Regular price: $15.48

Free with 30-day trial
Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month
OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

I was my dad's vinyl-wallah: I changed his records while he lounged around, and that's how I know my Argo from my Tempo. And it's why, when Dr Walid called me to the morgue to listen to a corpse, I recognized the tune it was playing. Something violently supernatural had happened to the victim, strong enough to leave its imprint like a wax cylinder recording. Cyrus Wilkinson, part-time jazz saxophonist and full-time accountant, had apparently dropped dead of a heart attack just after finishing a gig in Soho.

He wasn't the first. No one was going to let me exhume corpses to see if they were playing my tune, so it was back to old-fashioned legwork, starting in Soho, the heart of the scene. I didn't trust the lovely Simone, Cyrus' ex-lover, professional jazz kitten and as inviting as a Rubens' portrait, but I needed her help. There were monsters stalking Soho, creatures feeding off that special gift that separates the great musician from someone who can raise a decent tune, taking beauty and leaving behind sickness, failure and broken lives. And as I hunted them, my investigation got tangled up in another story: a brilliant trumpet player, Richard 'Lord' Grant - my father - who managed to destroy his own career, twice. That's the thing about policing: most of the time you're doing it to maintain public order. Occasionally you're doing it for justice. And maybe once in a career, you're doing it for revenge.

©2011 Ben Aaronovitch (P)2011 Orion Audio

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.6 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    117
  • 4 Stars
    54
  • 3 Stars
    9
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    1

Performance

  • 4.8 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    140
  • 4 Stars
    26
  • 3 Stars
    4
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    0

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    100
  • 4 Stars
    61
  • 3 Stars
    8
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    1
Sort by:
  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Even Better Than the First One

I enjoyed this even more than the first in the series, and now I'm hanging out for Book 3. I found the action a little easier to follow (maybe that's because I have got a bit better control over my iPod now... though I can't make it stop replaying the last half hour of any session whenever I switch it on!) and a lot of things from Book One suddenly made sense. Peter is an interesting character with a good deal of tolerance for the "different", though not a lot for the "ethically challenged". Back story for Nightingale, Molly and Richard "Lord" Grant slides seamlessly into the current action. Excellent work, Messers Aaronovitch and Holdbrook-Smith.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • lynn
  • ADELAIDE, Australia
  • 07-21-12

Pure Imaginative Brilliance

I came across this book/series by accident but it is a terrific listen. such wonderful imagination combining the geography of London, the mundane details of police procedure and magic. The book moves between humour, tragedy and compassion so one has little idea what is coming next. The narrator is pitch perfect accents are spot on and makes the street references of modern London speech that much more pertinent. Enthralling, looking forward to the next book and I have yet to finish this current book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Stellar performance of an enthralling book

Both this and the previous effort by Ben Aaronovitch were excellent fun books to read but were made even better by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith's narrations.
He does multiple characterisations effortlessly without sounding corny and this adds to a sense of involvement in the story which with Aaronovitch's descriptions, make you feel you are watching rather than listening.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

excellent

the voice characterisation is superb and compliments the humour, and quick wit woven through out the story... love the concept of the return of magic... I totally recommend

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Good story and performance

Started reading the Peter Grant aeries and pleasantly surprised to find an Audio book!

it is really an entertaining ride!

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

awesome series highly recommend.

this is an amazing book. and brilliantly performed by Kobna I cannot wait for the rest of the series each book opens up so many questions that I need answered.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Sandrine
  • Differdange, Luxembourg
  • 04-10-13

All that Jazz with magical whipped cream

If you’ve listened to books by Ben Aaronovitch before, how does this one compare?

I've thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the series and couldn't wait for the follow-up. It was a fun listen and I really loved the jazzy parts of it. The humor I so loved in the first book was still there but a bit dampened. The love scenes were sizzling and sassy, who would not like to spent an afternoon rolling in the hay with Peter Grant?

Was Moon Over Soho worth the listening time?

Yes, it was

Any additional comments?

Now I'm going to listen to the third one, hope it meets my expectations!

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Devoured this, can't wait for the next installment

If you could sum up Moon Over Soho in three words, what would they be?

Same but different

What other book might you compare Moon Over Soho to and why?

Rivers of London because it's the sequel, but they stand alone just as well

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

He's Peter, I can't imagine Peter sounding any other way, perfect!

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

Where the past the present the future and the impossible collide

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Mim
  • HUGHENDEN, Australia
  • 03-03-12

What to do when you finish the Dresden Files

Being an Australian resident I can't get anymore than #4 of the Dresden Files on Audible and after having 'Rivers of London' recommended by the good blokes at Pulp Fiction I discovered that book 2 of the series was available. Hooray! I love an author who can bring a city to life, now I really want to revisit London. I have been thoroughly enjoying the afternoon listening to Kobna do a mighty job with all the voices and all the accents.

Sort by:
  • Overall
  • P. J. Williams
  • 08-05-11

Very good sequel

Its books like this that make me happy to try new authors, the delight you experience when you realise there another one by "that guy who did..." doesn't occur often enough. This is the second Rivers of London novel and its as much fun as the first .

Hopefully Ben Aaronovitch will continue with this series (I suspect there are enough "story arcs" (as American TV writers like to say) left open to work with) as the characters are entertaining and enjoyable.

