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The Furthest Station

A PC Peter Grant Novella
Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
Series: Rivers of London Series, Book 5.5
Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (2,115 ratings)

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Summary

There's something going bump on the Metropolitan line, and Sergeant Jaget Kumar knows exactly whom to call.

It's PC Peter Grant's specialty.... 

Only it's more than going 'bump'. Traumatised travellers have been reporting strange encounters on their morning commute, with strangely dressed people trying to deliver an urgent message. Stranger still, despite calling the police themselves, within a few minutes the commuters have already forgotten the encounter - making the follow-up interviews rather difficult. 

So with a little help from Abigail and Toby the ghost hunting dog, Peter and Jaget are heading out on a ghost hunting expedition.

Because finding the ghosts and deciphering their urgent message might just be a matter of life and death.

Read by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith.

©2017 Ben Aaronovitch (P)2017 Orion Publishing Group

Critic reviews

"The Hanging Tree is definitely one of the best in the Grant/Aaronovitch pantheon. There again, so have most of the previous books in the series and the odds are the next one probably will be too." (The Bookbag)

"Aaronovitch deftly balances urban fantasy with the police procedural. As for Grant, he's a wonderful blend of laconic copper and, methodically researching how magic works, full-on nerd." (Crime Scene)

"This series is brilliant!" (Teen Librarian)

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Much better but

Left wondering why this story wasn't incorporated into a full length novel. Good story more akin to the early books, with touches of Neverwhere. But some unresolved plot holes and the asides to American listeners /readers niggled. Teen character may please younger audience but overall not sure this was worth a credit.

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rather disappointing to be honest.

compared to the previous six books in the series,I felt robbed of a decent storyline,I was so looking forward to this book,but alas it was very short,and it seems the author was stuck for a decent worthwhile story. sadly disappointed.

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Slightly disappointed

I love the peter grant mysteries. This one is very short. Doesn't really get off the ground. Lacks a lot of the usual humour and heart of the earlier books. The basic plot has substance and could of gone a lot further. Seemed slightly rushed.

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Ok but

The short stories / novellas are not a patch on the books. It is all rather lightweight and thin

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Below par

Sadly short and although narration was up to the normal excellence the story was perhaps not on form. Not the best considering I have been waiting since April. Very disappointing, I’m almost ashamed to say.

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Great story, superb narration

Ben Aaronovitch and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith are my dream team audio book pairing. Engaging stories full of the believable and unbelievable, narrated with clarity, precision, humour and an uncanny ability to move between character voices.

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Not the best Peter Grant book by a long shot

If you only read this Peter Grant book you probably won’t read any more. Definitely not up to the usual standard in characters or story. Should be seen as a side story and not a novel but as a fan I wasn’t impressed at all. Here’s hoping the next one has more thought put into it

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Good but too short

As always a good story but this time much too short.

I look forward to the next novel

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not long enough

not long enough by far, it only just got going when it came to an end.

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Not of the normal standard

This is a very short book in relation to the other books also it is more like a "stand alone" accompanying novel not adding much to the ongoing theme.

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  • S. Yates
  • 28-04-18

Solid and fun, not much plot

Fun novella in the Rivers of London series, this time with the world of ghosts partially explored and some expansion of Abigail's studies as she seeks to be taken on as an apprentice. Abigail has appeared before (a relative of Peter Grant), and Grant unwisely told her that if she passed a certain test in Latin he would teach her magic. Well, as Grant and Nightingale look into a suspected kidnapping (based on information from two dissolving ghosts), we also see Abigail's dedication to her studies. I can just see the Folly's denizens growing by one in some book soon and was happy for a mostly happy ending to the kidnapping case.

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  • Maine Knitter
  • 08-12-17

I love this narrator

Short but still fantastic. I love Aaronovitch's writing style. He gives Peter a great sense of sarcasm and humor. This time he deals with ghosts and another river god. Quite good especially with the perfect narration by Hobna Holdbrook-Smith.

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  • Diana
  • 30-09-17

Delightful writing and narration

This author and narrator team make the Peter Grant series my favorite audio book series. The writing is imaginative - with twisty plots and characters with depth and layers.

The narration is fabulous, with interesting change-ups in pacing, fantastic and recognizable voices.

Ben Aaronovitch and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith do outstanding work. I always look forward to the next book and find listening to this series delightful.

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  • Amy Wright
  • 29-09-17

Don't miss The Furthest Station

What do I love about this audiobook series? The vivid London landscape, the digressions about architecture, the musicality, the diverse backgrounds of all the characters (not one character is a cardboard stand in -- even if we're not told their whole story), the details of a police procedural, Peter's efforts to apply science to magic, the dashing Nightingale, the rich context of history, class, and region... and I could go on. There could not be a better narrator for this series than Kobna Holdbrook-Smith. If you haven't read the series, start at the beginning and don't skip this installment-- even if it's a novella, it's a wonderful listen. I can't wait for the next full length novel. Thank you, Mr. Aaronovich, now back to work!

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  • Robin
  • 29-09-17

Very well done all around.

Loved it as usual but as good as it is, I know it's a short but I miss a chat with Peter's Parents all though it was nice to have more of Abigail. I'd love to see another series with just Abigail and I don't particularly like children in books but I'd make an exception for her.

The audio was really well done as usual.

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  • lisa
  • 02-09-19

I enoyed this

I read this novella out of sequence, after book six and another novella, The October Man. It didn't make a big difference. Station brings us closer to Abigail, Peter's cousin who is also a magician in training. She sees ghosts and Peter takes her along when it seems the ghosts of London are disappearing. I did enjoy this little departure from the larger arc.

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  • Garden Womble
  • 01-07-19

An enjoyable novella in the Peter Grant series

I enjoyed this ghost-themed exploration of Peter Grant's world. Holdbrook-Smith always does a perfect job of the narration, and this book is no exception. I would have loved this story to be a little longer and more detailed, but as it is, it was still a great listen. Looking forward to the next installment.

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  • Rabid Reader
  • 29-05-19

Great story

Another great addition to the Rivers of London series. Ghost hunting on the tube, kidnapping, and river gods make this a truly entertaining story. The excellent narration is perfect for the characters and setting of this series and the musical accomplishment helps set the stage.

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  • bigdjunta
  • 08-03-19

Entertaining short story

I think this little story was funny, short, and sweet. I do worry about Abigail coming into her powers. She doesn't know what she DOESN'T know and I could see her being cocky and getting herself into BIG trouble. I could also see her falling to the allure of power. I hope she does ok.

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  • Marcus
  • 24-02-19

Great entry into the series

This is a "half" entry, so basically a shorter story that takes place in between the main novels. Personally, I think that helped it.

The story was fairly self-contained, so while knowledge of the general Rivers of London universe is a good base, it doesn't matter WHEN in the series you read or listen to it.

There were no overt references to the larger RoL plot and everything was nicely-wrapped up. I think I actually enjoy this to the convoluted mess some of the later novels have become.