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Lockwood & Co: The Hollow Boy

Lu par : Emily Bevan
Série : Lockwood and Co., Volume 3
Durée : 12 h et 2 min
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Lockwood & Co. might be the smallest (some might say shambolic) Psychic Detection Agency in London. But its three agents - Lockwood, Lucy and George - are exceptional talents. And they get results. When an outbreak of ghostly phenomena grows to terrifying levels in Chelsea, Scotland Yard is left baffled. Even more baffling is that Lockwood & Co appear to have been excluded from the huge team of agents investigating the Chelsea Outbreak.

Surely this is the perfect chance for them to show once and for all that they're actually the best in town? Well, that's if they can put aside their personal differences for long enough to march into action with their rapiers, salt and iron....

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

©2015 Jonathan Stroud (P)2015 Random House AudioBooks
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badly read

I love the story Stroud is a genius! but I despise the way it is read (all those snuffing voices she takes). the tow first readers were so much better... such a shame. and as she also reads the tow last books I'm not sure to by them.

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  • Roslynne Sii How Yi
  • 02/05/2020

Thoroughly Enjoyable

[Minor spoiler] This was my favourite in this series so far. The main conflict really drew me and felt far more substantial than the previous two books. Most readers might focus in on the new character and the changes she brings to our trio’s dynamics but she was never a problem for me. If anything, Lucy came across as irritating and in the wrong which was clearly the author’s intention by the end.

Four-stars for the performance only because it took some time to get used to the new narrator.

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  • Joki
  • 21/11/2015

A Real Nail Biter

With The Hollow Boy, new characters are introduced (or bumped off) as several storylines (two major cross-series arcs and a couple of smaller contained arcs) deftly interweave. We get more information about Lockwood's past, Lucy's abilities, and the strange goings-ons causing the hauntings. Tantalizing clues are dropped but honestly, Stroud so masterfully ratcheted up the suspense that this was definitely the most nerve-wracking volume of the series. Suitable for middle graders and up but with more than enough nuance and sophistication to greatly appeal to adults as well.

Story: Chelsea has become the scene of a huge outbreak of hauntings - causing the area to have to be cordoned off and attended to in great force by the various agencies. Although Lockwood is considered too small to be valuable, they will soon find themselves inexorably drawn into the mystery. Add in a wealthy benefactress, a parade and celebration party to keep the populace calm, and perhaps the scariest haunting of the entire series and Lockwood and Co will be very busy.

What the series has going for it by this third book is an incredible sense of world building. Although set in a modern, albeit alternate, London in which spirits of the undead run amok, there is an ethereal, almost fantasy-type setting where I picture the characters dressed straight out of a Dickensian tale. Like J.K. Rowling with the Harry Potter series, author Stroud smartly keeps so much of the worldbuilding timeless so readers can be transported to and fall fully under Lockwood & Co.'s gothic spell. You'll rarely read about Ipads, cell phones, internet, etc.

Less effective, though, was the addition of a new character to the team: Holly Munro. There are hints that she will have a larger role to play in the future (especially considering which agency she originated from) but for this book, she pretty much plays a foil to Lucy. Cue cat fights, jealousy, and far too much of Lucy mooning dreamily over Lockwood while competing with Holly for his attention. It was disappointing to read yet another middle grade book where the female characters can't work together and fight constantly over the males (I am reminded of the somewhat overt misogyny of Philip Reeve's Larklight series).

That aside, the characters are, as always, brilliant. From George to Lockwood to all the side characters, each is unique and comes with a firm perspective. Just by reading a line, it is obvious whose dialogue it is because each character has such a distinct personality. Add in the most developed character of all - London itself - and you get a book that really is a treat. In this case, a nail biter to the end.

I am greatly enjoying the Lockwood & Co. series. It's been quite awhile since a children's book series has been treated to such carefully crafted worldbuiling and characterization. I am very much looking forward to the next book in the series.

Note: I listened to the Audible version and the narrator did a decent job with the character and story.

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  • ciorstan
  • 13/11/2015

Really enjoyable series

Both of my teens (and I) love the Lockwood & Coo. series. Great imagination in a haunted alternate London. Characters are likeable and funny.

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  • Anna
  • 07/01/2016

destroyed by narrator

Würden Sie es noch mal mit einem anderen Hörbuch mit Emily Bevan versuchen?

Absolutly not, Bevan's performance is utterly gruesome. I guess, based on the first two books of this series, that this book would have been perfectly fine, if narrated by somebody else.

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  • Yunomi
  • 17/12/2017

Great story, ridiculous narrator

The story, like every book so far in this series, is great! Dark and still humorous. But I found Lucy a lot less likeable in this book than in the first ones, and I think that is not only due to her jealousy and inability to play nice with other girls, but also a lot down to the grating voice of the speaker - the third in three books, who, I suppose, just saw the whole thing as a children's comedy and wanted to make everybody sound ridiculous. Pity that. But, as I said, the story makes up for it. So keep listening! Or just get the book.

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  • Beatrice
  • 26/04/2016

Gute Geschichte, fragliche Umsetzung

Auf welchen Platz würden Sie Lockwood & Co: The Hollow Boy auf Ihrer Hörbuch-Bestenliste setzen?

Die ersten drei Folgen sind spannend und überraschend. Sie machen Lust auf mehr.
Sehr schade dagegen ist der Sprecherwechsel bei jeder Folge. Die Originalität von Lucy Carlyle nimmt mit jedem Teil ab. Der letzte Teil ist zwar gut und ansprechend gelesen, aber man gewöhnt sich doch an die Stimme der Hauptfigur und muss sich dann zweimal umstellen.

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  • Marco
  • 30/11/2018

narrator changed her style to the worse.

awesome story but the narrator changed her style of performance. the characters seem overdone even though one gets used to it in the end. still worse than the performance in the first two books..

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  • Grüner Zwerg
  • 09/11/2018

Großartige Sprecherin, gute Story

Vorweg: ich liebe die gesamte Buchreihe! Dieses hier ist meiner Ansicht nach das schwächste Buch der Reihe, aber trotzdem ist es noch eine gute Story, die meiner Meinung nach 4-5 Sterne verdient. Was mich jedoch dazu bewogen hat, diese Rezension zu schreiben, ist die großartige Leistung der Sprecherin. Ich verstehe die negativen Kritiken diesbezüglich überhaupt nicht. Bevan verleiht den Charakteren unverwechselbare Persönlichkeiten und schafft es, den Witz und die Ironie von Stroud zu transportieren. Fantastische Leistung - es macht große Freude, ihr zuzuhören!

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  • Tim
  • 14/04/2016

Sehr unterhaltsam - mit Abstrichen

Spannend, humorvoll, schaurig. Sehr gut gesprochen (englisch). Teils zu melancholisch; Ende unbefriedigend mit düsterer Vorahnung.

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  • M.
  • 19/01/2016

Wonderful Narrator

The story was OK. The Lockwood series isn't as interesting as the Bartimaeus series, but I still quite liked the characters.
What made the whole story a blast to listen to was Emily Bevan's narration. I absolutely adored her accent and the way she told the story. I was smiling the whole time while listening.