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.
I really enjoyed this book. The narration was primo and the story was very satisfying. Lovely historical details of Victorian England, especially of the role of opium. Very fun and engrossing!
I believe I stumbled across this book on a list of "books in a series" one day. I strongly recommend this series to anyone who loves mysteries, strong female characters, and Victorian England.
The Ruby in the Smoke was riveting from the beginning -- always there was the anticipation of "what can possibly happen next"? Sally is a memorable character -- intelligent, unconventional, 16 years old in Victorian England and suddenly a nearily penniless orphan with only the most miserable Aunt to take her in. Sally sets out to solve the mystery of her father's death at sea, after receiving a mysterious letter purporting to be from him but not in his hand-writing. Solving the mystery takes her into danger and into many parts of British life that a young woman is not expected to see, especially not in Victorian England.
This was such a satisfying book that I had to instantly purchase the two sequels; they were even more memorable and well written. I recommend this series without reservation.
The reader does a wonderful job, clear, character voices nicely done, makes it easy to transport yourself into the story.
Fascinating characters and an exciting - and surprising! - plot, and splendidly narrated, too. A joy to listen to, I just couldn't stop.
One of the best audiobook readings I've experienced - brilliant dialects and voices. And a good sense of timing, brining out Pullman's very own brand of Victorian humour.
I have absolutely no idea how one reviewer thought this was preachy. I hate preachy and there are some reviews I've been meaning to write complaining about preachy mysteries. The accounts of opium addiction are accurate for the time, feel and perspective of Victorian London. (a favorite time period of mine as so many authors i love wrote then plus the history is fascinating. Not that this stives to historical exactitude but rather a good tale with neat historical tid bits left in) You can't write anything good about opium dens, they were really seedy & depressing. The subject isn't Harped on at all but is important to the plot, though not so much for its use.
Anyway, this book is a fantastic mystery/thriller. I did not find the narrator to use a thick accent but listen to the sample just in case. Really great narrator, he added so much to the feel of the book & characters.
The story is a little dark, so I would not say for all ages. Adults will certainly enjoy this as much as adolescents but might not be the perfect fit for more suggestive children who have nightmares. I have a teenage niece who this would be too dark for. There's a lot of death and some drugs, maybe a little corse language but it's not bad. Honestly, the book is what the best of adolescent or young adult fiction is, able to stand on it's own as simply good fiction.
It really is a audio page turner and filled with great characters so do take a listen. After hearing this I might even retry the golden compas series's even though I hated it When it came out (I was maybe 13?). I'm certainly finishing the series.