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.
Good Book - Bad Audio Quality ...
In many parts it sounds as if someone is having a conversation in the next room, or an annoyingly repetitive chirping sound distracts you from the content.
Make sure you have read or listened to the Golden Compass, the first book in this complex series. This novel continues on it's excellent path, incorporating new and old characters successfully. It is full of adventure and suspense, complicated social questions and wonderfully developed characters. Although a fantasy, it is written so well it's hard to believe it's not reality. A fantastic book for both young adults and adults alike!
For me, the series was way overhyped, but this dramatic production is incredible. Really awesome listen!