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After their recent adventures, the Lockwood & Co team deserve a well-earned break...so naturally they decide to risk their lives breaking into a heavily guarded crypt. A building full of unsettled souls, it's also the final resting place of Marissa Fittes, the legendary and (supposedly) long-dead ghost hunter. What they discover their will change everything.

So begins a race to get to the truth behind 'the Problem' and an epic struggle against the Fittes agency. A struggle that will pit the team against the most terrifying enemy they have ever faced. Not even the dead will survive unscathed....

Jonathan Stroud once again delivers a rousing adventure full of danger, laughs, twists and frights, with incredible revelations that will send listeners back to the first book to start the series all over again.

©2017 Jonathan Stroud (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

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The Best YA Series Just Gets Better

Where does Lockwood & Co: The Empty Grave rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I've read/listened to all of this series, and will continue to do read/listen to any new books in the series, for as long as Jonathan Stroud writes them. His Bartimaeus books were the bomb, no question. But I'm loving this series even more. So let's just hope that these kids don't grow up anytime soon, and remain the same age for years to come so the series continues. Oh, and a special shout-out to the narrator, Emily Bevan, whose work is absolutely first-rate.

What other book might you compare Lockwood & Co: The Empty Grave to, and why?

Harry Potter (series) - but with ghosts rather than wizards.

Any additional comments?

Jonathan Stroud has created a world rich with atmosphere that is the perfect context for the continuing adventures of Lockwood and Co.

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  • Joki
  • 29-09-2017

Excellent Finish

I have enjoyed few series as much and Lockwood & Co - brilliant writing, fast-paced action, interesting characters, and a wonderful series-long mystery. For me, this does for ghost stories what Harry Potter did for wizards - created a very intricate world full of fascinating and distinct characters, with great humor but also pathos, suitable for adults and middle grade at the same time. It's a series I will enthusiastically recommend to anyone looking for the thrill they got from Harry Potter, but with a supernatural twist. My only disappointment is that this was the last book in the series since I wanted more. I can only hope Stroud decides to continue with a new series arc in the future.

Story: With the revelation from the skull that Penelope Fitts IS Marissa, the supposedly dead founder of the powerful Fitts Agency, Lockwood and Co set out to discover if Marissa's grave is empty. This sets into motion the events that will uncover the truth behind the hauntings in London but also puts the crew to the test just to survive long enough against all that is stacking up against them.

As with all the previous books, there is plenty of action and revelations. Stroud nicely ties in the previous books' hauntings and their significance to the big picture. This isn't a series about one big revelation so much as needing to put the pieces together in order to learn exactly what is happening in England and why. Thanks to the events in the previous book with Rotwell being taken out of the picture, Penelope Fitts and the Orpheus Society have closed up the ranks of power and control nearly all levels of natural and supernatural dealings - governments, police, etc. It's a powerful collective that will fight to ensure that Lockwood doesn't change the status quo.

Really, the heart of the book is the brilliant characterizations. From the antics of the skull in the jar (which never fail to put a smile on my face), to George's lackadaisical research, Lockwood's detached leadership, Holly's finicky nature (ah, I was hoping she was evil, darn it!), to our narrator Lucy. I love that our narrator was female and not the leader of the group - she gave a very grounded and very unique and distance perspective on the story throughout. She wasn't perfect but had a strong will, making for a very nuanced and intricate character. She's one of my favorite in years for that reason.

The story tied up nicely but there are areas left open that could serve for future volumes; I can only hope that Stroud continues the story since there is so much there to love. But for now, this ends the series nicely. Note: I listened to the audible version and the narrator was excellent - really gave distance voices to every characters.

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  • Poine
  • 01-03-2018

Fantastic!

Great Story, Fantastic narrator, full of exciting and scary moments sure to keep your bedroom light on dim!

5/5, worth it. Just wish there were a few more answers. (Spoilers ahead) George in particular manages to identify a number of potential locations in his research where 'The Problem' potentially began spreading outwards from throughout the country. But besides from this casual mention, nothing else is said on the subject (previous book in series mind)

Still worth every minute :)

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  • Haydn
  • 05-02-2018

Stroud at his best and a brilliant next episode

an engaging and enjoyable story that's a must for Stoud or Lockwood fans with some elements to keep you wondering

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  • ai83
  • 30-11-2017

Finally, Emily Bevan can almost pronounce skull

Like I said, finally she can almost pronounce skull instead of school. Almost. Sadly, her narration is equally over the top as it was in the previous 2 books. She has a slight vocal fry that reverberates when she pronounces some words. Makes her sound like Marge Simpson when she gets annoyed. But the real problem with that is that everyone sounds like skull every now and then. Also she did George and Quill Kipps very poorly. George sounds like an 80-year old and Quill sounds like a granny. Lucy sounds as agitated as if she's a 9-year old who ate batteries for breakfast and Lockwood giggles every second sentence even if he's not saying anything funny. But the story is amazing and that saved everything.

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  • Julie
  • 25-10-2017

How dare there not be another one.

Must follow Lucy and Lockwood. Startled Reading as a teen, coming up twenty but undying loyalty to the series. Great read.

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  • Bruce Starkey
  • 17-10-2017

Brilliant.

Best book series I have ever read. Just a shame there wasn't one more between CS and EG.

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  • Robert The Viking
  • 02-10-2017

Fantastic!

Fantastic closure to a brilliant series of books. Loved all of them and can highly recommend them.

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  • Amazonian
  • 30-09-2017

Amazing

I have loved this series so so much and only wish it would continue. I love Lockwood and Co. And I love Carlial and Skull

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  • CarrieO
  • 30-09-2017

Explosive finale to an excellent series

As usual Mr Stroud's storytelling genius doesn't let you down. The whole series has been captivating and an absolute jo to listen to. His descriptions of characters and places are so thorough that you feel as though you are there in the story, watching Lockwood & Co going through the motions and ready to toss in that flare to help them save the day. Although the main characters in this book are in their teens, I wouldn't say it is just a book for children. I've personally seen 21 twice and then some years added on, but I have loved listening to the whole series. All five books were well narrated, but this one, and the previous two, I'd say were the most satisfying. Emily Bevan really does seem to capture the characters well and pours life and soul into the books. I would definitely recommend this book, and indeed the whole series, to anyone, of any age, who enjoys fast paced adventures with plenty of things that go bump in the night! It's one of those series that I know will come out again and again, even when I have other books on my 'to be read' or 'listen to' list. Loved it!

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  • Mr D.
  • 26-09-2017

More masterful story telling from Stroud

I’ve been a fan of Jonathan’s work for many years. He has a beautiful imagination and a way of telling magical and engaging stories.

This series is wonderful, full of amazing characters and scenarios. I hope he rethinks and writes more of them.

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  • Miss A. Williams
  • 11-10-2017

The last one!!!

The rating is not for the audio book but amazon, I pre ordered this months ago and have been waiting patiently to complete the series. Now I'm unable to download as amazon cannot verify order. Very disappointed amazon

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