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...
This was a horrible book! The only thing more boring was the movie. While, I certainly didn't get the anti-theological theme that seems to be blazing around the movie from the book, I did get a long nap. The reading is dry and often unintelligible accents, the plot is slow to non-existent. I would not recommend this book to anyone.
This book was very well read by Phillip Pullman and the full cast made the story come alive. I was intrigued by the idea of parallel worlds and thought the author did a good job of creating Lyra's world. I can't wait to start listening to the next book in the series!
The first book in this series pulls the reader in and appears innocent enough. The second book slowly introduces the authors sermonizing against the Catholic Church, and builds up to a crescendo in the third book.
"Tell them stories, tell them stories" the author chants. The children must know the truth. And so bigotry is inserted in the name of truth.
To direct this at children is inexcusable!
I purchased this book before I made the connection with the movie and its accompanying controversies. I tried several times to listen but it was so DULL!!! After hearing all the Anti-Christian sentiments, my interests were re-piqued. I am shocked at what is being passed off as CHILDREN'S literature! This book openly discusses female and male castration! Please be warned. This is in no way a children's book.
music head, history reader, fantasy fan
I enjoyed the production
Characters are well done
The magical components of the story added to the modern world and possible other worlds should have added up to a much more rewarding story. I found I didn't care that much about what happened after lee scorsby died.