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Lies Sleeping

Rivers of London, Book 7
Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
5 out of 5 stars (214 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Martin Chorley, aka the Faceless Man, wanted for multiple counts of murder, fraud and crimes against humanity, has been unmasked and is on the run.

Peter Grant, Detective Constable and apprentice wizard, now plays a key role in an unprecedented joint operation to bring Chorley to justice.

But even as the unwieldy might of the Metropolitan Police bears down on its foe, Peter uncovers clues that Chorley, far from being finished, is executing the final stages of a long-term plan.

A plan that has its roots in London's 2,000 bloody years of history and could literally bring the city to its knees.

To save his beloved city, Peter's going to need help from his former best friend and colleague - Lesley May - who brutally betrayed him and everything he thought she believed in. And, far worse, he might even have to come to terms with the malevolent supernatural killer and agent of chaos known as Mr Punch....

©2018 Ben Aaronovitch (P)2018 Orion Publishing Group

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I loved this book

Cant describe how much I enjoyed this book ! Love love love "Lies Sleeping" is the best I can come up with ☺

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another great sorry

Another enjoyable story in the Peter Grant series. I love the world and its interesting characters.

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  • fiona kew
  • 1442 Dyraaba Road Dyraaba NSW 2470
  • 29-01-2019

another excellent tale.<br />

love this series of books and I'm always left disappointed when comes to an end.
the mixture of fantasy , magic and crime fighting is an intoxicating mix.
add in the rich voice of narrator and I am lost from the word go.

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Fabulous

So much fun and such an inventive and clever story, with really enjoyable narration. All the accents were brilliant except for a bit of a wobble on the American but that’s just a quibble. I just loved it!

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loved it

The story is delightfully unique and you can easily get lost in the world. The narrator is a ripper love the distinct characters he creates

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Brilliant once again!

I love this series I’m typically not drawn to sci-fi/fantasy but this is such a well written series that never disappoints. Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is such a brilliant narrator who embues each voice with distinctly different traits! Can’t wait for the next one!

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brilliant as always

Kobna Holdbrook-smith's performance was brilliant as always, I could listen to that man read the phone book.

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Totally Loved

I love this series of books, very easy listening, but also very entertaining and intriguing. Can’t wait for the next one. I like how the integrity of the characters are carried thru each volume

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  • Aileen
  • Armidale, Australia
  • 28-12-2018

The denouement was truly terrible

Nothing in the conclusion explains or justifies the events across these seven books. I had to finish because since book two I’ve been impatient for an explanation, especially an explanation of Leslie’s behaviour.
While each book includes beautiful, rich, imaginative detail, it also becomes more and more a crude showcase for the protagonist, Peter, who ended up an embarrassing Gary Stu. Men want to be him, women want to be with him. Each book introduces new characters, who are fleshed out for one book, then become wallpaper (eg Abigail).
By the time book seven was released, I was thoroughly sick of,the whole series. If I never have to read about how amazing the sex is between Bev and Peter, and how fuckable they both are, that will be ok by me.

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  • Roderic
  • Victoria Park, Australia
  • 16-12-2018

Enjoyable reprise of interesting characters

I particularly enjoyed the narration by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith. The light cynicism of Peter Grant, the narrating character, carries the story very well. There are occasional clumsy elements to the story, and a whiff of "demi-monde ex machina" in the resolution.

I do enjoy the gradual development of the main characters and I look forward to the next instalment.

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  • seonaid
  • 13-01-2019

Best Ever Writer/Narrator combination!

I love the Peter Grant series by Ben Aaronovitch narrated by the superb Kobna Holdbrook-Smith and this latest is no exception! I lived for 4 years in London (a long time ago now), and I wish I'd had these titles while I was there. I'd love to explore Peter Grant's London (even without the magic) while listening to Kobna's narration. Ben & him give an intimate and different perspective on that fabulous city.

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  • Tarald Holm
  • 21-12-2018

One of the best in the series. Kobna is amazing!

this is the first book in the series I listened to add an audiobook, and Kobna's performance makes me want to get the rest and restart from the beginning.

