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Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch
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This was an interesting story involving a policeman, old London river gods and magic and I did enjoy it. However I was not fully convinced and I may not follow up the series. To be fair I was listening to this on audiobook and I did not like the reader very much. Why would they use someone who takes loud, wet breaths between sentences? Very annoying. So maybe I will give this series a second chance but read the book myself next time.

Amendment 11th May 2019
Now I have listened to several more books in this series I want to apologise hugely to Kobna Holdbrook-Smith who narrated his book and all the rest. I have no idea now why I took against him in the first book, but by the last one I cannot imagine anyone else who could read them as well as he did!
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Reading Progress

July 10, 2013 – Shelved
July 10, 2013 – Shelved as: to-read
January 1, 2015 – Started Reading
January 24, 2015 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Carolyn (last edited Jan 25, 2015 02:10AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Carolyn The narrator can make such a difference can't they? Now if it had been Benedict Cumberbatch, your rating might have been quite different!


Phrynne We can only dream:)


message 3: by Jen (new)

Jen Sounds annoying!!! Next novel he might be slurping his spaghetti noodles! Can you give feedback for audiobooks?


message 4: by Brenda (new)

Brenda Haha! Jen you had me laughing out loud there!!


message 5: by Marianne (new)

Marianne Excellent review as always, Phrynne!


message 6: by ☮Karen (new)

☮Karen How annoying!


message 7: by C. (new) - rated it 4 stars

C. That would drive me nuts. Being sound-sensitive to certian things is why I have not tried an audiobook yet but I own two, by the authors, who are known to be great orators: William Shatner and Bill Clinton! I love this series and had the last chapters not been rushed with threads dangling, it felt like five-star reading.


Phrynne I am so glad you brought this old review of mine back to my attention C! I am going to revise it in a minute to take my later experiences into account.


message 9: by Alex (new) - added it

Alex Cantone Not a fan of audio books myself - too intrusive - but I still have this one to track down. Excellent series.


Phrynne I still wonder why I hated the narrator so much on this first book but came to love his work later. Maybe the poor guy had flu or something:)


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