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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.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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?
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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.
21 of 21 people found this review helpful
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!
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
Loved it. I could listen to the narrator forever. Great twists and turns in the storyline.
Cannot get enough of these books. The stories are extremely entertaining and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith's narrative is superlative.