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!
My 8 year old and I both loved this series. My son liked the part when they met the bear the best. I enjoyed the creativity - never knowing what was coming next.
When I began looking for my next Audio book, I searched through the Unabridged area as usual, looking at high ratings. This book came up on the list, and I was at first unsure as the book seemed geared to the young adult or child. However; this is definatly not the case, although the main characters are children; the book gives a great view into the adult mind at the same instance. The trials of the main child Lyra, are awesome and Pullman plunges you headfirst into his own world of demons, gypsies, witches, and many of his own creatures. His world becomes alive through the blazing eyes of a courageous girl, and once you read this novel, I guarantee that you will be eager for the next.
I recommend this book to young and old alike, however some areas seem a little violent for children, however not to overboard. The battles are less in the first book, and grow throughout the next two, and the narration is perfect with changing voices to fit character roles and accents to fit aswell.
I have loved this series of books since the first time I read them...however, listening to the audiobook has brought a new luminesence to the text and breathes new life into the story. Absolutely amazing!
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.