To be honest, I purchased this trilogy (Ruby in the Smoke, Shadow in the North and Tiger in the Well) because kids and I have listened to His Dark Materials books recently and liked it to no limits. So if you're familiar with Philip Pullman style, I mean those vivid characters, jaw dropping action and all sorts of misteries happening at the same time, you'll find it all here. What makes it brilliant, outstanding and must-listen-to is Mr. Lesser performance. It's breathtaking. The book is not as epic as Materials, but anyway twist and turns of the plot will catch you and make it impossible to put the book down. It's very captivating, historically accurate and socially relevant novel and the narrator only adds to it.
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.
I thought the book was interesting. There are a few moments where I felt that the characters just made ludicrous decisions and did unbelievable things. I'm not sure if I was being overly picky though. I just never fell in love with any of the characters. Sally, was difficult for me to like.
The narration was fine. I enjoyed the performance.
Ahhh, but it is a movie on the BBC, I believe.
Eventually I may read the others, but I enjoyed the Golden Compass better.
Nicely tall and intelligently open-minded
I wanted to take a break from hard crime stories and listen to something light. Well it was an enjoyable listen where the hardship of 19th century England is not right in your face but constantly swinging through.
The storyline is consistent and characters are very likeable. To the point you are sad when one is leaving the scene.
Mr Lesser did a wonderful job and I liked that he did not emphasis on the accents too much.
Nice story development and an enjoyable mystery. I liked the setting and the character descriptions.
I purchased this audio last summer and just now got to listening to it. I am sorry I waited so long because it is very good. It was an amazing story that drew me in quickly and I love the narrator's command of the accents and his enthusiastic performance. I have been thoroughly entertained and would highly recommend this to anyone of any age.
If you like the Golden Compass and wanted to read more Phillip Pullman, this is a good followup although it is a mystery rather than fantasy but Mr. Pullman has again created a resilient female lead who weathers the troubles she faces.
The performance by Anton Lesser is very good - he has a great range of voices, but they're not overdone, not charicatures. Just easily distinguishable from one another.
What other book? To be honest it has a flavour of the original Sherock Holmes novels. Of course, the period and the setting have a lot to do with that too, but the storyline and the characters reminded me a lot of the world of Holmes and Watson.
Mrs Holland. It can't be easy to pull of a convincing "Old Woman" voice, but his is good and chilling.
I didn't laugh or cry, but I did feel the tension in the story. It's a god tale, and I enjoyed the production.
It's aimed, I thnk, at the YA market, although when it was originally released that was still referred to as "Children's books". But it has interesting characters and a solid storyline so there's no reason it can't be enjoyed by adults as well.
Here is an intricate, suspenseful story, written with the grace of an author who appreciates the words as well as the plot. Anton Lesser is one of the best narrators out there and his character voices make the dialogue sizzle and pop. Nor does the age of the main character prevent the story from treading some disturbing ground. This is not a happily-ever-after ferry tale, thank goodness. Some of the characters are more like caricatures, but given the Dickensian setting, such quibbles are instead expected tropes that add to the reading pleasure. Do yourself a favour and listen to this book.
If you get one you must get all three. Its a great story and very well read. I really enjoyed them
Great performance. He really brought it to life
The story was not very interesting, too slow. The characters were not interesting. It is even hard for me to remember much about it. I have no desire to read any of the others in the trilogy.