The author seems to be someone who doesn't like organized religion and doesn't believe in God. The whole series appears to be a nice tail that subtley tries to convince the reader that all organized religion stifles thought and creativity and that it is the true evil. It seems to be mostly set against the Catholic church (though it never says that directly). The author seems to have taken his dislike for a church and turned it into a dislike for God and all Christianity.
The series subtley preaches so heavily against the belief in God that it was hard to enjoy for someone that believes unwaveringly in God and his son Jesus Christ. Religions aren't perfect, but God is and religions can help us to come unto him and become better people.
I guess my real disapointment is that I was ready for another good fantasy adventure story and instead I got a faithless author preaching his viewpoint through a fantasy adventure story. Nothing new and exciting, just the same old anti-God, anti-religion, anti-Christ stuff that you can hear from any athiest group. It is like going to a movie to have a good time and finding out the movie is really just a politically twisted documentary.
I listened to all three books hoping that the story line would somehow turn around and the truth would be discovered by the characters, but they remained in darkness throughout.
This trilogy is indeed diabolical. The temptation- a captivating nicely written story- but beware of the message- the world view that the book is advocating is that God is really an evil angle that is just pretending to be the Creator. The devil’s revolt was actually the work of good angles and God should be killed. There is absolutely no discussion or attempt to show a different viewpoint. The evils of the church are the evils of God. Period! I listened to the very end hoping that there was going to be some discussion or debate, but no. In the end, this is a bigoted, narrow-minded, hateful worldview that is pretending to be humanistic. And of course there is no possible way to see things differently! If you think this is just a bit or harmless fun and should not be taken seriously, be careful. Messages like these may work on your subconscious reasoning if you don't think about them rationally. Analyze the message carefully! If you hate God this is the book for you.
Although this is an exciting adventure novel with great characters, it will leave your family wanting to read the rest of the series. The second book reveals the author's hatred of Christianity a bit. The third book shows clearly the author's intent in writing these books. Christian parents, beware of starting this series.
First the Good. The narration was great, the cast of narrators really made it easy to follow. The style of writing was just my speed too.
Now the Bad. The storyline is Demonic, and so are some of the sub-plots.
Overall: For an adult, that is secure in what you believe, it's an interesting read. I would definitely Not read it to the kids.
While the work is well written and well read it is explicitly a polemic/diatribe against Christianity and is full of inconsistencies and utterly lacks integrity. (Yes, I am writing about ?His Dark Materials?) Pullman sums up his view of Christianity in saying that there have been two pursuits from the beginning of time. Those who pursue ?wisdom? [i.e. his views] and those that pursue ?stupidity? [i.e. Christianity.] His definition of ?wisdom? appears to be some type of radical freedom where God must be ?killed? in such a pursuit.
He appears to draw from a number of 18th/19th century philosophers and social theorists to support his twisted view of Christianity and his utopian view. But considering that Existentialist teachings provided Cambodia with approx. 1.7 million dead, Nietzsche provided Germany with Hitler, Communism is credited with approx. 160 million dead and Darwin would make us animals. It is interesting Pullman appeals to such as these as the only means to accomplish his ideal, especially since none of these views have any binding rationale for moral behavior, quite the opposite actually. In contrast, Christianity demands that Love, in word and deed, be the defining characteristic of those who claim that title.
While people are, obviously, free to disagree with the tenets of Christianity and yes, there are those who claim the name but live in opposition to the teachings of Christ, one should always present an honest view of what/who one opposes. Pullman?s categorical claim that the Church/Christians are ?Stupid? [his word] and that It/They are the only obstacle to a wise, kind, compassionate and happy world should disturb any thinking individual.
In summary, if you want a well-written and well-read tale and do not care about the claims/implications of the author then this book may be for you. If you care about what the author is really saying then I would look elsewhere.
This story is ok, it's certainly exciting, but one must overlook quite a few jumps in the story to make it work. That's often the case in fantasy, this book simply stretches the practice a little too far. If you do some research (as I did unfortunately AFTER listening) Pullman has a vendetta against the church and more specifically against God--he has an agenda to fulfill and it's obvious from the storyline. The story has too much in it that makes me uncomfortable to recommend it to anyone.
I saw the movie and decided to get the book, and I wasn't disappointed! I went on to read the second book as well and just ordered the third. There is a lot going on and I was glad I saw the movie first because I had a better picture of what was happening as I listened to the book.
This exicting master piece is a perfect begging to his dark materails series it introduses the magical world of phillip pullman and dazzels you with its vivid languege and transports you to a magical world.listen to it to find what i mean
This is my first review ever. I have neither seen the movie or read the book. Howver, after to listening to the first part I can bear no more. Quite frankly the book is boring. There are no other words to describe it but boring. The only reason I downloaded it was to see why my Pope is troubled by this book. I am troubled that children and teens are gonna think that all books of this type are boring. Those of you who are comparing this to Lord of the Rings or Narnia, get a clue. You couldn't be more wrong.