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Lies Sleeping

Rivers of London, Book 7
Written by: Ben Aaronovitch
Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
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The seventh audiobook of the best-selling 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.

The Faceless Man, wanted for multiple counts of murder, fraud, and crimes against humanity, has been unmasked and is on the run. Peter Grant, detective constable and apprentice wizard, now plays a key role in an unprecedented joint operation to bring him to justice.

But even as the unwieldy might of the Metropolitan Police bears down on its foe, Peter uncovers clues that the Faceless Man, far from being finished, is executing the final stages of a long-term plan. A plan that has its roots in London's 2,000 bloody years of history and could literally bring the city to its knees.

To save his beloved city, Peter's going to need help from his former best friend and colleague - Lesley May - who brutally betrayed him and everything in which he thought she believed. Far worse, he might even have to come to terms with the malevolent supernatural killer and agent of chaos known as Mr. Punch....

©2018 Ben Aaronovitch (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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  • Tim
  • San Diego, CA
  • 2018-11-21

A very satisfying read

This is a cracking great listen. If you are already a fan you will be delighted by this book. It focuses on the pursuit of the evil magician known as The Faceless Man. If you aren't already a fan I strongly suggest (as does Ben at one point in the story) that at the very least you start with Midnight Riot. In this version of London magic is real…think Hogwarts meets the Metropolitan Police…sounds crazy but works perfectly. This novel follows and concludes the events featured in that first book. Riot and Lies Sleeping (odd name BTW) are bookends with the other five (very good) books sandwiched between them.
The pursuit of the faceless Man has scaled up become a full blown investigation featuring our hero Peter Grant and his enigmatic boss Nightingale. It includes many of the cast of thousands we have met in the Peter Grant saga and although it does integrate a couple of plot lines developed in some of the earlier stories, it's really tightly focused on the pursuit. It reads like an action thriller but never loses the wry humor Aaronovich specializes in. As always London is one of the key characters. Ben puts you right there, you can smell the warm beer and curry. You feel (and occasionally get to experience first-hand) its deep, complex history. I'm a Londoner by birth and the way he captures the energy and ambiance of that city is hugely impressive.
I'm not going to go deeper into the plot lest I spoil anything…but if you are a fan you will find this book deeply satisfying. As always the performance by Holbrook-Smith is a tour de force…his voices are perfect and greatly enhance the experience. fingers crossed there's more on the way...but if not then Peter Grant went out with a bang.

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  • Douglas
  • 2018-11-21

What happened to Peter?

Peter Grant used to have a flare. I found him a fun character to follow, watch as he struggled to be both a police officer and wizard. In the last few books that flare has died. While I will pick up the next book, I won't be anxiously waiting for it as I did after reading the first few books.

In this book Peter is, at least to me, boring. Even his encounters with Leslie are bland, especially the ending one. While Peter's magic seems to have progressed some his cousin Abigail seems ready to outpace him. One of the special things about Peter was that aside form Nightingale, he was really the only none-Fae who practiced magic. In this novel, Peter's rare abilities are handed out to other characters like candy.

I suspect part of the issue is that some of Peter's stories are told in Graphics Novels and these non-graphic novels rely on events that take place in the Graphic Novels. Since I cannot read the graphic novels I miss both context and am left wondering at things that are mentioned. For instance the Folly now sports both a BMW and a Firari. I don't why they are at the folly nor why they have the "most haunted car in Britain". I know this last comes form one of the series comic book story but again I rely on audiobooks so comic books take away form the story.

It's almost as if the author got bored so threw this book together to tie up most of the loose ends. I'm rapidly starting to not care about the characters. As I said before, I'll read the next book but I won't be hoping it comes out soon.

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  • Mary
  • Lynden, WA, United States
  • 2018-11-24

All the right things

By book 7, it's impressive to me that Aaronovitch can continue to expand this world, including new characters, adding depth to others, and creating stories that not only surprise and satisfy me, but leave me desperate for the next book. However, I think that if anyone but Holdbrook-Smith was narrating them, I'd go back to reading the physical copies and hearing his voice in my head.
I think I'd be doing you a disservice if I gave you any of the plot, and if you haven't read the earlier books (and you should probably include The Furthest Station novella) get out of here and catch up because there is no hand holding "here's what happened last time" in this story.
As they say, this book has everything; magic, chases, escapes, sword fighting, true love... and police paperwork.

