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An enthralling and at times hilarious crime thriller audiobook, Book 1 of the unabridged Rivers of London: PC Peter Grant written by Ben Aaronovitch is brilliantly narrated by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith. Listeners are taken into the depths of London’s hidden world of vampires, spirits, gods and goddesses of the mighty Thames. Join the impossibly funny PC Peter Grant as he leaves his policing life behind to become an apprentice to the last wizard of England and listen intently as they embark on a battle against London’s sinister vampire underworld. Available from Audible now.

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My name is Peter Grant and until January I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit - we do paperwork so real coppers don't have to - and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly valuable, and that brought me to the attention of Inspector Nightingale, the last wizard in England. Now I'm a Detective Constable and a trainee wizard, the first apprentice in fifty years, and my world has become somewhat more complicated: nests of vampires in Purley, negotiating a truce between the warring god and goddess of the Thames, and digging up graves in Covent Garden... and there's something festering at the heart of the city I love, a malicious vengeful spirit that takes ordinary Londoners and twists them into grotesque mannequins to act out its drama of violence and despair. The spirit of riot and rebellion has awakened in the city, and it's falling to me to bring order out of chaos - or die trying.

©2011 Ben Aaronovitch (P)2011 Orion Publishing Group Limited

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  • Gesamt
    5 out of 5 stars

Great fun, great speaker

It took me ten minutes to get used to Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, but then I absolutely loved him! One special compliment: He does not make the female characters sound like simpering imbeciles.
The story is fun, though for sure there are some logical gaps. However, due to the great way the characters are developed, you do not actually mind that at all.
I have already bought the two sequels, and can recommend them as well.

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  • Gesamt
    4 out of 5 stars

Amüsant, spannend, liebenswert und fantasievoll!

Der erste Teil dieser Serie macht uns bekannt mit Peter Grant, einem ehrgeizigen jungen Polizisten, dessen Karriere ganz plötzlich eine ausgesprochen überraschende Wendung nimmt. Sein ganzes Leben gerät durcheinander, wie ihm plötzlich an einem Tatort ein Geist erscheint. Den natürlich nur er sehen kann, seine Kollegin ist da eher skeptisch, doch schon bald trifft Grant auf Unterstützung und muss erkennen, dass ein Geist noch das Harmloseste ist, mit dem er sich in Zukunft beschäftigen wird. Er beginnt eine Lehre als Magier, seine neue Mitbewohnerin ist ein Vampir, und sogar sein kleiner Hund scheint über eine übernatürliche Spürnase zu verfügen.

Die Lage spitzt sich zu, als die übernatürlich gesteuerten Morde rapide zunehmen, und letztendlich gipfelt das Ganze in einem unglaublichen Finale, in dem nicht nur Punch und Judy ihren guten Ruf verlieren (das sind die englischen Pendents zum österreichischen Kasperl und Pezi), sondern feine Damen und Herren in einer wilden Raserei auf einander losgehen und einen halben Stadteil verwüsten.

Amüsant, spannend und liebenswert würde ich sagen - auf Teil 2 freue ich mich schon. Das Hörbuch wird von Kobna Holdbrook-Smith wirklich sehr gut gelesen und weist ein Tempo auf, für das man auf jeden Fall gut Englisch verstehen sollte. Alles in allem ein wirklich vergnügliches Erlebnis, das ich auch Printfans nur empfehlen kann, das Buch gibt es auf Deutsch (Print und HB) als "Die Flüsse von London".

5 von 5 Hörern fanden diese Rezension hilfreich

  • Gesamt
    4 out of 5 stars

Urban Fantasy abseits ausgetretener Pfade

Wer Urban Fantasy abseits ausgetretener Pfade sucht ist hier richti, zu Recht ohne butt-kicking chick mit tramp stamp auf dem Cover.

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Brilliant

Welchen drei Worte würden für Sie Rivers of London treffend charakterisieren?

Witzig, anders, London

Welcher Moment von Rivers of London ist Ihnen besonders im Gedächtnis geblieben?

Die Theaterszene, der Besuch bei Father Thames, und noch so viele andere.

Hat Ihnen Kobna Holdbrook-Smith an der Geschichte etwas vermittelt, was Sie vielleicht beim Selberlesen gar nicht bemerkt hätten?

Die Akkzente, ich hätte es beim Selberlesen nicht so hingekriegt, von Mama Thames über Father Thames, es war köstlich.

Hätten Sie das Hörbuch am liebsten in einem Rutsch durchgehört?

Ja, ich benutze Audible im Auto während der Hin- und Rückfahrt zur Arbeit, es gab Momente, an denen ich gar nicht erst aussteigen mochte.

Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

Wer Krimis und Magies mag, könnte hier ein kleines Juwel gefunden haben.

