This story weaves such an intricate tale across so many story lines that you want to read it again and again until you've truly internalized them all.
With so many outstanding voice actors each character seems to be the main character when the story is told in their voice making their story incredibly compelling.
Philip Pullman is a wonderful narrator, and I didn't even mind the full cast----it can be jarring in some cases, but it was mostly very well done here. I do, however, wish that they hadn't replaced the actor portraying Will Parry in the last installment (The Subtle Knife) with this new one. I much preferred his predecessor.
Also, it would help to have a full list of all the actors and the characters they portray. I've grown rather fond a few and I'd like to know who they are and whether they've narrated anything else.
It's over! I feel completely satisfied in this ending. What a heartwarming story. Lyra has formed into a wise young woman, and the armored bears are back. Yay!
This entire series is amazing. The audio book is narrated by an entire cast of readers and pulls you in like no other. I am glad that I came across this book after listening to quite a few other reads of it might have biased me forever towards audio books. I am looking forward to re-listening to these titles. An amazing amazing audiobook.
The first two books were great, this last one seems to be lacking. The author spends so much time trying to tie in his feelings against religion that its offensive, obvious and boring. I am an ordained Pentecostal Christian minister. During the first two books, I didn't know the author was atheist but in this one it was quite obvious. I am not offended because he was speaking about the God I worship. His theology seems to come from spotty Sunday school lessons at a Catholic church, he doesn't seem to have researched his facts.
Anyway, I found the ending to be very weak. I wish he had ended the book more stronger, then having two preteens declare their undying "love" for one another. Should 11-12 year old children be making out? It's icky..
Also what is up with the nun turned scientist? Why would she give children her life story of how she gave up her religion, her detailed description of her first kiss or her attraction to a strange man? Like I said it's a little icky...
I enjoyed the first 2 books of the series a great deal more than this third and final. The positive is the vast array of narrators which gave each character an identity seldom provided when a single person tries to create so many different voices.
The negative is the ending which was a bit of a let down. I guess I am just too much of a fan of the "happily ever after" ending which this one lacks.
I thoroughly enjoyed the character voices of the book. It made me feel as though I were watching a play!
However, there were several areas were it seemed to skip a few words???
This book really answers all questions left unanswered by the first two books. It really hit home how people get so caught up in "doing right" that they end up not being able to see the forest for all the trees. The outcome was not as I had hoped, but very appropriate for the characters. I could have done with some explanation of Will's experiences after the adventure, like was done with Lyra. But still a very wonderful, thought provoking, and inspirational story. Would recommend the trilogy to anyone!!!
i love how the author bashes the catholic church i thought it was hilarious and such a great book this has become one of my favorite books of all time. I'm now starting on the Gargoyle all things in a book bound by love the first chapter grips you and can't stop reading
I'll give everything a try
I love this trilogy. Best one I ever read. I'm a picky reader, but this book had me spellbound. I loved how the author made the story flow. The nirator is great. However, I couldn't say I liked the ending, but it some how sounded right. This book was one of the many books that had me attached to Will and Lierah. I'm sure everyone would enjoy reading this trilogy.