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4.00031142946123 out of 54.00031142946123 out of 54.00031142946123 out of 54.00031142946123 out of 54.00031142946123 out of 5 4.00 (3,211 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ben Aaronovitch, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith Narrator: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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To solve a perplexing murder case, Peter Grant, London constable and sorcerer’s apprentice, must plumb the haunted depths of the oldest, largest, and deadliest subway system in the world.

It begins with a dead body at the far end of Baker Street tube station, all that remains of American exchange student James Gallagher—and the victim’s wealthy, politically powerful family is understandably eager to get to the bottom of the gruesome murder. The trouble is, the bottom—if it exists at all—is deeper and more unnatural than anyone suspects … except, that is, for London constable and sorcerer’s apprentice Peter Grant. With Inspector Nightingale, the last registered wizard in England, tied up in the hunt for the rogue magician known as “the Faceless Man,” it’s up to Peter to plumb the haunted depths of the oldest, largest, and—as of now—deadliest subway system in the world.

At least he won’t be alone. The FBI has sent over a crack agent to help. She’s young, ambitious, beautiful … and a born-again Christian apt to view any magic as the work of the devil. Oh yeah—that’s going to go well.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This book is simply wonderful.”

    RT Book Reviews

  • “This fast, engrossing novel is enjoyable, cheerful, and accessible to new [fans].”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The perfect blend of CSI and Harry Potter.”


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lisa Grant | 2/15/2014

    " This is Ben Aaronovitch's third book in the series, and I have enjoyed each one of them with an unseemly relish. They are of the 'can't put down' variety...and for an urban fantasy fan that rarest of treats; substantial depth of character, plots which twist unexpectedly; and a dose of humor which is never gratuitous. There is a wonderfully layered sense of place throughout. I love this series, one of my favorites in the past couple of years; and will pounce upon the next book as soon as it emerges. Highly recommended.Whispers Under Ground "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jaded | 2/14/2014

    " I really enjoyed Whispers Underground, the series just keeps getting better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sue | 2/14/2014

    " Another enjoyable adventure featuring Peter Grant and his colleagues from the previous books in the series. As the title suggests, this time their investigations lead them underground, firstly into train tunnels and then into the Victorian built London sewers. I particularly like the nuggets of information about London that the author manages to insinuate into the storyline. Kobna Holdbrook-Smith's narration is excellent and he delivers a good range of accents for the various characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jennifer Simmonds | 2/13/2014

    " While this was a good book, this series is getting progressively worse (only word I can think to use although a little harsh) rather than better. THe set up was good, but the main bulk of the story fell flat for me, and I can't really remember the ending which doesn't code well. The characters are still wonderfully vivid, and their relationships are developing, but the plot was again a little meandering. I gave the first book five stars as I loved it and thought it was so original. This book is original, but the love was not there this time. I hope Aaronovitch isn't falling into the trap of getting published asap, rather than taking time over his work - which it was clear he did for the first book. The other two feel a bit of mish-mash. Will still read the next in the series as I like his style of writing and am really getting to love his characters. "

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