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I read His Dark Materials about ten year ago and fell in love with the trilogy. This particular audiobook presentation is just gorgeous - Phillip Pullman is a wonderful narrator and the different character voices, portrayed by a range of actors, enhance the story beautifully. I can't recommend the trilogy highly enough.
This series is just one of the best out there, and was such a big part of my childhood. The books just get better and better!
"Not as engaging as the first book"
The cast did an excellent job reading this story. Every voice was spot on. However, I didn't like this book nearly as well as The Northern Lights. There were aspects of it I really enjoyed but as a whole I found it less engaging and not nearly as satisfying. I think Pullman got a little too wrapped up in pushing his anti-religion view at the expense of the story.
"Superb narration and a great end to the trilogy"
The Amber Spyglass is a great way to end His Dark Materials trilogy. If you liked the other 2 books, then this won’t disappoint.
Story – 4/5
Some people say this is not quite as good as the 2nd book, but still excellent, I say it is equally as good. I especially liked the way the confusion in the battle was written. This book summarises and ends things without any open ends – but is not necessarily the ending you will expect (I certainly didn’t). I enjoyed it all the more for that reason though
Yet again, it takes you on an emotional rollercoaster, with heart wrenching moments and happy ones. Not many books can put a lump in my throat, but this did.
Although there is a lot of complexity in the universe, Phil Pullman has still written the story that makes it very easy to understand; only elaborating on things that needed to be explained, and moving on when it is not.
There are elements in the story that are not necessarily vital to the plot, but are very interesting all the same. It allowed for a further understanding into the universe created and expanded on the religious elements seen throughout the trilogy.
Performance – 5/5
As with the 1st and 2nd books, it is still Phil Pullman with a cast of voice actors – which is absolutely superb. If you are reading this review to see if all the books are good before delving in (I do the same), you will not be disappointed with the consistency and high production value of the performance.
All other audiobooks I have read have been with a single person acting all of the voices. Although a lot of them are excellent, nothing compares to having females doing females and males doing male voices. This contrast in each voice also allows you to relax more when enjoying the story and not worry about who is who in a conversation.
The only drawback was that the voice actor for one of the main characters changes in this book. It made absolutely no difference to me as I quickly re-adjusted, but I mention it in case it bothers other people.
Overall – 4.5/5
Warning – If you are easily offended by little ‘digs’ at Christianity, you may want to not read these stories. They are subtle but I would consider this book to Paganism what Narnia is to Christianity. That aside, they are very good young adult fantasy books.
Definitely suitable for adults – I am a 27 yr old man.
"Cracking read, cracking listen."
An excellent listen! The voice acting is great, as is the narration provided by Phillip Pullman himself. I loved reading the books years ago therefore this unabridged version does not disappoint. Great sound quality (although sometimes the occasional music can be a bit weird, but I think they were in the previous audiobooks, not this). Really gets you to think about what consciousness is, as well as being a cracking story. Highly recommended!
"A Great Listen"
I read these books a few years ago so thought I would give the first book a try on Audible, this is so well put together like a stage production, with different voice actors for the characters really helped to draw you into the story and didnt make you grimace when some narrators try to do funny accents or different genders. Any way first book got me hooked books 2 and 3 were swiftly purchased. Although I swear the voice actor for Will changes in the final book which was a bit offputting for a few chapters. Still highly recommended.
"Enthralling and exciting"
This third book in Philip Pullmans trilogy of books 'His Dark Materials' is wonderfully narrated by Philip Pullman himself and portrayed by a full cast and continues where the 'Subtle Knife' left off. It takes the listener into another fantastical world as well as the ones we have come to know in the previous two books. Lyra has to escape the clutches of her evil mother to save her friend Roger from the world of the dead while a great war looms. It is enthralling and exciting and a great listen.
Fabulous book, we listen to it in the car and have actually gone out and sat on the driveway just to hear the next bit. The quality is fantastic and the actual story itself is complex and compelling. A really unique story line that keeps young children interested and also a deeper meaning that keeps the adults questioning. Made all the better as it is narrated by the author himself. Can not recommend highly enough, but am at a loss as to what to listen to next!
"Brilliant narration, brilliant series"
The His Dark Materials trilogy is an outstanding achievement, and even as it gets more and more bizarre in this final book it doesn't lose pace or cohesiveness. Philip Pullman narrates extremely well and the casting of individual characters, Lyra in particular, is spot on. The only thing I didn't like was the use of distracting Americanisms like 'traffic circle' for 'roundabout' that aren't in my original paperback copies. Taken all together, these three books represent my best purchase from Audible and I can't recommend them highly enough.
"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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