I was pulled into the story and thought the voices were excellent. I was pleased that it kept the story threads from The Golden Compass while working in new characters and events. I didn't notice inconsistencies and ended looking forward to the third book in the series.
I liked Lyra best because of how well she was voiced as well as how smart she was while still clearly being a little girl.
Although it was fantasy, the values were real and ones that I found myself caring about and agreeing with.
The Golden Compass grabbed my attention and I could not stop there. The second book is a great story, and I have heard from many people that it is their favorite of the series, but I could not develop a good relationship with Will. I found him to be overbearing and annoying. That being said, I really enjoyed where this story took Lyra and how she has begun forming herself into a brave young woman. The lack of armored bears and whininess of Will give this book 4 out of 5 stars.
This was a great listen and great book. Can't wait to read the third.
Loved Lyra and Will as well as all the peripheral characters.
Loved the intermediate world
I will someday. I have read the book at least once, maybe twice, and now have listened to it.
I don't know if I have a favorite.
The cast were performed the various characters well. They were believable and the performances added to the story by fleshing out even the minor ones.
I find the story engaging and find it takes me to another world for a little while.
Some will have an adverse reaction to the overall theme, and find it an insult to their beliefs. I do not, and support the anti-dogma message of the trilogy.
The His Dark Materials series is just an amazing work in general. Since this audiobook is produced by full cast audio, it's narrated by its author, Philip Pullman. In some cases, I would argue that this tradition is not a great one, since not all authors make good narrators just because they know what they're talking about. Philip Pullman, however, is amazing, and the casting for all the other voices is superb as well. Fantastic story, great production, excellent buy.
Very interesting trilogy. I love lyra and the other characters. The bit about the church being so evil is a bit overdone.
Overall pretty good book. But just because the main characters are kids, does not mean it's a children's book. If you are an athiest then this book would be right up your alley, but if you have a very strong belief system and are not open minded this is not the book for you. On the other hand
it listens perfectly. Next to the book The Help it is one of the best reads.
The second book in the series kept me entertained. The plot is interesting, but, in general, the characters are rather bland. Also, I think I prefer only one narrator rather than the "full cast" reading of the story. I think a talented narrator could have done just as well. I liked the story well enough, but now that I see the third book is two credits, I'll skip the last book. Maybe some day I'll pick up the paper version and find out the end of the series. It can't be a very long book if the audio version is under 15 hours.
This was just the typical second book in a trilogy. It dragged. It was all exposition: seemed like the characters just sat around and talked for a majority of the book. But the action (when it occurred), was good. Loved the first book and looking forward to the third.
Drama teacher and Sci-Fi/Fantasy fan
.... but still an excellent book. The full cast is perfect for the characters. A little scarier than THE GOLDEN COMPASS, but, again, great for young adults.