This is one of the few Audible series I have listened to more than once. Philip Pullman is a master -- I particularly admire the way his characters evolve consciously on so many levels. I was both inspired and entertained.
I enjoy stories about strong women that take place in England in the 1800s. Sally Lockhart is this type of person. There is lots of action, quirky characters, and some twists to the plot. I would defiantly recommend this as a good listen.
I believe this story is meant for adolescents. Audible should make mention of this. Adults will likely spot foreshadowing and subtleties which reveal the plot, thus spoiling the adventure. But for kids it is exciting and I would offer four stars in that category.
Online instructor at the University of Oklahoma.
With this book, Anton Lesser has become one of my favorite Audible readers. I have been a fan of Philip Pullman for many years, and Lesser's wonderful performance does justice to Pullman's wide-ranging cast of characters.
The twists and turns at the very end really caught me by surprise! I am excited to read the rest of the books in this series.
Don't be put off that this is marked as a young adult book. Any fan of Sherlock Holmes and any fan of Charles Dickens would love this book I am sure!
So many twists and turns! So many bad folks! A mix of people rich and desperately poor all tied to a happening years past, and a blood red Ruby. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, although it was hard listening to the consequences met by many! Why is it a beautiful jewel Is the curse? Or, is it just man's greed and covetousness?
The story is not as complex and philosophical as the Dark Materials trilogy, but it unfolds with the same sense of drama and the same richness of characters. Seriously, the characters are some of my favorite of all time. Philip Pullman is just masterful in creating the world and the story. And Anton Lesser does a PHENOMENAL job with the delivery. Especially when he voices Mrs Holland the old villain - so much texture and personality in his voice! It gave a whole other dimension to the story.
Pullman is so brilliant and the narrator gives a great performance. I did feel it was a story for younger people than my 45 years so I probably won't read the rest in the series but will remember them for when my son is old enough.
Doctor Who, James Bond, Alexandre Dumas, Jane Austen, Shakespeare, Elizabeth Gaskell, but mostly just Doctor Who.
I came at this novel having watched and rewatched the Masterpiece Theater version with Billie Piper, Matt Smith, JJ Feild, and Hayley Atwell. I didn't even realize it had been a book first, but when I found it, I knew I had to read it. I'm a mystery and period drama fan and the Sally Lockheart mysteries combine the best of both worlds. I was pleasantly surprised to find how accurately the movie is based on the book as well.
Anton Lesser's a great narrator, very distinct, realistic voices that not only distinguish one character from another but also describe their personality so well. I started off with just this first one to see if I liked it, but I will definitely go back now and pick up the rest of the series.
Retired teacher and interpreter. I read classic and contemporary fiction, as well as Mystery/Suspense/Horror, Fantasy&Sci-fi.
This is the first book in a trilogy by the author of the Golden Compass, it's got a completely different feel, it's set in Victorian England and revolves around Miss Sally Lockhart, a clever and resourceful young lady, orphaned at 16, and bent on discovering the mystery surrounding her father's death.
My ONLY complaint about this book, and mind you I really enjoyed it, was the lack of development of Sally's character. What we do get from her is that she's very smart, though we have no idea WHY she understands the stock market, or any of the other skills she displays....
I'm hopeful that the next book in the series will fill in all those irritating blanks!