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review 2018-06-29 21:35
Herumgegeister...
Geister auf der Metropolitan Line: Eine Peter-Grant-Story - Ben Aaronovitch,Christine Blum

Nun ja, ich gestehe, ich bin wieder in die Aaronovitch- Falle getappt und habe das neue Büchlein gekauft, obwohl ich mir vorgenommen hatte die abstrusen Geschichten mit Peter Grant nicht mehr zu verfolgen. Tja, unterhalten hat es mich allemal wieder, aber irgendwie sind die Episoden immer mehr ein konfuses Herumgehopse zwischen Schauplätzen und sich nicht aufklärenden magischen Phänomenen, die einen am Ende à la "ist halt so" in der Luft hängen lassen. Sprechende und tote Füchse (kurzes Auftauchen, keine weitere Erklärung im Verlauf), zerfallende Geister und kleine Flussgötter... dieses Buch hat alles und wieder nichts. Yay. Wahrscheinlich werde ich trotzdem das Nächste erwerben, liest sich einfach so gut weg.  

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text 2018-05-03 23:11
Relisten finished!
Midnight Riot - Ben Aaronovitch,Kobna Holdbrook-Smith

I'm done, finally. Work got in the way - evaluations (which still aren't over), student worker hiring (I thought we had one picked out but the student changed their mind ::siiigh::), and a great many books that needed to be made available for checkout ASAP.

 

As far as Midnight Riot goes, I enjoyed my re-listen. I loved the humor, and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith works great as Peter Grant, even though I still feel like he must have been recovering from a cold or something during the first half of the audiobook.

 

I've written a review for this before, and I feel that my 4-star rating is fine as it is.

 

The good: I like the way Peter approaches magic from a scientific perspective. Awkward Nightingale is the best, even if the secondhand embarrassment is painful for me. And I enjoyed the murder investigation element.

 

The bad or so-so: Peter's inability to be around most female characters without lusting after them at least a little was annoying. I suppose it wasn't all that bad in this book, but one of the reasons I stalled on this series is that I got tired of that aspect.

 

Now I just need to decide what to listen to next, but that'll happen sometime after I get through the next phase of evaluations.

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text 2018-05-02 23:04
Relistening: 8 hours and 23 minutes in
Midnight Riot - Ben Aaronovitch,Kobna Holdbrook-Smith

Granted, there might be pronunciation variations I don't know about, but at the moment I'm going to guess that no one told Kobna Holdbrook-Smith how to pronounce the word "Polizei."

 

(He ended the word with "ay," like in "cake," rather than "I," like the word "I.")

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text 2018-04-18 19:15
Relistening: 4 hours and 20 minutes in
Midnight Riot - Ben Aaronovitch,Kobna Holdbrook-Smith

I haven't been getting through this very quickly - I keep having to work on things that require too much of my attention for audiobook listening to be possible.

 

I've just gotten to the part where Peter has set up his nice new relaxation spot, complete with fabulous technology (ooh, a TV...with cable), only to have Nightingale stop by. Nearly everyone at Peter's little party works for Nightingale, and here's Nightingale casually trying to join in.

 

So. Awkward.

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text 2018-04-16 20:04
Relistening: 3 hours and 12 minutes in
Midnight Riot - Ben Aaronovitch,Kobna Holdbrook-Smith

Leslie asks Peter whether he should be telling her all this stuff about magic and magical beings and Peter says "I don't see why not. Nightingale's never told me not to."

 

Except here's the thing: I'm pretty sure it was part of Peter's oath before becoming Nightingale's apprentice that he wasn't supposed to tell anyone about this stuff. It was a little vague - I interpreted it as "don't tell anyone who isn't part of our secret magical club," although I suppose it could have been interpreted as "don't tell anyone who isn't also part of the police." Either way, I don't think Peter should have assumed that he was allowed to tell Leslie all of this.

 

It's a moot point, since Nightingale never gets upset with Peter about this, but it's a detail that bugs me.

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