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    An enthralling and at times hilarious crime thriller audiobook, book 1 of the unabridged Rivers of London: PC Peter Grant written by Ben Aaronovitch is brilliantly narrated by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith. Listeners are taken into the depths of London’s hidden world of vampires, spirits, gods and goddesses of the mighty Thames. Join the impossibly funny PC Peter Grant as he leaves his policing life behind to become an apprentice to the last wizard of England, and listen intently as they embark on a battle against London’s sinister vampire underworld. Available from Audible now.

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    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 (and 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 voluble, 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 50 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.

    Read by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith.

    ©2011 Ben Aaronovitch (P)2011 Orion Publishing Group Limited

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    Brilliant

    Very much enjoyed this increadible spooky story. The connection with mister Punch 🥊 was very interesting. Lots of horrors and death mixed up as a city police 🚨 mystery.

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    • Readalot
    • 04/12/2011

    Touch of the DWJs

    Entertaining, British, DWJish

    In tone, no, but many of the concepts in this story reminded me of Diana Wynne Jones. The details are just a touch too bloody for me to give this a five, but that probably says more about me than about the book. I did enjoy the story a lot, and have bought the sequel. I give full marks to the narrator who goes with apparent ease between Peter's accent (which sounds like the Jasmine Allen Estaters from "The Bill" to me), Dr Walid's Scottish and Nightingale's uppercrust Brit. He also makes a lovely job of the other accents Nigerian and whatever Oxley is... Irish? As far as I can tell,* he's pitch perfect. *I'm Australian, so my knowledge of accents isn't 100%.

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    • Sandrine
    • 05/03/2013

    History, magic, a drop of gore and lots of fun

    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Surely everyone waits for the twist in the story and hopes to get that fuzzy warm feeling of satisfaction. I was a slight bit disappointed with the unfolding of that twist but that's only my opinion.

    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    A little bit of magic, a bit of history, a few drops of gore, a pinch of over-the-top and a few scratches of British humour, all in all I had fun listening to this book.

    Do you think Rivers of London needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I've added the follow-up book to my wish-list already.

    Any additional comments?

    I congratulate Mr Holdbrook-Smith on his excellent performance, it was a pleasure listening to him. I especially loved Mama Thames.

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    • Mike
    • 12/06/2013

    Original, witty fantasy with deep roots in London

    This book is a delight from start to finish (and it didn't take long to finish - I consumed the whole thing in two compulsion-driven days).

    The book is deeply rooted in contemporary, multicultural, London, with a strong sense of place and of history that is polished and intensified through the lens of the tongue-in-cheek political correctness of the Metropolitan Police, and garlanded with figures from London myth who are at once as modern and as ancient as the city itself.

    Wit is sprinkled like hotsauce throughout this books with references to contemporary fiction (Black Adder, Twilight, Harry Potter, Coronation Street), colourful similies, clever word play and a well-developed sense of the absurdity of daily life.

    The mixed race background of the main character is used to draw out the multi-cultural nature of London and its long history of taking people from around the world and making them into Londoners within one generation.

    The plot is driven by the main character's insatiable curiosity to know how things work (I'm easily distracted) and his need to do whatever is necessary to preserve the Queen's Peace (we're the ones who run towards the screams) and powered by magic and evil.

    The book lays a glamour on a place I know well and turns it into somewhere I would like to know better.

    It is, at heart, an optimistic, civilized, book, filled with chaos and compromise and unspoken agreements and recognition of subtle affiliations. Our hero does the right thing by being himself, taking care of his friends, showing pride but being respectful and muddling through until the job is done. I found the whole thing wonderfully British, or at least, how I would like being British to be.

    I've already downloaded the next two in the series.

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    • RED
    • 30/08/2012

    A narrator with a thousand believable accents.

    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked how the world of magic and inner London policing were very realistically entwined, and how Harry Potter films still exist.


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

    The narrator is stunning, equally at home with English and Scottish accents from every social milieu and is one of very few male narrators I have come across who could do a believable female chav!

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

    I listened to this book and its two sequels on a road trip through headphones and my family were amused by my frequent guffaws and snorts of delight.

    Any additional comments?

    This is a great series with gritty realism in its descriptions of inner city policing, while successfully introducing a believable fantasy worls, apparently on our very doorsteps! Highly recommended.

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    • lynn
    • 15/08/2012

    Simply Brilliant

    I came across this author and his work by accident,but now I have downloaded all three of the books of which this is the first. Brilliant combination of wit, history and fantasy concerning a subculture of magic underneath that of modern London. the characters from Nightingale through Peter Grant and the ever ominous Molly are wonderfully drawn. Equally crucially is the narrator Kobna Holdbrook-Smith whose narration gives depth and texture to the work. It is an excellent work of imagination suspend critical analysis and nitpicking and I am sure you will enjoy the work(s).

