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The Furthest Station

A PC Peter Grant Novella
Written by: Ben Aaronovitch
Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
5 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

There's something going bump on the Metropolitan line, and Sergeant Jaget Kumar knows exactly whom to call.

It's PC Peter Grant's specialty.... 

Only it's more than going 'bump'. Traumatised travellers have been reporting strange encounters on their morning commute, with strangely dressed people trying to deliver an urgent message. Stranger still, despite calling the police themselves, within a few minutes the commuters have already forgotten the encounter - making the follow-up interviews rather difficult. 

So with a little help from Abigail and Toby the ghost hunting dog, Peter and Jaget are heading out on a ghost hunting expedition.

Because finding the ghosts and deciphering their urgent message might just be a matter of life and death.

Read by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith.

©2017 Ben Aaronovitch (P)2017 Orion Publishing Group

What the critics say

"The Hanging Tree is definitely one of the best in the Grant/Aaronovitch pantheon. There again, so have most of the previous books in the series and the odds are the next one probably will be too." (The Bookbag)

"Aaronovitch deftly balances urban fantasy with the police procedural. As for Grant, he's a wonderful blend of laconic copper and, methodically researching how magic works, full-on nerd." (Crime Scene)

"This series is brilliant!" (Teen Librarian)

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Loved this series and will be sorry to finish it!

Have thoroughly enjoyed the series and have loved listening to Kobna Holdbrook-Smith bring the characters to life.

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  • Ben
  • 2018-01-31

Creates holes, doesn't fill them. Good narrator

A short little addition to the Peter Grant/Rivers of London series that finds Grant off hunting ghosts on the Metropolitan Line. He's joined by his friend and the BTP's resident "weird investigator" Jaget, his newly wizarding cousin, and for a bit his mythical girlfriend (no really, she's the goddess of a river in London) who fully got integrated into the main cast in the last book. Oh, and Toby the ghost-hunting dog.

The novella is the first of it's kind in the in-between works of the Peter Grant series. Turns out there are a bunch of graphic novels published in recent years (read: after the series got popular) and then this novella that fit in between stories. I didn't find it fit perfectly in with the story, though. It was a standalone story, but with obvious references to previous book's characters and plots. Namely, there were a few "note to Reynolds" thrown in to explain British references to the American investigator who appeared in book 4 (but wasn't mentioned in book 5) as if Grant is continuing correspondence with her that isn't referenced anywhere else. And it seems strange given his new romance with Lady Ty.

The story around the ghosts was good, and involved some interesting police work, but the toddler river god bit near the end seemed very out of place. I guess it was used to tie characters together? I found it entertaining, but a bit head scratching and not fully connected to the main books. But perhaps this ties in more with those graphic novels?

The audiobook was narrated by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, who did a great job with the accents but seemed a bit similar between the characters. First time I listened to an audio version of this series, will stick with the print versions for the main books but didn't find it too bad.

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  • S. Yates
  • 2018-04-28

Solid and fun, not much plot

Fun novella in the Rivers of London series, this time with the world of ghosts partially explored and some expansion of Abigail's studies as she seeks to be taken on as an apprentice. Abigail has appeared before (a relative of Peter Grant), and Grant unwisely told her that if she passed a certain test in Latin he would teach her magic. Well, as Grant and Nightingale look into a suspected kidnapping (based on information from two dissolving ghosts), we also see Abigail's dedication to her studies. I can just see the Folly's denizens growing by one in some book soon and was happy for a mostly happy ending to the kidnapping case.

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  • Diana
  • 2017-09-30

Delightful writing and narration

This author and narrator team make the Peter Grant series my favorite audio book series. The writing is imaginative - with twisty plots and characters with depth and layers.

The narration is fabulous, with interesting change-ups in pacing, fantastic and recognizable voices.

Ben Aaronovitch and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith do outstanding work. I always look forward to the next book and find listening to this series delightful.

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  • Amy Wright
  • 2017-09-29

Don't miss The Furthest Station

What do I love about this audiobook series? The vivid London landscape, the digressions about architecture, the musicality, the diverse backgrounds of all the characters (not one character is a cardboard stand in -- even if we're not told their whole story), the details of a police procedural, Peter's efforts to apply science to magic, the dashing Nightingale, the rich context of history, class, and region... and I could go on. There could not be a better narrator for this series than Kobna Holdbrook-Smith. If you haven't read the series, start at the beginning and don't skip this installment-- even if it's a novella, it's a wonderful listen. I can't wait for the next full length novel. Thank you, Mr. Aaronovich, now back to work!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-09-29

Very well done all around.

Loved it as usual but as good as it is, I know it's a short but I miss a chat with Peter's Parents all though it was nice to have more of Abigail. I'd love to see another series with just Abigail and I don't particularly like children in books but I'd make an exception for her.

The audio was really well done as usual.

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  • bigdjunta
  • 2019-03-08

Entertaining short story

I think this little story was funny, short, and sweet. I do worry about Abigail coming into her powers. She doesn't know what she DOESN'T know and I could see her being cocky and getting herself into BIG trouble. I could also see her falling to the allure of power. I hope she does ok.

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  • Marcus
  • 2019-02-24

Great entry into the series

This is a "half" entry, so basically a shorter story that takes place in between the main novels. Personally, I think that helped it.

The story was fairly self-contained, so while knowledge of the general Rivers of London universe is a good base, it doesn't matter WHEN in the series you read or listen to it.

There were no overt references to the larger RoL plot and everything was nicely-wrapped up. I think I actually enjoy this to the convoluted mess some of the later novels have become.

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  • Victoria Montgomery
  • 2019-01-06

Aaronvitch and Holdbrook-Smith hit another homerun

This is an absolutely delightful addition to a series with laugh-out-loud humor & real stakes. Holdbrook-Smith is totally brilliant at capturing the sly nuances of the prose. His mastery of accents and female voices is first rate. If you have read or listened to even one of the Peter Grant novels then this novella can be considered stand-alone.

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  • Alisa
  • 2018-12-26

Fabulous vignette narrated incredibly well

A gripping world expansion story that is, as always, narrated with precision and emotional weight (and wonderful accent work) by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith. Love the stories by Ben Aaronovitch in print; love them even more in audio with this narrator.

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  • babatty
  • 2018-09-13

wonderfully entertaining

great series - interesting, funny, luv the characters and the villans. great way to spend some time

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  • mike humphrey
  • 2018-08-06

enjoyable

This is an enjoyable tie-over while waiting for the next book in the series. The wit that makes the series so enjoyable continues strong in this novella.