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My review of the storyThoughts for the audio version narrated by Kobna Holdbrook Smith Brilliant There s nothingI can say I wanted to sit and binge listen, but was afraid my muscles would atrophy during the hours it would take to listen at normal speed In the third book, Leslie s voice isintelligible, presumably the result of her surgeries Voicing of Zach the half fae had me laughing Thanks to Dr Walid, I m pretty sure I could do a Scottish brogue if I tried The voicing of the My review of the storyThoughts for the audio version narrated by Kobna Holdbrook Smith Brilliant There s nothingI can say I wanted to sit and binge listen, but was afraid my muscles would atrophy during the hours it would take to listen at normal speed In the third book, Leslie s voice isintelligible, presumably the result of her surgeries Voicing of Zach the half fae had me laughing Thanks to Dr Walid, I m pretty sure I could do a Scottish brogue if I tried The voicing of the American, Reynolds, seemed a bit off to me, not sure if that was a character issue or a voicing issue Peter s internal asides were nicely voiced, giving me better appreciation perhaps even than reading There s something about the writing that seems lacking in the punctuation that would help determine the pauses and asides, and Holdbrook Smith s reading brings out the inflection the words need Nightingale s voice comes into its own here.I will note one thing about listening to the series as an American There s a fair amount of British slang and, coupled with unfamiliar localities and magical terms, means I occasionally lose a word or two Reading during the audio helped clear a couple of items up, including when Zach called the team the bloody Issacs It was almost as if Aaronvitch wrote with Holdbrook Smith s reading in mind Such an excellent fusion of talents I had to make myself stop and catch up on some of my other reading, because I was ready to continue the series full speed and because I thought my acquired accent was sounding a little strange Also bought to re listen to on a road trip, because it s just that good and face it Illinois is just that boring.Rating all the stars Re listened October 2016Re listened August 2018 [[ FREE EBOOK ]] ☠ Ein Wispern unter Baker Street ☠ Es ist ja nicht so, dass Peter Grant, Zauberer in Ausbildung und Police Constable in London, nichts f r das ben von Zauberspr chen und das Pauken von Lateinvokabeln brig h tte bestimmt nicht Aber es ist doch immer wieder sch n, wenn zur Abwechslung auch mal reelle Polizeiarbeit gefragt ist Eine unbekannte Person wird im U Bahn Tunnel nahe der Station Baker Street tot aufgefunden erstochen, und es deuten un bersehbare Anzeichen auf die Anwesenheit von Magie hin Ein Fall f r Peter, keine Frage Der unbekannte Tote stellt sich als amerikanischer Kunststudent und Sohn eines US Senators heraus, und ehe man noch internationale Verwicklungen sagen kann, hat Peter bereits die FBI Agentin Kimberley Reynolds mitsamt ihren felsenfesten religi sen berzeugungen am Hals Dabei gestalten sich seine Ermittlungen auch so schon gruselig genug, denn tief in Londons Untergrund, in vergessenen Fl ssen und viktorianischen Abwasserkan len, h rt er ein Wispern von alten K nsten und gequ lten Geistern Well, I was going to work on my paper today But then this arrived in the mail, hardcover signed, direct from London How could I resist Within pages I was chuckling aloud, but also relishing the developing feeling of danger.I can tell you now what will happen Someday, I m going to plan a trip to London, and like a complete book nerd, I will attempt to trace down the steps Peter Grant takes in solving these cases Yes, the books are that good, and the only things hindering my complete unders Well, I was going to work on my paper today But then this arrived in the mail, hardcover signed, direct from London How could I resist Within pages I was chuckling aloud, but also relishing the developing feeling of danger.I can tell you now what will happen Someday, I m going to plan a trip to London, and like a complete book nerd, I will attempt to trace down the steps Peter Grant takes in solving these cases Yes, the books are that good, and the only things hindering my complete understanding are a lack of fluency in Englishisms and knowledge of London geography Besides, this is the third UF book I ve read that has the London sewers as a significant location I d rather like to get a sense of what its about.Once again, Aaronovich blends police procedural, magic and humor with delicious results He achieves a clever, wry tone that acknowledges foolishness, injustice, and irony, and still manages to laugh Within pages, I was chuckling Never fear, however, that one liners override thoughtful characterization and an interesting mystery There s a little less magical exploration in this one, and a littleemphasis on the mystery Leslie starts coming out of her self imposed exile to play co detective More review when I get to re reading Meanwhile, some nice little lines But that meant that in the event of a work related call Molly would answer the phone downstairs and then inform me by silently standing in my bedroom doorways until I woke up out of sheer creepiness Rising out of the lights was the three metre statue of Sherlock Holmes complete with deerstalker and hash pipe there to oversee our detective work and ensure that it was held to the highest fictional standards If you have to walk the tracks with the juice on then you stay off the sleepers they re slippery You slip, you fall, you put your hands out and zap Zap, I said That s the technical term for it, is it What do you call someone who s been zapped Mr Crispy, said Kumar Cross posted at Fun magical, those weird books of Ben Aaronovitch about DC Grant, young policeman and apprentice magician Loved it Out of this world This series had to get used to it, but it s hilariously good and so much underground humor Not my normal cup of tea but thanks to Caro who recommended this series to me And I recommend it Fun magical, those