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 07/11/2020

    I can't decide...

    I simply can't decide if I like it. I finished the audiobook in 1 day, and the story did hold my attention, but I found myself frustrated quite often.

    I found the finale a little lackluster and I didn't like the constant sexual undertone whenever the MC talked to women. Especially when there was a sexual undertone when he was with a much younger woman.

    I don't feel like it was a waste of a credit, but I have no plans to buy the next installment.

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    • Aileen
    • 23/10/2012

    Wonderful urban fantasy

    I don't really know if this qualifies as 'urban fantasy' as such. It is a fantasy in an urban setting, but the tone is light and engaging, not dark and mysterious. I prefer light and engaging, and this delivers. I love the main character protagonist and most of the minor or secondary characters too. I found this funny, smart, imaginative and really interesting.
    the voice narration is good too. Really, a winner and strongly recommended.

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    • Michele
    • 01/04/2012

    Just a great story, really clever.

    Where does Rivers of London rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is my favourite so far.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Peter Grant of course but the description of Father Thames was just fantastic.

    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Absolutely wonderful.

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

    YES

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    • Sharon
    • 23/02/2021

    Not Harry Potter, but...

    This book was a very pleasant surprise. The story is good, the narrator is excellent. The premise is a little old, but to be honest do any of us get sick of wizards and other "spirits of the night"?

    The story as told was utterly believable and had a good dose of humor. It doesn't take itself too seriously and I actually cared about the characters.

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    • SHYLERO
    • 18/11/2020

    Not even close to the Alex Verus

    Yeah, Alex Verus is the only book I can compare this one with and it is a far cry. 6 hours left to finish it but I can’t make myself to do it.
    Boring and unimaginative to my taste. But again, I have already read and listened to a bunch of urban fantasy books (like 30+) and this one definitely at the bottom and if you are just started reading books of this genre then you might like it, maybe

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    • Tasutari
    • 13/12/2012

    Great fun, great speaker

    It took me ten minutes to get used to Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, but then I absolutely loved him! One special compliment: He does not make the female characters sound like simpering imbeciles.
    The story is fun, though for sure there are some logical gaps. However, due to the great way the characters are developed, you do not actually mind that at all.
    I have already bought the two sequels, and can recommend them as well.

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    • Dissidentdreamr
    • 28/08/2015

    Brilliant

    Welchen drei Worte würden für Sie Rivers of London treffend charakterisieren?

    Witzig, anders, London

    Welcher Moment von Rivers of London ist Ihnen besonders im Gedächtnis geblieben?

    Die Theaterszene, der Besuch bei Father Thames, und noch so viele andere.

    Hat Ihnen Kobna Holdbrook-Smith an der Geschichte etwas vermittelt, was Sie vielleicht beim Selberlesen gar nicht bemerkt hätten?

    Die Akkzente, ich hätte es beim Selberlesen nicht so hingekriegt, von Mama Thames über Father Thames, es war köstlich.

    Hätten Sie das Hörbuch am liebsten in einem Rutsch durchgehört?

    Ja, ich benutze Audible im Auto während der Hin- und Rückfahrt zur Arbeit, es gab Momente, an denen ich gar nicht erst aussteigen mochte.

    Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

    Wer Krimis und Magies mag, könnte hier ein kleines Juwel gefunden haben.

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    • Tedesca
    • 10/10/2012

    Amüsant, spannend, liebenswert und fantasievoll!

    Der erste Teil dieser Serie macht uns bekannt mit Peter Grant, einem ehrgeizigen jungen Polizisten, dessen Karriere ganz plötzlich eine ausgesprochen überraschende Wendung nimmt. Sein ganzes Leben gerät durcheinander, wie ihm plötzlich an einem Tatort ein Geist erscheint. Den natürlich nur er sehen kann, seine Kollegin ist da eher skeptisch, doch schon bald trifft Grant auf Unterstützung und muss erkennen, dass ein Geist noch das Harmloseste ist, mit dem er sich in Zukunft beschäftigen wird. Er beginnt eine Lehre als Magier, seine neue Mitbewohnerin ist ein Vampir, und sogar sein kleiner Hund scheint über eine übernatürliche Spürnase zu verfügen.

    Die Lage spitzt sich zu, als die übernatürlich gesteuerten Morde rapide zunehmen, und letztendlich gipfelt das Ganze in einem unglaublichen Finale, in dem nicht nur Punch und Judy ihren guten Ruf verlieren (das sind die englischen Pendents zum österreichischen Kasperl und Pezi), sondern feine Damen und Herren in einer wilden Raserei auf einander losgehen und einen halben Stadteil verwüsten.

