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The Amber Spyglass Audiobook

The Amber Spyglass: His Dark Materials, Book 3

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Publisher's Summary

Lyra and Will, the two ordinary children whose extraordinary adventures begin in The Golden Compass and The Subtle Knife, are in unspeakable danger. With help from Iorek Byrnison the armored bear and two tiny Gallivespian spies, they must journey to a dank and gray-lit world where no living soul has ever gone.

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.

Listen to the rest of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series.

©2000 Philip Pullman; (P)2001 Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Teresa Colorado Springs, CO, USA 01-20-08
    Teresa Colorado Springs, CO, USA 01-20-08
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    "Disappointing after the first two"

    I loved the first two books of the series. I couldn't put them down, in fact. I felt the same way with the third book until about halfway through, when it began to drag. The ending was completely anticlimactic and smarmy. Towards the end, the story became disjointed, and several questions were left unanswered. It seemed as though the author was scrambling to make things up at the last minute to make the story cohesive, but failed miserably. Such a disappointment.

    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Dave Brown 09-17-07
    Dave Brown 09-17-07
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    "hmm"

    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.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. Austin Los Angeles, CA 12-31-07
    Mr. Austin Los Angeles, CA 12-31-07 Member Since 2014

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    "Fizzles Out"

    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?

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea Calgary, Alberta, Canada 07-29-10
    Andrea Calgary, Alberta, Canada 07-29-10 Member Since 2010
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    "A worthwhile but somewhat disappointing end"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Yuan M. Kao Spring Hill, FL USA 02-01-09
    Yuan M. Kao Spring Hill, FL USA 02-01-09 Listener Since 2007

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    "Disappointing End"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Renato West Linn, OR, USA 08-13-08
    Renato West Linn, OR, USA 08-13-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Not Just For Kids"

    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".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    LPricevuti CA, USA 05-29-08
    LPricevuti CA, USA 05-29-08 Listener Since 2007
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    "The Amber Spyglass"

    Fully developed fantasy with viable characters.

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    Cather Cumberland, VA, United States 05-13-08
    Cather Cumberland, VA, United States 05-13-08 Member Since 2016
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    "A decent ending to a good series"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 10-08-07

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    "The Amber Spyglass"

    If an enjoyable tale is what you are looking for than this is the book and series for you! Philip Pullman is the master storyteller and the ultimate narrator! If you enjoy theater than this is the book for you! The story is done professionally by various players and because the story is so masterfully written and told, it is like watching it come to life on stage! An awesome read and ambrosia for the ear! The other books in the series (The Golden Compass and The Subtle Knife) are just as amazing, thrilling, and chilling! As fine a classic series of tales as Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia and Tolkien's Lord of the Rings! (As well as Rowling's Harry Potter!)Try it, you won't be sorry you spent the time and the money!

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Mcafee Texas USA 01-07-08
    Daniel Mcafee Texas USA 01-07-08 Member Since 2016

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    "Pretty Disappointing"

    The story just doesn't hold together. The creativity and imagination, which was high in the fist book of the trilogy, disappears.

    The characters and story lines are inconsistent and at times downright boring. The story line involving the Amber Spyglass itself is painfully boring and seems to be more of an Orson Scott Card ripoff of the Piggies from Card's Ender series.

    Lastly, the ending is a total let down when the anticipated temptation is not played up as it was built up throughout the story.

    At times I just wanted to turn it off, but hung in there only because I listened to the first two and wanted to see how it ended.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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