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Publisher's Summary

In the fifth of his bestselling series Ben Aaronovitch takes Peter Grant out of whatever comfort zone he might have found and takes him out of London - to a small village in Herefordshire where the local police are reluctant to admit that there might be a supernatural element to the disappearance of some local children. But while you can take the London copper out of London you can't take the London out of the copper.
Travelling west with Beverley Brook Peter soon finds himself caught up in a deep mystery and having to tackle local cops and local gods. And what's more all the shops are closed by 4pm...
Sales for Broken Homes in trade leapt by 50% over Whispers Under Ground, confirming that Ben Aaronovitch is an author with an unrivalled eye for a bestselling story.
©2014 Ben Aaronovitch (P)2014 Orion Publishing Group
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By E. Richens on 07-28-17

perfect narration

I don't think I would love this series as much as I do if I read it instead of having it read to me by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith. His accents are sometimes a little dodgy but it doesn't matter because his voices make each character so distinct that I can clearly picture them.
Or maybe I would. This is a smart and funny series.

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By Denis on 12-11-16

Another must read

Masterly crafted and read.
A difficult to put down book, but short but another in the series to look forward to!

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By Dogma on 11-19-14

Excellent Book in an Excellent Series

Would you listen to Foxglove Summer again? Why?

Apart from a cracking story Kobna Holdbrook-Smith's reading is superb.

What does Kobna Holdbrook-Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The tone of his voice is so good, his pace is just right.

Any additional comments?

I've enjoyed all the Rivers of London series, excellent story coupled with superb narration. My only criticism is that even at well over 10 hours it's too short, I went through this in such a short time.

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By Sarah on 11-17-14

You can take a city wizard to the country but...

An excellent addition to the Rivers of London series. Peter's been sent to the heartlands, and there are missing children to find.

I will keep this spoiler free for the previous books, in case you're reading in advance, but I will add that this isn't a series easily understood out of order. Of course if you have read the others and are venturing to audiobook for the first time I will add her that Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is an amazing narrator, who really brings every character to life. In this book there's a ninety-year old man that he just gets perfectly.

Peter Grant is without his London and we get to see how far he has come on from the clueless architecture-loving policeman who was thrown into the maelstrom that is the supernatural world. Character growth and change, especially in the protagonist, can be hard to get right in long novel-series but this book really gives Peter the room he needs.

The mix of police-procedural, well-researched fantasy, jazz(pop)-culture humour and notes-on-architecture-of-the-British-Isles still gels brilliantly five books later. In fact, I've learnt a lot over the last few years from cornicing to police computer systems and now I know more about the inner workings of the forestry commission than I ever thought I would. I love how naturally this information flows into what is, at its heart, a plot driven novel about a hunt to find the missing children before their time is up.

I adore these books: the sense of humour is spot on, I love the characters, and I feel invested in their crazy but yet realistic lives. Obviously some books in the series are going to be slightly more amazing than others and Broken Homes was a high-point for me. There were a lot of questions raised in Broken Homes that haven't been answered yet so Foxglove Summer didn't feel quite as important to the main story arc. It did clear up some questions from books 1-3 and add a few extra layers to the mystery.

Bring on book number six - this is my brain on magic.

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By emmoff on 07-15-15

Fabulous narration brings the book to life

After listening to Kobna Holdbrook-Smith's fabulous narration on this book, I somehow was compelled to buy the first four audiobooks in the series and listen to them, even though I had bought, read and really enjoyed them in paperback. The audiobook versions are just so much better. I listened to Foxglove Summer twice. Highly recommended. Holdbrook-Smith is one of the best narrators I have come across.

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By Kate McMahon on 08-08-15

Can Kobna Holdbrook-Smith please read all the books?

I love this series, and have read them
as soon as they've been released. Generally I prefer reading over audiobooks because I like hearing the characters voices in my head the way I imagine them, if that makes sense. But not with Kobna Holdbrook-Smith. Not only is his range incredible, his female characters are as compelling as his male ones, and his various accents are completely convincing - but the really wonderful thing is that he brings the characters to life better than my imagination does. I felt like I properly got to know some of the characters for the first time after listening to this recording. The Ben & Kobna combo, doesn't get better than that.

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