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The Creeping Shadow

Lockwood & Co, Book 4
Written by: Jonathan Stroud
Narrated by: Emily Bevan
Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
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A terrible crime forces Lucy to turn to Lockwood for help and sets them on the trail of dark secrets at the heart of London society. Both professionally and personally, their investigation stirs up forces they may not be able to control....

Ghouls and spectres, thrills and tension in this brand-new instalment in Jonathan Stroud's best-selling series.

©2016 Jonathan Stroud (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks

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Awesome Story and ab excellent rendering

Lived the story and loved it.... Please do listen to this Audio book. It's simply Awesome

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  • Joki
  • 27-11-16

So Darn Good!

Sometimes, you find a series so great, you wonder why it isn't the next Harry Potter. Because truly, The Lockwood series has all the things that made Harry Potter great: intricate plot and worldbuilding, intriguing characters, a fascinating story, and excellent pacing/writing. For me, these books do to mild horror what Potter does for high fantasy - they create an immersive experience that you never want to end and an appeal for all ages.

Story: Lucy has left Lockwood to protect her former employer from himself. But living with the Skull has its own problems, even if she seems to be doing decently in her free-lance work. But she has stumbled upon corruption in the agencies and then the skull is stolen. Lucy will have to team up with Lockwood again - but he appears to be even more reckless than before.

Quite a bit of the large backstory was revealed in this book four - all clearly leading to the finale in the next and final book. The interactions of Lucy and the skull were so well written as to be laugh out loud funny and bone chilling at the same time. Even more interesting, we get a picture of what the skull originally looked like - and it is quite shocking. I am even more intrigued to find out the mystery behind the skull in the jar.

Of course, there are great interactions with Lucy and Lockwood and the Mulder and Ssully type of uncomfortable attraction. Lucy is great at denial and Lockwood is too preoccupied - but darn if it isn't so well written that you want to lock them into a room together. George and Holly are as distinct and well drawn as ever and the addition of Kipps makes the story all that more engaging. I'm glad that Stroud doesn't drop characters between books and instead seamlessly incorporates them back into the plot.

This is definitely one of my favorite reads/listens of the year. Extremely well written, exciting, genuinely scary at moments, and laugh out loud funny at others. Note: I listened to the Audible version and the narrator did an excellent job (though I wish the series kept the same narrator throughout).

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  • RedLady
  • 21-09-19

Narrator ruined it

Not sure why the narrator was changed but she changed all the voices. They don’t suit the characters as they are nothing like the last two narrators who kept it similar. Really dissatisfied as I was really enjoying this series. I hate how cartoonish and ugly the characters sound.

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  • Stina
  • 18-09-16

Top notch!

I love Jonathan Stroud's elegant ghost stories, and his specialty: a present where something has happened in the past to alter history.
The books about Lockwood and just keep getting better and better, and the narrator in the last two books is very good.
This is pure joy (in the shape of a well-told and well-narrated adventurous ghost story) from beginning to end!

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  • Haydn
  • 06-01-17

Gets even more spooky

If you could sum up The Creeping Shadow in three words, what would they be?

Dark, interesting, developing

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Creeping Shadow?

Development of the Skulls interaction and it's contribution on the other side

What three words best describe Emily Bevan’s performance?

Committed enjoyable variable

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

Kept me awake to keep listening

Any additional comments?

If you like Potter and or the previous Lockwood books don't hesitate

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  • Mrs Gillian Kelly
  • 04-12-19

Amazing

Best series ever narrative was amazing too I love this book. Wish they’re were more

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  • Southyorks1234
  • 10-09-19

Brilliant story. The skull in the jar is hilarious

Great story. Full of adventure and action. The characters are well written. I would recommend.

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  • ai83
  • 09-08-19

Probably the best novel in the world

These novels are amazing and Stroud writes better than Sanderson. While Sanderson is excellent at creating original worlds and plots, Stroud has an unbelievable talent to make the characters pop out of the page and the narration come alive with detail. The performance in volumes 3-5 annoyed me in the beginning but then it grew on me like a fungus, until I ended listening to these books over and over again. Now I like George, Lockwood, and Quill Kipps and can't hear Lucy's accent. I also love the energy in the narrator's voice.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-05-18

A jolly ghost story as always

A great jolly listen. Nicely read. A good light entertainment whilst decorating. On to the next in the series.

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  • Filu63
  • 10-04-18

Excellent fun!

Great story-telling from Stroud and very good narration. For last 2 books I was convinced the Skooll (as she pronounces it?!) was a female due to the voice she gave it, but I've recovered now...

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  • M Cogan
  • 22-10-16

brilliant best one so far

Really well read I hope she keeps going, brilliant story. Accents are really good and it is easy to forget your listening to one person.

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  • Mrs
  • 17-10-16

epic<br />it is the best book out of the lot

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josh jenkins
your greatest admirer

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  • emmoff
  • 17-11-16

The best Lockwood & Co yet

This series just gets better and better. Skull and Carlyle what a team! Have both read and listened to this series and I highly recommend them. Emily Bevan is my favourite narrator btw.

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  • Brian M
  • 29-10-16

Another great book in this fantastic series!

Another great book in this fantastic series! They just keep on getting better and better. Can't wait for the next one!

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  • Peter Bondy
  • 11-05-20

This series is not only for children.

The Lockwood & Co series just gets better and better. I’m captivated by the varied and beautifully crafted characters and their relationships with each other and all set in a fun, vibrant and interesting world. I should add I’m 60. The stories are exciting with unexpected twists and turns and also full of emotion with plenty of frights, laughs and intrigue. They’ve settled on a great narrator (not that the first two were bad in my opinion) who really brings the appropriate energy and excitement to Stroud’s great writing. Her reading of the skull in the jar character for example is perfection.

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  • Robyn ONeill
  • 15-10-16

the best one yet

great story really well told. We can't wait for the next one in this series.