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Lies Sleeping

Rivers of London, Book 7
Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (2,497 ratings)
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Summary

Martin Chorley, aka the Faceless Man, wanted for multiple counts of murder, fraud and crimes against humanity, has been unmasked and is on the run.

Peter Grant, Detective Constable and apprentice wizard, now plays a key role in an unprecedented joint operation to bring Chorley to justice.

But even as the unwieldy might of the Metropolitan Police bears down on its foe, Peter uncovers clues that Chorley, far from being finished, is executing the final stages of a long-term plan.

A plan that has its roots in London's 2,000 bloody years of history and could literally bring the city to its knees.

To save his beloved city, Peter's going to need help from his former best friend and colleague - Lesley May - who brutally betrayed him and everything he thought she believed in. And, far worse, he might even have to come to terms with the malevolent supernatural killer and agent of chaos known as Mr Punch....

©2018 Ben Aaronovitch (P)2018 Orion Publishing Group

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Love these characters and these books.

More, more, more please. If you keep writing them Ben, I’ll keep buying and reading them. This is how I used to feel when awaiting the publication of the next Terry Pratchett book and, in my opinion, that is the ultimate compliment an author can receive.

As an aside, why on earth are people giving the book low star ratings based on the Audible pre-orders cock-up. Hardly fair!

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  • MFW
  • Aylesbury, UK
  • 15-11-18

Love this series, this book follows on nicely

More developments in the hunt for the Faceless man MK2, with thrills, spills and some more pale ladies to challenge Peter, Nightingale and the Fay.

Note for those reviewing the book that they haven't received on Audible, rather than moan in a review have you tried contacting customer services at Audible?

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fantastic

pulls all the previous books together in a totally entertaining way. time to start book one again!!

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Just Brilliant!

Amazing story! Written so well, such a creative story and follows the previous books perfectly. Narration was awesome and some really laugh out loud moments!

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Continues to enchant

With a combination of wonderful storytelling and narration the series maintains the high standard set already.

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Least favourite book of the series

I've listened to the entire series (several times) and while I will continue to purchase these books I felt the plot of this one didn't grab me. There is a certain amount of Peter (or Aaronovitch) being clever in the series and going on and on about historical backstory and how much he knows. Usually the books have a good balance of this and there is a still a good amount of plot progression. However in this book I felt that it took ages for anything to actually happen and there were long periods in which the book lagged, something I didn't feel was an issue in some of the others. That said there were a couple of really great moments (no spoilers) which redeemed the book in my eyes, but I'm hoping the next book is less Peter going on about history and more about the experiences of the other characters who I've grown to love.

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Bit boring really

Read/listened to all 7 books. This is the poorest so far. Nothing really happens in the story until the final act. The most interesting character in the series hardly features in the storyline. Hope the next one is better. Narration is excellent as ever though.

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Another classic Rivers of London

Starting more slowly than previous books it soon envelopes you and you cannot stop listening. Peter's observations make me laugh. As does DCI Seawoll along with the rich pageant of characters, like Toby the dog, Nightingale the last Wizard , Molly, Foxglove, Guleed and the no longer faceless man you step into another world that is still London. Add some exciting chases, desperate fights where a magical spell is dropped in favour of a swift kick to the groin. It's a new 21st century style of fantasy.

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  • Ed
  • Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
  • 24-11-18

back to the old formula

I have been waiting for the next book for a long time. I was not disappointed

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Top class urban fantasies

if you have not read or listened to the other Rivers of London tales, you should start with book one. Kobna Holdbrook-Smith brings Peter Grant to life in Ben Aaronovitch's series . all the books are great, but if you start with book one it's easier to follow. There is a novella as well.
highly recommended by me.

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  • Tarald Holm
  • 21-12-18

One of the best in the series. Kobna is amazing!

this is the first book in the series I listened to add an audiobook, and Kobna's performance makes me want to get the rest and restart from the beginning.

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  • S. Moreton
  • 17-11-18

Another fantastic book. I loved it.

The ongoing struggle of Peter and Lesley and the team at the Folly continues. The story moves forward nicely with a good deal of resolution, but leaving room for the next installment.
The narration is, as always, superb.
The unique humour is as entertaining as always, although this was perhaps less humorous than some of the previous books.
If you haven't read the previous books in the Rivers of London Series, you should not start here, but this is a spectacular series. To purloin a phrase "Do yourselves a favour" and read this stuff.

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  • Rolf Egli
  • 21-03-19

This is really it?

I love the series and as usual Kobna Holdbrook-Smith does an excellent job with the audio book. Molly has a reunion with a long missed friend, my favorite part of the book.

But quite frankly I was disappointed with the story. Characters and fragments from the comic novels pop up randomly and it’s hard to keep track of who is who. Peter is at the same time taking immense risks to get near the Faceless One but then he’s seems to be struggling using some actual magic which made the series so special. And the epic resolution of the conflict which has developed of seven books? Not convincing, the Faceless One would have deserved to end like a proper Bond villain – truly smart and cunning with an evil motive you could understand. Here you could ask any reader of the book what Chorley actually wanted to achieve and you would end up with a lot of diffuse opinions, but nothing that made the immense effort he invested look appropriate.

Bottom line: If you read the previous books, you probably want to get the conclusion. But I really hope the next Peter Grant book surprises me in a more positive way.

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  • seonaid
  • 13-01-19

Best Ever Writer/Narrator combination!

I love the Peter Grant series by Ben Aaronovitch narrated by the superb Kobna Holdbrook-Smith and this latest is no exception! I lived for 4 years in London (a long time ago now), and I wish I'd had these titles while I was there. I'd love to explore Peter Grant's London (even without the magic) while listening to Kobna's narration. Ben & him give an intimate and different perspective on that fabulous city.

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  • Leit
  • 04-12-18

The perfect marriage of fantasy and cop show

Having finally caught up with the series, it seems like time for a review. And catching up has been brilliant. Peter Grant is easily the most entertaining protagonist in his genre, Ben Aaronovitch injects sly humour from every angle, and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is easily the top narrator I've experienced on Audible and the perfect choice for this series. Start at the beginning and I guarantee enjoyment all the way through if you're a fan of the genre.

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  • Axel T
  • 29-11-18

Can't wait for the next one!

Another good entry in this great series. Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is the man., and the character development is at its best.