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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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  • MADmum
    8/2/15
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    "A crime/fantasy mash up"

    Thoroughly enjoyable listen. Laugh out loud moments and a tantalising intricate plot. You won't want to put it down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • tomcoolio
    8/1/15
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    "Interesting performance and great writing"

    A really different performance here, it fell totally authentically London which took me by surprise. I think this may have been Kobna's first audiobook as sometimes the differentials between characters could get a little confusing but in the main he was great and really sounds like a copper on the beat in his narration style.
    Fantastic plot line and for any native Londoners a really great game is to see if you recognise the street names in Covent Garden, I did for all most all!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Janice
    Cape Town, South Africa
    8/1/15
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    "Some innovative ideas but sometimes derivative?"

    By the time I was a few chapters into this book I began to realise that it was meant for young adults - the kind of readers who enjoy vampire and zombie books. I continued to listen, however, and quite enjoyed it overall. The naive young policeman-turned-wizard was a sympathetic character and the other characters through which he told the story were unusual and well-drawn. I was often reminded of Harry Potter type of character in his early twenties, and Kate Griffin's Madness of Angels series, also young adult level books. The descriptions of the streets (and rivers) of London would have been more meaningful to someone who has spent more than just a fleeting visit in that city but the action was clearly described and the pace was brisk. The descriptions of some of the pretty gruesome scenes gave pause to this listener, but generally it was a light, enjoyable read with a good plot, some twists along the way and a satisfying ending. The light, ironic tone of the main character was definitely and plus, as he didn't take himself or his world too seriously.
    The reader was superb, using many differing accents and tones to convey the different characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Katherine
    New Malden, United Kingdom
    7/23/15
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    "Good but not up to the hype"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This was a good book and I did de joy some parts, but the tone of the whole book was quite odd. The narater read the whole thing in something close to a lazy monotone, which is supposed to mirror the main characters approach to all these situations, but it made it quite hard to follow.

    I had heard a lot of very good things about this book, and had many recommendations to read it, but it might be better to read it yourself than to get this audiobook.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • clanz
    Northern Ireland
    7/22/15
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    "Interesting and Original"

    This isn't a bad book, I enjoyed the readers performance and it is certainly an original concept and an interesting story. However I would have liked more explanation around the source of the magic and the rules of that world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • D. A. Adam
    Johannesburg, South Africa
    7/22/15
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    "What a treasure!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    This story is a wonderful mixture of fantasy, crime procedural and history. The history and geography of the Thames was fascinating. The narration is spot on and PC Grant's first person narration leaps from the page and into your earphones. At times I had to remind myself this was just a story. Looking forward to listening to more of Peter's adventures.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • C D Hall
    7/22/15
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    "Great Great listen"

    Great Great listen, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith reads this story brilliantly.
    This is a great story with fantastic characters, and is so different to anything you have read before, just when you think you might know where the story is going, it takes you some where else, brilliantly. Can't wait to start Moon over Soho

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Katrin Loehr
    7/21/15
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    "Was completely sucked in"
    Where does Rivers of London rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is for sure at the top of my audio book likes.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love 'Nightingale'. There is something about his character that makes me smile. Peter Grants aloofness is also quite endearing.


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

    Beverly brook is a lot of fun. Holbrook-Smith makes her come to life brilliantly. He made me picture her so easily.


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

    Harry Potter as a Detective for Adults


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't know what to expect when I started on the 1st book, it seemd too fantastical for me. I now have to admit that I am a big fan, and can't wait for the next release. I have even recommended it to friends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kate
    7/21/15
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    "Magic London!"
    If you could sum up Rivers of London in three words, what would they be?

    London
    Magic
    Crime


    What other book might you compare Rivers of London to, and why?

    Incomparable!


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

    PC Peter Grant


    Any additional comments?

    This is a gripping story set in London which has the elements of a crime thriller, but is funny, fast-paced, peopled with great characters, and has magic thrown in. It makes use of the city as a character which, as a Londoner, I loved. Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is a great narrator and brings all the characters to life so well that you really can see the different people.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elaine Wood
    Leeds, West Yorkshire United Kingdom
    7/20/15
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    "Pleasantly surprised"
    If you could sum up Rivers of London in three words, what would they be?

    Magic Crime London


    What did you like best about this story?

    I did not expect to like this book as it had been so raved about, usually by mung bean sprouting, Waitrose shopping, Yummy Mummies, but I loved it!


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

    Not heard any other books read by him, other than in this series


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I think a few parts made me snigger. I didn't cry


    Any additional comments?

    Just about to download book number 5 of this series, so you know my review is true.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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