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Playing with Fire

Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 2
Narrated by: Rupert Degas
Series: Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 2
Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
4.8 out of 5 stars (681 ratings)

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Summary

With Serpine dead, the world is safe once more. At least, that's what Valkyrie and Skulduggery think, until the notorious Baron Vengeous makes a bloody escape from prison, and dead bodies and vampires start showing up all over Ireland.

With Baron Vengeous after the deadly armour of Lord Vile, and pretty much everyone out to kill Valkyrie, the daring detective duo face their biggest challenge yet. But what if the greatest threat to Valkyrie is just a little closer to home...?

©2008 Derek Landy (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK

Critic reviews

"This production is exactly the reason young adult fantasy fare can work so well as audio entertainment. Narrator Rupert Degas...does a bang-up job here....This is dark comic fantasy, and Degass timing and complete grasp of the main character's personality couldnt be better." ( AudioFile)

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Good journey fodder

Both sons enjoying this series. Good mixture of slightly scary and decent plot. Is leading them back into reading the books too.

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Superb

It never occured to me that Skullduggery would be Irish but this works so well and makes the humour so much funnier. Excellent narration & I have already downloaded the next two books in the series.

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Is good but needs more/interesting voice over wize grate and fun just need 5 words

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Not for the deep thinker, science fantasy fun

What did you like best about Playing with Fire? What did you like least?

Well read and moved along at a good pace. Character descriptions painted a clear picture in the head.

What will your next listen be?

Probably I Claudius, fancy a bit of Roman drama

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Narrator was very good, one of the books strengths

Could you see Playing with Fire being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

No, unless it was a cartoon. Would not get a large enough following.

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Excellent book for all ages

The book skullduggery pleasent is an excellent read with adrenalin filled action scenes that are suited to all ages. I particularly liked where the scenes are based in ireland, it suits the way i read very well, Derek Landy shas writen many skullduggery pleasent books and they are all excellently written the way be sets the book and the storyline. Sklduggery plleasent finds a normal school girl called Valkyrie Edgely who doesent really like school, her parents are boaringand she wants some action and excitement in her life. I wont spoil it for some readers but if you want a brilliantly written book by a brilliantly put together author who knows how to appeal a bookto all ages read this book.

One last good thing about the book is if you want a descriptive book that describes all the dark and and famous objects buy this book.

Now we get to some of the not so good chapters in the boo. Now their are only a few of these bad points as the book is basically perfect, in some of the chapters like hanging around chapters like that yes i know its the starting chapter but it could describe a few more things aswell as Valkyrie Cain. But tobknow what im talking about you.must read the book otherwise its an excellent book and i hope you enjoy it.

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Great story

The story was well read. Loved all the different voices that the narrator did. Well done

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NEVER GETS OLD

this book series is a MASTERPIECE. it's full of plot twists and wisecracks and almost everything a good book should have.

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great...

once again one amazing book brilliant intense listening every step 10/10 for this one great.

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Amazing

Great story, well written, funny, dark and just a joy to read and listen to as I've done both now. It's so good to be able to enjoy these incredible stories while doing other things, and considering the age group, this is still enthralling for all ages. If you've not read or heard any skulduggery pleasant before, I implore you to go and grab the first book, you won't regret it!

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Great series.

Love these Audible’s. The narrator is bang on and the story flows. In for a treat.

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  • 14-09-19

spectacular!!!!

the plot of this book keeps getting better and better and i am honestly very into the series

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-03-19

this is one of the best book series

loved it love it and will love it always great great great s s s

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  • Nicole
  • 17-09-12

Heaps of fun to listen to.

Two of the books in this series were not available on audible which REALLY spoilt the experience overall