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
Dad, Dentist, Adventurer. Well... at least 2 of those.
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.
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.
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.
She truly brought the story to life adding the appropriate dimensions of emotion and carrying the tone of the story. Brilliant.
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.
Too many clichés and predictable twists to be enjoyable. I like the premise, so I'll give the next one a try, but this one was a frustrating disappointment.
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.
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.
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.
I would listen to it again.
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.
I would like a more sophisticated version of something similar for my own reading.
This second book in the Lockwood & Co series is wonderful- masterfully read. A very thrilling story full of 'edge of your set suspense'
She gave a brilliant performance - very well read. Her reading added to the suspense.
A lot of fun!
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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