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A Rare Book of Cunning Device, Audio Short Story

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

A Rare Book of Cunning Device, Audio Short Story (2017) Ben Aaronovitch narrated by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith

This is a Peter Grant short story, available only as an audible short story (currently free).

Oh My Dog I love this so much.

Peter is summoned to the London British Library because the library (who knew his mother) believes they have a poltergeist. It features Peter, Toby, Harold Postmartin (the Folly’s Archivist), and the librarian (who has past adventures of her own).

This is a very short story, and it reinforces my belief that Ben Aaronovitch writes more material than can fit in a single novel and is spinning these stories into comics, and now this audio book.

I believe that you could listen to and enjoy this story without having read any of the previous stories, first because OMG I adore Kobna Holdbrook-Smith’s narration (swoon) and most of the funny parts are not inside jokes. Well, okay, they’re not Rivers of London inside jokes, but they are TREMENDOUS geek jokes.

I love how Peter’s brain works, because that is a great deal how my brain works. (No, that could not have been a gigantic insect because there are solid scientific reason (most of which I can’t remember) as to why that’s impossible.)

Be warned it is a very short story, and there the ending is somewhat unresolved, but not in a cliffhanger way; instead in the way that many things would be for someone like Peter–once something is contained you may well never have the time to go back and learn more about it.

So, I loved it.
Rating: 8/10

Published by Audible Studios


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