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Whispers Under Ground: Rivers of London, Book 3

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.
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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, Britains Last Wizard.

This edition is read by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith. Kobna is a film, theatre, television, and radio actor. His television credits include Little Britain, Saxondale, Pulling, Taking the Flak, Star Stories, and Sirens; his theatre credits include lead roles at the National, Tricycle, Young Vic, Manchester Royal Exchange, Bush, and Shakespeare's Globe theatres, and he has also been in numerous BBC radio plays. He has voiced audiobooks by Alastair Reynolds and Ben Aaronovitch for Orion.

©2012 Ben Aaronovitch (P)2012 Orion Publishing Group

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    Jane Sheffield, United Kingdom 04/07/2012
    Jane Sheffield, United Kingdom 04/07/2012 Member Since 2006
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    "Wonderful story, wonderful narration"

    This is another great volume in the Peter Grant series. Aaronovitch has established a set of likeable three-dimensional characters who inhabit a rich urban fantasy world. The central narrative thread of this volume (investigating a crime in the underground) moves along nicely, and the broader narrative arcs of the series are developed. Aaronovitch also does well in tackling some tricky real-world issues such as race and disability without ever seeming to preach. It's good to see Lesley back doing policework.
    Kobna Holdbrook-Smith's narration is flat-out terrific. There is a broader set of accents for him to contend with here, but each voice emerges as individual and convincing. The central performance of Peter Grant holds the whole thing together - colloquial, self-deprecating, bright and perceptive in many ways, a bit obtuse in others.
    Oh, and did I mention how funny the whole thing is in places? In fact, the only problem with this audiobook is the funny looks you get as you walk along apparently chortling to yourself.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Crediton, United Kingdom 17/07/2012
    Karen Crediton, United Kingdom 17/07/2012 Member Since 2008
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    "When's the next one..?"

    These books are addictive as is the Narrator. I was very sceptical when I downloaded the first book in the series and initially was not sure about Kobna Holdbrook-Smith but the characters quickly grew on me and the knowledge of London is fascinating. Nothing gets done when I have these books plugged in and I've have been known to drive the long way home to find out how Peter, Lesley and Nightingale fare.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    I F Jentle 14/08/2012
    I F Jentle 14/08/2012 Member Since 2010
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    "A match made in heaven between author and narrator"

    I admit to being a little concerned before I bought this audiobook; the third in a series of books all to often shows the author flagging in invention and repeating previous plot devices. Not a bit of it! This book is as enjoyable as the first two. This is partly because of Kobna Holdbrook - Smith's superb narration; there is something about his depiction of the hero, (the book is written in the First Person) that perfectly compliment's the authors world view. Sometimes a narrator can ruin a perfrctly good book, but in this case, It is a match made in heaven!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ms PONTYPOOL, United Kingdom 23/11/2012
    Ms PONTYPOOL, United Kingdom 23/11/2012 Member Since 2011

    I did my degree in English, so now I prefer thrillers, Krimis, SciFi, and anything with vampires. Faves incl Terry Pratchett & Iain Banks.

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    "More adventures for PC Wizard."

    The third instalment in the Peter Grant/Folly/Rivers of London series delivers as you would hope. As before, the plot bounces along at a cracking rate, the dialogue and language is witty and well-observed and the police procedural aspects are enlightening. And as always, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith's reading is utterly superb, bringing all the characters to vivid life.



    This time Lesley May is back, working with Peter Grant to solve a murder and a mystery and learning more about the supernatural London hiding beneath the surface we all know and recognise. The book works well alone as a mystery with a solution, but also advances the greater Folly story and the personal tales of the characters we know and love.



    I love these books. I think they're up there with Terry Pratchett in terms of novelty and quality of writing. The characters are rich and rounded and the plot is up to snuff. If you're looking for a first book from Ben Aaronovitch, I'd still suggest starting with Rivers of London because it explains from the beginning. However, this one holds up on its own.

    I'm fussy and I highly recommend this.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    P Woolwich, United Kingdom 17/11/2012
    P Woolwich, United Kingdom 17/11/2012 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent"

    I really cant recommend this highly enough, it's a really fine audiobook. The 3rd in Ben Aaronovitch's Rivers of London series & this is the best yet although If you haven't read/listened to the others I wouldn't start here as it'll spoil the previous plots somewhat.

    Some people have said Harry Potter meets the Bill & suppose that gives you some idea but I think there's more humour, intelligence & fun than that description would indicate.

    The reader is absolutely superb & makes the experience totally believable.

    If like me you've lived a long time in London you'll get even more out of it as the descriptions of familiar places make it resonate even more.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn Wellingborough, United Kingdom 14/11/2012
    Carolyn Wellingborough, United Kingdom 14/11/2012
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    "Wonderful!"

    Another fantastic title from the great combination of Ben Aaronovitch's writing and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith's narration. The characters are now familiar and becoming more so with every book - it is like a following a good TV series!! I love the whole premise of the stories and can't wait for the next installment.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Caerphilly, United Kingdom 18/08/2012
    Julie Caerphilly, United Kingdom 18/08/2012 Member Since 2010
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    "Another Great Listen"

    A third wonderful book in the series with more fantastic narration from Kobna Holdbrook-Smith. Without a doubt this series by Ben Aaronovitch are my favorite audio books by some way

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kris Milton Keynes, United Kingdom 17/08/2012
    Kris Milton Keynes, United Kingdom 17/08/2012 Member Since 2007
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    "Great"

    This series gets better and better. Love the premise, love the wry humour, love the delivery. Love the way it brings London alive, not in the touristy sense, but the real, I live here and I know about its' nooks and crannies sense. I do hope it can keep going.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Crawley, West Sussex United Kingdom 24/11/2012
    Paul Crawley, West Sussex United Kingdom 24/11/2012 Member Since 2012
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    "Hugely enjoyable"

    I have just finished the third of Aaronovich's Rivers of London series and I have found them an absolute pleasure. Kobna Holdbrook-Smith reads them superbly, somehow coping with the vast array of accents thrown at him. I understand there is another on the way - I can't wait!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lindsay Kay Caddy Guildford, United Kingdom 18/08/2012
    Lindsay Kay Caddy Guildford, United Kingdom 18/08/2012 Member Since 2010
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    "Brilliant as always"

    I love Ben Aaronovitch's Rivers of London series, well written, interesting, imaginative and vivid characters. The narration is always excellent and a large part of why I enjoyed the book so much.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    19/08/12
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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.


    Any additional comments?

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sandrine
    Differdange, Luxembourg
    10/04/13
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    "It felt heavy and too elaborated"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I missed the spunk and funk from the first two books.


    What was most disappointing about Ben Aaronovitch’s story?

    In parts it was too elaborated. The description of the rummaging through the sewers was too long and did not really develop in anything to help the unfolding of the story.
    The introducing chapter was interesting and one thought it would be put to use in some way over the span of the story but it came back at the very end with a little twist but had nothing to do with the main storyline.


    What three words best describe Kobna Holdbrook-Smith’s voice?

    Mr Holdbrook-Smith's performance was again very good and enjoyable. At times Leslie's nasal lisp was a bit hard to understand though.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Whispers Under Ground?

    The long trail through the sewers.


    Any additional comments?

    Now I wonder if in the next sequel the British Museum of Natural History will come to life at night?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, Netherlands
    30/07/12
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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


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?


    Any additional comments?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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