I didn't like how the defined characters seemed to change to suit the story line. The ending was both my most and least favorite. The ending in the relationships between the character was satisfying. There was closure in the relationships, and I felt as though I know what happened and what was coming for many of the characters. The ending was awful in that the plot was dropped in the last few chapters. The goings on in the world of Lord Asreal were left hanging, and I would have preferred a few more answers.
If they had read the previous 2 books yes, but otherwise just read the first.
I originally downloaded this book to listen to while children were riding in the vehicle with me. As the war on the Authority becomes more established I found it inappropriate for young children.
The various readers/voices are absolutely wonderful, bringing the story to life with dramatic flair and heartfelt meaning. Hearing Philip Pullman read his own words is also extremely powerful. In some ways, only he could credibly relate the details of the astonishing worlds he created.
The voices of each character are now etched in my mind, making the story very real and powerful. I can't imagine that I would have enjoyed it so much if I had just read the book myself.
I was moved by the expression of love between Lyra and Will and their sacrifice in parting.
Will read (or in this case, listen) to just about anything.
A let down after the excellent first book and the very good second one. The ending was drawn out and a bit dull. I didn't want the first 2 books to end while I kept looking at the time left for the third on my audiobook, hoping it would wrap up sooner than it did . . . .
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???