Summary

In that narrow, mysterious space where fantasy and crime intersect, Ben Aaronovitch continues to create an immersive and finely crafted world of his own. Expect a glorious reprise of PC Grant and his unique narrative voice.
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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5 out of 5 stars
By Suffolk Nobody on 27-11-16

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Justine on 12-12-16

As usual, a great read.

I love Kobna reading these books - he really makes the story live. This book progresses Peter's story well. The only criticism is nothing to do with the book, but with the way that whoever arranges the audio book has not thought about the placement of the interview with Ben and Kobna. It should come after the acknowledgements read by Kobna - instead the loud harsh voice of the interviewer comes straight in after the very quiet ending of the story - it is very jarring, and such a contrast to Kobna's quiet voice, so be prepared!! It gave me such a fright as it was so unexpected. Chapter 17 is the interview.

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5 out of 5 stars
By leefis on 30-09-17

Best Narration that I have heard for an Audiobook.

The Narrator’s voice and way of reading fit my picture of the main character perfectly. His reading of the story is so smooth, well paced, and well acted that I could completely fall into the story while listening.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Coral on 30-11-16

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

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