When the dead come back to haunt the living, Lockwood & Co. step in....
For more than fifty years, the country has been affected by a horrifying epidemic of ghosts. A number of Psychic Investigations Agencies have sprung up to destroy the dangerous apparitions.
Lucy Carlyle, a talented young agent, arrives in London hoping for a notable career. Instead she finds herself joining the smallest most ramshackle agency in the city, run by the charismatic Anthony Lockwood.
When one of their cases goes horribly wrong, Lockwood & Co. have one last chance of redemption. Unfortunately this involves spending the night in one of the most haunted houses in England, and trying to escape alive.
Set in a city stalked by spectres, The Screaming Staircase is the first in a chilling new series full of suspense, humour and truly terrifying ghosts. Your nights will never be the same again....
©2013 Jonathan Stroud (P)2013 Random House AudioGo
Have not read the printed version
The Amulet of Samarkand. That book was easy to listen to and the characters were well formed and easy to digest. It was pure entertainment and very satisfying.
Lucy Clarkson. She was natural and believable more so than Lockwood who was a distilation of Sherlock Holmes.
Well formed apart from the abiguous age of the protagonists. We are told they are young but they interact and comport themselves far above their age. Then we are treated to some scenes with a party and gluttonous comsuption of fizzy drink and donuts to convince us that they are immature. These odd moments smack of Boys own or Biggles stories (took me back to when I was a kid... in the 60's). This issue aside I can reccomend this as great entertainment and I forgive this little speed bump in the hope that as the characters are fleshed out more in future books, they will gain in strength. As a series this has great potential and the universe and setting is engaging and well thought out.
"Excellent Story - Excellent Narration"
I downloaded this book this morning intending to listen to it while away on holiday but I made the mistake of listening to it for a few minutes and ended up finishing it within the day.Miranda Raison's narration was first class from start to finish and I hope she will be the narrator of all future books in this series.
The Screaming Staircase compares very well to the books of Neil Gaiman in particular Graveyard.
The story centers on Lucy Carlyle and she can't fail to be a favourite but Ms Raison voiced all of the characters, male as well as female, so perfectly that her performance brought all of the major players to life.
It did not make me cry or laugh but it did make me feel concern for the well being of the entire team of Lockwood and Co and frequently brought a smile to my face.
"Enjoyable once you get into it"
It was nicely written , a satisfying listen
When they were asked to spend the night in a haunted house , the last people that tried died.
Mediocre okay passable
All in all a satisfactory listen , I would get the next one when it comes out .
"Good scary fun"
I've been reading supernatural fiction for many years and am delighted to come across high-quality examples of the genre for young people. This one piles on the atmosphere and tension and makes judicious use of gore - there is just enough - while presenting a world in which ghost-fog, death-lights and aggressive type-two ghosts are part of every day life. The tone of normality heightens the terror and makes for a very good listen.
It's also very funny and this is partly down to Amanda Raisin's flair for voices. She's very good with people who aren't like her, whether they are truculent teenage boys or nasty old men. I always knew when George was talking and he's hilarious. I'm really looking forward to seeing what happens to him in the next book.
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