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Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
Series: Rivers of London Series, Book 8
Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
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Summary

The hugely anticipated brand-new Rivers of London novel....

Peter Grant is facing fatherhood and an uncertain future with equal amounts of panic and enthusiasm. Rather than sit around, he takes a job with émigré Silicon Valley tech genius Terrence Skinner's brand-new London start-up - the Serious Cybernetics Company. 

Drawn into the orbit of Old Street's famous 'silicon roundabout', Peter must learn how to blend in with people who are both civilians and geekier than he is. Compared to his last job, Peter thinks it should be a doddle. But magic is not finished with Mama Grant's favourite son. 

Because Terrence Skinner has a secret hidden in the bowels of the SCC. A technology that stretches back to Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage and forward to the future of artificial intelligence. A secret that is just as magical as it technological - and just as dangerous. 

©2019 Ben Aaronovitch (P)2019 Orion Publishing Group Limited

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One for sci-fi fans

This book widens the Rivers universe, moving on from the Faceless Man storyline. This gives the series a new lease of life but loses its focus. It’s not got that vivid London vibe.
Once you get into it, the historical tech world is fascinating but the story is pretty confusing for the first few chapters. There’s such a huge cast of characters that they started to blur.
It’s a transitional tale where almost everyone who has ever appeared seemed to pop up or be referenced, in addition to a vast number of new people, new organisations and new places. And when was Peter suspended?
Plus there’s a noticeable change in tone as Ben Aaronovitch shows his true sci-fi geekery colours. Too many overt nods to Hitchhikers’ Guide and gaming for my taste.
I still like the series, and Kobna narrates this book beautifully, but I hope the next instalment is more measured.

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Great great great!

Finished in two sessions, well worth the listen! Can't wait for the next one to come out.

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Brilliant

What a fantastic instalment to the Rivers of London books and expertly narrated. I started the book, not knowing what had happened to Peter Grant and let out a massive sigh of relief when the story and background are explained. Can't wait for the next book.
Fantastic Mr Aaronovitch, just fabulous.

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Twisty with great characters

Just finished my second listen through and this is another great addition to the ‘Rivers of London’ series.

The story is as twisty as I’ve come to expect and I love the character development with Guleed, Peter and Bev in particular. Lovely to see Seawoll back too!

I love the addition of new characters and the way Kobna manages to make each one distinct. As usual, I forget it’s someone reading a book and just get lost in the story.

The bonus interview at the end is fab and I really appreciate the insight, not to mention it’s a fun listen.

A big thank you to the author/ publisher for making this available on the day of the hardback release as well. Can’t wait for the next addition!

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More Please!

I hope this series never ends. More of the same again and again, LOVED this one, was. It wasn’t what I thought it was going to be 🧙🏽‍♂️ 👮‍♂️

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Disappointed

So lack lustre found it hard to concentrate to keep listening . Not enough character content and very disjointed story, fount boring. Have truly loved all the other Peter Grant stories apart from the novella we had to pay full price for even though it was essentially a short story

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Too rambling & jumbled, disappointing

I’ve been looking forward to this for ages, wanting to know what was next for Peter and the wider world of the Folly after the end of the last novel... but nothing.. not even alluded to. Although I love the series there are starting to be too many loose ends, what’s happened to all the magic from the sky gardens, the faceless man although dead just dropped, Lesley not mentioned.. wonderful narration as normal but v disappointed. Did like the Hg2g references but if you weren’t a fan I’m not sure how that worked.

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Lost its humout

I am rather disappointed and saddened by the drop in standard. Nsrratation as brilliant as ever but the story was dull and rather plodding. was there the sound of barrel scraping?? Author resorted to too many expletives for my taste. Where was the humour? Have enjoyed the series up until now and loved the strange and sometimes wonderful charaters, but oh dear! Fell short this time.

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Out of this world brilliant

Loved every second of this, diving back into the world of Peter Grant and all that is the Rivers of London. It’s pure magic, excuse the pun! I have just finished and will start is again straight away.

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Great book, engagingly read

Great characterisation from the narrator, very engaging, fun continuation of a much loved series.

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  • 04-03-20

Mistakes were made when publishing

The chapters are in the wrong order... Makes listening very difficult to understand. Not happy.