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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"Good Thriller - Great Narrator"
I read this for two reasons: I love Anton Lesser as a narrator and I like fiction set in Victorian times. There is a nice Dickensian feel to the characters and the structure of the story, and Lesser does a great job at giving direction to the simplest of sentences. Worth a listen!
"ruby in the smoke good"
good story with a few twists great narration by anton lesser
looking forward to the next book
"Great audio book"
Loved it but then again I like all Philip Pullman writing. The narration was lovely.
absolutely loved it. will definitely continue with the series.
Philip Pullman is a master of words!
the combination of Philip Pullman's prose and Anton Lesser's performance is - as always - beautiful
"Could t put this down!"
A brilliant book and fabulous narrator, who kept me wanting to listen until the very end. The characters really came to life and I'm already looking forward to hearing the next in the series.
Philip Pullman is a wonderful writer, I haven read r heard a book yet that I haven't enjoyed.
I recommend this story to older children seeking adventure, teenage girls who need a positive role model, although not condoning the gun or trying opium. But Sally Lockhearts' character is one of positive attitude even in difficult situations
Also recommended to adults who love being swept away by a brilliant story
I'm a great fan of northern lights and wanted to try some more Phillip Pulman, enjoyed the writing for the most part, but felt the story lost momentum at the end and it was a week ending of convenience to lead into the next book . Nevertheless enjoyable
"Fantastic storywriting and storytelling"
The fantastic and character-filled voice of Anton Lesser. He can voice anyone and everyone and make them sound fantastic.
Great plot. Meant to be a YA fiction novel, but it translates well and is suitable for adults too - it does not come across facile or boring or awkward as some YA novels have (when listened to as an adult - there are no moments of feeling too old to listen to this) .
Nice, slightly fantastic plot that allows for some good escapism.
Everything. He is a great voice actor.
Yes, and I did, even sitting in the car on the drive for to hear the last five minutes before I went into the house to get on with the rest of my life!
I Couldn't put it down. Brilliant book. Exciting and challenging. Not for young kids though.
"A beautifully written and narrated adventure"
I read the print copy before downloading the audio edition, but can safely say that this edition complements the text.
A tricky question! This has an array of excellent characters, both likeable and grotesque, an intricate plot, and is firmly grounded in the streets of Victorian London.
Both Jim and Mrs Holland really came to life thanks to Lesser's interpretation and performance.
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The Ruby in the Smoke is a fantastic introduction to the world of Sally Lockhart - a modern woman in Victorian London, seeking to comprehend her father's death.
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