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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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    KDM 03-29-17
    KDM 03-29-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Fun"

    Great story, great narration. Just a good escape for me! Looking forward to the rest of the series.

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    Andrea 03-24-17
    Andrea 03-24-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Fun"

    I really enjoyed this story and the narrator was great. Very good at accents and didn't use falsetto for the female characters. Not a super intellectual or life changing book but definitely a fun romp in an alternate reality. I would recommend this book for anyone looking for something light, fun, and easy to listen to on your commute or other travels.

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    Susan 03-11-17
    Susan 03-11-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Finally! A series as well done as Dresden!!"
    Would you listen to Midnight Riot again? Why?

    Yes. This is top shelf and worth a second listen.


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

    Peter meets his mentor, Nightingale, while standing outside a gay club looking for a ghost.


    Which character – as performed by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith – was your favorite?

    I really enjoyed the easy banter and interaction between Peter and Lesley. She is very down to earth and not a prissy character.


    Any additional comments?

    The characters are well filled out. I enjoyed the off hand humor and light sarcastic nature of the main character. You tend to miss things in your first listen. This series will be an enjoyable second listen. Credits very well spent. Halfway through the first book, I bought the entire series. I know quality when I hear it. The narrator took a good story and brought it to life. Good job!

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    Woo! Woo! 03-11-17
    Woo! Woo! 03-11-17
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    "A police procedural with magic!"

    This has quickly become one of my favorite series. It is a nice blending of a police procedural with modern fantasy. It has a likable central character and an interesting magic system. Holdbrook-Smith is an excellent narrator. For non-British listeners, the setting of the London Met, the various accents, and the race/class issues are made much more enjoyable by Holdbrook-Smith. I would never have the richness of experience he gives the books because aside from Cockney and Posh, I would never be able to read in the nuanced accents he gives the various characters.

    I have already burned through the first six, and am eagerly awaiting the next book in the series.

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    Jenny Wren 03-08-17
    Jenny Wren 03-08-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic narrator."

    Audio books aren't my favorite but this narrator is exceptionally good. Will listen to more.

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    John Higgins 02-25-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Good book, interesting plot, worth a read/listen"

    interesting plot along the lines of China mievilles? Kraken, or the dresden files, but unique in its own right. well worth a listen, especially for American anglophiles.

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    sslarigo Austin, TX 02-19-17
    sslarigo Austin, TX 02-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent series!"

    I started this series based on the recommendations from Audible and I was really surprised at how good it is. It's been a real treat. I read the first one and promptly bought the second. By the end of the second book I bought all available in the series. Totally worth it!

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    Claire Plunkett Ringoes, NJ 01-27-17
    Claire Plunkett Ringoes, NJ 01-27-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Harry Potter for adults"

    I was recommended this book by my own mother! I thought it was as crime novel set in London..which is it, but what I hadn't appreciated was the whole magical side of it all!!
    It's like Harry Potter for adults and what is more surprising is that I am not a huge HP fan, but I totally loved this book!
    the narrator is spectacular (he sounds like my brother too which is fun) and the characters are all totally 3D.
    I couldn't wait to get in the car each day.
    I'm still also chuckling over "this is Molly, she does for us"

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    James Dotson 01-24-17
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    "A phenomenal reader for a fantastic book"

    I've never been to London, but that's OK because Aaronovitch does such a great job describing the city and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith does such an amazing job voicing the various groups who occupy the city that the listener needn't have visited to get the feel.

    The story is a solid mix of modern fantasy investigatory style, a la Dresden Files, with a great by the book police procedural. It wears the setting like a warm much loved jumper and is chock full of dry British wit, Jazz references, and a wealth of knowledge about the architecture of the city.

    The plot moves quickly, the action is well balanced, and the mystery is built up nicely to culminate in an exciting finale. I enjoyed all aspects of the writing here and was not disappointed by the following books.

    As for the narration - holy crap, folks, this guy is perfect. His mastery of the various London and surrounding dialects and accents is (to my untrained American ears) perfect. His dry delivery fits the text. His characterization of Peter (the young mixed race police officer) fits so well that I cannot imagine anyone else playing him. And yet, he's able to do the posh Nightingale without trouble (reminded me positively of Bill Nighy). He is also quite skilled with female characters, providing a wholly different characterization in Peter's partner Leslie.

    And the voice he uses for the supernatural bad guy is chilling and evil and so different from anything I've heard before.

    At times you forget there is only the one reader. He does such a perfect job filling the characters with life and energy and individuality.

    I can't recommend this series enough. Especially if you liked Dresden Files or Iron Druid or London or Books or being a conscious individual capable of experiencing fiction.

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    Patron-of-art 01-24-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great start to a promising new series."

    I pick up this book on Audible in some deal they had and dismissed it for about three years. I I needed a pallet changer from when I was listening to so I decided to go ahead and give this a listen. Boy am I glad I did terrific characters great narrator and good pacing throughout this very original story. I look forward to exploring this universe very soon.

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