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The Whispering Skull Audiobook

The Whispering Skull: Lockwood & Co., Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

In the six months since Anthony, Lucy, and George survived a night in the most haunted house in England, Lockwood and Co. hasn't made much progress. Quill Kipps and his team of Fittes agents keep swooping in on Lockwood's investigations. Finally, in a fit of anger, Anthony challenges his rival to a contest: the next time the two agencies compete on a job, the losing side will have to admit defeat in the Times newspaper.

Things look up when a new client, Mr. Saunders, hires Lockwood and Co. to be present at the excavation of Edmund Bickerstaff, a Victorian doctor who reportedly tried to communicate with the dead. Saunders needs the coffin sealed with silver to prevent any supernatural trouble. All goes well - until George's curiosity attracts a horrible phantom.

Back home at Portland Row, Lockwood accuses George of making too many careless mistakes. Lucy is distracted by urgent whispers coming from the skull in the ghost jar. Then the team is summoned to DEPRAC headquarters. Kipps is there too, much to Lockwood's annoyance. Bickerstaff's coffin was raided and a strange glass object buried with the corpse has vanished. Inspector Barnes believes the relic to be highly dangerous, and he wants it found.

The author of the blockbuster Bartimaeus series delivers another amusing, chilling, and ingeniously plotted entry in the critically acclaimed Lockwood and Co. series.

©2014 Jonathan Stroud (P)2014 Listening Library

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    Alan Yuba City, CA 06-13-15
    Alan Yuba City, CA 06-13-15 Member Since 2010

    Dad, Dentist, Adventurer. Well... at least 2 of those.

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    "My 11 year old daughter loves this book"

    This book has just enough scary for my 11yr old daughter to read it and feel very brave that she finished it. The author is as usual very funny and there were times that as she was reading the book she would laugh out loud at something one of the characters would say. I too enjoyed the book and the reader did a great job although my daughter likes the reader from the previous one.
    Definitely worth the credit. If you enjoyed the first one you won't be disappointed by this one; in fact I liked it more.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    D. Watkins 09-22-14
    D. Watkins 09-22-14
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable"
    What made the experience of listening to The Whispering Skull the most enjoyable?

    The narration added so much to the story by bringing the characters to life. She successfully carried the various voices whether male or female characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The mixture of light heartedness and creepy in the context of a mystery worked to bring the reader along and pull them into the sorry.


    What does Katie Lyons bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She truly brought the story to life adding the appropriate dimensions of emotion and carrying the tone of the story. Brilliant.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jenny Kathleen 08-06-16 Member Since 2013
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    "great story but narration isn't good"

    The story is just as good as the first book, but it's hard to discern who's speaking. The narrator doesn't use distinct voices for the different characters.

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    Kayla Perse 08-01-16
    Kayla Perse 08-01-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Book"

    Loved it, just as good as the first! wish there was a book four to hear.

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    Amazon Customer 06-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Well-executed paranormal story"

    Narrator is excellent for giving unique voices to a variety of characters. The accent is a little thick, but it works for this story.

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    LCNanny 12-14-15
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    "Overall 3.5"
    What did you like best about The Whispering Skull? What did you like least?

    I like the characters, adventure and relationships best. I don't like the change in narrators for every book because so far it's a distraction, and applies an awkwardness to the experience. With all the twists and turns in the plot and the relationship dynamics between Lockwood, his competition and law enforcement- it was tiring and hard to follow unless I stopped and did nothing but listen.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Whispering Skull?

    The talking skull, and what that means with regard to Lucy is intriguing. I loved that George put it in the oven, and discovered new information & concepts about it. It obviously plays a part in the next book, and I look forward to what that is.

    The other moment is when we find out about Lockwood's sister (as a cliff hanger at the end of the book :( I'm not even sure what we are suppose to think about the book ending this way. There was so much drama and danger to bring the story line to a conclusion, that it felt more a manipulation than a good ending; unnecessary.


    What three words best describe Katie Lyons’s voice?

    Her voice was pleasant,but I kept having to rewind because her voice didn't match emotional changes, character experiences, or event modulations. It seemed that the voice construction was mostly singular. 3 points because her voice is beautiful and who knows if the issues are due to inexperience or editing.


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    Su McNeel 11-25-15
    Su McNeel 11-25-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Fun book for the family"
    Would you listen to The Whispering Skull again? Why?

    I would listen to it again.


    What other book might you compare The Whispering Skull to and why?

    I would say a Sherlock Holmes with Artemis Fowl and magic. The book was fun to listen to and the world that Jonathan Stroud creates makes you want to read/listen. There were a few times that I laughed out loud. I have already purchased and listened to book 2 and will be listening to book 3 soon. This is a book for the young preteen and teen readers but still interesting enough to keep parents listening/reading.


    Any additional comments?

    I would like a more sophisticated version of something similar for my own reading.

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    anonymous 11-12-15
    anonymous 11-12-15
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    "Excellent"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Whispering Skull to be better than the print version?

    This second book in the Lockwood & Co series is wonderful- masterfully read. A very thrilling story full of 'edge of your set suspense'


    What about Katie Lyons’s performance did you like?

    She gave a brilliant performance - very well read. Her reading added to the suspense.


    Any additional comments?

    A lot of fun!

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    Amazon Customer philadelphia, PA 10-15-15
    Amazon Customer philadelphia, PA 10-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good enough to go on the shelf with Harry Potter"

    This one wasn't really that hard to figure out, but it was still a good story. I didn't have to struggle to finish it. Likeable characters- they stay with you even after the book ends. I brought the whole series & took them with me on my 16 hr train ride. I was very happy with my decision.

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    Helen of Trout 08-11-15
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    "thrilling!"

    loved everything about it! story, narrator, all of it great. may be a bit spooky for younger crowd, but kept very appropriate for the younger audience too

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