After leaving Lockwood & Co. at the end of The Hollow Boy, Lucy is a freelance operative hiring herself out to agencies that value her ever-improving skills. One day she is pleasantly surprised by a visit from Lockwood, who tells her he needs a good Listener for a tough assignment. Penelope Fittes, the leader of the giant Fittes Agency, wants them - and only them - to locate and remove the Source for the legendary Brixton Cannibal. They succeed in their very dangerous task, but tensions remain high between Lucy and the other agents. Even the skull in the jar talks to her like a jilted lover.
What will it take to reunite the team? Black marketeers, an informant ghost, a Spirit Cape that transports the wearer, and mysteries involving Steve Rotwell and Penelope Fittes just may do the trick. But in a shocking cliff-hanger ending, the team learns that someone has been manipulating them all along.
©2016 Jonathan Stroud (P)2016 Listening Library
If the next books aren't read by Emily Bevin, I'm not listening! (but I will read it, nevertheless). My point is: Emily's got all these voices down pat and is superbly entertaining. This is one of those series of books, like Harry Potter with Jim Dale, where the narrator doesn't just provide you a service by reading a book for you, but immensely adds to the enjoyment by excellent performance and interpretation. I have so enjoyed this series and can't wait for the next book in to come out.
I started this series as a big fan of Jonathan Stroud, due to the wonderful Bartimaeus series. Book 1 of Lockwood and Co wasn't my FAVORITE (although very.good) because the otherworldly/ghostly theme took a while for me to get used to -- it's not usually my type. But I'm hooked, now. Stroud has a lovely descriptive voice with charming turns of phrase, clear and lovely characterization (I love and feel I know well all of his characters), and the humor is there throughout, thank goodness. That's what Stroud us do good at: tight, interesting, and clever plots that keep progressing throughout the series (like Harry Potter did), but with beautiful writing and charming humor to balance the dark bits. A wonderful escape, a wonderful listen, and I'm eager for the next one!
The content is thrilling and draws you in from page one of the first book. Then they just get better! The narrator of this one is absolute perfection. I am a picky, picky audio listener, and I would listen to this entire series over again. Get these - you won't be disappointed!! :-)
This book keeps you at the edge of your seat, hoping, Lucy will be ok on her own but hoping, she will go back to Lockwood & Co. The danger is real for Lucy & also Lockwood & Co. as they join forces to fight together against more ghosts than ever before!
the voice actor did a great job. the cliffhanger is a doozey, so I'm already anxiously awaiting the next installment.
I really enjoyed the character interactions, the adventure, and the humor which was mostly character-driven. I think this may have been one of the best of the series. The pacing was also very good. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
I really liked this book as a compliment to the series, but it did have a little bit of a " bridge" feeling, not a ton of character development but I loved it anyway!
Jonathan Stroud is one of the best Authors I know of and he has created a great story. In my opinion he deserves much success and I am hoping many more releases in this series. I would be neat to see Lockwood & Co make it to the big screen.
As for the voice actor she does a great job and bringing Lucy's story to life.
I love this book!!! They just get better. I will now have to wait for the next installment. I hope it comes in the next year because now I'm a diehard fan of Lockwood and Co. !!!
And love the relationship between Lucy and Skull.
Just keeps getting better with every book! I am well pleased and at ease with the new reader now after she has performed this 4th book.
I just don't know how I'm going to wait till the next book!
cliffhanger ending and now used to the narrator, great performance. switching narrators earlier in the series made for a dislike of the newer performance but after Hollow Boy we now have continuity of narrator which is better
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