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Midnight Riot Audiobook

Midnight Riot: Peter Grant, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Kelly Sinclair Temple, TX USA 12-22-16
    Kelly Sinclair Temple, TX USA 12-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Good story, breathy voice"

    It's a matter of proper miking for the narrator. Holdbrook-Smith does an excellent job of narrating the story and giving distinctive voices for each character. However, his every breath is all too noticeable.
    Perhaps the producer and/or Audible can fix the problem, since the breathiness is evident on other books of the series.
    The story itself? A fine beginning to a tale that is a gritty modern London police procedural merged with Terry Pratchett's understated humor and un-wooo handling of the supernatural.
    Such a fine candidate for a TV series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    DarthVal Hickory, NC, United States 12-14-15
    DarthVal Hickory, NC, United States 12-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "High action UF with British Humor"

    I enjoyed the heck out of this book. It is a great start to what looks like it will be a well-written urban fantasy series. The only reason I gave it 4 rather than 5 stars is the the pacing occasionally dragged just the slightest. However, even during these times, the charm of the dry British humor was enough to hold my attention.

    I can't wait to hit the next installment.

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    Margaret 02-23-15
    Margaret 02-23-15
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    "An odd hybrid that didn't quite work for me."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This sounded like an interesting premise and I really thought I had stumbled upon something quite fabulous after reading the reviews but, in the end, this was simply not for me. I think the whole fantasy/police inspector hybrid was just too unbelievable as written. Aaronvitch just went too far. I thought the "I see dead people and they guide me in my job" was a great concept but then when he started mixing in mythology I think he overplayed his hand.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ben Aaronovitch again?

    Nope.


    What does Kobna Holdbrook-Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narration was actually the best part of the book.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The narrator! Sexy voice.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Bartonville, TX 01-31-15
    Susan Bartonville, TX 01-31-15 Member Since 2012

    I don't usually rush out for all the "best sellers", but give each intriguing book/author a look. I have found many diamonds in the rough.

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    "Maybe it was just me?"

    I had a hard time getting into this one or connecting with any of the characters. I kept going hoping it would get better and then I was too far in to abandon it.

    This was in the same genre with The Dresden Files and The Iron Druid Chronicles, but not even in the same ballpark. I may have been thrown off by the narration but I think it was the combination of both that and the story. Others I follow really liked it, so maybe it was just me?

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    A. Hogue Birmingham, AL 05-20-13
    A. Hogue Birmingham, AL 05-20-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Surprisingly good"

    I really like the premise and world the authors created here. I actually went on to buy the next two books immediately. Glad I did too, they seem to get better and better. One thing about this book though, and it minor, but really bugged me. The narrator sounds congested. He does lots of smacking and sighing and swallowing at weird times. It started really annoying me. BUT it's not there at all in the other two books. I seriously think he was congested. Lol. Once I got over that, I really enjoyed his voice and accents.

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    CL 05-09-13
    CL 05-09-13
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    "Good Story - ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC NARRATOR!"

    This book (and hopefully the series) is the perfect combination of sharp, smart writing and pitch-EXCELLENT narration. I've listened to a huge amount of audio books over the years and this is one that stands out as one of the best pairings I've heard. Yes- there are spots that could have lagged a bit but they were saved - no, elevated! - by R Holdbrook-Smith's execution. Oh, and did I mention how often I literally burst out laughing? Good job guys. You both now have another follower! I start book 2 tomorrow.

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    mike 04-11-13
    mike 04-11-13
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    "Decent urban fantasy debut"

    It's nice to find a competently written urban fantasy that isn't paranormal romance. Sorry, I have the wrong chromosomes to appreciate that kind of stuff.

    We get a combination of wizard apprentice story combined with police procedural. It pretty much works. The main character has a well fleshed out personality and the supporting cast are good also. Plotting is a little uneven but competent. Street level London is wonderfully diverse and ethnic. So are some of the supernatural characters. Good job.

    The narration is competent. The narrator does a mostly good job.His ethnic voices are the best part of his performance. He does tend to run his sentences in a predictable pattern with not a lot of inflection, ending on a lower note and somewhat drawing out the last syllable. It's a minor point but does draw my attention at times from the story to the narration. It's not enough to keep me from enjoying the audiobook.

    I assume that this will be the first in a series. I hope so.

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    Amazon Customer 10-03-12

    Words form the heart, sound forms the soul, intrigue forms the mind.

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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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    Cliff madison, MS, United States 09-09-13
    Cliff madison, MS, United States 09-09-13 Member Since 2016

    I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.

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    "Off to a good start."
    What did you love best about Midnight Riot?

    The elements of the UK police work that you learn about in this series. Also, the magic system is interesting and not overpowering. A good low-powered magic user that has to rely on his wits instead of raw power.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I like Mother Thames. She kind of steals the show everytime she is in a scene.


    What does Kobna Holdbrook-Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brings a real London flavor to the reading.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would like to but don't have the time.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a monster of the week book, but gets the series off to a good start. The series continuously improves and I am currently looking forward to book 4. The narrator is excellent and adds a depth to the story it might otherwise not have.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    george United States 06-01-13
    george United States 06-01-13 Member Since 2011

    I'm a technician that does a lot of driving for his job. I use the "windshield" time to listen to audiobooks.

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    "83 out of 100"

    The story isn't bad, and is occasionally funny, but the narrator is either a mouth breather, or is so out of shape that he's almost out of breath the entire book. I think if he had just slowed his reading some and not inhaled/exhaled constantly into the mic, I might have given the book 87 out of 100.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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