Don't be put off by the "Young Adults" designation--anyone who loves The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia or Harry Potter should read or listen to all three of these excellent books. I can't think of any books that I could recommend with more enthusiasm for a worthwhile excursion beyond the mundane.
All books in this series are just wonderful. The story is creative and new, the characters are complex and fascinating, and it is full of shifts and turns that keep you wondering what the author is getting at. I want to listen to the series several times to try and unfold the layers. But, other than the main characters being children, I have a hard time seeing these as children's books. Evan for a middle-aged woman who has spent considerable time mulling over religion, spirituality, and the true nature of man, the themes in the series can be unsettling and disturbing. I imagine for younger or less "mature" readers, this could be just plain confusing and distressing. If your kids are deep thinkers, and you intend to discuss the book with them, it could open the way for some very engaging exploration and discussion. But if your kids are younger, don't be fooled by the cute little "demons" and bears, this book could be very frightening, and could raise questions about God, parents, society, and life they simply may not have the life experience to sort through without help. But if you are over 21, you might as well download all three books now, and wait until you have some serious down time before you start, because these books will suck you in.
In my opinion novels read by the authors are generally inferior to those read by actors, and this is a case in point. To make matters worse, the dialogue is read by actors but the editing is so poor that there is a jarring abruptness each time there is a transition from non-dialogue to dialogue, as in there is no pause at all between the two. This is a fabulous book and I recommend it highly, but this audio rendering leaves a lot to be desired.
Although this book is billed as being written for young adults, it should have great appeal for adults too. Pullman creates a rich tapestry of characters and setting, liberally sprinkled with meta-physics.
Christian, Texan, electrician, lover of reading-I lean towards Sci-fi/fantasy but enjoy the classics, history, and science titles also.
No. I believe Mr. Pullman has had his fair shake from me.
Once again, no. I don't think I will.
No, I have not and as such am unable to make a comparison.
I'm not sure cutting any scenes from this story would really help me enjoy it anymore however, I would have called the cute little companions everyone had just about anything but demons or daemons.
I've heard the religious arguments against this story for years and have chosen to decide for myself. Though I'm Christian I found I wanted to defend this book until it just started quoting the bible and deliberately twisting the passages to mean things way off the mark in my understanding. I have to say I just didn't enjoy this book at all even though the cast did a phenomenal job in performing the narration.
This excellently produced rendition features not just the author reading (well) from his own work, but a full cast performing all the voices. They do a splendid job, really bringing the book to life.
Fantastic cast. Much better than the film version. One of the best audio books I've listened to. Definitely worth the investment.
If you like Harry Potter you will enjoy this story of a little girl
and her journey in a world like ours, but a little different. It's
not magical like Harry but the supernatural is there, and so
is the suspense and adventure. Great characters that you
learn to love and hate. So much better than the movie.
Read the book!
I've already order the rest of the series and am busy reading
I can't see what the fuss is all about. Some WONDERFUL ideas (people having daemons, the aliethiometer, armored bears, etc.) but I honestly thought the writing was clunky and far overrated. Random events throughout whose only purpose seem to be closing gaping holes in the plot or to get a character to the next plot point. Some wonderful characters, but many seem to exist only as "devices" to provide exposition. One word to describe the storytelling? Forced.
That said, Pullman is the best author/narrator I've yet heard, and my only criticism of the audio was the shrillness of the screaming young girls at certain moments that I wish the engineers could have toned down a bit---I had to turn down my IPOD in sections just for these bits.
Last fyi comment on the trilogy as a whole. I wasn't in the least turned off by the authors views on religion, in fact, I agree with him so I was looking forward to the trilogy. But along with the above criticisms was also a "preachy" tendency in parts of the third that I could have done without. Not a terrible read, but not even close to what I expected based on all the praise I'd heard.