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Kate McMahon

Melbourne, Australia
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  • Foxglove Summer

  • Rivers of London, Book 5
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321

In the fifth of his best-selling series Ben Aaronovitch takes Peter Grant out of whatever comfort zone he might have found and takes him out of London - to a small village in Herefordshire where the local police are reluctant to admit that there might be a supernatural element to the disappearance of some local children. But while you can take the London copper out of London you can't take the London out of the copper. Travelling west with Beverley Brook, Peter soon finds himself caught up in a deep mystery and having to tackle local cops and local gods. And what's more all the shops are closed by 4pm....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous narration brings the book to life

  • By emmoff on 15-07-2015

Can Kobna Holdbrook-Smith please read all the books?

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-08-2015

I love this series, and have read them
as soon as they've been released. Generally I prefer reading over audiobooks because I like hearing the characters voices in my head the way I imagine them, if that makes sense. But not with Kobna Holdbrook-Smith. Not only is his range incredible, his female characters are as compelling as his male ones, and his various accents are completely convincing - but the really wonderful thing is that he brings the characters to life better than my imagination does. I felt like I properly got to know some of the characters for the first time after listening to this recording. The Ben & Kobna combo, doesn't get better than that.

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  • Fated

  • Alex Verus, Book 1
  • By: Benedict Jacka
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 65

Camden, North London. A tangled, mangled junction of train lines, roads and waterways. Where minor celebrities hang out with minor criminals and where tourists and moody teenagers mingle. In the heart of Camden, where rail meets road meets leyline, you might find the Arcana Emporium, run by one Alex Verus. He won't sell you a wand or mix you a potion, but if you know what you're looking for, he might just be able to help.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Solid Story

  • By Readalot on 19-03-2018

Main character is kind of rapey

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-08-2015

At first I was a bit put off when I realised that when the story referred to a girl, it wasn't actually a child but rather a 22 year-old woman. But then things move beyond casual sexism to kind of creepy. Like when the main character decides that he has to assault and abduct a woman (sorry I mean 22 year old girl) because she's too stupid to know what's good for her. Besides being rapey, the main character is not exactly likeable so far, he has an unfortunate combination of feeling constantly hard done by while always needing to be right. The book so far kind of feels like a conversation with some pompous prat in a pub who tries to pick you up by lecturing you about the finer points of Deleuze. Not sure I can make it through.

4 of 11 people found this review helpful