BenAaronovitch MoonOverSoho

Kobna Holdbrook-Smith again reads the words of Ben Aaronovitch as we return to apprentice magician and wizard Peter Grant, who again takes us to the London that we all know is there under the surface. You know the one with jazz vampires, which is fortuitous considering Peter’s dad is a jazz loving trumpet player with a title in jazz scene.

Book two in the series (Rivers of London was the first) finds Aaronovitch more relaxed and leisurely, which is a blessing and a curse in some ways. It’s a blessing as the we get to see a different side of Grant as he isn’t as action hero as Rivers of London but we also get to see less of the colourful characters that littered the first one. Though we do get a few nice cameos.

We also get less knocking on doors, so less of the police investigation, and more relationship building, but you know I like it for that. It shows that Aaronovitch isn’t repeating a formula. Instead he’s investigating his characters and their history more. We get to see more about the history of ‘The Folly’ and where all the wizards may, or may not, have gone.

I did realise one of the major twists earlier than I would have liked and I think that twisting in one more smaller thread into the story might have delayed that. But that’s only a minor distraction as I really enjoyed the voice of Grant. Both Holdbrook-Smith and Aaronovitch versions. Especially Peter having a practical edge to everything and not getting too airy faery about the mystical world he finds himself in. And I’m definitely not going to look at one of those carnival fortune telling heads the same way again.

What was really touching was following the effect on Lesley of the events of River of London and how she and Peter deal with it. And what really hit it home was Kobna doing Lesley’s voice and remembering it from Rivers of London before her life changed. Thankfully she’s strong on the inside.

One of the best urban fantasy series in years. One that is a must read if you love London (ror the idea of London) and want to see what could be happening just below the mystical surface

4 Thoughts on “Mini Audiobook Review: Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch (Gollancz)

  1. I’m just past the halfway point of Rivers of London, and I’m really enjoying it. Looking forward to getting my teeth into Soho as soon as possible :D

  2. I really liked Rivers of London – glad book 2 doesn’t disappoint. I find sometimes that the person reading an audiobook can make or break the story – it sounds like the reader for this one is pretty good. It’s one of the things that makes me hesitate over spending lots of money on the audio version of a favourite book – what if I don’t like the way the person reads it? I’m hoping to read Moon over Soho soon, I’m looking forward to it!

    ~Ailsa

    • Gav Reads on November 18, 2011 at 6:30 pm said:

      I always listen to a sample – audible is great for that – as they give you a really big chunk. I definitely only buy audioboooks from readers that I fall for.

      My current favourite is Derek Jacobi. He reads as Watson in Holmes’s Adventures. Truly amazing.

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