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3.99989021792561 out of 53.99989021792561 out of 53.99989021792561 out of 53.99989021792561 out of 53.99989021792561 out of 5 4.00 (6,103 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Derek Landy Narrator: Rupert Degas Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Skulduggery Pleasant Series Release Date: May 2008 ISBN: 9780061714504
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Meet Skulduggery Pleasant

Ace Detective
Snappy Dresser
Razor–tongued Wit
Crackerjack Sorcerer
and
Walking, Talking,
Fire-throwing Skeleton

—as well as ally, protector, and mentor of Stephanie Edgley, a very unusual and darkly talented twelve-year-old.

These two alone must defeat an all-consuming ancient evil.

The end of the world?

Over his dead body.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Author Landy writes a compelling fantasy/futuristic mystery that is certain to keep young readers’ attention and imagination...This is a great read.”

    Children’s Literature

  • “Rupert Degas uniquely characterizes each villain, creating chills with gravelly and whispery voices. Degas’ flippant, quick delivery of witty lines brings to life Skulduggery’s friendly, hip manner, which is counterpointed with a flatness that only barely covers his core of coldness and a hint of protective fondness for Valkyrie. Degas doesn’t flag in his narration of the nonstop action. He keeps up with chases, fights, rescues, and high-speed dialogue and without a pause gives credibility to the characters and their relationships.”

    AudioFile

  • “Landy, who has also written horror screenplays, is in his element here. His style is cinematic, and the action nonstop. Skullduggery’s subtle humorous asides lighten the mood, and magical details, such as Valkyrie’s ability to throw fireballs, add to the fun.”

    Booklist

  • “Readers looking for a mix of magic and action will find it here.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Landy gives the term ‘deadpan humor’ a whole new meaning; readers who prefer their heroes laconic and their action nonstop are in for a wild ride.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books for Young Adults
  • Audiofile Magazine “Best of the Year”

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frank Bogden | 2/20/2014

    " Fast paced enjoyable read. Clever characters and written to entertain its demographics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jess | 2/18/2014

    " Again Amazing another master piece LURVE it. I love every chapter every character every word !!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jerilyn | 2/5/2014

    " The violence in this sequel struck me as more extreme than the first book. But the action and humor are excellent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 2/3/2014

    " Skulduggery Pleasant Book 2 continues with the fun, fantasy and mystery. Usually I'm not a fantasy fan nor a mystery fan but I do so love the Skulduggery Pleasant books. Go figure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Inusgrrl | 1/23/2014

    " loved it. laughed and was shocked often "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Qing | 1/19/2014

    " Thought it was better than the first book. Dialogue's still snappy and pace was good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mayrose | 1/18/2014

    " Book two of the series in the continuing saga with Skulduggery and Valkyrie fighting crime within the magical community. Loving this fun madcap series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessi Hafeman | 1/15/2014

    " A good follow-up story. The characters still have the same voice as was the problem in the first book. All with the same sarcasm and quick wit. Some people are described to have accents, but they all seem to crack the same kind of jokes. The story was compelling and developed well. Hard-to-guess ending. Leaves you looking forward to the next book! I think the author's dedications at the beginning of the book was the funniest part! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy-Lou Who | 12/26/2013

    " This book is really good. It's the sequel to the first book, "Skulduggery Pleasant." I must say that although it's not as good as the first one, it's still enjoyable to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Piper | 12/17/2013

    " The series gets better and better. Love that Valkyrie Cain. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erica | 12/13/2013

    " I would give this book a 3 1/2 stars. I liked it better than the first one. I can't wait to read the next one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mono33 | 9/29/2013

    " i was lots of fun and laid most on the floor laughing "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly | 9/25/2013

    " So in love with this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yvonne | 8/8/2013

    " I just finished reading Playing with Fire by Derek Landy and I highly recommend this book to anyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Qt | 7/18/2013

    " Another thrilling adventure with Skulduggery, and a delicious sequel to the first :-) More freaky bad guys than you can shake a stick at, lots of action and magic, and plenty of humor made this another really fun ride. I'm looking forward to the third! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 5/19/2013

