All the while, Dr. Mary Malone builds a magnificent amber spyglass. An assassin hunts her down. And Lord Asriel, with troops of shining angels, fights his mighty rebellion, a battle of strange allies and shocking sacrifice.
As war rages and dust drains from the sky, the fate of the living, and the dead, finally comes to depend on two children and the simple truth of one simple story. The Amber Spyglass reveals that story, bringing Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials to an astonishing conclusion.
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"Absorbing...Like Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling, [Pullman] invents a world filled with strange divinations and wordplays." (Newsweek)
"A literary masterpiece...[that] caps the most magnificent fantasy series since The Lord of the Rings and puts Harry Potter to shame...A page-turning story that builds to a powerful finish." (Oregonian)
"As the rich tale unfolds, Pullman's voice, elegant with a hint of both whisper and rasp, thoroughly enthralls, sounding by turns forceful and tender. The talented, extensive cast gives a dynamic, nearly flawless performance." (Publishers Weekly)
Some great action chapters. There were a couple places you could feel that the book could end and not upset you terribly, and yet there was more coming. Definitely not a book I would have around for the younger set, but someone over 12 would be able to handle it. The characters seem a bit thin (as they do throughout the series), but it's consistent and fits within the world they've developed well enough.
The most disappointing of the series. Will grows more and more tiresome, and the plot gets more simplistic as it crawls toward the end. I loved the first book, quite enjoyed the second, but this one left me cold. However, if you've gotten this far, may as well read it anyway, no?
Wow! Philip Pullman is a genius. He has clearly such a knowledgeable, intellectual man, who also knows how to write to young and old audiences alike. This trilogy of books was excellent from beginning to end. I really really hated them to end.
And Philip is a fantastic narrator, as are all the other readers. I have nothing negative to say about this book or its readers!
I just keep hoping that Philip will put out another exciting book, as compelling as these 3 were.
I saw the movie based on the first book and decided to listed to the last two. It was hours of entertainment. Mr. Pullman's prose is captivating and the characters he brought to life leave you wishing you could actually get to know them some day. As for the religious content, yes it should be hard to listen for some people and I am sure very offensive for others. For me, it's just fiction and as such I take it, but I would never recommend it for a kid. A great book, but not for everyone.
Pullman continues to add complex twists and turns to his final novel in this trilogy, do not miss the first two before you listen to this one! I enjoyed this final novel, but there were MANY more characters than usual, and though I enjoyed the complexities of them, there seemed like too many to all be properly developed. The religious (or arguably anti-religious) overtones become much more of a focus here, which I did not like even though I am not religious. Though it is still very suspenseful and full of adventure, twists and unpredictable turns like the other two novels I walked away feeling a little disappointed. Perhaps that is because this believable fantasy trilogy is now done.
After the first two books, I was a little disappointed with the third. The ending was somewhat anti-climatic and a little too theological for my taste. It would have been more appropriate if this book ended three-quarters of the way through.
On the same level as Tolkien. This series has it all action, adventure, thrills, laughs and tears. It's themes, based around morality and theology, are worthy of discussion. At the same time the books are so entertaining. The authors reading couldn't be better and the actors reading the dialogue literally sounded just the way I imagined with out being overwrought. Can't wait for the promised "Book of Dust".
This wasn't as good as the other two, but it was still a good conclusion to the series.
As before, the reader was really good.
I enjoyed this book, but it was very long. The characters and the cast were excellent. Though I'm not a religious person, I felt disturbed about the anti-church storyline because it is disguised as a children's book. I feel that parents should listen first and decide how they feel about it. It is definitely not for young children.
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