Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase, Book 1 : Lockwood and Co.

  • by Jonathan Stroud
  • Narrated by Miranda Raison
  • Series: Lockwood and Co.
  • 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A sinister problem has occurred in London: all nature of ghosts, haunts, spirits, and specters are appearing throughout the city, and they aren't exactly friendly. Only young people have the psychic abilities required to see - and eradicate - these supernatural foes. Many different Psychic Detection Agencies have cropped up to handle the dangerous work, and they are in fierce competition for business.
In The Screaming Staircase, the plucky and talented Lucy Carlyle teams up with Anthony Lockwood, the charismatic leader of Lockwood and Co., a small agency that runs independent of any adult supervision. After an assignment leads to both a grisly discovery and a disastrous end, Lucy, Anthony, and their sarcastic colleague, George, are forced to take part in the perilous investigation of Combe Carey Hall, one of the most haunted houses in England. Will Lockwood and Co. survive the Hall's legendary Screaming Staircase and Red Room to see another day?
Listeners who enjoyed the action, suspense, and humor in Jonathan Stroud's internationally bestselling Bartimaeus books will be delighted to find the same ingredients, combined with deliciously creepy scares, in his thrilling and chilling Lockwood and Co. series.


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Best Young Heroine since Sabriel

I have only one negative thing to say about this new Stroud series - Book 2, The Whispering Skull, is not due for release until September 2014 and I want it now! The Screaming Staircase is a wonderful beginning to the new Lockwood & Co series and shows promise of being every bit as engaging and well-written as the oh-so-funny Bartimaeus series. Once again, Stroud gives us a classy "young adult" book that you can comfortably share with a younger audience that is still very entertaining for a seasoned fantasy reader. In Bartimaeus, the young male main character is challenged by demons while the young protagonists of The Screaming Staircase are both male and female with Lucy Carlyle taking the lead role and ghosts are their paranormal challenge. While the Lockwood kids are not as cleverly snarky as the characters in Bartimaeus, they are witty and charming in their own right and have a nice balance of kid type flaws (willfulness, egotism, etc.) mixed with compassion and a good internal moral compass that you didn't see as much in Bartimaeus. Lucy Carlyle is as well-written a young heroine as I have met in fantasy since Garth Nix's Sabriel and Lirael - she's smart and vulnerable and very easy to identify with and root for.

Miranda Raison is a great choice as narrator. Her rather melodic voice and pleasant English accent fit perfectly with the setting, ghost-laden London, and she capture the essence of Lucy quite well. Raison does nice character voices and I really enjoyed her performance.

Whether or not you have young listeners to share with, anyone who enjoys paranormal fantasy will have fun with The Screaming Staircase.
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- Tango "Two great passions - dogs and books! Sci-fi/fantasy novels are my go-to favorites, but I love good writing across all genres."

Another great book from Jonathan Stroud!

What did you like best about this story?

Great story - I liked everything about it. As per his usual style, Mr. Stroud mesmerizes us with his excellent story development, original plot, lovable characters, and sly witticism.

What didn’t you like about Miranda Raison’s performance?

I really liked her voice and diction however, it is clear that she simply "read" the page instead of understanding the material in it. She comes across as having no sense of humor. There were so many jokes and tongue-in-cheek moments that she absolutely flew through the book and consequently got ruined. I purchase the hard copy so I can read it for myself. She really rains down on the otherwise hilarious Stroud-esque passages. I think she could narrate any of the Russian classics or those gothic romance novels really well. But anything with any kind of humor in it is lost on this lady.........Publishers: Change the narrator for the next book - PRETTY PLEASE??

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- Belle "An engineer by day & a ninja by night! A passionate lover of books & a ferocious devotee of martial arts! :)"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-17-2013
  • Publisher: Listening Library