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  • Leit
  • 04-12-2018

The perfect marriage of fantasy and cop show

Having finally caught up with the series, it seems like time for a review. And catching up has been brilliant. Peter Grant is easily the most entertaining protagonist in his genre, Ben Aaronovitch injects sly humour from every angle, and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is easily the top narrator I've experienced on Audible and the perfect choice for this series. Start at the beginning and I guarantee enjoyment all the way through if you're a fan of the genre.

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  • Axel T
  • 29-11-2018

Can't wait for the next one!

Another good entry in this great series. Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is the man., and the character development is at its best.

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  • S. Moreton
  • 17-11-2018

Another fantastic book. I loved it.

The ongoing struggle of Peter and Lesley and the team at the Folly continues. The story moves forward nicely with a good deal of resolution, but leaving room for the next installment.
The narration is, as always, superb.
The unique humour is as entertaining as always, although this was perhaps less humorous than some of the previous books.
If you haven't read the previous books in the Rivers of London Series, you should not start here, but this is a spectacular series. To purloin a phrase "Do yourselves a favour" and read this stuff.

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  • Pegs
  • 23-11-2018

Love these characters and these books.

More, more, more please. If you keep writing them Ben, I’ll keep buying and reading them. This is how I used to feel when awaiting the publication of the next Terry Pratchett book and, in my opinion, that is the ultimate compliment an author can receive.

As an aside, why on earth are people giving the book low star ratings based on the Audible pre-orders cock-up. Hardly fair!

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  • MFW
  • 15-11-2018

Love this series, this book follows on nicely

More developments in the hunt for the Faceless man MK2, with thrills, spills and some more pale ladies to challenge Peter, Nightingale and the Fay.

Note for those reviewing the book that they haven't received on Audible, rather than moan in a review have you tried contacting customer services at Audible?

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  • Paul Butler
  • 16-11-2018

Continues to enchant

With a combination of wonderful storytelling and narration the series maintains the high standard set already.

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  • neil
  • 24-11-2018

fantastic

pulls all the previous books together in a totally entertaining way. time to start book one again!!

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  • Esther
  • 22-11-2018

Just Brilliant!

Amazing story! Written so well, such a creative story and follows the previous books perfectly. Narration was awesome and some really laugh out loud moments!

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  • Shi
  • 28-11-2018

Least favourite book of the series

I've listened to the entire series (several times) and while I will continue to purchase these books I felt the plot of this one didn't grab me. There is a certain amount of Peter (or Aaronovitch) being clever in the series and going on and on about historical backstory and how much he knows. Usually the books have a good balance of this and there is a still a good amount of plot progression. However in this book I felt that it took ages for anything to actually happen and there were long periods in which the book lagged, something I didn't feel was an issue in some of the others. That said there were a couple of really great moments (no spoilers) which redeemed the book in my eyes, but I'm hoping the next book is less Peter going on about history and more about the experiences of the other characters who I've grown to love.

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  • Bennyboy
  • 27-11-2018

Bit boring really

Read/listened to all 7 books. This is the poorest so far. Nothing really happens in the story until the final act. The most interesting character in the series hardly features in the storyline. Hope the next one is better. Narration is excellent as ever though.

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  • chillidip
  • 24-11-2018

Another classic Rivers of London

Starting more slowly than previous books it soon envelopes you and you cannot stop listening. Peter's observations make me laugh. As does DCI Seawoll along with the rich pageant of characters, like Toby the dog, Nightingale the last Wizard , Molly, Foxglove, Guleed and the no longer faceless man you step into another world that is still London. Add some exciting chases, desperate fights where a magical spell is dropped in favour of a swift kick to the groin. It's a new 21st century style of fantasy.

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  • Ed
  • 24-11-2018

back to the old formula

I have been waiting for the next book for a long time. I was not disappointed

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  • Tod Werewolf
  • 19-11-2018

Top class urban fantasies

if you have not read or listened to the other Rivers of London tales, you should start with book one. Kobna Holdbrook-Smith brings Peter Grant to life in Ben Aaronovitch's series . all the books are great, but if you start with book one it's easier to follow. There is a novella as well.
highly recommended by me.

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