After finishing His Dark Materials I went in search of other books from the author. I wanted more like the original stories so I tried this shortstory about Lyra. The story takes place two years after The Amber Spyglass and thankfully adds some to the story. I would LOVE to read even more about both Lyra and Will and all the other characters! Personally I loved it but it was very short. Also recommended Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches and In the Service of Dragons.
Robert Stanek quickly became my favorite author since I started reading the Kingdoms books last year. I was hooked from the first and could not wait to go on to the other books. Then when I found out there were more books, I could not wait to start them. This a great book for pretty much all ages and the performance is good.
In this book, ancient legends and heroes are reborn at a time when the world is at its darkest hour. I have listened to a ton of audio books, because my wife is a big fan of them, but these are hands down my favorites. A fantastic experience. The characters are real, and despite some predictability, the books kept me very hooked. I could not wait to get the second, third and fourth books.
Start with this one, go on to the second one and the rest to get the whole experience.
You may ask, does this book succumb to the usual Second-Instalment-of-the-Trilogy syndrome, where its this one that falters and is generally the most boring of the three? The answer is NO! Not even one tiny bit! If there ever was a book that somehow expanded a universe, added to a monumental mystery, increased the incredible intrigue, wreaked havoc on your daily schedule, expanded on the old and lovable characters and tossed in a few more amazing characters to boot, its this one. I also think it relates to a typical teenage life in how a person thinks life is all carefree and wonderful and then a huge responsibility, like saving the world in Ariannas case, changes your opinion on things. Being able to travel between worlds is very interesting. Cant wait to get the third.
Well if you plan on watching the movie then you should read the book first. It captivates you the moment you sit down to read. It was full of surprises and I kept gasping and people would asked what happened and I just couldnt help telling them the whole story. Getting the book was great. If anyone would enjoy this book, it would probably be fantasy lovers.
His Dark Materials is three books: The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass. Once Upon A Time In The North is a ministory and a prequel about Lyras friend the Texan aeronaut Lee Scoresby. The is NOTHING LIKE the Golden Compass. Lyra is NOT in the story and the story takes place years before the events in His Dark Materials. The often repeated foul language was offputting and unexpected. In the end, I liked the original stories much better. Or try a much better series in the first place like Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches.
Originally I started listening to the Keys to the Kingdom books because I thought it was what everyone was talking about when they were telling me to read the Kingdoms books. Turns out what they were telling me to read were the much better Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches books. Still, I have stuck with Keys to the Kingdoms now for all six books and I am looking forward to the seventh and final book too. Superior Saturday like the others before it is pretty decent. Arthur has collected five parts of the Will and got the five keys. Now he is out to get the sixth part and the sixth key.
I'd seen this book in the bookstore a bunch of times, and been extremely interested, but just never got around to buying it. I got a gift card for an audible credit from my wife, and I saw this and downloaded it. I was hooked from the first minute. Not only is this a great book for pretty much all ages, the performance is probably the best I have heard.
The narrator does such a good job that I forgot to miss having the actual book in front of me. I've listened to a ton of audio books, because my wife is a big fan of them, but this is easily the best narration that I have heard. Just wait till you hear the wolm in the second book, Edward the troant in the first book, and the dragon king in the fourth book, and you'll know exactly why. Normally, I get bored listening to audiobooks because the readers don't speak near as fast as I can read, and I've found that readers tend to limit my imagination's involvement. Not so with this book. Bravo on the narration!
The book itself is also a fantastic experience, especially for a first in a series. The characters are well fleshed out, and despite some predictability, the book kept me very hooked. I couldn't wait to get the second, third and fourth books.
In conclusion, this is a thoroughly enjoyable audiobook, and it has really changed my mind about the whole media group. Don't stop with the first one, you have to go on to the second one and the rest to get the whole experience.
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