    Amüsant, spannend und liebenswert würde ich sagen - auf Teil 2 freue ich mich schon. Das Hörbuch wird von Kobna Holdbrook-Smith wirklich sehr gut gelesen und weist ein Tempo auf, für das man auf jeden Fall gut Englisch verstehen sollte. Alles in allem ein wirklich vergnügliches Erlebnis, das ich auch Printfans nur empfehlen kann, das Buch gibt es auf Deutsch (Print und HB) als "Die Flüsse von London".

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    • Alexander Zimmermann
    • 09/03/2012

    Urban Fantasy abseits ausgetretener Pfade

    Wer Urban Fantasy abseits ausgetretener Pfade sucht ist hier richti, zu Recht ohne butt-kicking chick mit tramp stamp auf dem Cover.

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    • Johannes Veith
    • 30/08/2017

    An odd story and some odd storytelling

    First off, solid performance by the narrator, especially due to clearly distinguishable character impressions. He sometimes falls into a somewhat monotonous tone, but that feels quite in-character for protagonist PC Grant.

    The story itself, however...
    The author often paints beautiful and vivid pictures of the characters and environment, but then makes sudden jumps to another location or time frame. Surely he could have spared a few lines for an interlude?
    As for the content: we get to witness PC Grant discovering things about London that he would never have considered possible, so I'll cut the author some slack on sudden appearances and convenient discoveries.
    But somewhere after the fifth occurrence of "Oh, by the way, Peter, there's also <plot device>. I just didn't have time to tell you earlier.", it just has me rolling my eyes.

    Overall, I unfortunately have to recommend you find another fantasy/murder-mystery crossover series for an enjoyable passtime.

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    • BikerJoe
    • 06/10/2016

    Crime and Wizardry in the streets of London

    This is not a Harry Potter for adults, nor is it Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden in London, it is different somehow, even if the ingredients are the same as in many other urban fantasies. There is not really anything new in Ben Aaronovitch “Rivers of London”, but the story has a different touch and feel. He tells it with a twinkle in his eye and there is a touch of British humor. On top of that, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith does an incredible job in reading it, from a Nigerian lilt to the shrieking of a Victorian ghost, he has the right voice to breathe life into the characters.

    The main gist of the story is quickly told. Peter Grant is just a probationary constable of the London Metropolitan Police Service and not very good at it, at best you could say, he gets by. His colleague Leslie May seems to be much better at it and he admires her, not just for that. She is adorable, smart and sexy, but somehow he does not manage to get beyond the good friends level with her. His life takes a completely new turn, when one night, while keeping watch on a crime scene, a ghost talks to him, to him, who always thought of himself as a realistic, down-to-earth guy. To make things worse, a little bit later, he gets the attention of a Mr. Nightingale, a real wizard and inspector of the police force.

    It does not come as a surprise that Peter becomes an apprentice of Mr. Nightingale to get trained in the art of magic. He moves in with Mr. Nightingale, into his bizarre home, where the only other resident is Molly, a female vampire. There is barely enough time to get introduced to the basics of magic, because a bad spirit of the past is loose in the streets of London and killing people at random. But that is not all, he has to mediate a conflict between the god and goddess of the Thames and on top of that, Beverly, the incredibly sexy daughter of the goddess of the Thames, seems to fancy him very much.

    It is a fast moving, action packed story, really entertaining and humorous at times, but basically harmless. There is some blood and gore and a hint of sex now and then, but nothing offensive. It is fun to listen to and I wonder, whether the sequel keeps up with the expectations created by this book.

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    • larigm
    • 19/06/2015

    A tourist's guide to London this is not!!!

    Plot was quirky and unexpectedly different.
    Narrator was brilliant.
    Not the London you would read about in any tourist guide!

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    • Bela
    • 08/04/2016

    Immer wieder ein Genuss!

    Die Bücher von Ben Aaronovitch sind absolut genial, witzig und überraschend. Sie mit der Stimme von Kobna Holdbrook-Smith zu hören, ist ein wahrer Genuss, den ich mir in regelmäßigen Abständen immer wieder gönne.

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    • M.
    • 13/04/2014

    Good reader - Weird mix of genres

    It took me a while to get used to the reader who often seemed breathless. But I suppose his fast reading was inspired by the seemingly fast paced story.

    Not sure I liked the fantasy/crime fiction mix, though.

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    • Walter
    • 20/11/2013

    Magic Works!

    Magic works – and so does this book. When a potential witness to a senseless crime approaches police constable Peter Grant he has no idea that he is dealing with a ghost. Nor that this will become his main line of work…

    The book is pure joy: an urban fantasy with magic and crime and full of English humour. The story accelerates and takes twists and turns so that you cannot stop listening. I definitely need the print edition as well!

    The narrator, Koba Holdbrook-Smith, gives a superb performance with all the social, ethical and regional accents of the various protagonists, from Nigerian-flavoured Mother Thames to the CSI from Yorkshire and all in between. It is somewhat hard to follow the London / UK slang if one is not used to it, but it is pure pleasure to experience the richness of the language that way. Thank you.

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