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"Lyra's Oxford is essential listening for His Dark Materials fans, but be warned, it will only leave you wanting more." (AudioFile)
"An oddity and a rarity....a crystalline story." (Booklist)
If you loved the His Dark Materials trilogy, you'll love this story, which continues some of the threads in the trilogy. It takes place after the trilogy, and probably won't be comprehensible if you haven't read the earlier books. The reading is excellent -- one of the best I have ever heard -- with the author reading the narration, and various actors reading the character parts. My only quibble with the reading is that the actress who does Lyra's part sounds about 10, though Lyra must be 15 or 16 at the time of the story.
As always, Phillip Pullman draws you into the Lyra's world and you are given vivid impressions of her surroundings and thoughts. Well written, it will help us Dark Materials fans wait a bit longer for the next release to hit the shelves. Having read the other books, I can relate to this one. However, a newbie to the series should start with The Golden Compass, because you will surely miss the significance of this book until you've read the others. The only thing that one could say bad (if it's bad) is how short this story is. A great little book for a bedtime story or commute, but not a very long read at all. It ends way too soon!
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.
Although this was typical of the Dark Materials series I'm surprised they actually put it into production. It seems as though the author wanted to write another book, then gave up after one chapter. I had to rewind because I thought I must have fallen asleep and missed something. Unfortunately, I hadn't. The reading and production of this story were excellent for all of 48 minutes.
This is not a long selection but just a "nibble" to tide you over until the next book is written. It was interesting and was in keeping with the story line of his previous works. I liked the rather light sentimental agenda for a change. Not enough "meat" though.
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Lyra's Oxford makes you wish you were a kid again!!!
it is set between books 2 and 3. It shows Lyra at play and adventurous as ever.
I recommend it to all!!!
i felt this was a bit of a teaser from the last book, the amber spyglass. i was left with wanting more!! i enjoyed the entire series. i would recommend it to anyone.
This was an interesting short story taking place after the main His Dark Materials trilogy. Lyra goes off on a mini adventure when a witch's dæmon comes to Oxford. Short. Fun. But not terribly compelling.
I loved the His dark materials trilogy. I cry at the end every time, so it was nice to hear a new story from the same universe. I only wish that Mr. Pullman would do more stories in this universe.
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