When 16-year old Sally's father drowns in suspicious circumstances, she is left to fend for herself in Victorian London. Although she doesn't know it, she is already in terrible danger.
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Sometimes I can't decide whether to read or listen to a book but I definitely made the right decision. Thought the book was really good and made all the more enjoyable by Anton Lesser's narration which is excellent - so much so I've sought out other books with his narration and they are now on my list. He's definitely my favourite narrator alongside Martin Jarvis.
"Great story telling"
This was completely gripping from start to finish. Wonderfully descriptive and amazing narrator. I felt like I had been transport to London of old. Highly recommend it.
I love this story. I was gripped and held in the comfortable embrace of Sally Lockheart's world created by Pullman.
"Gripping intriguing story"
Very interesting, layered story. Enjoyed it a lot and listened to it all at once! And it surprised me sometimes.
Well read, engaging characters and good story. We are going to get the next one in the series now. Enjoyed by the children, 7/9/11 and adults too.
"Just loved it."
I didn't know this series but it was a nice surprise. I loved the story.
A great story brilliantly brought to life through meticulous narration. A must read/listen for any Philip Pullman fan looking for their next read.
"Brilliant reading & a story full of suspense"
Engaging, dramatic, and wonderfully read - all the characters are so different, and I felt I knew them all well thanks to Anton Lesser's interpretation.
First heard him as Falco on Radio 4 and liked his voice (as well as the stories). This book shows how versatile he is.
Good job I was listening to this on my own in the car - towards the end I started to comment on what was going on ('No, don't do it!' 'Go on, get him!'). I didn't want my journey to end before the book did.
"The Sally Lockhart Quartet by Philip Pullman"
Yes I will definitely read again, it isn't strictly an adult book, but it doesn't preclude adults, as with all Pullman novels it is rich in descrption with a great plotline, and although it is rather predictable at times, you still want to see if you are right,The re-readable factor is there because it's an all action plot with lots of twists and turns that can that reveals more when listening again.
Audible is great, they have most books not all, but as they grow hopefully they will extend their library of downloads, There are titles I have searched for but they don't have them, although I do buy the cds because I have had my laptop stolen, and lost everything I had dowloaded through the years.
I am a huge Philip Pullman fan from reading His Dark Materials Trilogy many years ago.I think Dark Materials cannot be surpassed, unless he write a fourth book.
I was devastated when they attempted to make a film of it, when I found out I couldn't wait to see it and expected it to be visually stunning done in keeping with The Harry Potter films, instead they completely missed the mark, it was nothing like the book, if they'd had the guts to go with the way the Harry Potter books were individually made, it would have been a rave, sadly they homogenized the 3books, mixed and changed the characters and Order of the events, it was full of miscasted actors and destroyed an excellent story.
With Ruby in the Smoke, the BBC made a film on the single book Ruby in the Smoke and it was ok, I thought Billie Piper was a good Sally. I liked the complexity of its twists and turn and being set in Victorian Times, it has a Dickensian mood about it and that makes it interesting, the inhibitions of the age period. I think that's why they maybe struggled bringing Dark Materials to film, it requires imagination because it's set in another world.
This can translate easily to a film.
Within the Dark Materials Trilogy, each book has three parts, so essentially you are looking at a possible nine books, they are longer than the Potter books and waaaay more fascinating and wonderful, perhaps the imagery couldn't be done, but with the way the use of cgi is used now, it could have been awesome.
The same can be said of The Sally Lockhart Quartet. There is so much meat on the bone.
Classic Pullman books are full, the characters are fleshed out, with exciting cliffhangers at the end of chapters
If I were to say my favourite scene it wouldn't be fair to those who haven't read or heard it.
I would be giving away spoilers. But I will say I was quite shocked by the where the Ruby ended up! and obviously I liked it when the baddies get their comeuppance.
Enter the Victorian age to experience this exciting thriller where secrets must be revealed through the danger of opium to understand the mysterious cursed Ruby.
This is the first book in the Sally Lockhart series, and the fourth is left open to a possible fifth book, the potential is there and Philip Pullman has said it is a possibility, although he has said he can't start on it yet.
This is only the second audio book I've listened to. I love Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, which I've read several times and thought I'd start my audiobook journey with some of his other series.
The characters are original and unlikely with the story taking lots of twists and turns. i like the unexpected aspect most of all. The theme of destiny pulling the main character towards her own darkness makes me want to hear the second book right away.
Lesser's transformation between characters is brilliant. He makes Mrs Holland sound especially evil.
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