    " What fun! Review to come (well... hopefully). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jakob Blevins | 4/24/2013

    " I thought this was a very good book. It is action packed and very interesting to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan | 1/24/2013

    " Another great offering from Derek Landy. More please? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Merri | 10/3/2012

    " Another fantastic Skulduggery book! I love this kind of magic world and all of the hilarious characters (and their hilarious names). It reminded me a little of Terry Pratchett, but it's also very unique. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Celine Agocha | 7/22/2012

    " It was a really good book and it was surprisingly funny (judging by the cover). You have to actually read the book to see how funny it is. One of the best series I have read so far and I can say this even though this is only the second book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 essteajay | 7/5/2012

    " great audio book! so entertaining! i can't wait to hear the third one! :-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nilchance | 3/12/2012

    " Loved it, but not quite as much as the first book. Can't really quantify why. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tams | 11/3/2011

    " Great story. I am really getting into this world. Still having trouble thinking of this girl as so young, so I just solve that with my mind by telling myself that she is older. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nukeyeti | 10/20/2011

    " An amazing sequel to the amazing first book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zilan Zilaan | 7/29/2011

    " War ein gutes Buch :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alia | 7/4/2011

    " This one's even more violent than the first book, with the same dry humor to go along with it. The plot was a bit sequely but, all in all, good fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kendall | 5/22/2011

    " it was one of the best books i've every read!and i've read a lot of books "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 5/16/2011

    " Soren read this in one day. Said it swore a couple times and that it was really exciting and some funny too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caitlin | 5/12/2011

    " So good! I loved it! Worth reading! Give it a go. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Verniboomboom | 5/1/2011

    " Quick, entertaining read. "The Lost Art of World Domination" short story is golden! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 4/30/2011

    " The story is good but the audio book is a must listen! Fantastic and Skulduggery's voice game me chills. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacey | 4/30/2011

    " I generally like a snarky silver-tongued detective story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leah | 4/23/2011

    " My favorite book series! Great book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julias14 | 4/22/2011

    " Listened to this on CD and laughed all the way to work and back. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 4/22/2011

    " This is a brilliant humorous book that not only I enjoyed but my younger brother as well who I often have top bribe to get him to read. But not with this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dana | 4/21/2011

    " SUper fun, especially if you listen to the audio version. The reader is brilliant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzy | 4/21/2011

    " One of my very favorite fantasy series.

    Brilliantly combines flat-out action adventure with heavy doses of humor and witty dialog.

    What could be better than a world-coming-to-an-untidy-end halting duo that includes a gal with ninja skills and a....skeleton? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fiore777 | 4/14/2011

    " Not as good as I would have hoped given it had a type of protagonist which appeals to me. I imagine this is because it is a book aimed at preteens so it all felt very simple. It is just that the synopsis was something I've been eyeing for awhile. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Madie | 4/14/2011

    " i thought this book was great and recommend it to people that like action and mistory. "

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About the Author
Author Derek Landy

Derek Landy lives near Dublin. Before writing his children's story about a sharply dressed skeleton detective, he wrote the screenplays for a zombie movie and a little thriller in which everybody dies.

As a blackbelt in Kenpo Karate, he has taught countless children how to defend themselves, in the hopes of one day building his own private munchkin army. He firmly believes that they await his call to strike against his enemies (he doesn't actually have any enemies but he's assuming they'll show up sooner or later).

The reason Derek writes his own biographical blurb is so that he can finally refer to himself in the third person without looking pompous or insane.

About the Narrator

Rupert Degas can be heard reading numerous audiobooks, including the Saga of Darren Shan series by Darren Shan, and his narrations have won eight AudioFile Earphones Awards. He has also lent his voice to numerous cartoons, including Mr Bean, Robotboy, Bob the Builder and has performed in more than thirty radio productions, including The Gemini Apes, The Glittering Prizes, and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.