Audiobook Review – The Hollow Boy

Posted January 21, 2016 by Kathy in 5 stars, Audiobook Review, Book Review / 6 Comments

Audiobook Review – The Hollow BoyThe Hollow Boy Series: Lockwood and Co. #3
by Jonathan Stroud
Narrator: Emily Bevan
Published by Disney Hyperion on September 15, 2015
Genres: Middle Grade Paranormal
Length: 11 hours and 55 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Borrowed
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five-stars

As a supernatural outbreak baffles Scotland Yard and causes protests against the psychic agencies throughout London, Lockwood and Co. continue to demonstrate their effectiveness in exterminating spirits. Anthony is dashing, George insightful, and Lucy dynamic, while the skull in the jar utters sardonic advice from the sidelines. There is a new spirit of openness between the team now that Anthony has shared his childhood story, and Lucy is feeling more and more like her true home is at Portland Row. It comes as a great shock, then, when Lockwood and George introduce her to an annoyingly perky and hyper-efficient new assistant, Holly Munro. Meanwhile, there are reports of many new hauntings, including an old school where bloody handprints and a glowing boy are appearing. But ghosts seem to be the least of Lockwood and Co.'s concerns when a living assassin makes an attempt on Fittes's and Rotwell's lives. Can the team get past their interpersonal issues to save the day on all fronts? Danger abounds, tensions escalate, and new loyalties form in this third delightfully terrifying adventure.

The Hollow Boy was another exciting adventure. I love this series!!

 

The Hollow Boy is the third book in the Lockwood & Co. series. This can be read as a standalone but I suggest you read the books in order. You’ll want to see how the team meets and experience the creepy cases in the other books. In The Hollow Boy we pick up from where we left off. The friendship between Anthony, George and Lucy is beginning to be closer now that Anthony revealed a family secret. But Lucy’s life is disrupted with the addition of their new assistant Holly Munro. Holly brings order to their disorganized business but for Lucy she is not a happy addition. I thought it was interesting to see the struggles Lucy had with Holly. It is natural for Lucy to feel threatened by Holly because even I didn’t trust the perfect and perky assistant. The author kept me guessing if the girls’ animosity was because of a crush for Anthony or the beginning of frenemies. This is a middle grade book so there is no romance but I still couldn’t help but root for the bond between Lucy and Anthony to be stronger, and Holly to back off! But I do love that the author giving us more insight of the team in each book. And the cases just keep getting creepier!

 

The Hollow Boy was perfect. Author Jonathan Stroud is a talented writer and storyteller. I love the characters more with each book and the action is exciting. The twists in the mysteries are surprising and the author tortures fans by ending in a cliffhanger! I can’t wait for more in this series.

 

Audiobook Review

 

For The Hollow Boy narrator Emily Bevan does an amazing performance. For some reason they keep changing the narrators for this series so it did take me a while to get used to her voice for some of the characters. I had recently finished listening to The Whispering Skull so I still had the characters fresh in my mind. The narrator did bring humor to the story with the sarcasm of George and the skull. And the scenes with the ghosts gave me goosebumps. The Lockwood & Co. series is perfect for audio format and the story comes to life with the narrators’ performance.

 

Rating Report
Plot
five-stars
Characters
five-stars
Writing
five-stars
Pacing
five-stars
Audiobook Performance
five-stars
Overall: five-stars

About Jonathan Stroud

Jonathan Anthony Stroud is an author of fantasy books, mainly for children and youths.

Stroud grew up in St Albans where he enjoyed reading books, drawing pictures, and writing stories. Between the ages seven and nine he was often ill, so he spent most of his days in the hospital or in his bed at home. To escape boredom he would occupy himself with books and stories. After he completed his studies of English literature at the University of York, he worked in London as an editor for the Walker Books store. He worked with different types of books there and this soon led to the writing of his own books. During the 1990s, he started publishing his own works and quickly gained success.

In May 1999, Stroud published his first children's novel, Buried Fire, which was the first of a line of fantasy/mythology children's books.

Among his most prominent works are the bestselling Bartimaeus Trilogy. A special feature of these novels compared to others of their genre is that Stroud examines the stereotypes and ethics of the magician class and the enslaved demons. This is done by examining the perspective of the sarcastic and slightly egomaniacal djinni Bartimaeus. The books in this series are The Amulet of Samarkand, The Golem's Eye, and Ptolemy's Gate, his first books to be published in the United States.

Stroud lives in St Albans, Hertfordshire, with his two children, Isabelle and Arthur, and his wife Gina, an illustrator of children's books.

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2016 Audiobook Challenge
  • COYER Winter 2015-2016

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6 responses to “Audiobook Review – The Hollow Boy

    • Kathy

      I hope you enjoy it Katherine and if you get a chance listen to the audiobook. I loved the narrators performance for all the books and it adds to the creepiness of the story. It makes it fun to be scared (but I am a big chicken so this is just the right amount of scary for me lol). Thanks Katherine!!

    • Kathy

      Thanks Grace! I was really surprised with this series. It reminds me of Harry Potter, another trio who you can’t help but fall in love with. And the mystery/adventure is really exciting.

    • Kathy

      You should re-read this in audio if you can. I love how the narrator brought the characters to life and it was so creepy. Thanks Michelle!