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Broken Homes Audiobook

Broken Homes: PC Peter Grant, Book 4

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Publisher's Summary

Ben Aaronovitch has stormed the best-seller list with his superb London crime series. A unique blend of police procedural; loving detail about the greatest character of all, London; and a dash of the supernatural.

A mutilated body in Crawley. Another killer on the loose. The prime suspect is one Robert Weil: An associate of the twisted magician known as the Faceless Man? Or just a common or garden serial killer? Before PC Peter Grant can get his head round the case a town planner going under a tube train and a stolen grimoire are adding to his caseload. So far so London. But then Peter gets word of something very odd happening in Elephant and Castle, on a housing estate designed by a nutter, built by charlatans, and inhabited by the truly desperate. Is there a connection? And if there is, why oh why did it have to be South of the River?

Full of warmth, sly humour and a rich cornucopia of things you never knew about London, Aaronovitch's series has swiftly added Grant's magical London to Rebus' Edinburgh and Morse's Oxford as a destination of choice for those who love their crime with something a little extra.

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.

©2013 Ben Aaronovitch (P)2013 Orion Publishing Group

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    ALP England, UK 27/01/2017
    ALP England, UK 27/01/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Different but one of the best so far!"

    Another fun and exciting addition to the Peter Grant series. With some great set pieces and huge revelations you won't be disappointed with this entry!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Red Ribbon 02/10/2017
    Red Ribbon 02/10/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "not so much a twist than a turn"

    as always love the narration, it just a shame that you saw the ending coming.

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    G 28/09/2017
    G 28/09/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "brilliwantly narated it makes the book come alive."

    loved it. all the books in this series are excellent due to the writer & narator.

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    Fran Pearce 23/09/2017
    Fran Pearce 23/09/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "There's a twist."

    Excellent story, draws you right in. Murder magic and the unexpected, with intrigue till the very end. Very well narrated.

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    A Buyer 20/09/2017
    A Buyer 20/09/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Probably my favourite Peter Grant yet."

    Excellent - gripping, funny with a great twist and fab characters. Kobna Holdbrook-Smith does a superb job or narrating.

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    The narrator, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, is still fantastic in this installment of the Peter Grant series.

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    Lyn Morton 23/07/2017
    Lyn Morton 23/07/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Fantastic book and narrator "

    This has got to be one of the best series of audio books going, the narrator is superb

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    mollyeyre 22/07/2017
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    "Very disappointing"

    I am losing interest in this series. A little tedious to listen to and the story is not the best.

    I noticed that another reviewer mentioned that the books 'run on' from each other and are not totally standalone, this makes it less enjoyable unless one re-reads the series each time a new book is purchased.

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    Cookie Monster UNITED KINGDOM 26/06/2017
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    "Love this set of story's and Kobna's narration."

    Loved it and love the narration by Khobna too, I have the six books in this series and absolutely love the stories but Kobna really does it justice, he is the icing on the cake.

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    amanda 22/06/2017
    amanda 22/06/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book to much bad language"

    Great story the only bit I don't like is the amount of bad language the whole series contains some wich does annoy me as I don't use it don't like it. But it seems to come with most adult books these days. Does mean that listening to the books with children around is hard

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    01/08/13
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    "Next book in a wonderful series great narration"

    Always a pleasure to come across another in the "Folly" series by Ben Aaronovitch. This one combines all the hallmarks of the others starting with Kobna Holdbrook-Smiths superb vocal range bringing each of the many characters to life magic, a superbly street wise Peter Grant and an author that knows London inside out. The character of the Nightingale is an invention of pure brilliance and the description of the battle between him and the Russian practitioner is excellent. The twist right at the end catches one unawares. If there was a criticism it might be that the cast is getting very large and occasionally confusing, not everyone in the previous books needs to make an appearance in the current volume. I downloaded the book and in 2 days had finished listening as I found it so entertaining. Hope to see more of the Nightingale's back - story in the next work.

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  • ton
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    01/08/13
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    "there is a sting at the end"
    What made the experience of listening to Broken Homes the most enjoyable?

    the 4th book in the peter grant series ventures south of the river, with our heroes having to face (or faceless) not 1 but 2 enemies.

    The story has some nasty suprises waiting and aaronovich manages to keep a lot hidden by leaving some very obvious things out in the open, only at the end you see how the obvious and the hidden combine

    clever

    as always the style and accents of holdbrook smith adds greatly to the story and even takes in the difference in lesley's voice as she had another operation

    The bits of info on london reveal (once again) how much knowlegde and research aaronovich has.

    Fun to read even if you will end up cursing at the end

    so mr aaronovich go away and write another one


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    yes, there is a very obvious bit of the plot that makes you think "peter you blind one, connect the dots" only to find out that there is a lot more


    Have you listened to any of Kobna Holdbrook-Smith’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    the rest of the series, he has a good voice, giving life to a copper of african desent, a classic english gentleman, a seaside girl and many more

    brilliant


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

    this time its personal


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    15/01/17
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    "Great fun"

    worth listening and relistening to. The narrator brings the story to life in an extraordinary manner.

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  • Kristin Lian Aa
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    28/10/16
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    "Kobna ruins me for all other narrators"
    Any additional comments?

    Love this series, even if this novel felt more like a breather episode than super-relevant to the overall plot. Kobna nails the voices as per usual.

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  • Aileen
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    07/11/13
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    "Great Urban Fantasy"

    This is a great series - interesting, clever, suspenseful, funny and imaginative. I love the central characters, I love the magic system, the sense of place (London) and writing. the main character is really enjoyable, and the narrator is marvelous at capturing the different voices of a large cast of diverse characters. It is such a pleasure to have a male narrator who can do female voices without making me cringe. Thanks Audible for marrying up a great book with just the right narrator.

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