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Author: Ben Aaronovitch Narrator: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Rivers of London Series Release Date: February 2020 ISBN: 9780593167359
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The eighth book of the bestselling Rivers of London urban fantasy series returns to the adventures of Peter Grant, detective and apprentice wizard, as he solves magical crimes in the city of London.

Peter Grant is facing fatherhood, and an uncertain future, with equal amounts of panic and enthusiasm. Rather than sit around, he takes a job with émigré Silicon Valley tech genius Terrence Skinner's brand new London start up—the Serious Cybernetics Company.

Drawn into the orbit of Old Street's famous 'silicon roundabout', Peter must learn how to blend in with people who are both civilians and geekier than he is. Compared to his last job, Peter thinks it should be a doddle. But magic is not finished with Mama Grant's favourite son.

Because Terrence Skinner has a secret hidden in the bowels of the SCC. A technology that stretches back to Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage, and forward to the future of artificial intelligence. A secret that is just as magical as it technological—and just as dangerous. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Aaronovitch has a very witty, casual voice, with a tendency toward sarcasm and humor, which is threaded throughout Broken Homes. And a few crazy plot twists will devastate and delight fans in equal measure. RT Reviews
  • Aaronovitch makes the story sing, building momentum until the ending is literally breathless. SF Revu
  • The most entertaining book that I have read in such a long time.... It's very funny, it's very clever, it's very nicely written.... It's such a treat. Nancy Pearl
  • The most satisfying fantasy thriller to hit bookshelves in quite some time. SFX Magazine
  • This book is, at its heart, a police procedural with an overlay of urban fantasy elements. The voice is persuasive and funny as all get-out, and the reader is engaged with the narrative from the very first page. Aaronovitch has written a diverse cast of characters who all feel like real people with their own specific motivations. This book is simply wonderful. RT Reviews (top pick)
  • The perfect blend of CSI and Harry Potter. io9
  • It's witty, fun, and full of vivid characters, and the plot twists will keep even seasoned mystery fans guessing. Publishers Weekly
  • This series is a constant joy to read....I’ve been looking forward all year to find out what happened next, and the book did not disappoint. Genevieve Cogman, author of The Invisible Library
  • The prose is witty, the plot clever, and the characters incredibly likeable. Time Out
  • A low-income housing tower gone awry, an old enemy with a bone to pick...and a shocker of an ending—Broken Homes is a delight. Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times-bestselling author

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  • 4.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 5 B | 5/5/2021

    " The is the first book in the series after a large story arc has closed. I wasn't sure what to expect but it was good. The story was a little bit needlessly complex in parts, perhaps too ambitious for Aaronovitch because there seemed to be a few unexplained plot holes, but they didn't take away from the story. Overall the book is very good and I think it allows the series to grow and move forward. I would absolutely recommend this book and the series to anyone who enjoys urban fiction, and if you like police procedurals and fantasy, this is the perfect intersection! And as always, Koba Holdbrook-Smith is 100%. There isn't anything else to say, he adds bucket loads to the enjoyment value and brings it to life in a way that only he can. "

About the Author

Ben Aaronovitch was born in London in 1964 and had the kind of dull, routine childhood that drives a man either to drink or to science fiction. He is a screenwriter, with early notable success on BBC’s legendary Doctor Who, for which he wrote some episodes now widely regarded as classics, and which even he is quite fond of. After a decade of such work, he decided it was time to show the world what he could really do, and he embarked on his first serious original novel. The result was Midnight Riot, the debut adventure of Peter Grant, followed by Moon over Soho and Whispers under Ground.

About the Narrator

Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is a Ghanaian-born British actor who has appeared on stage, screen, and television. A graduate of the Guildford School of Acting, he won a Manchester Evening News Theatre Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.