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Ghost hunter, fox whisperer, troublemaker.

It is the summer of 2013, and Abigail Kamara has been left to her own devices. This might, by those who know her, be considered a mistake. While her cousin, police constable and apprentice wizard Peter Grant, is off in the sticks chasing unicorns, Abigail is chasing her own mystery. Teenagers around Hampstead Heath have been going missing, but before the police can get fully engaged, the teens return home - unharmed but vague about where they've been.

Aided only by her new friend, Simon, her knowledge that magic is real, and a posse of talking foxes that think they're spies, Abigail must venture into the wilds of Hampstead to discover who is luring the teenagers and more importantly - why?

©2021 Ben Aaronovitch (P)2021 Tantor

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Very enjoyable

Another excellent Rivers of London adventure. This time it's Abigail investigating the mystery. I read the novella when it was released a few months ago and I have to say the narration makes for a much more enjoyable story...for me, anyway.

Abigail's dialog has a lot of slang in it. Not being a teenager or from London reading it left me puzzling out a lot of things, but Shvorne Marks' excellent narration makes it fairly obvious what she's saying. I was surprised how much I missed, now being very aware of the subtleties going on between the characters. The inflection and emphasis added to Abigail's words had me grinning too, getting her sarcasm, or jealousy, or poignancy. Her wittily accurate assessment of people (filtered through a teenager's perspective) had all the characters stepping off the page. There's also footnotes by Harold Postmartin for her more cryptic phrases. In the book I found it a bit distracting to back fit his explanations into what just happened. Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, though, voices him perfectly, with his usual linguistic enthusiasm and delight at the changes being wrought on the language. Now I was enjoying his contributions and best of all, understanding the implications.

All in all the narration enhanced What Abigail Did That Summer immensely. I found the mystery much easier to follow, along with all the supernatural happenings, beings, creatures and time shifts that populate the story. You get to learn more about the talking foxes as well as the depth of Abigail's character. Clever, intelligent, gaming the system, manipulating numerous situations to her advantage and dealing with unusual circumstances with poise and aplomb - at thirteen. (Peter's right to feel threatened she'll surpass him.) Start to finish it was an entertaining, vivid adventure. Well worth the listen.

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Very good book.

I wasn't sure if I would enjoy this book. Not sure why, but I did, very much. Shvorne Mark's was really great. I love these characters because they are brought to life by Shvorne and Kobna. I even liked the foxes. At first I didn't think I would. I've really enjoyed this whole series. Please keep it going.

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Loved It

I love the River of London books. The characters are people you would like to meet. The narration is always top drawer.

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Ben Aaronovitch and Shvome Marks Smash it

This was wonderful. The story is complex and intriguing, the performance of the readers is spot on. Ben Aaronovitch has become one of the great authors of our time. Shvome Marks' performance is perfect, far as I am concerned. Well Done both of you! (and of course Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is as superb as ever). Thank you Audible.

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Abigail is the Best

A new storyline from the master. It just keeps getting better and better with more sensitivity to the diversity issues in the UK. Excellent listen!

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Glorious

What could be better than a Novella featuring a twelve-year-old girl and her talking fox friends? Well, maybe another full on novel featuring Peter and Nightingale, but until that comes along this will suffice. This is not a cutesy story, but a meat and potatoes magical fantasy. Perfect narration. I will be recommending this to all my middle school librarian friends.

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Rounding out a fascinating character

Abigail gets a fuller backstory and an adventure of her own.

I thoroughly enjoyed this novella, look forward to more involvement of Abigail.

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had 2 read twice

At first go I only finished the book because I love the others so much. then I read the reviews and had a second go. It is still not on my top for the series but it's better than ok. I enjoyed the interpretive intersections.

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Kobna the quiet

Loved the story and Shvorne's performance. My only issue is while listening to the story in my car, Kobna's volume was too low to hear what he was saying. Need to boost the volume balance.

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Loved Abigail

The narration of Abigail was great. I didn't like having the other narrator explaining thing s every so often because it took me out of the story and although the comments were good, the other narrator was difficult to hear and therefore jarring. If I were reading it in a book, it would have been fine. Still I loved the story and Abigail is a wonderful character.