This beautiful, original, and highly intelligent book is simply wonderful. Some reviews compare it to Harry Potter, and in the since that it involves children in a magical, alternate world that's true, but this book is different and better in many ways. Whether young or old, this book will draw you in immediately. As to the narration, it was also great. With the feature of a full cast, it's like listening to an old-style radio drama. Just fabulous!
This is very well done, both as a book and an audiobook. It bears no comparison to Harry Potter. Potter is fun...Pullman is literature. I disagree with his views on religion, but I respect a well crafted and ingenious story. The full cast of characters makes for easy listening- I wish more books could be performed this way. The voice of Pan can be grating, but I guess I was not the only one who thought so because he is replaced for the next in the trilogy. This is a remarkable listen.
The best audio book I have heard so far. The "dramatization" is first class and the book itself is very well written and interesting. The story is moves very well and keeps you on the edge of your seat. The characters are unique and unforgetable...I will always remember some of the characters.
My 13 year old son told me about this book and I thought I'd try it out from Audible. The cast was fantastic and the story was engrossing. I'm off to buy book two right now!
This book is a wonderful start to a true literary landmark, the His Dark Materials trilogy. The characters are well-drawn, from Lyra, the main character, to her mother, the unforgettable villain, Mrs. Coulter, and the physical and moral challenges they face will linger in the mind for years, as well. The supporting cast--Gyptians, Witches, Bears, Theologians--is amazingly inventive. The pacing is excellent, and prose is skillful. The audiobook, with its main narration by the author, is splendid.
This trilogy is superbly written and very thought-provoking. The narration by the author and actors for the dialog is brilliant and engaging.
A mysterious, magical world. Beautiful writing. The dramatized performance is compelling. The story is exciting. A great listen!
The scenery was well-described, but the characters were very bland and simply unreal. I didn't care for the characters one bit and that severely took away from the story for me. This is one of those books where a bunch of characters are "thrown in" to complete a story's idea (which isn't even very good in itself). I've been a fantasy reader for years and this is by far the biggest disappointment, after all the hype I read, that I've ever purchased. I purchased all 3 books right up front and only made it half way through the second before noticing that I was drifting away with thoughts, then drifting back to find myself 10 minutes later in the audio book. I think you know the kind I mean.
I kept wanting to like this book! It was recommended to me by a dear friend, and I do normally like his recommendations. I read it twice, just to be sure I wasn't missing something subtle... I wasn't. This book is horrible. The main character Lyra a 10-year old little girl, can be likened to the Shirley Temple of my generation! Ughhh.. If you liked the Blue Bird - you might like this book, I dunno, I didn't like either. The book was slow, very slow, the characters were unlikable, and ridiculous. The hushed tones of the discussion of "Dust" and the fact that this book has the Catholic Church in an rage, is totally confusing to me. Oh well.. Be warned, this book will most certainly put you to sleep...