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I loved the 2 previous books of the trilogy. This one is fantastic. It was an exciting pleasure to read / listen it.
"Distracting level of ideology"
I really enjoyed the first two books in this series and couldn't wait for my monthly credit to get the final.
I know I'm late to the game in terms of this book and I'm probably not really the target audience, but there were just some aspects of the writing that really irked me.
First of all, however, I'd say that listening to it was a joy - so many characters and variations amongst the performers. There's something utterly captivating about Pullman's voice - I could listen to it for days. I was keen to know how the Lyra/Will story was going to end, although I started to get the sense very early on of where it was heading. Didn't affect my enjoyment of this part, though.
But there are a lot of negatives in this book. One, it really dragged - the Mary Malone sub-plot was endless and I really didn't care. That whole sideline didn't seem to add much to the overall story and it could probably have been done without (in my opinion).
I know these books caused a lot of controversy when they first came out (although by Pullman's comments, it seems not enough for his liking!), and I can see why. I have no religious affiliations, but I get a little irked by very deliberate and very obvious attempts to cause offence - and that's what this book seemed like to me.
It wasn't as prominent in the first two of the trilogy even though you knew where it was probably headed. In this book it went full-on V-sign-waving at the Christian faith. That's not my point, though. It just seemed that Pullman had engineered so many deliberately controversial settings and back stories to "preach" his own ideology. I became so caught up in hearing that that I lost track of (and interest in) the actual story. Maybe that says more about me than Pullman, in fairness.
One thing which particularly annoyed me was the trope of Mary losing her faith because she didn't want to live within the restrictions it imposed. That's such a bad example of why people lose their faith and actually re-enforces religious misunderstandings.
This book promised so much, but just became a soapbox. But saved, in part, by the very impressive acting.
This book was good but I was not sure about the ending. I still loved the series and so recommend it.
Love it! 3rd book in the series and still i want more.
Love it! Read it now and the others! I mean it! Get it now!
excellent story brought to life by a fantastic dramatic rendition by brilliant actors. enjoy it.
"An establishment's nightmare and a parent's dream"
Stunning, as layered as the universe it describes and as evangelical as I had hoped it would be.
Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. This is a must read for young and old. Get it now.
A gripping conclusion to the trilogy. I bought these books originally to listen to with my 7 year old. Having listened to them myself first I think I will wait a while to share with him. I thoroughly enjoyed them and will listen again. Philip Pullman narrating and the character casting was just right.
Absolutely! The His Dark Materials books are a brilliant series and the full cast audio really brought the world to life.
Too many to choose from but, if I was pushed I'd have to go with Iorek.
The ending. Lyra and will separated forever and joined only by a bench,
"Delicious, just delicious"
With sadness I've just finished The Amber Spyglass. Sadness because all of these characters have come to life in my head and heart and I will miss them enormously.
The cast's performance is exceptional and the narration just perfect.
Buy the series and dedicate time to just enjoying the story and wondering, if you concentrate hard enough, if that cat perched on the fence beside you, might just be your daemon?
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