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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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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-23-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Feels Incomplete, much like the first"

    I love the Bartimaeus Trilogy. They remain some of my favourite novels and I've reread them constantly. These feel very disposable and lack the intense personality and commentary of the author's previous work. They are disposable and listenable, but it is difficult to care about what happens next, which is deadly for any narrative. It also kinda stinks that the conclusion of this novel is the same as the previous, a dodge tactic usually used by Disney to avoid implicating the protagonists in the villain's downfall. I don't think I'll ever want to revisit them. The narrator does a fantastic job with the material though, and I appreciate her distinct voice for every character.

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    FM 04-21-17
    FM 04-21-17
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    "Another very good ghost story"

    As I said for book 1, Stroud writes a really good ghost story. This one is no exception. I've liked the first 2 so well that I'll be buying the rest of the series as they come out.

    The narrator for this one is different from the first book, but she does an excellent job. The ghosts' whisperings she did are particularly creepy. I could easily see her telling fantastic stories around the camp fire. I don't see her listed for any other books on Audible, but I'll be surprised it stays that way for long. Lyons clearly has the talent for narrating books.

    Between the story and the performance, this was a very enjoyable book to listen to.

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    Totalzen Family 04-05-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Good book for all ages, 8+'ish"

    Listened to it with my husband, and the first book, and we enjoyed them. Getting ready to start the next one.

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    Chris Jerome 03-08-17
    Chris Jerome 03-08-17 Member Since 2013
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    "couldn't put it down"

    amazing book I couldn't stop listening and when I had to stop I was very reluctant.

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    Alison James 12-12-16

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    "not as good as the first in the series."

    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.

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    Kitty Perse 08-01-16
    Kitty 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
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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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    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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