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The Hanging Tree Audiobook

The Hanging Tree

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Publisher's Summary

Suspicious deaths are not usually the concern of PC Peter Grant or the Folly, even when they happen at an exclusive party in one of the most expensive apartment blocks in London. But Lady Ty's daughter was there, and Peter owes Lady Ty a favour.

Plunged into the alien world of the super-rich, where the basements are bigger than the house and dangerous, arcane items are bought and sold on the open market, a sensible young copper would keep his head down and his nose clean. But this is Peter Grant we're talking about.

He's been given an unparalleled opportunity to alienate old friends and create new enemies at the point where the world of magic and that of privilege intersect. Assuming he survives the week....

Read by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith.

Features an audio exclusive interview with Ben Aaronovitch and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith.

©2016 Ben Aaronovitch (P)2016 Orion Publishing Group

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    Adrianne Jerrett 29/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Awesome"

    Love this series. Carrying on strong. Can't wait for next one! Beautifully written and read as usual. If you like this series you will enjoy it as per usual. If you haven't yet. Start at the beginning and enjoy

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Readalot Australia 07/12/2016
    Readalot Australia 07/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved it"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hanging Tree the most enjoyable?

    It's like visiting old friends. You know what you'll get but you're still delighted to be there.


    What other book might you compare The Hanging Tree to, and why?

    The rest of the series. I haven't found anything else with the same tone in books. If you turn to television, Warehouse 13 is similar; not in scenario but just in the character interaction and general tone.


    Have you listened to any of Kobna Holdbrook-Smith’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    This is just what I expected. I looked for other titles narrated by him, but none of them was my kind of book.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I enjoyed it with a big grin.


    Any additional comments?

    I've read various comments about Peter's lack of response, lack of male friends etc but I don't agree. He's probably got friends, but we always meet him in the middle of cases. As for reaction; I think he does, just in his own way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Coral
    Christchurch, New Zealand
    30/11/16
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    "If you are a fan then you know"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hanging Tree to be better than the print version?

    I love Kobna Holbrook-Smith and I think he embodies all of the series so I don't read the print version


    What other book might you compare The Hanging Tree to and why?

    Sort of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman


    Have you listened to any of Kobna Holdbrook-Smith’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He is fantastic


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Loved it but I love the series


    Any additional comments?

    Get it read it listen to it and if you haven't started the series I'm envious I wish I hadn't read/listened to it because then I could do it again

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Claire
    30/11/16
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    "Read in Order, whatever you do!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I wouldn't recommend this one directly, but the series? Most DEFINITELY. It's quirky, clever and has so many laugh out loud moments ,this is my most looked forward to series. This book HAS to be read in order. I hadn't caught up on the story before starting in on this one, and I was a little lost with the constant referring to past events. It's a good story regardless, but one of my least favourite of the series


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I was a little lost with the referring to past books. There needed to be a little more context given to past events. Otherwise, it was a good book. The story felt a bit disjointed, and didn't have a clear engaging story line that caught me, but it wasn't bad or boring at all.


    What does Kobna Holdbrook-Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He has an unreal talent to switch between characters and accents. He is probably my favourite narrator, along side Sebastian York - who has the sexiest voice ALIVE


    Any additional comments?

    This is such a fun quirky series. Start at the beginning, and listen to it. The narration brings it alive in a way you wouldn't believe. The only thing that set this back from 5 stars for me, was the storyline not being "bowl me over amazing" like the others I've read, but still, decent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eileen
    1/12/16
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    "I adore this series!"

    I wish they came out every month rather than every year! They stories are great fun and Kobna Holbrook Smith brings them to life brilliantly.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Erik
    30/11/16
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    "Good story and praise to the auther"

    Good story, fun narrating with good use of London slang and dialects
    Praise to the author for gathering threads from earlier books, but without closing them all.
    He also did a good job of avoid powercreep, what have become stronger in this story is not the protagonist, but police organization behind him (it opens also up for new problems).

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Suffolk Nobody
    Stutton, Nr Ipswich, United Kingdom
    27/11/16
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    "Back on form - best in the series since the first"

    Along with many other readers, I found the previous instalment in this series a little disappointing, something of a filler. As I hoped, Ben Aaronovitch is back on form with this latest episode in the saga of PC Peter Grant and his dealings with the magical, mythical and fantastical denizens of the demi-monde.

    In this book, a long owed favour comes home to roost as the personification of the River Tyburn, Lady Ty, calls in her marker when her daughter is involved in what, initially, appears to be a straightforward drug overdose.

    Rapidly however the magical element comes to the fore and the Faceless Man and rogue PC Lesley May enter the story. It would be very easy for this series to slip into predictability - Faceless Man does some mischief, eventually our heroes get close and then he gets away as cleanly as ever. What this author has managed to do is to maintain the viability of the series while moving the story forward and developing the information the police have - as they would in a mundane investigation. With the identity of the Faceless Man finally known, the book builds to a superb and satisfying conclusion while offering plenty of teasers for the next book.

