The full cast makes this story absolutely riveting! I was captivated by the characters, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I am very impressed. THe story seems like it might be too sophisticated for really young readers, but it was great for young adults and those of us young at heart!
This book was such fun to read. The plot moved quickly and was full of action and adventure. I'm on to books 2 and 3.
Absolutely loved it! Got it to read to my son and ended up reading it for me. Thought it was captivating and cleverly written.
Not just a kids book. This book kept me working well past my working hours. I really enjoyed this book. More like a audio movie with the full cast. I am hard to please and this is the first book I ever took the time to review.
This book is very well written and entertaining. But is really not appropriate for younger readers. The basic story line of the 3 books is that a group is plotting to wage war on the church to overthrow the authority (God). Aside from the unusual view of religion, the book describes young chior boys being castrated so their voices will not change. It describes a humanoid bear feasting on the heart and body parts of it's enemies and friends. It also describes the relationship of the 13 year lead character and her "lover." As an adult, the story was entertaining but not something aimed at adults. As a parent, parts of this book was completely inappropriate. If you could pluck out the graphic adult parts of the book, it would be a good story.
For me it is not the genre, but the skill of the writer to bring in a picture, an emotion, to make me laugh or cry, or fade into their words
Wonderful characters you really care about. I found myself feeling their triumph and pain - a few tears here and there...worth every salty drop. While crafted as a childrens book I felt the deep meaning and obvious references to Paradise Lost - lifted this trilogy to an ageless story that can be enjoyed by all. There are three books - so make plans - this is not a one stop, once you are on the train...there is no way to get off!
I've read the trilogy before, but after reading up on the background I wanted to read it again, but since I love audibooks I decided to listen to it instead. It is a very good performance and if you buy this one you have to be ready to buy the other two!
These 3 Dark Materials books are not just audio books -- they are audio plays with music and actors and the kind of full production values like an old radio play. The stories are very very very dark and very very very serious and very long but they are also rich in character and dense plots with lots of action. You'll never hear anything better than these. They are marketed as kids books but they are not easy or simple books. They make Harry Potter look like Mother Goose. They deal with the soul and god and religion and moving between worlds in search of demons and "dust" and angels. The Armored Bear on the cover is one of the great fantasy characters in fantasy literature. Bravo!!
I LOVED this trilogy when I first read it a year ago and was very excited when I found the books on audible. After listening to the first one, though, I don't think I will purchase the second or third. The cast-style narration was interesting but distracting and I had difficulting identifying and connecting with the characters, an issue that I in no way experienced when I read the books on paper. I definitely didn't picture Lyra as whiny as she was portrayed in the audible version. I would definitely, definitely recommend this trilogy, it is an amazing story but please--go buy the books and read them, you won't be sorry. Justice just isn't done to the story in the narration.
This book is great, everything an audio book should be!. The story is great, the narrator and the full cast are marvellous. I can't wait to listen to part 2. I am an addict!