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Whispers Under Ground

By: Ben Aaronovitch
Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
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Editorial reviews

Whispers Under Ground, book 3 in the best-selling PC Peter Grant series by Ben Aaronovitch and narrated by English actor Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, is a laugh-out-loud modern mystery crime detective audiobook, complete and unabridged. London is not as it seems - with evil gods and goddesses of the Thames, dark magic lurking in the tube system and monsters hiding in the shadows, it is up to wizard and PC Peter Grant to maintain order. PC Grant must use his cunning detective skills to track down a killer in Soho. But it’s a dangerous task when there’s no one to call for backup. Available now from Audible.

Publisher's summary

Doctor Who Screenwriter Ben Aaronovitch's superbly entertaining supernatural crime series has, with its witty one-liners and wonderfully erudite take on London, won a legion of fans in double quick time.

Peter Grant is learning magic fast. And it's just as well - he's already had run-ins with the deadly supernatural children of the Thames and a terrifying killer in Soho. Progression in the Police Force is less easy. Especially when you work in a department of two. A department that doesn't even officially exist. A department that if you did describe it to most people would get you laughed at. And then there's his love life. The last person he fell for ended up seriously dead. It wasn't his fault, but still.

Now something horrible is happening in the labyrinth of tunnels that make up the tube system that honeycombs the ancient foundations of London. And delays on the Northern line is the very least of it. Time to call in the Met's Economic and Specialist Crime Unit 9, aka 'The Folly'. Time to call in PC Peter Grant, Britain's Last Wizard.

Read by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith.

©2012 Ben Aaronovitch (P)2012 Orion Publishing Group

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great listen

Have read the first two books, so enjoyed the story. And the readers voice and overall performance was great! A great story about magic and police work.

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A Compelling listen

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

Yes, interesting plot and well narrated

What other book might you compare Whispers Under Ground to and why?

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

His british accent places the book squarely in London

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A good laugh, plus adventure

My favourite of this series so far. Good story and funny. I love being reminded of all the places I knew around London. The narrator did a fantastic job with all the characters voices in this book.

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the narrator is excellent

what kobna can do with his voice is admirable and the book itself was amazing

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Ripping good fun

Would you listen to Whispers Under Ground again? Why?

Yes, again and again and again. The book is so much fun and the narration by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is exceptional.

What other book might you compare Whispers Under Ground to and why?

If you're a fan of the Iron Druid books you certainly wont go wrong here. A step above Dresden.

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

Absolutely, I had to force myself to stop so I could get some sleep or stop driving around. Highly addictive listening.

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Urban fantasy and mystery rolled in to one brilliant package and presented with the utmost finesse.

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Great

Now we are really getting started, it just gets better and better.
Can't stop listening and are jumping into the next right away.

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Aaronovitch, you've done it again!

a very fun read that's fantastically narrated. though not as deep a mystery as expected.

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Already purchased book 4, 5 & 6

Can not get enough of this series. Highly recommend to anyone. The narration is excellent and I have been caught laughing out loud on the train numerous times

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Another great book in this fantastic series

loved this book as full of adventure. the character development is delightful . I have recommended this series to my friends.

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Kobna Holdbrook-Smith - BRILLIANT!!

What did you love best about Whispers Under Ground?

The story was made that much better by Kobna's narrative

Who was your favorite character and why?

The characters came to life in each book because of the excellent stories and the fantastic narrator

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

I'm sad because I have to wait until June for the next audiobook in this series

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Kobna's Holdbrook-Smith!

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