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  • Melynda H Barnhart
  • 2018-11-22

Brilliant performance

As always, Holbrook-Smith gives a virtuoso performance of all our favorite characters, and some new ones. Aaronovitch’s story has many unexpected turns and will thrill fans.

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  • Pamela
  • 2018-11-23

Aaronovitch Just Gets Better and Better

“Lies Sleeping” is not only the next logical step in the Rivers of London series, it is an extraordinarily well told story. Some other reviewers seem to think that magic is randomly given to new characters and that certain items, like the cars, were not part of previous books. This is simply not the case. If you have read the series to this point, all will fall into place and make perfect sense. If the past books are not clear in your mind it may help to read or listen beginning one or two books back prior to listening to “Lies Sleeping.” This is an intricate story and is not really a stand-alone plot. That being said, Aaronovitch has delivered a book which is impossible to put down. Enjoy!

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  • Sara R.
  • 2018-11-23

Phantasmagorical genre bending fun!

A little police procedural.
A little bit of urban magic, just that dash that makes it believable.
A lot of great characters.
Lovely u-bend turns in the story!
A fat grey polka line between perception of good and evil; believers and fanatics, that open a huge double door into the philosophical questions of the ages. Kant and Hume would be able to argue for tomes about it :)
I have enjoyed this series very much. Lies Sleeping is definitely a standout in the series.
The Inspector does some really great magic, seriously! Would have given it 4 stars just for that..
There is a surprise for Molly.
Toby still wants a walk no matter how tired Peter is :)
And Mr. Holdbrook-Smith is as usual, fabulous!

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  • John Davie
  • 2018-11-22

totally awesome!

Great story, great reading, kept me rapt till the end. Highly recommended to anyone even if you haven't read the previous ones.

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  • Ijw
  • Cochise, AZ, United States
  • 2018-11-24

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Why do men have to settle for this traditional ending? Otherwise a quite satisfying story. Hope this isn't the end of the line here , although I understand if the author is tired of it. The cast of characters and setting are quite enjoyable for escaping the reality of our dysfunctional world. If it continues only in the graphic novel form it will be leaving out those of us trying to read on a small screen and not satisfied with the brevity of that form.

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  • Marcus
  • East Coast, USA
  • 2019-02-16

Entertaining, but left confused and unfulfilled

I've really enjoyed this series for the most part. Book 5 was a low point to me, and while Book 6 was a major improvement, it still left me wanting.

Book 7 continues that. There's a LOT of action in this book, and lots of "story" in general. If you're one of those "the journey is better than the destination" folks, this one will fit you nicely.

If, however, you want a coherent story with a plot that not only makes sense, but has a conclusion that is greater than the sum of its parts... This may not work for you.

I really enjoyed the journey, but this book felt like a scrapbook collage of plot points from earlier books smooshed together.

The faceless man is here, Mr Punch is here, other past villains are reborn or referenced. It's all very fun, but none of it really does any of the respective pieces any justice. Mr Punch seems thrown in because of the history with Leslie and Peter. The faceless man #1 and #2 are here too, but mostly in spirit for the former and underwhelmingly in the latter.

While this story has a "resolution", nothing felt satisfactory. A lot happened, but not much made sense when taken as a whole.

I saw another reviewer mention that #1 there seems to be a lot of references to the short stories, as if they're more important than the main ones, #2 that Peter was totally underwhelming here (who wants a protagonist that stumbles their way from dumb decision to dumber and continually is rescued by others or dumb luck?) and lastly that it seems everyone and their momma is doing magic nowadays. I agree with all 3 of these assessments and it added to the "meh" factor of this entry.

So, TL;DR: Very fun and enjoyable journey -- just don't expect much of a coherent (or fulfilling) story.

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  • KansaKilla
  • 2019-02-15

Yet another excellent installment

Mr. Aaronovitch is a wizard at creating masterfully written and engaging novels. This one does not disappoint. Excellent as always.