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A Rare Book of Cunning Device Audiobook

A Rare Book of Cunning Device

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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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    L E Saull 27/04/2017
    L E Saull 27/04/2017 Member Since 2017
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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!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel 27/04/2017
    Rachel 27/04/2017 Member Since 2017

    Most drawn to fantasy and far-fetched fiction with some historical fiction added from time to time & pretty much anything of Neil Gaiman's.

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    "Beautifully written. Wonderfully read."

    As soon as I knew it was available I had to have it, short but sweet.
    Always want to hear/read more of this fantastical-magical-reality crime series!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tod Werewolf West Yorkshire 06/06/2017
    Tod Werewolf West Yorkshire 06/06/2017
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer worcestershire uk 21/05/2017
    Kindle Customer worcestershire uk 21/05/2017 Member Since 2015

    bibliophilia rules

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    "Too short!"

    This book may have escaped, via L-space, from Unseen University, but I would have liked this delightful storyline to have been more fully developed, perhaps as a subplot to one of the novels. Ah, well. Like having a single square of chocolate when one is ravenous, a taste of what you wish for only makes the desire stronger. Roll on the next novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Beccameriel London, United Kingdom 16/05/2017
    Beccameriel London, United Kingdom 16/05/2017 Member Since 2011

    Fan of urban fantasy & Victorian gothic especially set in London. Oh, and Georgette Heyer.

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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bex Burton-on-Trent, United Kingdom 15/05/2017
    Bex Burton-on-Trent, United Kingdom 15/05/2017 Member Since 2012
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    "A wonderful interlude"

    This short story was like when a beloved friend drops in for a coffee and after they leave you're bereft that they couldn't stay longer. More Peter Grant asap pleeeeeease!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sararara 14/05/2017
    Sararara 14/05/2017
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    "Return to form"

    After the disappointing Hanging Tree, this is a great little story. It is a random aside which concentrates on a curious event in a library. Magic + police procedural without the complications of the longer narratives in his full size books. Wish there were more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nicky Bray, Ireland 29/04/2017
    Nicky Bray, Ireland 29/04/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Fantastic"

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sue Gill 12/08/2017
    Sue Gill 12/08/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "most enjoyable"

    Short but not lacking in description or characterisation. more of the Librarian please.
    written as a stand alone insert to the Detective (? PC ? I forget) Grant stories this short episode is intriguing and fun.

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
    Springfield, MO, United States
    14/05/17
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    "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.

    71 of 83 people found this review helpful
  • Elisabeth Carey
    Lawrence, MA
    01/05/17
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    "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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • jason
    west bloomfield, MI, United States
    04/05/17
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    "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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • C. H. Dye
    Boston, MA, USA
    30/04/17
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    "such a delight."

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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • med c
    27/04/17
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    "Short Story"
    Any additional comments?

    It was short and fun to listen to. I saw it was free , so I downloaded and listen to it right away.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Claire
    27/04/17
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    "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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    USA
    24/07/17
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    "a charming little story"

    beautifully acted. our favorite rookie copper investigating a poltergeist in the darkened halls of books and arcane artifacts. definitely a recommend!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sam Oglesby
    19/07/17
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    "Quick and clever"
    What did you love best about A Rare Book of Cunning Device?

    While still a short story, the author still fits in some suspense and intrigue.


    Any additional comments?

    The ending sort of fell flat for me. With the clever build up, I was expecting something a little more grand at the conclusion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M. D. Baines
    Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada
    13/07/17
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    "A fun visit with good characters"

    So nice of Ben & Kobna to gift us with this sweet little piece. I should have liked it to be longer, but enjoyed it all the same!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Diana
    Antelope Valley, CA, United States
    13/07/17
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    "A tidbit to enjoy while waiting for the next book"

    Thank you Ben Aaronovitch and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith!

    This was an enjoyable short story.

    Your writing, Ben, and performance, Kobna, are top-notch and the Peter Grant series is one of the best audio book series.

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