an impossible choice. The madness in the narrators voice was chilling and made the scene.

Have you listened to any of Kobna Holdbrook-Smith’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have listened to the rest of this series, also voiced by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, and the quality of the narration is consistently excellent.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The humor of the main character and his companion often made me snort or chuckle, and even gave me a few full on belly laughs. As the story progressed, I also gasped and groaned... I was fully involved in the storytelling and the moment, right along with the characters.

Any additional comments?

I would definitely recommend this series to anyone who likes detective novels OR who likes the supernatural world... If you like both of those things, then you should get this book! And yes, I have already recommended it to most of my friends too.