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This was right in line with the quality of the previous two. Not sure why each book has had a different reader. This reader is quite a bit different than the first two, but once you get used to her, there's lots to like. And the book, really, is the star. Creepy, compelling, completely annoyed that I can't read the next one yet. J.S. is going to throw us all for a loop, I think. I hope it's a nice, long series.
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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
The story is excellent but the reader is awful. She gives the character these awful voices which undermines the story. I listened to the first two books in the Lockwood & Co series which expertly and masterfully read. The first two books were absolutely wonderful and i was really looking forward to this third book. However, ms. Bevan gives strange voices to all the characters: she makes Lockwood sounds like an low class idiot, George a moron, Lucy an overly emotional immature and indecisive nitwit, and she gives the skull a shreiking and whiny voice which is simply annoying. I would love to listen to this story read by one of the two readers of the first and second book. Ms. Bevan's performance undermined the story such that it looses all the mystery and suspense of a good suspense thriller and ghost story. Such a shame for the author and the audience because the story is really quite good. I remain a fan of Jonathon Stroud's work but reccomend that for book No3 in the Lockwood &Co series read it yourself.
What other book might you compare The Hollow Boy to and why?
the story is very good and compares to the first two books (which are really expertly read) but i couldn't get past the reader's abysmal performance.
Would you be willing to try another one of Emily Bevan’s performances?
Never- her performance ruined the story. Such a shame.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Hollow Boy?
i liked the book- loathed the reader.
Any additional comments?
Please get someone else to read it, preferably one of the readers for the first two books in this series..
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