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Having watched and enjoyed the movie 'The Golden Compass' I heard many friends who had read the original books and expressed how much better they were than the film. I didn't realise how right they were! Fantastically written and brilliantly read by Mr Pullman himself this audiobook was truly a joy. The actors were all of the highest standard and the whole thing left me enraptured from start to finish. Top notch.
If you enjoyed Northern Lights then you will enjoy this one just as much. A compelling listen. Great characters. Very well narrated. Excellent!
"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.
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.
"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.
"fabulous end to the trilogy"
outstanding performance. The trilogy wrapped up with no loose ends and an awful lot to think about and i am on my third reading/ listen. No sentimentality either.
"Very enjoyable story"
I didn't really want it to end and maybe that is why I was a little disappointed with how it all wrapped up.
One thing is for sure it definitely keeps the story going at a great rate. The story of Mary on the strange people was my favourite part and her interactions with the creatures who inhabit it.
All in all it is a great tale and it doesn't try to seal it nice and. Early in some Hollywood ending either.
Performances where brilliant as they have been for each audiobook.
Can't fault it.
Beautiful, rich and breathes new life and understanding into this classic text. The story itself is amazing enough, but when the meanings really start to leak out in successive experiences it's truly, astounding. It's a template for hope, striving, deep thought, overcoming hatred and prejudice, and backward thinking and the importance of
learning and education. At the end of 2016 we need all these things more than ever.
"Fantastic audio theatre"
Put away your prejudices about 'fantasy' and kids - or 'young adults' - literature. This is imaginative literature for any age - fantastic in the sense of marvellous - probably the best listen for me so far. The author narrates his own work like a loving uncle, who sympathises with the troubles of the world he discovers and the reader's own anguished listening. Dark, yes, but profoundly inspiring, wise and poetic. The performance is a wonderfully extended piece of audio theatre with a full cast of characters all brilliantly realised. I started this book wanting to learn what so gripped my grandchildren, and was equally gripped and amazed myself.
"What a drop in quality"
Loved part one, two was a bit rubbish, but hated this one with a passion. Too many characters, too much heavy handed messaging and too little story. The character of Lyra was turned into a drip. Not impressed.
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