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Too many feelings. And most of them hurt. But that was a beautiful book. Haven't felt this way in a long time:
I had read this series when I heard the movie was coming out and gave it to my daughter to read, who was about the same age as Lyra when I gave it to her. I love it, she loves it...great story. Needless to say the movie, though exciting was a disappointment compared to the book.
I listen to books when I'm at work or doing chores. I prefer history and fantasy. My favorite audio book is Going Postal by Terry Pratchett.
I remembered not really liking this book as a kid even though I loved The Golden Compass. I had such a hatred for the second and third books that I thought I ought to reread them and see if they were bad as I remembered. The first hour or so wasn't too bad, but just as I began to think I'd overestimated how rotten the book was things plummeted down hill.
First off, it becomes increasingly obvious that Pullman didn't really think through the new developments in the story. He obviously wanted to keep the likes of Lee Scoresby in to add interest, but to do so he has to completely change Lee's motivation. Pullman just hand waves this sudden radical shift away. You can also tell that Will was a late addition in the clumsy way he gets spliced into the Grummond story thread. All this amounts to far too much exposition with none of the fun from the first novel.
Pullman also commits the cardinal sin of becoming so enamored with a new protagonist that he not only allows Will to overshadow Lyra but devotes himself to taking her down a peg. This is the saddest aspect of the Dark Materials trilogy. In the Golden Compass Pullman creates a brilliant, exciting, believable female character. He succeeds so well that he apparently scares himself and spends the next two books making her as cliche a damsel in distress as he can manage. Lyra, who escaped Mrs. Coulter and destroyed Bolvangar and tricked the un-trickable Armored Bears, is tricked repeatedly and loses the Alethiometer and becomes completely dependent on Will for "protection". It turns out her whole quest wasn't to change the world, it was to come help Will fulfill his destiny. He's going to be a man you see so anything he does is automatically more important. It's enough to make me want to puke.
Philip Pullman is a fool who failed to grasp the crux at the root of social commentary. He wants to shine a critical light on religion but fails to do so, instead he imitates it and his story falls into the same tired patterns. It's like he didn't understand that by basing his story around Christian dogma he was going to have to make the Bible story the bedrock of his novel, the given that allows the hypothesis. This is not the way to go about things. I saw that when I was 12, and now more than a decade later I have the words to explain it.
If angels are beings of pure spirit, why do they have gender?
the full cast reading is spectacular buy I hate that there is music at the beginning of each chapter
Thrilling, Explaining, Complex
Um maybe the Lion the Witch and the Wordrobe, but more exciting?
Its cool to have different voices to recognize. But it made it hard to listen to the 3rd one because I was so use to certain voices, that when they were different in the last book I became a little confused at first.
It was a little corny though with all the dramatic music.
I gasped out loud at some deaths I was not expecting. Glad that I didn't have to wait to listen to the thrid
Wish I would have read it long ago, but glad I'm getting to it now
Yet another book that I cannot point my finger at a sigle aspect I most enjoyed, loved the entire book. :-)
So hard to select just one, but a favorite would be Lee Scoresby, and Hester of course.
Well the entire series is full cast audio, and they all seemed good to me, a little different, but not bad. Though if memory serves, Will's voice actor changes from book 2 to 3.
Don't. Make. Another. Film. They ruined the first, lets stop before it gets worse, ugh...
I can't say enough about how much I enjoy this series. If you liked the first book, this is more of the same, wonderful story-telling. Some new characters, and many returning favorites, should please all fans of the series. :-)
Active story with interesting story. The voice actors were weel played.
There are many memorable moments throughout the story.
Yes, the Golden Compas (book 1). The flow from 1 to 2 was seemless.
Meeting the harpies was very interesting.
When Will and Lyra visit our world
I think the cast helps me stay on track in a way I would not hve done reading the book.
No. All in one sitting was more than I expected or wanted.
I compared him with Tolkein in the headline. I think the comparison is just, but maybe misleading. Tolien has lots of scary monsters, but Pullman does not. Despite that, it's still a great read. It relies less on the monsters being scary looking, and more on innate morality.
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.