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The Screaming Staircase

Stroud, Jonathan

(Audiobook CD - 2013)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Screaming Staircase
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Follows three young operatives of a Psychic Detection Agency as they battle an epidemic of ghosts in London.

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Publisher: New York : Random House/Listening Library, p2013
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780804123167
0804123160
9780804123143
0804123144
Branch Call Number: CD Children STROUD
Characteristics: 8 sound discs (6 hr., 10 min.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Raison, Miranda 1980-

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Follows three young operatives of a Psychic Detection Agency as they battle an epidemic of ghosts in London. First in a series. This title is also available in digital audio book.


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The Screaming Staircase is one of the most exciting books I’ve read this year. Jonathan Stroud had me on the edge of my seat, anticipating a ghost to jump out at me around every twist and turn of the plot. Jonathan has created such a chilling atmosphere in the book that you almost feel the temperature drop in the room as the characters get closer to the ghosts. You get caught up in the mystery of the lives of the living and the dead and Jonathan keeps you in suspense.
I love the world that Jonathan has created in the book; one much like ours but one plagued by ghosts of all sorts. There are different types of ghosts, from a Type One Shade to a Type Two Wraith. There are Physic Investigation Agencies (of which Lockwood and Co. is one) which specialise in the ‘containment and destruction of ghosts.’ These are run by adult supervisors but rely on the strong physic Talent of children. It is only children who can see and hear the ghosts so it is up to them to capture them. There is no mention of when the story is set (which I think just makes the story even better), but there is a mixture of both old-fashioned clothes and weapons, and modern technology. The ghost hunters’ kit includes an iron rapier, iron chains and magnesium flares, all of which prove extremely necessary when facing the spectral threats. Jonathan has even included a detailed glossary of terms and types of ghost, which I found really interesting to read after I had finished the book.
The three main characters, all members of Lockwood and Co., are all fantastic characters who really grew on me as the story progressed. They each have their quirks, especially Lockwood and George, but they make a brilliant team and have each others’ backs when it counts. There’s no love triangle here, just good old-fashioned camaraderie and getting the job done (if it doesn’t kill them first). Lockwood, George and Lucy are building their relationship in this book, so there are some tense moments between them (especially George and Lucy) but Jonathan’s dialogue is brilliant. I’m looking forward to seeing how their relationships develop in the further books.
I can’t wait for more Lockwood and Co.! If you want a book that you won’t want to put down, that you’ll want to read with the lights on, then Lockwood and Co.: The Screaming Staircase is perfect. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

Aug 23, 2014
  • christikc rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great ghost story - 3 British teens putting ghosts out of business.

Feb 08, 2014
  • JCLStefanieE rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

London is plagued with hauntings and the only people who can see the ghosts, therefore the only people who can rid London of them, are kids. Unlike most juvenile stories, The Screaming Staircase, laces adventure with wonderful relationships that show real growth throughout the story. The narrator read with enthusiasm and is wonderfully British. I can't wait to listen to the next book coming out this Fall!

I will read (or listen to) anything with Jonathan Stroud's name on it. Kids who run their own business, ghosts and a mystery-- what's not to love? The narration on the audiobook is excellent and pulls you right in. This is the first in the best kind of series: this story has a definite end, but the characters will come back for another adventure and there's a larger story arc.

Dec 06, 2013
  • Kaffrun rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Definitely listen to this on cd or downloadable audio. The voice actor does a wonderful job.
If you're a fan of Jonathan Stroud's Bartimaeus books you will enjoy this story as well. I can't wait for next one in the series.

Nov 16, 2013
  • rene1951 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Original use of the post-living: no vampires or zombies! Also has a fairly good mystery sub-plot.

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