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"Excellent, simply excellent."
A great story, a great culmination and a fine end to an excellent trilogy. Brilliantly narrated by the author, and augmented by the cast of voices, the whole trilogy came alive. Happy hours spent. I particular enjoyed the evisceration of religion, but that's just the devil in me.
"His dark materiel is a very appropriate title"
I enjoyed the recording immensely but found it very disturbing and would not recommend it for children
Excellent story and acting that kept me totally gripped. Wonderful worlds and plenty of action .
Brilliant, up at the top. The different characters played by different people, the story all were brilliant
The Stone Man
I have not listened to anymore but the trilogy was great
both, made me smile, when new characters came i got annoyed as i love the old ones but fell in love with the new ones within 2 mins
Strongly recommend it
"Fantastic story and great ending."
Excellent wrap up to the series. it's a shame the voice actor of Will changed to a different actor but in this book Will grows up a lot and the new voice actor suits the character.
Wanted to read the books after seeing the first film, glad I did really enjoyed it.
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!
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