weird books of Ben Aaronovitch about DC Grant, young policeman and apprentice magician Loved it Out of this world This series had to get used to it, but it s hilariously good and so much underground humor Not my normal cup of tea but thanks to Caro who recommended this series to me And I recommend it 3.5.TheI read these books, theI fall in love with Peter and his banter with other characters old new A string of new characters were introduced here and they blended very well with story and old crew Eager to see what test Aaronovitch put Peter through 3.5.TheI read these books, theI fall in love with Peter and his banter with other characters old new A string of new characters were introduced here and they blended very well with story and old crew Eager to see what test Aaronovitch put Peter through I do not know how, but I always end up giving a Peter Grant novel 4 stars although I am not usually satisfied with the plot construction I guess it is the humour which is right up my alley, the characters which are diverse and interesting and last but not least, London as a setting This time the setting is the London Underground and the London Sewers It involves some magical pottery, an art gallery, some strange underground dwellers and a lot of shit literally The first touristic attracti I do not know how, but I always end up giving a Peter Grant novel 4 stars although I am not usually satisfied with the plot construction I guess it is the humour which is right up my alley, the characters which are diverse and interesting and last but not least, London as a setting This time the setting is the London Underground and the London Sewers It involves some magical pottery, an art gallery, some strange underground dwellers and a lot of shit literally The first touristic attraction that I visited in London were the underground tunnels as I was detrained It was July 2005 and it was my first day of my first trip to the UK and London Does that date ring any bells I was travelling by tube from the airport to the hotel when the train stoped After two wonderful hours spend in the tunnels we were told we have to be detrained and reach the following stop by foot While we slowly advanced from the back of the train to the front, some of us got phone signal and we found out that a terrorist attack took place while we were there and that was the reason we were stopped Until then we had a great time, people started to talk to each other and make jokes, especially about the famous underground rats After we found out about the attack, people becameserious but everybody urged us to continue our holiday and enjoy ourselves As such, I particularly enjoyed this volume since I had a first hand experience with the novel s setting The advantage of being a semiretired adult is that there is nobody around who can force one to stop reading and go to sleep The disadvantage of same is the four hours of daylight left that one confronts when crawling out of bed the next afternoonThis series, surer now perhaps of its survival to the end of the broadcast season, seems to be settling in for a good run More lavish invention with Peter, Lesley, Thomas, the Folly, and of course London I am happy with this not for me the readerl The advantage of being a semiretired adult is that there is nobody around who can force one to stop reading and go to sleep The disadvantage of same is the four hours of daylight left that one confronts when crawling out of bed the next afternoonThis series, surer now perhaps of its survival to the end of the broadcast season, seems to be settling in for a good run More lavish invention with Peter, Lesley, Thomas, the Folly, and of course London I am happy with this not for me the readerly demand, so crazy making to series writers, of Each one better than all the others There is a, hm, rhythm, spotted especially in Japanese animation series, where about 5 or 6 episodes along the forward momentum of the plot arcs pause to fill in assorted characters backstories This works well for character centered tales, since such mysteries of persons, as contrasted with mysteries of plot, are just as interesting if notso when read backwards as forwards Which is to say, I would sit still for any amount of backstory about Detective Inspector Nightingale, who has, after all, had time to accumulate a large supply Although the little squibs doled out in this volume were lovely.Such as the throw away remarks about Nightingale s adventures chasing German archeologists in Tibet in 1938 I don t expect that one to go anywhere, necessarily, although it did give me a flashback, onthan one level, to a line in another book altogether, Edward Gorey s little classic The Unstrung Harp Even the voice of the omniscient author can hardly afford to interject a seemingly pointless anecdote concerning Ladderback in Tibet when the other characters are feverishly engaged in wondering whether to have the pond at Disshiver Cottage dragged or not There is an intrinsic problem with maintaining suspense about the main viewpoint character being, say, buried alive, or undergoing any other peril, when the book is written in first person past tense Just sayin This does not apply, of course, to any other character in the tale undergoing peril Nevertheless, how will he can be as interesting a question as will he , if handled properly.I am pleased with what the author is doing so far with the character of Lesley The back cover blurb was most misleading about the guest star FBI agent she ended upof a card that is palmed for later than a major actor or obstruction in this present plot This would have worked fine if I d encountered her just as the author presented her, without the unneeded misconceptions But that s not the book s fault.I was also pleased to find out that the next one is in the pipeline to June, then.Ta, L 3.5ish stars.Another solid entry in a very enjoyable UF series It s always a pleasure to spend some time with Peter Grant and company Some things I particularly like about this book Leslie is back And I love that her condition really isn t a huge deal