I hope Kobna Holdbrook Smith continues to narrate as he is now "the voice" for these books in my head.

24 of 24 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Jane
  • 07-26-11

Perfect audiobook

This comes as close to perfection in an audiobook as I think it's possible to get. The mix of wry observation about everyday policing in London combined with a clever supernatural storyline is brilliant. And the narrator is fantastic. His dry, deadpan delivery works well both for the comic one-liners and for the action sequences. In fact, I suspect that I would not enjoy this book so much on the page because it would lack Kobna Holdbrook-Smith's timing and character voicing. Great stuff.

42 of 43 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • MumsieWumsie
  • 08-10-11

Very entertaining

Having not long finished 'Rivers of London', I was delighted to see 'Moon over Soho' as an audio book. Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is a perfect narrator and the plot is entertaining and tight. A very, very enjoyable listen.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Mr. A. Garlick
  • 08-09-11

Great again

A brilliant second novel, written and read perfectly. Keep this combination up because its magic!

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Jan
  • 10-29-11

And it's as good as the first

Always a worry when you have enjoyed a first book a lot - "Can the second match it?" This does and sent me back to re-listen to Rivers of London as great detail that I missed first time round. Looking forward to listening to this again shortly.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Philip
  • 08-18-11

Fantastic, bring on the next!

I knew I shouldn't have bought this so soon after it was released, now i've got to wait ages for the next one! Needless to say it's brilliant! Great book, fantastic narration.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Fiona
  • 10-26-11

Great Sequel

I really enjoyed the first book and this sequel did not disappoint. Takes off exactly where the other left off and is ripe for another. I really hope there is more. I do love the Policing / London angle, which is the bit I thought would be least attractive to me (not liking police dramas in the least), but the Ben Aaronovitch merges magic with the everyday brilliantly.

Really great narration by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith. Every character is brought to life with their own 'voice'.

Extremely entertaining! Fingers crossed there is more coming.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Sally
  • 10-13-11

Promising follow up to Rivers of London

This series is really starting to develop. It's not perfect yet, the characters are still bedding in as we get drawn into the world of magic, but the plot is complex and thought provoking. I have no interest in jazz but still enjoyed those elements of the story.
I originally started reading this series expecting a sort of British Harry Dresden but this is very different and very British. I am looking forward to the third in the series next year.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Seppo
  • 10-16-12

Body and Soul - and all that Jazz

Excellent reader that Kobna Holbrook-Smith. Catches the spirit of the main character and the book spot on!



This second book, as the title hints, takes place in Soho. The author juggles effortlessly with multiple strands of plots from jazz to horror cabinets and the history of british practitioners.



In the first book everything was new, fresh and exciting. Often it is not easy to raise stakes and still keep it tight but Aaronovitch handles it splendidly!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Terry
  • 10-07-11

An interesting and unusual read

When I first decided to buy this book I was a little apprehensive as I usually opt for the more traditional sci fi novels. However I was really pleased.

The book is well written and the narration is great adding atmosphere to the audio book.

If you know the UK you will be happy to know that lots of different places streets etc are mentioned, this helps to build the overall picture in your mind and adds to the enjoyment.

Great Book.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Sort by:
  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Jean
  • 06-22-17

am addicted to Peter Grant

loved this 2nd book slmost as much as the first, with the characters developing and getting more hilarious, quirky and weird, wonderful narration, oh my thst voice...

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Anonymous User
  • 06-13-17

Read to perfection...

Kobna reads PC Grant to life...where the story wanes ever so slightly you can't divert from the perfect delivery. Loved the some new characters and the introduction of a 'what is sure to become' common antagonist.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-02-17

Such fun

The book is very clever and moves quickly . And the reader ? I promise you he could read the medical warning label in a Panamax box and it still would be intriguing and sexy .

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Kai1
  • 01-18-17

Pazazz, this book has. And jazz. Pazazz and jazz.

Still slightly in love with Kobna Holdbrook-smiths voice, enough to want to devour this series. Devour also being a key theme of this books storyline. But that's spoilers!

Think I preferred this to the first one, still lighthearted but a little bit more fiction than youth-fiction this time.

If you listened to the first don't even mildly hesitate to get the second.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Erin
  • 12-22-16

amazing read

like harry potter grew up to be Sherlock Holmes. his voice is amazing. 10/10 I enjoyed every bit of this book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Lucy
  • 06-05-16

❤️❤️❤️

I adore this series. Great if you love London. A joy if a witty combination of The Bill and Harry Potter appeals to you.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Nich
  • 03-05-17

Entertaining urban fantasy detective comedy

Ben Aaronovitch's writing and Kolbna Holbrook Smith's voice acting are both excellent giving a delightful second installment in the saga of Police Constable Peter Grant.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Phoebe D
  • 09-25-16

Very interesting story read in almost 1sitting

I have really enjoyed this story and am looking forward to the next story thanks

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Letteko
  • 06-06-16

Great second

Still wanted more of Lesley in this one ! Great performance ! Not so sold on the storyline but still a great read!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Patricia Collins
  • 11-16-17

Just as good as the first

This second book in the series is just as good as the first. I'm thoroughly enjoying getting to know all the characters better, and the situations they get themselves into are unpredictable and amazing. The narrator is exceptionally talented. How he manages to keep up with all the accents involved is awesome.