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Whispers Under Ground, Book 3 in the best-selling PC Peter Grant series by Ben Aaronovitch and narrated by English actor Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is a laugh-out-loud, modern mystery crime detective audiobook, complete and unabridged. London is not as it seems – from evil Gods and Goddesses of the Thames, dark magic lurking in the tube system and monsters hiding in the shadows, it is up to wizard and PC Peter Grant to maintain order. PC Grant must use his cunning detective skills to track down a killer in Soho. But it’s a dangerous task when there’s no one to call for backup. Available now from Audible.
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Doctor Who screenwriter Ben Aaronovitch's superbly entertaining supernatural crime series has, with its witty one-liners and wonderfully erudite take on London, won a legion of fans in double-quick time.
Peter Grant is learning magic fast. And it’s just as well - he's already had run ins with the deadly supernatural children of the Thames and a terrifying killer in Soho. Progression in the police force is less easy, especially when you work in a department of two. A department that doesn't even officially exist. A department that if you did describe it to most people would get you laughed at.
And then there's his love life. The last person he fell for ended up seriously dead. It wasn't his fault, but still. Now something horrible is happening in the labyrinth of tunnels that make up the tube system that honeycombs the ancient foundations of London. And delays on the Northern line is the very least of it.
Time to call in the Met's Economic and Specialist Crime Unit 9, aka 'The Folly'. Time to call in PC Peter Grant, Britains Last Wizard.
This edition is read by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith. Kobna is a film, theatre, television, and radio actor. His television credits include Little Britain, Saxondale, Pulling, Taking the Flak, Star Stories, and Sirens; his theatre credits include lead roles at the National, Tricycle, Young Vic, Manchester Royal Exchange, Bush, and Shakespeare's Globe theatres, and he has also been in numerous BBC radio plays. He has voiced audiobooks by Alastair Reynolds and Ben Aaronovitch for Orion.
©2012 Ben Aaronovitch (P)2012 Orion Publishing Group
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jane on 04-07-12

Wonderful story, wonderful narration

This is another great volume in the Peter Grant series. Aaronovitch has established a set of likeable three-dimensional characters who inhabit a rich urban fantasy world. The central narrative thread of this volume (investigating a crime in the underground) moves along nicely, and the broader narrative arcs of the series are developed. Aaronovitch also does well in tackling some tricky real-world issues such as race and disability without ever seeming to preach. It's good to see Lesley back doing policework.
Kobna Holdbrook-Smith's narration is flat-out terrific. There is a broader set of accents for him to contend with here, but each voice emerges as individual and convincing. The central performance of Peter Grant holds the whole thing together - colloquial, self-deprecating, bright and perceptive in many ways, a bit obtuse in others.
Oh, and did I mention how funny the whole thing is in places? In fact, the only problem with this audiobook is the funny looks you get as you walk along apparently chortling to yourself.

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5 out of 5 stars
By I F Jentle on 14-08-12

A match made in heaven between author and narrator

I admit to being a little concerned before I bought this audiobook; the third in a series of books all to often shows the author flagging in invention and repeating previous plot devices. Not a bit of it! This book is as enjoyable as the first two. This is partly because of Kobna Holdbrook - Smith's superb narration; there is something about his depiction of the hero, (the book is written in the First Person) that perfectly compliment's the authors world view. Sometimes a narrator can ruin a perfrctly good book, but in this case, It is a match made in heaven!

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5 out of 5 stars
By David on 19-08-12

Ripping good fun

Would you listen to Whispers Under Ground again? Why?

Yes, again and again and again. The book is so much fun and the narration by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is exceptional.

What other book might you compare Whispers Under Ground to and why?

If you're a fan of the Iron Druid books you certainly wont go wrong here. A step above Dresden.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely, I had to force myself to stop so I could get some sleep or stop driving around. Highly addictive listening.

Any additional comments?

Urban fantasy and mystery rolled in to one brilliant package and presented with the utmost finesse.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Sandrine on 10-04-13

It felt heavy and too elaborated

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I missed the spunk and funk from the first two books.

What was most disappointing about Ben Aaronovitch’s story?

In parts it was too elaborated. The description of the rummaging through the sewers was too long and did not really develop in anything to help the unfolding of the story.
The introducing chapter was interesting and one thought it would be put to use in some way over the span of the story but it came back at the very end with a little twist but had nothing to do with the main storyline.

What three words best describe Kobna Holdbrook-Smith’s voice?

Mr Holdbrook-Smith's performance was again very good and enjoyable. At times Leslie's nasal lisp was a bit hard to understand though.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Whispers Under Ground?

The long trail through the sewers.

Any additional comments?

Now I wonder if in the next sequel the British Museum of Natural History will come to life at night?

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