It wasn t used to turn her into a tragic victim, but it also wasn t glossed over and essentially fixed overnight Cool to see her growing as a practitioner as well There are always several great new characters with each installment, 3.5ish stars.Another solid entry in a very enjoyable UF series It s always a pleasure to spend some time with Peter Grant and company Some things I particularly like about this book Leslie is back And I love that her condition really isn t a huge deal It wasn t used to turn her into a tragic victim, but it also wasn t glossed over and essentially fixed overnight Cool to see her growing as a practitioner as well There are always several great new characters with each installment, this one including Zach Palmer, Sergeant Kumar, Agent Reynolds and Abigail who it appears we ll seeof The magical world is slowly but surely expanding Aaronovitch knows how to tickle my funny bone This is my kind of humor wry, ironic, clever There are some wonderful one liners Kobna Holdbrook Smith delivers as always as the audiobook performer He is Peter Grant I can t help but feel like Aaronovitch writes specifically for Holdbrook Smith to narrate The only issue I have is with Agent Reynolds s American accent, but I can only assume it s as difficult for an Englishman to put on an American accent as it is for me to attempt an English one.I wish there was a little bitmagical exploration on Peter s part and I m still missing Beverley and hope she returns at some point Also this was my 50th book this year thus fulfilling my annual goal As I sit here considering this book there s a part of me that wonders why I m nottaken,enthusiastic about this series I can recommend it It s a good series filled with good writing I like the understated humor I like the interaction with the world Aaronovitch has created and its denizens Somehow with all that I m always, at best mildly enthusiastic about them I read the first back when it came out in one of those reader copies with NOT TO BE SOLD written all over it I liked As I sit here considering this book there s a part of me that wonders why I m nottaken,enthusiastic about this series I can recommend it It s a good series filled with good writing I like the understated humor I like the interaction with the world Aaronovitch has created and its denizens Somehow with all that I m always, at best mildly enthusiastic about them I read the first back when it came out in one of those reader copies with NOT TO BE SOLD written all over it I liked it but it still took me years to pick the next 2 up Reading this one I found that when I laid it aside I d just not get back to it I wasn t dying to finish the book.In contrast when a new Jim Butcher Dresden book hits the stands I usually finish it in one sitting I ve been known to sit up to the wee hours with one of those.Somehow in spite of all the pluses in these books I never move beyond mildly involved.That said, as I mentioned before these are excellent books and I know that some readers devour them as I do the Dresden books I can only account for it as a matter of taste.Here we slide into the magical world connection with the case in a slightly oblique way when the body of a young man is found The Underground of London is a huge factor here and we re going to get a tour of both the mundane and also theunusual sides of said underground Of course the rest of the police are not thrilled when they discover that the odd squad has to take part of in the investigationcommon reaction Things also get a littlecomplicated when it s discovered that the victim is an American, the son of a Senator Because of this an FBI agent arrives to alsohelp.As noted this is a well done book and I can heartily endorse it While I ve come to the conclusion that Mr Aaronovitch will never be my favorite writer I do like his work I ll probably regard his work as something I can go to when I m simply looking for a book to read Others of you will I m sure find him your all time favorite writer I can tell he s that good.As noted, I guess it s just a matter of taste.Recommended, enjoy The train kept a rollin.And by that I mean the binge reading of Ben Aaronovitch s PETERGRANTAPALOOZA Aaronovitch s 2012 entry into the smoothest UF series since EVER, and the third in the series, may be the best one yet It s like if Ben and Neil Gaiman and Tana French sat down over a pint or three and hammered out what is best in life, and no Cohen it s not to crush enemy, see him driven before you and to hear the lamentation of the vemen it s to know that this book is only one in a series The train kept a rollin.And by that I mean the binge reading of Ben Aaronovitch s PETERGRANTAPALOOZA Aaronovitch s 2012 entry into the smoothest UF series since EVER, and the third in the series, may be the best one yet It s like if Ben and Neil Gaiman and Tana French sat down over a pint or three and hammered out what is best in life, and no Cohen it s not to crush enemy, see him driven before you and to hear the lamentation of the vemen it s to know that this book is only one in a series of HAVEATYOU and there sto read AND, we get some Pratchett references so, there s that.This episode finds our minimalistic fantasy crew tracking down the killer of a murdered American in the London underground and yes I mean the sewers One of the many cool as a sea cucumber elements of this UF series is the overwhelming, and charmingly so, evidence of the writer s love of his city Each book has been something of a romance with his digs and it shows most of all here, with Grant and Leslie investigating the underground art world of London.Maybe best of all, the author continues to expand his urban magic world building The reader is introduced tomagic andmysterious characters and the Faceless Man continues to elude and entice Like Batman Begins is to 1997 s Schumacher glam schlock fest Batman and Robin, Aaronovitch s key to success is that he leanstowards the magic realism side of the genre and leaves the rainbow unicorns for Disney.I m like a fat kid in the fast food drive thru line, gimmeSuper size it