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Exclusive to Audio! Somewhere amongst the shadowy stacks and the many basements of the British library, something is very much amiss - and we're not talking late returns here. Is it a ghost, or something much worse? PC Peter Grant really isn't looking forward to finding out....

©2017 Ben Aaronovitch (P)2017 Audible Studios

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There's no end

This story actually has no end. It was captivating, I was into the story and all of sudden the book ends.
Plz lemme know if there's in continuation for this.

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Good but felt short and abrupt

I liked the story and all that happens in it. But when it ended it felt sudden and abrupt. Still, worthy of a listen or more...

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  • Elisabeth Carey
  • 01-05-17

A Peter Grant bonus short story

London PC Peter Grant gets called to the British Museum, which has a serious problem in one of its many basements. They think it's a poltergeist; something, at least, is moving things around in ways that can't be accounted for by the actions of staff and users. Grant thinks this is unlikely, because of how modern the building is, but given the ancient, rare, historical, and otherwise valuable items in the collection, can't rule it out.

And so he goes hunting through the basements. But is he hunting a ghost, a poltergeist, something else?

And has he brought the right equipment?

This is a nice little short story, an Audible exclusive, that adds to the world-building and character development of the series. It's an additional little treat if you've been reading the series, and a nice introduction to Peter Grant if you haven't been.

This story was free on Audible when I downloaded it.

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  • jason
  • 04-05-17

Excellent as usuall, just to short, will take It.

Every audiobook in this series gets better, this was a snippet, but listening to this narrator, is about as good as they get, imho of course. I sincerely hope that he will release these little short stories in between novels, especially if we are going to have to wait any significant amount of time, again just imho.
Great story, writer and narrator. A winning trifecta

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  • Claire
  • 27-04-17

Dangers of Librarians and Poltergeists

It's a short story so it's hard to say much without giving some of the plot away. What a fantastic taste of Peter Grant, at it again. The usual dry, irreverent humour that makes it such a excellent read with loads of laugh out loud moments. This is a short adventure with Peter and Post Martin. Even if you've never read any of the earlier books, you'll still enjoy it, and with the vocal genius of Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, you'll be hooked!

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  • Sires
  • 09-05-19

It's a Short Storry

Luckily I got this for free or I would have never read it. I'm not much of a short story reader. PC Peter Grant is called to the British Library by a tough librarian who suspects that there is a poltergeist in the stacks. With the assistance of the Archivist and his ghost hunting dog, he sets out to figure out what to do about the troublesome device.

Kobna Holdbrook-Smith as usual is a first rate narrator.

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  • Loy
  • 03-06-17

a cunning tale

I really enjoyed this short story, in fact I purchased the first in the series and enjoyed it very much.

good stuff

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  • Kellie Harrison
  • 17-04-20

Couldn't get hooked

glad this was free and short....i couldn't get hooked at all. I have no idea what even happened LOL

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-01-20

didn't understand

I guess i would need to read more book with these characters to understand them. this is the first I read and didnt get it at all

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  • Kirk Greenhill
  • 02-01-20

It drags along

This didn't keep my attention and quite frankly I got bored with it pretty quick. Just not my cup of tea.

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  • Annonymous
  • 26-09-19

Waste of time

Short story with no real ending.. Not sure if this is a sample of something but it's just a waste of time

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  • gkbowood
  • 26-03-18

What do you mean that's all there is?!!!

What made the experience of listening to A Rare Book of Cunning Device the most enjoyable?

The whole premise was an enticing bit of bait for those of us waiting for the next Peter Grant book. Definately get's you speculating about future story lines.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I have always enjoyed the venerable Postmartin.

Which scene was your favorite?

The very last one- left me hanging and most unhappy it was over!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I never have liked Insects...

Any additional comments?

IF he wants to do a Short- then it needs to be complete and not this "get me all worked up and then leave me with nothing" kind of short. Nobody likes a Tease!

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  • L E Saull
  • 27-04-17

More please!

A great short story from the Rivers of London series, it would be wonderful if all the graphic novels were issued as short stories too!

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  • Beccameriel
  • 16-05-17

Short vignette for the fans

A fun story that's really more of a short scene. Nice to see Postmartin have a bit of fun. Honestly, don't bother with this unless you already know the series. No concessions are made for noobs; it's just dropped there for you to find. Or, then again, maybe do just spend a few minutes listening to this and if you are intrigued, go back and get the books.

Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is brilliant as ever. It makes such a difference to the quality of the audiobook when the author and reader work together. Kobna is so comfortable as Peter Grant and Ben Aaronovitch's world that it's always a pleasure to listen to him.

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  • Tod Werewolf
  • 06-06-17

Short but Sweet

A very short Peter Grant story. different type of tale, could have been longer but it's FREE.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 20-05-17

good but short

l love the new character but wish it was a bit longer the performance was as always superb

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-10-17

It ain't Baldrick.....

A witty and (nicely) sarcastic short tale It's well written, But, more important for an Audio book, brilliantly performed.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-10-17

Really???

It was great to get back into this series but why tempt us with half an hour which goes no where!! Rubbish!

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  • karen
  • 13-10-17

Fab little short story

Only thing is I wanted more! Wish it could have kept going. Loved the narrator too will read more of these definitely

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  • Nicky
  • 29-04-17

Fantastic

I only have one complaint, it's too short. I just wanted it to keep going. Delighted to have come across this.

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  • diggerlady
  • 29-10-17

just getting going!

I know it was free... and I knew it was 30 mins so I can't complain...!

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  • "mhca"
  • 23-10-17

Such fun!

Loved it... short but really engaging and a fun half hour. love to read/ hear more

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  • Carol
  • 11-06-18

Too short!

I was looking for more of this series to tide me till the next book - this was not nearly enough. Whilst Kobna was his awesome self, the story left me wanting more. Can't wait for the next book - on pre-order!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-01-18

Such good fun . Makes Monday’s bearable .

A quick and tasty short story . Johns is perfect as narrator , however be sure to listen/ read rivers of London series first of it doesn’t make sense .

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  • catwomanOz
  • 10-10-17

Good but too short

A little taste of the Rivers of London series while waiting for the next book.

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  • Joanna Keenan
  • 18-07-19

Fun.

It won't let me say that unless I use at least 15 other words or maybe the sas me one 15 times?

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  • Maureen
  • 20-04-19

Too short, too short!

I wanted MORE!!!! (sob!) I thoroughly enjoyed all the longer books and this little taster was but a crumb to this ravenous listener.

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  • Janine
  • 18-10-18

Brilliant as always!

Such a tiny snippet of a story but dripping with the usual excellent writing and genius narrating. I could listen to Mr Holdbrook-Smith for hours and hours; well, I usually do.

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  • Bernadette Aitken
  • 17-07-18

What’s not to love?

A brilliant little story to keep me going until the next book. I must admit to impartiality as I am a teacher librarian and always enjoy a clever, witty and unexpected librarian. I would have liked to know how the book was ‘borrowed’.
As usual, a brilliant reading by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith.

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  • Annie McG
  • 15-07-18

Lurking in the stacks...

Fun romp through the stacks in search of a poltergeist. Must listen for all shelvers and librarians.

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  • Tracey Hogan
  • 17-01-18

Great book

Great unusual story! Can't wait for the next book in the series hopefully alot more to come!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-12-20

Short, fun story

This is short, quirky and good fun. Very well narrated. Story is strange but well written.