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- Listening Length: 9 hours and 53 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Limited
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 8 April 2011
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004VWD4I8
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Rivers of London is quoted to be what Harry Potter would be like if he joined the fuzz. I’m not going to lie that would be well amusing.
Peter Grant as a character has got the kind of subtlety that smacks you in the face and tries really hard to act like it hadn’t. It was amazing.
Peter Grant is a twenty-something middle class mixed race man with a penchant for internal monologuing and an attitude like a hamster on speed – a million miles a minute.
Rivers of London follows Peter Grant’s journey an officer of the London Metropolitan Police Service and an apprentice wizard to Thomas Nightingale. It’s the apprentice wizard part I liked the most – typically you have one or the other either a copper or a wizard but Ben Aaronovitch has combined them beautifully. It’s funny and to the point but it also digresses off on tangents when Peter learns something new.
The story starts when Peter Grant tries to take a witness statement about a murder from a man who is already dead. This is my first inclination that I was going to like this book and it only gets better from there.
This story contains all sorts of paranormal beasties – river spirits, ghosts, vampires, a phantom Mr Punch from Punch and Judy, a revenant the list goes on. They’re all written really well too with good explanations of what they are and the forma that Peter learns as an apprentice.
Peter’s youth is a plus in this book as it gives him an edge over the older Nightingale – much older – and it also gives him an insight into how to deal with the feud between Mr Thames and Mama Thames. I’ll try not to give away too much of the plot but let’s just say when the title says Rivers it isn’t just a title.Read more ›
The writing is smooth and lively and the characters are interesting, The depiction of London is authentic. It's obvious that the author knows the places he writes about. (Several writers whose London-set novels I've read recently seem to have gained their knowledge of London from Google.)
The main character PC Peter Grant is a young, black London policeman. As the book opens he is living in a central London station house and is facing the reality of an unwelcome first non-probationary posting. His career changes when he has a conversation in Covent Garden with the ghost of a local petty crook who died 200 odd years before. A ghost who just happens to have witnessed a particularly strange and violent murder. When Peter returns to Covent Garden to seek out the ghost a second time he encounters Inspector Nightingale who takes this young constable at his word when he explains that he is there to interview a ghost about an on-going enquiry.
This encounter results in PC Peter Grant being posted to a wierd (in the literal sense) department headed by DI Nightingale. He moves into 'The Folly' - a piece of preserved Edwardian London in Russell Square - where he becomes the apprentice of the wizard, DI Nightingale and struggles to learn his first magic. Together they investigate events surrounding a disturbance close to the White Swan (a rugby pub on the Twickenham riverside).
This is where the rivers come in to play.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Hardly worth adding another rave review to all the others here, but I have come late to the Rivers of London and have been delighted to tap into a series that's new to me. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Hypocacculus
A good series. A little derivative perhaps originality to for give the occasional steal.
The rest of the series is good too. But here is where it starts. Read more
Loved this book and the way it's written - Ben Aaronovitch employs a comic turn of phrase that will delight some (though others might find it off-putting to hear the author voice... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Mrs. L. Mclaren
I struggled. Perhaps it's good, but I couldn't get interested. 3 stars is generous but maybe it's me. Back to Dorothy S.Published 7 days ago by AlexM
Peter is a very average policeman that gets picked for the supernatural division after speaking to a ghost during a murder investigation. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Lel
Loved this book! Have found a new series I shall be reading all the way through. Great characters and good story plot.Published 17 days ago by Sara Freeman