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A Rare Book of Cunning Device

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Exclusive to Audio! Somewhere amongst the shadowy stacks and the many basements of the British library, something is very much amiss - and we're not talking late returns here. Is it a ghost, or something much worse? PC Peter Grant really isn't looking forward to finding out....

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  • Elisabeth Carey
  • 01/05/2017

A Peter Grant bonus short story

London PC Peter Grant gets called to the British Museum, which has a serious problem in one of its many basements. They think it's a poltergeist; something, at least, is moving things around in ways that can't be accounted for by the actions of staff and users. Grant thinks this is unlikely, because of how modern the building is, but given the ancient, rare, historical, and otherwise valuable items in the collection, can't rule it out.

And so he goes hunting through the basements. But is he hunting a ghost, a poltergeist, something else?

And has he brought the right equipment?

This is a nice little short story, an Audible exclusive, that adds to the world-building and character development of the series. It's an additional little treat if you've been reading the series, and a nice introduction to Peter Grant if you haven't been.

This story was free on Audible when I downloaded it.

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  • jason
  • 04/05/2017

Excellent as usuall, just to short, will take It.

Every audiobook in this series gets better, this was a snippet, but listening to this narrator, is about as good as they get, imho of course. I sincerely hope that he will release these little short stories in between novels, especially if we are going to have to wait any significant amount of time, again just imho.
Great story, writer and narrator. A winning trifecta

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  • Claire
  • 27/04/2017

Dangers of Librarians and Poltergeists

It's a short story so it's hard to say much without giving some of the plot away. What a fantastic taste of Peter Grant, at it again. The usual dry, irreverent humour that makes it such a excellent read with loads of laugh out loud moments. This is a short adventure with Peter and Post Martin. Even if you've never read any of the earlier books, you'll still enjoy it, and with the vocal genius of Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, you'll be hooked!

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  • Loy
  • 03/06/2017

a cunning tale

I really enjoyed this short story, in fact I purchased the first in the series and enjoyed it very much.

good stuff

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 14/05/2017

I LIKE TO LEARN FROM THE MISTAKES OF FICTIONAL

CHARACTERS
A lot of paranormal with a mix of Steampunk. Nothing I am too excited about and I will forget all of it by next week, but it is free and is only a half hour of my life. Certainly worth a go.

LIBRAIRIANSHIP IS NOT FOR THE FAINTHEARTED
The SODDEN narrator does a fine job.

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  • C. H. Dye
  • 30/04/2017

such a delight.

Librarians, magic and Peter Grant making his patented wry observations. A must for fans.

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  • Sires
  • 09/05/2019

It's a Short Storry

Luckily I got this for free or I would have never read it. I'm not much of a short story reader. PC Peter Grant is called to the British Library by a tough librarian who suspects that there is a poltergeist in the stacks. With the assistance of the Archivist and his ghost hunting dog, he sets out to figure out what to do about the troublesome device.

Kobna Holdbrook-Smith as usual is a first rate narrator.

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  • Karl hill
  • 07/03/2019

Nice and Short

It was a pleasant, quick, and easy listen. Will revisit in the future. Holdbrook-Smith does a great job with the narration.

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  • Kevin S Lucas
  • 12/11/2018

A Tiny Gem

I got this book as a free gift download, but it was one of the best short stories I have ever heard. Would have gladly paid for such a well-crafted and engaging story that unfolds so quickly and is over far too quickly. Take a listen. You will enjoy!! #Fantasy #Shortstory #Magic #Mystery #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

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  • gkbowood
  • 26/03/2018

What do you mean that's all there is?!!!

What made the experience of listening to A Rare Book of Cunning Device the most enjoyable?

The whole premise was an enticing bit of bait for those of us waiting for the next Peter Grant book. Definately get's you speculating about future story lines.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I have always enjoyed the venerable Postmartin.

Which scene was your favorite?

The very last one- left me hanging and most unhappy it was over!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I never have liked Insects...

Any additional comments?

IF he wants to do a Short- then it needs to be complete and not this "get me all worked up and then leave me with nothing" kind of short. Nobody likes a Tease!

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  • papercuts1
  • Deutschland
  • 30/01/2018

Nachts in der Bibliothek

Hört sich an wie ein amüsanter kleiner Outtake aus der Peter Grant-Reihe, der einfach nicht in eins der Bücher passte: unser Constable und Zauberlehrling muss gespenstische Vorgänge in einer Bibliothek klären. Dabei heraus kommt eine Geschichte, die zwar keinen richtigen Schluss hat, aber eine wundervolle Liebeserklärung an Büchereien und deren Mitarbeiter sind. Zum Schmunzeln und Liebhaben, von Kobna Holdbrook-Smith mal wieder unnachahmlich vorgelesen. Macht großen Spaß!

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  • J. Knigge
  • 07/03/2018

Exzellent gelesen aber etwas flaue Geschichte

eine nette kleine Peter Grant-Geschichte. Nicht mehr, aber auch nicht weniger. Etwas mehr Überraschungseffekte hätten ihr ganz gut getan.

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  • Walter
  • Wolfsberg, Österreich
  • 15/09/2017

Na ja

Die Geschichte wirkt wie die Vorlage für eine der graphic novels, die der Autor seit einiger Zeit auch macht.Die Auswahl der Personen und die Beschreibung der Situation: alles irgendwie eher bildhaft, keine Entwicklung-Story wie gewohnt.
Irgendwie ist der brillante Vortrag von Kobna Holdrook-Smith fast deplaciert...
Aber gut, es war ein gratis-teaser für Fans, keine Klage von meiner Seite

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  • Elke
  • 19/10/2019

A gem of a short story

A pair of metaphysical uuuh agents searches a priceless library for a poltergeist, assisted by a cunning librarian. Performed in such an entertaining way, a perfect goodie for bedtime! :)

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 04/08/2018

Thrilling Addition to the Peter Grant Novels

This short story will interest all Peter Grant fans. Although painfully short, it helps getting over the waiting period till the next novel will be published.

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  • Anonymer Hörer
  • 28/01/2018

Made me want to listen to other works from the duo

It's well written and immediately entertaining. I also enjoyed the reader's performance. However, it seems to be an excerpt to me, not a complete work. Of course, the audiobook was free, so I'm not actually complaining.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11/01/2018

nice short snippet

Great reader, I loved the voice and modulation. The story itself is nice and original, though it could be more gripping. It creates a good atmosphere for such a short piece. Can recommend.

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 04/11/2017

I love it!

The voice of Mr. Holdbrook-Smith suits perfectly!
The story is full of Peter Grant!
Listen to it!

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  • Ann-Kristin Uhde
  • 01/09/2017

A fun little thing

Short but fun and light hearted. As any other Ben Aaronovich book, I enjoyed it immensely. Kopna Holdbrook-Smith brings it to life perfectly.

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  • Daniel M.
  • Chemnitz
  • 09/08/2017

Zu kurz doch unterhaltsam

Genial gelesen, doch es endet zu abrupt. Ich hoffe doch sehr auf eine Fortsetzung der Geschichte.