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The Amber Spyglass: His Dark Materials Trilogy, Book 3 | [Philip Pullman]

The Amber Spyglass: His Dark Materials Trilogy, Book 3

Here is a BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of the third book in Philip Pullman's trilogy His Dark Materials. Bringing the saga to a thrilling close, it reintroduces familiar characters such as Lyra, Will, Mrs Coulter, and Dr Mary Malone.
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Here is a BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of the third book in Philip Pullman's trilogy His Dark Materials. Bringing the saga to a thrilling close, it reintroduces familiar characters such as Lyra, Will, Mrs Coulter, and Dr Mary Malone.

©2000 Philip Pullman; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • The Slowest Bookworm
    Stockport, UK
    9/23/08
    Overall
    "Amber Spyglass"

    If you enjoyed Northern Lights then you will enjoy this one just as much. A compelling listen. Great characters. Very well narrated. Excellent!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Hard Lodgic
    UK
    4/13/13
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    "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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jacqueline
    Preston, LAN, United Kingdom
    1/28/09
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    "Disappointing"

    I have listened to all three parts of this trilogy. I loved part one but each successive part has not been anywhere near as good. The last part was very slow and diappointing.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Brendan
    West Ealing, London, United Kingdom
    4/9/11
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    "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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Aliyah
    8/17/15
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    "Not quite a children's book"
    What made the experience of listening to The Amber Spyglass: His Dark Materials Trilogy, Book 3 the most enjoyable?

    It was great to hear the endings of the characters you'd spent the last two books rooting for. It always seemed like it would have an epic ending, as the conversation between the Master and the Librarian suggested, but I was impressed with how much room there still was for character development. The main characters change more in this book than they do in the first two, and it was a nice surprise alongside all the action going on.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mary- I think she represents the good in all of us and her patience when getting to know the Mulefa is something a lot of people would do better to channel. They are physically different from humans and there many communicative barriers between them, but Mary approaches it with interest and is keen to befriend this species. If there were more people like her the world would be a better place.


    Have you listened to any of Philip Pullman and cast ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to the first two, and this one was no different in terms of performance. Philip's deep voice is the perfect narration. My one small complaint is Lyra's voice, which to me still sounds very young and high pitch. This book, particularly the end, marks a huge change in her and ti would have been nice to have that reflected in her voice. However, she seems to have less lines than in previous books, so this wasn't a major annoyance.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the harpies insist on hearing the life stories of the dead people coming into the World of the Dead. And the fact that they wanted to hear stories that were as interesting and as full as possible. I particularly liked the fact they knew if you were lying, so the message to 'seize the day' really came across.


    Any additional comments?

    Brilliant end to a wonderful series. I would say it is much more mature than the other two book series, and maybe not as child appropriate, but I loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    London, United Kingdom
    7/28/15
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    "Faithful representation of my imagination"

    Brilliant. Great performances. The sound effects and music were really complementary to the staging. Excellent

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • C
    7/4/15
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    "The Amber Spyglass"

    The Amber Spyglass is a thrilling story that will find your heart and make you cry.
    I enjoyed this so much that I was annoyed and sad at the same time when it finished!
    I hope you love it as much as I did.
    By Lucie Lardner

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Charlotte
    2/16/15
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    "The end of a great journey"
    Would you listen to The Amber Spyglass: His Dark Materials Trilogy, Book 3 again? Why?

    Probably not. I loved the story but i dont often re-read/listen


    What did you like best about this story?

    The end. As the last book in the trilogy of course it must come to an end. But it feels more like a beginning and I hope there are more books one day!


    What does Philip Pullman and cast bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    There's something quite special about hearing the author read the book.
    I thought the rest of the cast were great. Some of the voice acting was a bit over the top for me, but it is aged at a younger audience who might enjoy that more then me!


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I am new to Audible and find 'hearing' books much more immersive.


    Any additional comments?

    A fun series and I just cant get over having a book read to me by its author. It adds a depth to the experience of what is already a fun and interesting series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew
    isle of wight, United Kingdom
    2/5/15
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    "Significantly Magical ..."

    His Dark Materials are by far the 3 most important books I've ever read. I've read &listened many, many times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharon
    1/28/15
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    "Brilliant!"

    A truly remarkable and original story - absolutely gripping. The cast really brings the whole piece to life.

    Now want another 3 volumes!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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