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.
I'm an adult who has enjoyed young adult fiction, and while this story was pleasant enough it's probably best for 8-14 years of age. It's a bit simplistic and while wonderfully narrated by a cast of characters, I probably wouldn't purchase the next in the series of 3. However, if I had kids of that age I think they'd love it.
This was an excellent listen, fast paced, great narrator. Have download the other 2 books in the trilogoy and so far so good as well. If you liked the Lion, Witch Wardrobe and others like that you will like this one.
This series should not even be spoken of in the same sentence as Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter. It is truly awful. I have listened to books 1 & 2 and tried to be open minded. I started them originally because I thought I might like to see the movie and the book usually fills in gaps that movies leave open. I knew going in that the book would challenge a Christian's belief structure but figured that it would do so in a tactful way. Not a chance. It flat out calls the church corrupt and immoral but seems fine with having the lead character, Lyra, using lies to accomplish her goals. Still I am not judgmental and can tolerate others beliefs but what I can not abide by is poor writing. This book has it in spades. Ridiculous dialogue between characters that would be fine if the target audience were elementary students but then why would one include graphic violence or expect such a young child to understand the religious references? Such things make the book a hard listen because it truly does not know who it wants its audience to be. It is written in a style for children but wants to convey complex religious ideals. The only real positive is the use of an ensemble cast. This is a great idea for other audiobooks but is unfortunately not enough to salvage this one.
I almost put this down several times in the first half of the story. Partly, as having difficulty understanding the thick English accents. The second half of the story was much more riveting and I found myself thinking about reading on to the next in this trilogy.
This is a combined review of the trilogy “His Dark Material” by Philip Pullman.
I just finished these books. I very much wish I had not started. The first two books (“The Golden Compass” and “The Subtle Knife”) are not particularly well written. Not bad, but not great either. However, extensive character development and situations promise a climactic third book (“The Amber Spyglass”). Talk about broken promises! In the end neither the characters nor the situations are relevant to the story and the first two turn out to be a vacuous waste of time whose only purpose is to lure the reader in to reading the third book of this disjointed trilogy.
I am FAR from zealous about this stuff, and thought those who condemned JK Rowling’s Harry Potter books were overreacting at an irrational level, but these books are another matter indeed.
They are truly the most virulent, blasphemous, and obscene things I have had the misfortune to stumble upon. They are effectively the literary equivalent of offering candy to a child to lure them away for some sinister purpose. In fact, that is exactly what one of the characters does in the first book.
The depth of anger and hatred dished out by Mr. Pullman in his anti-God fervor stunned me. The world has not seen this level of extremism since the Nazi’s ravaged Europe. And I do mean anti-God, not anti-religion. His characters literally demonize and seek to destroy God.
Having wasted my time and polluted my brain with this trash, the only good that can come of it is to warn off everyone I can.
So… Be Warned! These books are Pullman’s platform for a many hours long rant of his malevolent hatred of God, and just about anything else to do with objective morals. Any person believing in a higher being, or even the absolutes of right and wrong, should consider this a MUST MISS!!