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Rivers of London Audiobook

Rivers of London: PC Peter Grant, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

My name is Peter Grant and until January I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit - we do paperwork so real coppers don't have to - and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly valuable, and that brought me to the attention of Inspector Nightingale, the last wizard in England. Now I'm a Detective Constable and a trainee wizard, the first apprentice in fifty years, and my world has become somewhat more complicated: nests of vampires in Purley, negotiating a truce between the warring god and goddess of the Thames, and digging up graves in Covent Garden... and there's something festering at the heart of the city I love, a malicious vengeful spirit that takes ordinary Londoners and twists them into grotesque mannequins to act out its drama of violence and despair. The spirit of riot and rebellion has awakened in the city, and it's falling to me to bring order out of chaos - or die trying.

©2011 Ben Aaronovitch (P)2011 Orion Publishing Group Limited

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    A.E 11-29-16
    A.E 11-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "The soul of London"

    You miss the city, enjoy history, suspense and well constructed characters? Then this is for you...

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    luke 09-09-16
    luke 09-09-16
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    "Feels like the author squeezed it into the Genre."
    Would you try another book from Ben Aaronovitch and/or Kobna Holdbrook-Smith?

    Only in a true moment of bored weakness--the reader was great though.


    What could Ben Aaronovitch have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The book's heart is simply not in the fantasy genre....that said... I am not sure where it is.


    What about Kobna Holdbrook-Smith’s performance did you like?

    Very good overall.. nothing specific though.


    Did Rivers of London inspire you to do anything?

    Not read the next one... not trust 5 star, 5 star, 5 star reviewers.... Who are those people?


    Any additional comments?

    Let me point out that the writer CAN write, but does not seem to fit this area, almost seems to have jumped into urban fantasy for convenience's sake? Also...I simply did not care about the characters by the end of the book... an absolute must!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Clara R. Arechiga México D.F. 08-10-16
    Clara R. Arechiga México D.F. 08-10-16 Member Since 2015

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    "So funny, scary and cheeky"

    I had read the book and loved it. but the reading fleshed out the characters, gave them a body, a voice, an accent. This is a really fun series. And at some moment a very ancient, evil spirit starts ranting against inmigrants, welfare, England going to the dogs because of poor people... some things never change. Delicious.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    B. Gaskell-Denvil MELBOURNE, VIC Australia 01-18-16
    B. Gaskell-Denvil MELBOURNE, VIC Australia 01-18-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Delicious follt"
    What did you love best about Rivers of London?

    Although not what I would normally expect from a fantasy novel in general, this book is a brilliant and deliciously different fantasy-folly. It introduces us to a young London copper who discovers he has magical powers. Shortly after this, the reader realises that he is by no means alone. The London police force is evidently riddled with wizards, and it’s just as well. They have a lot to contend with. London has become a boiling turmoil of incredible violence and bloodshed (what’s new?). From visiting the spirits of the Thames, we follow the quick eradication of a few errant vampires, discover a few lost rivers barely heard of since the medieval, and a whole lot more. The plot weaves, interweaves and generally confuses us with continuous unexpected twists and turns. This is intensely clever and, as far as my past reading is concerned, unique.
    Above all, the humour is completely adorable. I confess that there were moments when the whimsy wais so unrelenting that I needed a rest to put my brain back into focus – but I am not complaining. I soon missed my fix and returned to the magical city.
    The plot itself is actually nonsense but that doesn’t matter either. Though goodness knows if anyone not accustomed to life, habits, slang and the basic language of modern Londoners would actually understand half of it.
    And so to Londoners and anyone else with a spirit of literary adventure, I strongly recommend this as a few days of complete enjoyment, endless smiles and frequent laughs out loud. Even the constant and outstanding brutality remains good humoured. Now – that’s clever!
    I bought the audio edition and having listened to a great stream of other audio books, this is most definitely the first one where I have fallen in love with the narrator! Brilliantly read with just the right touches, accents and inferences. A perfect narration and beautifully apt for the book itself.
    Quite a joy in all aspects.


    Would you recommend Rivers of London to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, see my review. Pure unchallenging entertainment


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan 03-15-15
    Susan 03-15-15
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    "Get to know London & Magic"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Listen to this now! Meet Peter Grant and modern London have a hidden side


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    the plot is clear enough, but the relationships between the main players makes this feel cohesive


    What about Kobna Holdbrook-Smith’s performance did you like?

    Kobna Holbrook-Smith is a genius. I have sought out other books where he is the narrator. Great range and humour


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

    I purposely limited my reading, didn't want to get to the end


    Any additional comments?

