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.
The series overall ranks in my top 5 for sure. Loved all the books, listened to them multiple times.
Eh, not sure, maybe vaugly to the Artimis Fowl series? But not quite as "kiddy" as the fowl books.
My favorite scene would be a spoiler, so I shall keep it to myself, whatcha gonna do about it, huh? that's right, nothing sucka! just listen and enjoy people.
Oh yes, cried like a little girl who stubbed her pinky toe against the corner of the door frame. I listen at work when I can, and I had to wear sun-glasses to make sure no one knew my eyes were all puffy. Gotta maintain my stoic demeanor.
A story/series everyone should read/listen to. I've suggested it to all the avid readers I know, just a fantastic series. I cried numerous times, I pondered the meaning of life, I cursed human weakness, and praised the awesome power a child can wield. Loved so many characters, I just can't say enough how much I enjoyed His Dark Materials. Listen and enjoy, and bring sunglasses just in case. :-)
Mainly a sci-fi, and fantasy junkie who also enjoys horror, whodunnits, and books about animals and sports. I'm also an amateur filmmaker.
I love this trilogy, and with books 1 and 2 being so good there is always the fear of the third being a huge letdown. Not in this series! Excellent book, excellent conclusion, very well read with top-notch production values. I wish there were more books of this quality.
Avid reader and writer I've gotten into audiobooks because I can "read" while I craft or do other things
When will and Lyra realize they are in love
Brilliant as always Pullman and his cast really brought the story to life
Amazing performance work on the part of Pullman and the cast members this is a story I have loved for many years and they really brought it to life in a way I never dreamed possible
Naturally it would be great to revisit beloved characters in a continuation of the story (rather than the characters in their own stories, which have already been published), but the ending is quite daring and lovely and I wouldn't want to see it changed.
This is the American version of the novel and as such it has a (very brief) censored passage in chapter 33 - "Marzipan." Slightly annoying surprise, but enjoyable book nonetheless.
1/2 of the book could have been left out. Pointless (and endless) details and entrance of characters. Some story trails were never completed and others took far too long.