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I was a bit doubtful about having a cast but because there is so much dialogue in this book the dramatisation made it much easier to follow the characters. I have loved the series ever since I read them years ago and this was a fantastic listen. I just wish that Audible would get the first two books in the series - I know that they are available.
"Mr Pullman Please Write Book 4!"
The final part in the Dark Materials Trilogy and what a finale!
I thought the start of this story was a bit slower than the first two but as the story unfolded all the action and adventure was there and just as good as the previous books.
I didn't want this final instalment to end, yet i couldn't stop listening to it. My emotions were given a battering and i felt shattered when it finished, it was as if i had been there with Lyra and company all along.
I can't recommend this book highly enough but be prepared to become totally immersed in Lyra's world and to feel like a wreck when your adventure ends, in fact you won't want it to end.
Fantastic!!! But please can we have one more book 8-)
Stunningly well read, totally absorbing - this is a brilliant finale.
I agree with the other reviewer in that it is a bit slow to get going, but it does, and then I spent half the time guessing (wrongly) what was going to happen, and the other half engrossed.
I read too fast, and know I would never have gained the understanding and insight I did through listening if I'd just read it. I'd have galloped through it to find out what happens and missed so much.
I recommend this whole heartedly - after 30-plus hours of listening to the whole trilogy I am strugglling to chose my next listen. I want more!
"Profound, beautifully voiced and magical"
I loved the His Dark Materials series when I read them (and re-read them) in print format, but was a little wary of listening to them. When I needed something I could cope with whilst ill, however, I figured it was a good option.
After I'd downloaded it and started to listen, I was invaded by my 2-year-old, and we both ended up curled up, listening intently, for a good hour before he trundled off to his grandparents. It's so very rare to find a narrator who really reads it as intended, and having Philip Pullman himself reading (and he really is an excellent reader) was a huge treat. Better than that, the cast is an exceptional collection of vocal talents who made it easy to picture the characters.
It was so much less disappointing than trying to watch The Golden Compass...
I'd recommend it to anyone without any reserve at all. Fantastic, gripping story and a beautifully made audiobook.
The Amber Spyglass is a simply amazing book. Though written as a children's book, it manages to tell the story while keeping complex and without talking down to the reader.
In this part of the Trilogy the story begins to come together. The remaining characters are fleshed out without sacrificing the story.
The narration is beautiful, both cast and pacing are perfect.
"Pleasure to listen to"
This is a good quality audio book which is easy to listen to. As it is unabridged, the whole book is there and it helped pass a very long car journey. It is the last one in the triliogy and ties up all the loose ends. Rcommend the whole series.
"Welcome to a new world."
As a story it's very good at drawing you in, as other reviewers have said. The character dynamic and plot lines swirl and twirl in all sorts of directions, some with more surprise than others.
Even with all the controversy following this book, it's all submissive to the story and the fantastical world Pullman manages to weave together. It's a delight to listen to and whether you agree with what Philip Pullman says about faith and the world, you can't ignore the mastery of his imagination.
As an audiobook, this final episode in the trilogy is as high quality as all the others, with strong performances by all actors and very well read by Pullman. It took me a while to get into it with the previous version, by I was thoroughly enjoying his style by the end of it.
"Liked the series, but..."
I enjoyed the first book very much. And also the second one. But the finish of this last one did greatly disappoint me. I did not expect this and it spoiled all the pleasure I had from the first books. I dont think I will listen again, it is just too much. Some people may like such endings, well, I dont. It destroys all my idea of how things should be.
However I have to admit that the narration was very well done (excellent!), it was impressive and breathtaking through all the books and it made this series quite unique. I can reccomend everybody to listen, never mind my displeased personal opinion of the final plot.
Didn't know I was getting the version with a full cast and took a bit of getting used to having had the Philip Pullman solo version of Northern Lights buts still excellent! Thoroughly enjoyed it.
"Poor ending to a good series"
I had to force myself to finish listening to this book. I had really enjoyed the first book, and the second was ok but this was a real let down. It just seemed to drag on and on, as well as losing it's way at several points and it just didn't work for me. Shame as the series had started out with so much promise. The reading was very well performed but this just couldn't rescue it from sinking.
"i really liked it"
im a 34 yr old woman and i have got to say i really loved it from start to finish .. it was fab! i know lots of u must be thinking 34 really!?! grow up lol but i really did love evry min, of it and the way it was read out was fab i lost myself in this book ... just what i needed ..
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