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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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  • Alia
    2/8/16
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    "Gaiman with a grip on reality..."

    ...well the descriptions of police work anyway! Unlike a few reviewers I loved the narrator. Absolutely perfect for the role and brought the characters to life. And there are a lot of characters...!

    I admit I got a bit lost and usually for the fantasy fiction genre (as I would bracket this) I can follow the threads pretty well. RoL was compelling listening but I am going to have to give it a second go as I missed some of the subtle story hooks.

    I do know it's a great book though, with clever detailing and splicing magic, fantasy and grim death with wit and healthy dose of cynicism. Looking forward to the next Peter Grant instalments.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • keithv-max
    2/7/16
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    "excellent story fabulously read."

    brilliantly read, wonderful as a Londoner to hear all the locations and Londoner behaviour described so well. really pacy story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Freddiesmum
    manchester england
    2/6/16
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    "excellent!"
    What did you like most about Rivers of London?

    refreshing storyline lots going on unexpected magical beings


    Any additional comments?

    Really enjoyed this and have already purchased the next 2 in the series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew
    1/26/16
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    "Very Good"

    Was recommended this by a friend. Very enjoyable and a good start to what I hope will be a great series.

    The mystery is a little underwhelming if I'm honest but it does a good enough job. the introduction of all the cast is handled very well and they all feel rather fleshed out and real.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alathia
    1/23/16
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    "*shrugs*"

    This is a bit controversial but honestly this just didn't entertain me. It wasn't that there was anything in it specifically bad, it's just neither the plot nor the characters really grabbed me. This even though I live and work in London. I mostly made myself listen all the way to the end because the book is SO loved by SO many. I just kept thinking I would hit the good, well the apparently great bit. Unfortunaly I just didn't. The hype just makes my disappointment greater.

    Maybe I just don't like urban fantasy.

    The narrator however was really really great. Well done him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Teresa Cooper
    1/23/16
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    "A supernatural who done it."

    A good start to a new, to me, series revolving around sorcery and the police. A strong main character who is discovering his potential with the aid, or hindrance, of characters he meets on the way, some of whom may be regulars to the series. I would recommend a listen to this story and go from there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • C
    1/20/16
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    "Next big block buster trilogy"

    Recommended by my work colleague Caroline .
    We both travel a lot and listen to a lot of books .
    I love the whole premise of the book, so well thought out .
    I spend a lot of time in London and see the places in the book all the time .
    MOVE OVER HARRY POTTER

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • SpoiltDiva
    Southampton, United Kingdom
    1/15/16
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    "Brilliant!"
    Would you listen to Rivers of London again? Why?

    Yes! It's very well read and written. There is so many wonderful historical or police procedural tidbits thrown in I'm sure I've missed something, so will be well worth more listens.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Beverley Brook. LOVED HER! She was funny and straight up, feisty and up for a bit of fun and adventure. The narrator's reading of her was also spot on.


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

    No, this was a first and he was brilliant. I'm definitely a fan now.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    What you don't know can still hurt you...Welcome to London.


    Any additional comments?

    Kobna Holdbrook-Smith's performance is fantastic. Each character is clear and consistent and he changes through the voices seamlessly. As mentioned Beverley was a favourite, but Mama Thames, DCI Seawoll, Oxley and especially DCI Nightingale are a joy to hear also. I was also quite impressed with his female Aussie nurse. Looking forward to the rest and have already started on the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alicja
    1/8/16
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    "Good listen"

    Entertaining, well read, I want more.
    I was recommended this book after I gave my friend "American Gods" by Neil Gaiman. She was not wrong. I loved it.
    It's not a deep philosophical story but a good spare time read that captures you and you stay awake reading it overnight before you even realise that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • L
    1/5/16
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    "Fantastic"

    I really enjoyed this book. The characters were well thought out and equally well written. The story was quirky, enjoyable and full of great lines that had me laughing. Will definitely be getting the next book in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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