    Love the whole series

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  • Michelle
    Watford, United Kingdom
    7/3/12
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    "Refreshing"

    I bought this book on a whim, liking the sound of the blurb describing it. I wasn't sure what I'd get, but I loved it.

    It is very silly, in an adult kind of way; think Dr Who crossed with Harry Potter, but written for grown-ups and with a lot of one-liners. I would've rated it as 5*, but for the narrator. He is very breathy, which was bad enough, but his timing was also terrible in places.

    If you're expecting a serious detective story, you'll be sorely disappointed; go into it expecting to be entertained in a light, unusual way with inexplicable characters and a rather clever plot, and you'll love it.

    20 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Beccameriel
    London, United Kingdom
    6/26/13
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    "Proper London magic. My perfect book!"

    My love for this series knows no bounds. Sorry for the hypebole but this is basically my perfect series of books. It pushes all my buttons: London, the Thames, Mr Punch, Newton. There is literally nothing here that I don't love.

    The mythic resonance of London is central to the stories and the system of magic is a great invention. I do enjoy the fact that it's geographically accurate too (sorry, but this is important to me - when Peter is chasing something, I know I can follow his footsteps precisely).

    I spend a lot of time mentally casting this - far too much time......

    Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is the perfect reader. He gets all the accents spot on and has a naturally charming tone which makes Peter Grant inherently loveable (to me anyway)

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • P. J. Williams
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    8/5/11
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    "Enjoyable and fresh"

    I really enjoyed this relaxed but entertaining take on the "modern magic" story, sufficiently self aware to tread carefully away from Harry Potter territory. Its a good enough story to stand out on its own but I was pleased to find more to come.

    The plotlines are well worked and the characters really well defined by Kobna Holdbrook Smiths narration.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. A. Garlick
    South Yorkshire, UK
    7/29/11
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    "Great book, perfect narrator"

    Loved this book, Funny, clever, intriguing - all you want from a mash up of a grown up Harry Potter and The Bill. I wouldn't normally have chosen this but due to the excellent reviews I thought I'd give it a try and i'm glad I did.

    Also, as mentioned (by practically everyone!) the narrator is perfect - the dead pan tone could not be better suited to the author. Lets hope these two keep together for this series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Kristin
    Pewsey, United Kingdom
    5/13/11
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    "A brilliant, funny, enagaging tale"

    I loved both the mystery and the sarcasm of this book, and its well paced for an audiobook. The reader too was excellent, both expressive and a pleasant listen.

    Please get him to read the authors second book fast, I need to hear it! :)

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    Cork, Ireland
    6/4/11
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    "A Classic"

    I will never look at Covent Garden in the same light again!! Audible please release more of this series. Deserves to be a classic . Very well read. Am now hooked on this author.

    18 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • Julie
    Westcliff, Essex, United Kingdom
    4/17/15
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    "Mixed feelings"
    Would you try another book written by Ben Aaronovitch or narrated by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith?

    Would listen to Kobna Holdbrook-Smith all day long and he is a perfect match for this book.

    I love Ben Aaronovitch's writing voice - it is really different and I would love to hear more like it BUT as normal detective novels rather than the supernatural like this one.


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I often thought about giving up on the book but the narration and writing style kept me going because both are fantastic.

    The supernatural theme jarred for me though.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mini
    Henley-On-Thames
    11/7/14
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    "Put this to top of your wishlist!"

    Put this to the top of your wishlist, or better still, download it and listen! Many books I've listened to take a bit of "getting into", but this one draws you in within minutes! Didn't know what to expect, but the very high rating and reviews let me to be curious enough to "give it a go".

    Always 'hunting' for good books, and this certainly is. Mixing detective story (which I don't normall listen to) with some magic. It's a great combination and the characters are well thought out. The narration is superb, great fit with the book! So, can't recommend enough, you'll be downloading Book 2 before you know it!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • boosmummy
    Yorkshire, UK
    4/3/14
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    "Wonderful Book"
    Any additional comments?

    I got this after reading some good reviews and a friend recommending it. Have to say I'm grateful as I loved it, hated having to remove my earphones when the kids came home. The story is set in modern Britain with the added bonus of magic, the plot moves along wonderfully and the central characters aren't perfect but 'real' which helps a lot. I'll definitely be getting more of the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Debbie
    Hitchin, United Kingdom
    6/20/13
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    "Loving the way London was portrayed"

    I loved this quirky novel. I lived in London for years and I loved the way the supernaturals WERE London. The mystery was interesting and kept me gripped but by far the characters were the most special thing about the novel. Considering this is a sci-fi novel and they felt like they had realism and depth. It had a feeling that it was similar to Dr. Who but instead of time travel and aliens there is humans with special powers. I look forward reading more in the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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