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  • Written by: Jonathan Stroud
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  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
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Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase, Book 1

Written by: Jonathan Stroud
Narrated by: Miranda Raison
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Ghosts, haunts, and supernatural forces have taken over the city of London, and only young people can stop the worst of them. Follow along as the members of Lockwood & Co. embark on a terrifying adventure to investigate the most haunted house in England.

Jonathan Stroud is the mind behind the Lockwood & Co. young adult supernatural book series full of mystery, ghost hunting, and thrills! Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase is the first audiobook in this series that includes The Whispering Skull, The Hollow Boy, The Creeping Shadow, and The Empty Grave. The series has won multiple accolades for its unforgettable characters and flawless writing that listeners will fall in love with repeatedly.

Narrating Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase is Miranda Raison, who voices all the characters with such expertise that it makes listeners feel like they are on this spine-tingling adventure right along with the crew.

The Lockwood & Co. series has now been adapted to a Netflix series developed by Joe Cornish with a release date in early 2023. The TV series stars Ruby Stokes as Lucy Carlyle, Cameron Chapman as Anthony Lockwood, Ali Hadji-Heshmati as George Karim, Ivanno Jeremiah as Inspector Barnes, Jack Bandeira as Quill Kipps, Rhianna Dorris as Kat Godwin, and Paddy Holland as Bobby Vernon. Some guests on the show include Ben Crompton as Julius Winkman, Hayley Konadu as Flo Bones, and Luke Treadaway as The Golden Blade. Fans of the series are in luck as there are a total of eight episodes, including "This Will Be Us," "Doubt Thou the Stars," and "Not the Eternal."

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WONDERFUL BOOK!

I absolutely love the story I listen to it as I drive to work every day, and it is riveting. I love the voices as well, wonderful book!

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Amazing book and voicing

I loved the great story never leaving me bored, and how it all tied up in the end was great

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Recommend

Not much into Horror Genre. Very much enjoyed the series. Second time listening through.

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  • 2023-02-24

Good audiobook for casual listening

Definitely YA and written at a time where diversity and inclusion weren't a thing. Still, enjoyable world Stroud has built with interesting characters, but lacks the depth that would make a novel great. Good book to listen to while doing chores as the story was easy to follow along and the writing plain and concise.

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Such a impactful story

So much love between these children in a world where they weren’t given much. Beautiful story, beautifully written, scary! With twists, and turns that you don’t expect funny and witty I loved it!

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Great story, okay reading

This is the first volume of the great supernatural series by the talented and inventive YA writer Jonathan Stroud.
The reading overall is competent, and rather good in the straight narrative parts, but the voicing of the different characters is not sufficiently distinct, and I was disappointed that Lucy didn't have a northern accent when she spoke.

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A Great Series

This book started out a little on the creepy side, but once you adjust to the ghostly alter- world that the author has created the spooks are not as frightening. I would rate for 12 and up and maybe best not listened to on dark and stormy nights. The premise that kids have to fight the ghosts because adults don't have the same advantages that children do is an interesting one. The characters are well developed . The band of tween/ teen friends and colleagues are diverse and I like the strong female members. There is adventure, excitement, a few scares, mystery and humour. We were looking for something to replace Harry Potter once we finished that series, and while nothing quite compares, this was very good in it's own right. Apparently it's being made into a netflix series.

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  • Tango
  • 2014-03-16

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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  • Ducky
  • 2013-10-14

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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  • KP
  • 2013-09-26

The Start of Something Great

I loved this. The story is great, the characters are charming, and I could listen to the narrator all day long.

I came across this book because I have read all of the Bartimaeus books by Mr Stroud and enjoyed those, and Goodreads sent me an email telling me about "new releases by authors I've read", including this one.

I liked this even better than the Bartimaeus books because it seems more universally appealing. As with those, there's still some magic involved here, but it's fairly subtle, and you get more of the "human side" of things. Plus, it's a mystery with enough plot twists that you spend good time on the edge of your seat.

This is likely intended for a young-ish audience as the protagonists are teenagers. Yet, I'm a 37-year-old whose children are far too young for books of this ilk, and I absolutely loved it. To enjoy it, you don't have to believe in magic, but you do need to like hearing stories in which the characters display some degree of supernatural power.

The narrator makes it incredibly enjoyable to listen to, capably bringing the characters to life.

Mr Stroud, please hurry up and write another; and Ms Raison, please insist upon narrating it.

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  • Jay
  • 2014-06-06

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.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

YES!

Any additional comments?

Well worth the time invested, buy this book!

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  • Mothermersnerd
  • 2014-01-16

Wow!

If you could sum up Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase, Book 1 in three words, what would they be?

Totally different from his Bartemeus series and it starts with twists and turns and excitement galore. Ms Raison does a very good job bringing the story to life. Anxious for book 2 already.

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  • Tiffany
  • 2013-12-31

Fantastic - can't wait for book 2!!

Where does Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase, Book 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Definitely in the top 10%. The story is so original, rich, and interesting that I was immediately swept up. The ending was so amazing that I cannot wait to learn the secrets that book 2 reveals.

Any additional comments?

The author did a great job explaining the magical reality and world the characters live in (so like ours just altered in one major and devastating way). I came to love the characters and rooted for them every step of the way.

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  • Аmazon Customer
  • 2017-09-03

Love this book

I listen to all of them but this one is the best. Fuck the skull

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  • Florida Native
  • 2014-10-01

Very bad choice of narrators

The narrator is a good reader but not a true performer. All of the voices sound the same and, if anything some of the male characters have higher voices than the female. Also, as one of the other reviewers said, there are some really good ironic comments in the story and the narrator reads through them and totally misses the irony. I have heard other books with what I think was the same narrator and they weren't well done either.

The story is entertaining, although the "spirits" in the story seem to vary in how powerful they are based on what is convenient for the author. Sometimes the characters seem a little shallow and the events aren't written in order to be very "believable".

Overall I liked the book and I bought the second in the series and will buy the next one too.

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  • Rachel
  • 2014-06-23

Excellent story studded with amusing dialogue

What made the experience of listening to Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase, Book 1 the most enjoyable?

The story was incredibly engaging and original. The characters were relatable and sincere. I am very anxious to read the second book in the series when it comes out.

Have you listened to any of Miranda Raison’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I haven't listened to other books by her. My only criticism is some of her voices for different characters sounded the same and it became a little confusing after a while. I eventually was able to figure it out, she just wasn't my favorite narrator.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There were the occasional amusing dialogues as I come to expect with Jonathan Stroud books which always elicit a chuckle.

Any additional comments?

Loved the book. Read it right now and share it with your friends!

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  • Marianna
  • 2014-03-01

Excellent

What made the experience of listening to Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase, Book 1 the most enjoyable?

Story and narration.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase, Book 1?

My listening enjoyment was an overall experience.

Which character – as performed by Miranda Raison – was your favorite?

All the characters were well balanced.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, I wanted it to last.

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