Broken Homes : Peter Grant

  • by Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Series: Peter Grant
  • 10 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Ben Aaronovitch has stormed the bestseller list with his superb London crime series. A unique blend of police procedural, loving detail about the greatest character of all, London, and a dash of the supernatural.
A mutilated body in Crawley. Another killer on the loose. The prime suspect is one Robert Weil; an associate of the twisted magician known as the Faceless Man? Or just a common or garden serial killer? Before PC Peter Grant can get his head round the case a town planner going under a tube train and a stolen grimoire are adding to his case-load. So far so London. But then Peter gets word of something very odd happening in Elephant and Castle, on an housing estate designed by a nutter, built by charlatans and inhabited by the truly desperate. Is there a connection? And if there is, why oh why did it have to be South of the River?
Full of warmth, sly humour and a rich cornucopia of things you never knew about London, Aaronovitch's series has swiftly added Grant's magical London to Rebus' Edinburgh and Morse's Oxford as a destination of choice for those who love their crime with something a little extra.
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.


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Next book in a wonderful series great narration

Always a pleasure to come across another in the "Folly" series by Ben Aaronovitch. This one combines all the hallmarks of the others starting with Kobna Holdbrook-Smiths superb vocal range bringing each of the many characters to life magic, a superbly street wise Peter Grant and an author that knows London inside out. The character of the Nightingale is an invention of pure brilliance and the description of the battle between him and the Russian practitioner is excellent. The twist right at the end catches one unawares. If there was a criticism it might be that the cast is getting very large and occasionally confusing, not everyone in the previous books needs to make an appearance in the current volume. I downloaded the book and in 2 days had finished listening as I found it so entertaining. Hope to see more of the Nightingale's back - story in the next work.
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- lynn

there is a sting at the end

What made the experience of listening to Broken Homes the most enjoyable?

the 4th book in the peter grant series ventures south of the river, with our heroes having to face (or faceless) not 1 but 2 enemies.

The story has some nasty suprises waiting and aaronovich manages to keep a lot hidden by leaving some very obvious things out in the open, only at the end you see how the obvious and the hidden combine


as always the style and accents of holdbrook smith adds greatly to the story and even takes in the difference in lesley's voice as she had another operation

The bits of info on london reveal (once again) how much knowlegde and research aaronovich has.

Fun to read even if you will end up cursing at the end

so mr aaronovich go away and write another one

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

yes, there is a very obvious bit of the plot that makes you think "peter you blind one, connect the dots" only to find out that there is a lot more

Have you listened to any of Kobna Holdbrook-Smith’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

the rest of the series, he has a good voice, giving life to a copper of african desent, a classic english gentleman, a seaside girl and many more


If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

this time its personal

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- ton

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-25-2013
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group