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Publisher's Summary

My name is Peter Grant, and I am a keeper of the secret flame - whatever that is.

Truth be told, there's a lot I still don't know. My superior Nightingale, previously the last of England's wizardly governmental force, is trying to teach me proper schooling for a magician's apprentice. But even he doesn't have all the answers. Mostly I'm just a constable sworn to enforce the Queen’s Peace, with the occasional help from some unusual friends and a well-placed fire blast. With the new year, I have three main objectives, a) pass the detective exam so I can officially become a DC, b) work out what the hell my relationship with Lesley Mai, an old friend from the force and now fellow apprentice, is supposed to be, and most importantly, c) get through the year without destroying a major landmark.

Two out of three isn’t bad, right?

A mutilated body in Crawley means another murderer is on the loose. The prime suspect is one Robert Weil, who may either be a common serial killer or an associate of the twisted magician known as the Faceless Man - a man whose previous encounters I've barely survived. I've also got a case about a town planner going under a tube train and another about a stolen grimoire.

But then I get word of something very odd happening in Elephant and Castle, on a housing estate designed by a nutter, built by charlatans, and inhabited by the truly desperate. If there's a connection to the Crawley case, I'll be entering some tricky waters of juristiction with the local river spirits. We have a prickly history, to say the least.

Just the typical day for a magician constable.

©2014 Ben Aaronovitch (P)2014 Penguin Audio

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Another good one

Just wanted to say that the narrators voice seemed more hoarse and scratchy for this title and I enjoyed it a bit less than the previous books.

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I'm addicted to this guy

I loved this book, and couldn't stop listening. This series, and the extremely good reader, has me. firmly. I can't wait for the next addition.

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  • Mark
  • Bettendorf, IA, United States
  • 03-30-16

I LOVE this series!

Since the last two books have been released, I decided to start the series over & I absolutely love this series, and especially the characters. Inalways hate when an author ends a book on a cliffhanger, but Mr Aaronovitch can be forgiven now that the other books are available. And Kobna Holdbrook-Smith does an absolutely phenomenal as narrator, endowing each character with such a distinct voice - including female leads, which not all narrators can manage!

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Magical police procedural

The rivers of London series combines magical whimsy with London scenery and police mysteries. The narrator is one of the most engaging and imaginative I have ever heard. You will love it.

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  • Matthew
  • Little Rock, AR, United States
  • 01-19-16

A Continued Fresh Series

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This series just keeps getting better.<br/><br/>I don't know what it is, but somehow Aaronovitch is just able to keep each book fresh and different from all other books. Every book so far has been unique and full of charm, all the while building on its predecessors. Each book stands alone but is part of a larger narrative, but unlike most series, the overall narrative is on the back burner and the book is more about its individual story. In addition to the content improving, the books overall improve with flow and overall enjoyment factor.<br/><br/>Really, you should continue this series if you have already started it, and if you haven't, start it now. It kind of does what Doctor Who does to TV, except maybe better.

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Superb story and reading

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

His accents are incredible, he absolutely fits how I would envision the character speaking. He is a treasure.

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Don't give me high school questions to answer for a "review" . I love this series, I love the reader, that is what I have to say.<br/>

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  • MGS425
  • Dawsonville, GA, United States
  • 01-14-16

Never a dull moment, lots of interesting stuff

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is a wonderful series read by a terrific reader. Kobna Holdbrook-Smith just IS Peter Grant. But then his voicing of the other characters is equally compelling. <br/>In this book, they are after The Faceless Man again and Peter and Lesley move into a 'council house' type apartment together to gather information. Zach is back and we see a bit more of the Quiet People.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Broken Homes?

I can't say because it was at the end.

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

His voice is so wide ranging. He seems to be able to do ANY accent or nationality as well as different dialects from various areas in UK.

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

Well yes, if they read fast enough; but no, it would be over too soon.

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Up for another journey?

This book, while not my favorite in his series, creates a wonderful dynamic of mystery and attachment to the characters. Can't wait to see what happens next!

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Excellent!

Love the humour, the world, the subtlety, the London culture, the characters. Read wonderfully by actor. You should start with Midnight Riot and follow the series. And you're in for a treat.

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Love the series so far

Peter is adorable but I'm shocked to find out who the faceless man recruits as his accomplice. Say it isn't so!!