Whispers Under Ground : Peter Grant

  • von Ben Aaronovitch
  • Sprecher: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Serie: Peter Grant
  • 10 Std. 17 Min.
  • ungekürztes Hörbuch


Doctor Who screenwriter Ben Aaronovitch's superbly entertaining supernatural crime series has, with its witty one-liners and wonderfully erudite take on London, won a legion of fans in double-quick time.
Peter Grant is learning magic fast. And it's just as well - he's already had run ins with the deadly supernatural children of the Thames and a terrifying killer in Soho. Progression in the police force is less easy, especially when you work in a department of two. A department that doesn't even officially exist. A department that if you did describe it to most people would get you laughed at.
And then there's his love life. The last person he fell for ended up seriously dead. It wasn't his fault, but still. Now something horrible is happening in the labyrinth of tunnels that make up the tube system that honeycombs the ancient foundations of London. And delays on the Northern line is the very least of it.
Time to call in the Met's Economic and Specialist Crime Unit 9, aka 'The Folly'. Time to call in PC Peter Grant, Britains Last Wizard.
This edition is read by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith. Kobna is a film, theatre, television, and radio actor. His television credits include Little Britain, Saxondale, Pulling, Taking the Flak, Star Stories, and Sirens; his theatre credits include lead roles at the National, Tricycle, Young Vic, Manchester Royal Exchange, Bush, and Shakespeare's Globe theatres, and he has also been in numerous BBC radio plays. He has voiced audiobooks by Alastair Reynolds and Ben Aaronovitch for Orion.


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Bisher schwächster Band der Reihe

Mein Fazit:

Der bisher schwächste Band der Peter Grant-Reihe. Nicht so spannend, nicht so einfallsreich und auch nicht so herrlich durchgeknallt wie die Vorgänger. Gerettet wird das (Hör)buch durch Aaronovitch's stilistischen Charme, literarische Querverweise, tolle Dialoge und die starken Charaktere. Peter, Nightingale und vor allem Lesley sorgen dafür, das man der Serie trotz Schwächen die Treue hält. Und natürlich der wunderbare Sprecher, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, mit seiner unglaublichen Wandlungsfähigkeit und ungebrochenem Schwung.

Zum Sprecher:

Ich werde den Teufel tun und mich über Kobna Holdbrook-Smith beschweren. Mit seiner Vielseitigkeit, was Stimmen, Stimmung und Akkzente angeht, macht er auch WHISPERS UNDERGROUND wieder zu einer einzigen Party für die Ohren. Allein schon für Lesley's Darstellung bekommt er dicke Extrapunkte: Den Spagat aus kieferorthopädisch bedingtem Genuschel und koketter Schlagfertigkeit muss man erst mal hinbekommen! Ich ziehe meinen Hut.Einen winzigen Kritikpunkt gibt es diesmal trotzdem. Die FBI-Agentin Reynolds statted Holdbrook-Smith mit einem wenig authentisch klingenden, zu breiten amerikanischen Akkzent aus, der nervt statt zu überzeugen. Es liegt vielleicht auch ein wenig an der grundsätzlich nervigen Figur, dass mir das so aufstößt, aber hier schießt mir der Sprecher dann doch über das Ziel hinaus.
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Not for beginners: Magic gets more complicated

Another superb performance by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith: it is such a joy to listen to the voice and appreciate the various class and ethnic accents that make the story so much richer than the e-/print version.

But the story gets more and more complicated. While it was possible to understand and enjoy “Moon over Soho” without necessarily having read/listened to “Rivers of London” this is no longer the case here. Lack of prior knowledge of the characters and the rules that govern them makes it impossible to understand the plot.

And it is an expanding plot: acquiring now also the hint of international aspects (and I do not just refer to the female FBI agent who is really a redhead…) and discoveries deep underground. The hero and the plot almost get lost in the tunnels and sewers and suddenly the murder case the listener has almost forgotten is solved. Wow, magic – but not for beginners.

However if you are – like me - a fan of the series: enjoy. The hints are there: this book is a link between the beginnings and what is to follow in “Broken Homes” and (hopefully many more) further sequels.
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Weitere Infos zum Hörbuch

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 21.06.2012
  • Verlag: Orion Publishing Group Limited