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A Rare Book of Cunning Device

Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
Length: 29 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (2,561 ratings)
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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....

©2017 Ben Aaronovitch (P)2017 Audible Studios

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Short vignette for the fans

A fun story that's really more of a short scene. Nice to see Postmartin have a bit of fun. Honestly, don't bother with this unless you already know the series. No concessions are made for noobs; it's just dropped there for you to find. Or, then again, maybe do just spend a few minutes listening to this and if you are intrigued, go back and get the books.

Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is brilliant as ever. It makes such a difference to the quality of the audiobook when the author and reader work together. Kobna is so comfortable as Peter Grant and Ben Aaronovitch's world that it's always a pleasure to listen to him.

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More please!

A great short story from the Rivers of London series, it would be wonderful if all the graphic novels were issued as short stories too!

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Short but Sweet

A very short Peter Grant story. different type of tale, could have been longer but it's FREE.

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good but short

l love the new character but wish it was a bit longer the performance was as always superb

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It ain't Baldrick.....

A witty and (nicely) sarcastic short tale It's well written, But, more important for an Audio book, brilliantly performed.

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Fab little short story

Only thing is I wanted more! Wish it could have kept going. Loved the narrator too will read more of these definitely

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Really???

It was great to get back into this series but why tempt us with half an hour which goes no where!! Rubbish!

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  • Nicky
  • Bray, Ireland
  • 29-04-17

Fantastic

I only have one complaint, it's too short. I just wanted it to keep going. Delighted to have come across this.

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just getting going!

I know it was free... and I knew it was 30 mins so I can't complain...!

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Such fun!

Loved it... short but really engaging and a fun half hour. love to read/ hear more

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  • Elisabeth Carey
  • 01-05-17

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
  • 04-05-17

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
  • 27-04-17

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
  • 03-06-17

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"
  • 14-05-17

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
  • 30-04-17

such a delight.

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

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  • Karl hill
  • 07-03-19

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
  • 12-11-18

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
  • 26-03-18

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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  • Maine Knitter
  • 31-12-17

Short but wonderful

Kobna is the best! His reading of Ben Aaronovitch's words is perfection. This is a very short story that will probably be best for those who have read the series. I will take any snippet of Peter Grant the author and narrator give us.

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