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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.
©2013 Jonathan Stroud (P)2013 Listening Library
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5 out of 5 stars
By Tango on 03-16-14

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Jay on 06-06-14

Delightfuly Spooky, with Amazing Naration

Would you listen to Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase, Book 1 again? Why?

I am sure I will relisten to this book again before the second in the series is released. It was a great ghost story with some detective elements that made me regret hitting the pause button. I finished the book in three days.

What did you like best about this story?

Like the Bartimaeus books, Stroud gives us interesting characters, strong development, and despicable antagonists. This book had elements of Harry Potter, Artemis Fowl, and Young James Bond. It will get it's claws in you early and despite some slow spots, always keep you guessing.

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

Listening to Miranda was like eating Belgian Chocolate. So delicious and silky, you forgive the simple flavor. She does not have a wide range of character voices, but her natural speaking voice could make listening to the phone book being read soothing and irresistible. She has joined Nathaniel Parker, Katy Kellgren, Simon Vance, Simon Jones, and Jim Dale as one of my favorite narrators.

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Any additional comments?

Well worth the time invested, buy this book!

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