    Many familiar character return and some new ones appear keeping the variety that makes this series so enjoyable. Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is superb as ever - his narration as Grant is spot on and he manages the wide range of characters with ease.

    At the end there is a fascinating interview with both Ben and Kobna (though the interviewer is a little annoying).

    One word of warning - if you haven't read/heard the previous books in the series, you will miss much of the joy of this book. Whilst the story can be enjoyed in own right, the depth (and to my mind) pleasure of it comes from the build up of story and knowledge from previous novels in the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • F. Woods
    Bedford, England
    27/11/16
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    "More please as soon as possible!"

    The only thing I dislike about these books is that they are over too quickly! Eagerly awaiting the next installment...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • SmilingMrJ
    UK
    6/12/16
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    "Procedurally brilliant. More things explode"

    Another great dive into the Met & Folley. Great addition to the series. Brilliantly read

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wendy Smith
    East Yorkshire
    30/11/16
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    "Confused"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I feel that I must have missed big parts of this book, but when listening again I find I have not. This book has left me slightly confused. With all of the other books the scene has been set and you can set play on your 'imagination video' and as Kobna reads the book you can visualise what is happening. With this book it was totally lacking.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ben Aaronovitch again?

    Of course, I love this series, its just this book didnt light my fire as much as the others.


    What does Kobna Holdbrook-Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Ahhhh Kobna, I love his voice, I could listen to him read the AA road Map!


    Any additional comments?

    I'm going to listen to the whole series again - because I can and you hear something new every time. Please please, if you have just discovered this book on audible, don't buy it, go to the first book, buy that and work your way through the series. Honest its worth it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tiffany
    denbigh, United Kingdom
    29/11/16
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    "shamefully cut short"
    What disappointed you about The Hanging Tree?

    the book lacked any kind of point, clearly has either been edited for the next instalment or the writer is lost. beginning ,middle and what's going on with the end


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    the end or lack of .


    Any additional comments?

    come on publishers, every book has an end or even in a serial a cliff hanger..... this just stopped for why I know not......

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Paule
    Hong Kong, Hong Kong
    27/11/16
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    "Left hanging?"

    The book started very well and felt as if it would return the the excellent form of the earlier books in the series. I enjoyed the humour and the mix of characters. However, the ending is such a disappointment. It felt as if it had been finished for a particular deadline, rather than being brought to a proper conclusion in its own right. I can appreciate that certain threads of the story have to be left so that they can be picked up in the next book, but everything was rushed, bundled up in a most unsatisfactory way. I shall undoubtedly read the next one when it appears, but with less of the pleasurable anticipation with which I awaited this one. Perhaps the next should be the last.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bernadette
    25/11/16
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    "Brilliant!"

    Thank you, Ben. Well worth waiting for. Kobna excellent as usual. Can't wait for next one.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Jackie Burns
    Stanford-le-Hope, Essex United Kingdom
    25/11/16
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    "It's been worth the wait..."

    Lovely - Ben Aaronovitch has put a bit more muscle into the story arch, fleshed out the minor characters (past AND present), and has woven tantalising threads through the fabric of the main character that may, or may not, bear fruit in future episodes. I love it when I sense a variety of possible future outcomes.

    The story unfolds at a very fast pace, yet the characters are always given just enough time to develop without any sense of being rushed. I loved the sprinkling of magical back history throughout the previous books and wasn't disappointed with this volume. And, as always, I especially love the way that Ben Aaronovitch give as much effort to crafting the past and present background, geographically speaking, as he does to his characters.

    And as to the performance by Kobna Holbrook-Smith...I love, love, love it. Kobna REALLY brings the story alive with such passion and humour. His timing is amazing.

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the story and the performance.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • S. Donohue
    Manchester, UK
    27/11/16
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    "Another fun filled ride"

    It's like catching up with old friends I find myself reading and listening to this book and smiling like I'm with an old friend updating me on their life. The characters feel real and you want to know more about them. So many questions still to be answered.
    Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is Peter to me his voice is the one I hear when I read the book he is by far one of the best narrators audible have.
    Cannot wait for the next instalment.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • I taylor
    7/12/16
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    "Steeped in the mystical"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hanging Tree the most enjoyable?

    The narrator is particularly suited to this series and the wide range of accents that he has really lends authenticity to the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Peter is back and so is the faceless man. Set deep in the mysteries of London, the Hanging Tree is both the name of a pub and a relic of bygone criminal action. It seems only fitting that an officer of the law should look there for clues. Peter once again risks his life and several blocks of prime real estate to neutralise the bad guys and as always, he does it with style.
    Peter is one of my all-time favourite characters and I always look forward to Aaronovitch’s unique London style. The characters are well built and are particularly expressive when it comes to British wit. The mix of ancient London architecture, history, and myths and legends make the books really come alive, not to mention the lively natural element that the rivers bring. Nightingale enables the reader to get an understanding of the immense scale of the world that Aaronovitch has created, giving the story a depth in time.
    If you get the chance to listen to the audio version, which I highly recommend, you will not be disappointed. The narrator has a distinctive style and really embodies Peter’s character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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