I am not going to say much, except that for me, the ending felt forced, unsatisfying and artificial. Same as with so many other trilogies, the build up was great and the ending completely disappointing.
All round great, excellently written, wonderful narrator, brilliant voice cast.
The story is gripping, exciting, and mind bogglingly thought provoking.
Would recommend to anyone who enjoys well written stories.
Yes, and I would include these thoughts: I think the first book is a stand alone book and loved the ending. But Books 2 and 3 should be read one right after the other because without reading both books there is no way to get the vision, tone and true portrayal of the characters and plot. For example: In the second book, Lyra's parents seem devoid of emotion or care for their daughter, but this works itself out in the third book. Also, the second books ending is not a cliff hanger, but still unsatisfying because it's obvious Lyra's in the middle of her "adventure" and the ending left me asking, "is there a chapter missing?"
I read all three books in this series straight through, and am so glad I did. What a wonderful and well written series. Great characters, well built worlds that I could visualize and identify with, and narrated with the natural tone of the book which made the story come alive.
I like fiction(Rick Riordan),sci-fi(Orson S. Card), and vampires and werewolfs(LK Hamilton) to name a few.
Amazing work read by an amazing cast! The cast truly brings this epic to life!
I have read this series 3 times now and love it dearly! This is not just a children's book - it has complex ideas and theories about religion, kindness, and hope.
This book was told by many great voices who captured the moods perfectly and had me hanging on to every word and feeling in the story. I was mesmerized throughout it all. I will recommend this book to so many people.
The most unforgettable moment in the story, is when the main characters have to leave their demons behind. That moment really touched my heart in a sad and loving way, because I love the fact that you can love someone so much that it feels like your heart is ripped out of your rib cage if you need to leave them.
This is truly an epic story that covers the god-theory in a completely different light. It is so well done that it could be believable.
The one point I didn't like was Philips narration. I found him difficult to follow at times and slurring words together. It's possible I am biased due to being American instead of UK. The other voice actors were great though. Lee, Lyra and Will really stand out for the voice acting, especially Lyra.
The third book could have been much better executed. I can't help but wonder if Mr. Pullman was writing this book against a deadline or if he was trying to stretch the series beyond two books, which would have been more than sufficient. He should have gotten to the point instead of vastly covering topics that by the end of the series proved to be completely irrelevant.
After enjoying the first two books in the trilogy I was highly disappointed in the way the third, and final book progressed. The storyline felt forced and the ending was anticlimactic. It will be unlikely that I will read anything else by Philip Pullman. I should have stopped with book two and imagined my own ending.
I have to admit that I loved the richness that the cast of characters brought to the audiobook. With each voice being unique you could imagine the separate personalities and follow the storyline better.
The Authority was a useless figure. Why Mr. Pullman bothered with the character at all was confusing.
Don't read the third book. You will be more satisfied having not finished the story if you only read the first two books.