3 von 3 Hörern fanden diese Rezension hilfreich

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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars

A tourist's guide to London this is not!!!

Plot was quirky and unexpectedly different.
Narrator was brilliant.
Not the London you would read about in any tourist guide!

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    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • M.
  • WIEN, Österreich
  • 13.04.2014

Good reader - Weird mix of genres

It took me a while to get used to the reader who often seemed breathless. But I suppose his fast reading was inspired by the seemingly fast paced story.

Not sure I liked the fantasy/crime fiction mix, though.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Walter
  • Wolfsberg, Österreich
  • 20.11.2013

Magic Works!

Magic works – and so does this book. When a potential witness to a senseless crime approaches police constable Peter Grant he has no idea that he is dealing with a ghost. Nor that this will become his main line of work…

The book is pure joy: an urban fantasy with magic and crime and full of English humour. The story accelerates and takes twists and turns so that you cannot stop listening. I definitely need the print edition as well!

The narrator, Koba Holdbrook-Smith, gives a superb performance with all the social, ethical and regional accents of the various protagonists, from Nigerian-flavoured Mother Thames to the CSI from Yorkshire and all in between. It is somewhat hard to follow the London / UK slang if one is not used to it, but it is pure pleasure to experience the richness of the language that way. Thank you.

2 von 2 Hörern fanden diese Rezension hilfreich

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    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars

Awesome book but challenging for not native speakers

That book comes with a complex story with loads of details. I found the plot fascinating and am eager to hear more of that series despite the fact that I didn't get all of it. The author writes in a fine tuned English manner that sometimes is hard to understand for a not native speaker.

1 von 1 Hörern fanden diese Rezension hilfreich

  • Gesamt
    3 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars

An odd story and some odd storytelling

First off, solid performance by the narrator, especially due to clearly distinguishable character impressions. He sometimes falls into a somewhat monotonous tone, but that feels quite in-character for protagonist PC Grant.

The story itself, however...
The author often paints beautiful and vivid pictures of the characters and environment, but then makes sudden jumps to another location or time frame. Surely he could have spared a few lines for an interlude?
As for the content: we get to witness PC Grant discovering things about London that he would never have considered possible, so I'll cut the author some slack on sudden appearances and convenient discoveries.
But somewhere after the fifth occurrence of "Oh, by the way, Peter, there's also <plot device>. I just didn't have time to tell you earlier.", it just has me rolling my eyes.

Overall, I unfortunately have to recommend you find another fantasy/murder-mystery crossover series for an enjoyable passtime.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars

Best urban fanatsy ever!

Was hat Ihnen am allerbesten an Rivers of London gefallen?

The better question would be, what I didn't like. The list would be far shorter. I think this book is one in a million in urban fantasy. The setting and character's are quite unique, it's really big on diversity and - maybe best of all - it's British to the very core. As in Monty Python and Doctor Who British. Full of British slang and wonderfull dry humor.

Welche Figur hat Ihnen am besten gefallen? Warum?

Definetly Peter. I loved it how he dived into this new world that suddenly lays before him head on. How he is like a wide-eyed child on moment and yet "attacks" the problems magic and it's unterstanding with scientific curiousity and methods. How he accepts when things hit close to home without making them personal and letting them get in the way too much. And I like how Aaronovitch portrayed him as a young man who has many facets, who is a police officer, a magicians apprentice, a geek in some ways, a complete dumbass in some others, somethimes a bit slow and distracted, but always a believable person. A person, who happens to be a person of colour. And that might be one of the greatest feats that Aaronovitch pulled of in this book: Peter is a person who happens to be mixed-race, and not a mixed-race person who happens to be a police officer. And that by the way is true for the whole cast, consiting of river godesses, magicians, spirits, ghots, police officers. Some of the white, some not, some gay, some very old, some already dead, some mean, some nice.

Welche Figur hat Kobna Holdbrook-Smith Ihrer Meinung nach am besten interpretiert?

Peter. In most audiobooks I need time to connect the narrators voice to the story and if it's a first person narrative to the character. Not in this one. I listened to the frist few seconds and it was like "WOW!". The voice just fits. And I think the book gained something from the way Holdbrook-Smith narrates it. It takes this fanatstic tale up a notch, if that is even possible. It got so far that I was feeling strange when I read the second book and not listend to the audio. So I quit reading them and resigned myself to listen to the whole series.

Hätten Sie das Hörbuch am liebsten in einem Rutsch durchgehört?

Yes. Most definetly.

Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

While this really is a wonderful audiobook, everybody who's not a native speaker should know that this is not an easy one either. It's very British, full of slang, technical terms, dry humor, puns and wordplay, so anybody who listens to it should be really good at British English or be prepared to look up words and phrases - possibly both. It is well worth the efford though.

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