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  • Rivers of London

  • Rivers of London, Book 1
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,815
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,473
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,461

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....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant original story great narrator

  • By valb on 05-08-11

A series worth a look

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-12-18

I'm writing this review based on the audiobook.

Not normally my sort of thing but I had a credit and so I thought I'd give this book a go; and I was pleasantly surprised! This book is a mix of genres: crime, horror, fantasy and drama. It follows the exploits of fictional police constable Peter Grant, who has just finished his probationary period in the London Met.

Without giving too much away, after a series of events Peter becomes apprenticed to the last qualified Wizard in England and he joins the secret and paranormal branch of the Met. It is written in a pleasant style with much humour. Peter, as a first-person narrator, is at turns nerdy, sardonic, tongue-in-cheek, professional and thoroughly human.

Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is a superb narrator, brilliantly voicing Peter and all the other characters. He captures their accents and nuances and made listening to this book enjoyable. His timing and pacing is also superb.

Aaronovitch has clearly done a lot of research for this book. His knowledge of London (both geographic and historical) really comes out in the reading (listening, in my case).

In summary, this book is for you if you would like something a little different, something a bit spooky and quirky; ultimately an urban fantasy adventure with a some magic (and genii locorum) thrown in.

  • The Wolf of Wall Street

  • By: Jordan Belfort
  • Narrated by: Eric Meyers
  • Length: 20 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,127

Stock market multimillionaire at 26, federal convict at 36, he partied like a rock star, lived like a king, and barely survived his rise and fall as an American entrepreneurial icon. By day he made thousands of dollars a minute. By night he spent it as fast as he could, on drugs, sex, and international globe-trotting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narration is Brilliant

  • By Deborah on 24-01-14

In my opinion it's not worth it

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-06-17

I'm reviewing this based on the Audible format.

I haven't seen the movie but as it was a blockbuster with big names I thought the book would be great.

However I didn't get past chapter 4. The style is crass, far too much swearing for swearing' s sake, and at times it was just outright vulgar.

I also found the narration annoying at times. It's not his fault, of course, he's only reading what is written but it comes across gratingy.

If you get this book free as part of the audible trial, fair enough. Wouldn't want to spend a credit on it, though.

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