A sinister problem has occurred in London: all nature of ghosts, haunts, spirits, and specters are appearing throughout the city, and they aren't exactly friendly. Only young people have the psychic abilities required to see - and eradicate - these supernatural foes. Many different Psychic Detection Agencies have cropped up to handle the dangerous work, and they are in fierce competition for business.
In The Screaming Staircase, the plucky and talented Lucy Carlyle teams up with Anthony Lockwood, the charismatic leader of Lockwood and Co., a small agency that runs independent of any adult supervision. After an assignment leads to both a grisly discovery and a disastrous end, Lucy, Anthony, and their sarcastic colleague, George, are forced to take part in the perilous investigation of Combe Carey Hall, one of the most haunted houses in England. Will Lockwood and Co. survive the Hall's legendary Screaming Staircase and Red Room to see another day?
Listeners who enjoyed the action, suspense, and humor in Jonathan Stroud's internationally bestselling Bartimaeus books will be delighted to find the same ingredients, combined with deliciously creepy scares, in his thrilling and chilling Lockwood and Co. series.
©2013 Jonathan Stroud (P)2013 Listening Library
Great story - I liked everything about it. As per his usual style, Mr. Stroud mesmerizes us with his excellent story development, original plot, lovable characters, and sly witticism.
I really liked her voice and diction however, it is clear that she simply "read" the page instead of understanding the material in it. She comes across as having no sense of humor. There were so many jokes and tongue-in-cheek moments that she absolutely flew through the book and consequently got ruined. I purchase the hard copy so I can read it for myself. She really rains down on the otherwise hilarious Stroud-esque passages. I think she could narrate any of the Russian classics or those gothic romance novels really well. But anything with any kind of humor in it is lost on this lady.........Publishers: Change the narrator for the next book - PRETTY PLEASE??
I loved this. The story is great, the characters are charming, and I could listen to the narrator all day long.
I came across this book because I have read all of the Bartimaeus books by Mr Stroud and enjoyed those, and Goodreads sent me an email telling me about "new releases by authors I've read", including this one.
I liked this even better than the Bartimaeus books because it seems more universally appealing. As with those, there's still some magic involved here, but it's fairly subtle, and you get more of the "human side" of things. Plus, it's a mystery with enough plot twists that you spend good time on the edge of your seat.
This is likely intended for a young-ish audience as the protagonists are teenagers. Yet, I'm a 37-year-old whose children are far too young for books of this ilk, and I absolutely loved it. To enjoy it, you don't have to believe in magic, but you do need to like hearing stories in which the characters display some degree of supernatural power.
The narrator makes it incredibly enjoyable to listen to, capably bringing the characters to life.
Mr Stroud, please hurry up and write another; and Ms Raison, please insist upon narrating it.
Totally different from his Bartemeus series and it starts with twists and turns and excitement galore. Ms Raison does a very good job bringing the story to life. Anxious for book 2 already.
Definitely in the top 10%. The story is so original, rich, and interesting that I was immediately swept up. The ending was so amazing that I cannot wait to learn the secrets that book 2 reveals.
The author did a great job explaining the magical reality and world the characters live in (so like ours just altered in one major and devastating way). I came to love the characters and rooted for them every step of the way.
Story and narration.
My listening enjoyment was an overall experience.
All the characters were well balanced.
No, I wanted it to last.
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