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The Subtle Knife: His Dark Materials Trilogy, Book 2 Radio/TV Program

The Subtle Knife: His Dark Materials Trilogy, Book 2

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The thrilling second book in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, read by the author and a full cast.

In this stunning sequel to Northern Lights, the intrepid Lyra Silvertongue and her daemon, Pantalaimon, find themselves in a shimmering, haunted other world – Cittagazze where soul-eating Spectres stalk the streets and wingbeats of distant angels sound against the sky.

Here she meets twelve-year-old Will Parry, a fugitive from a third universe. Will has found a small window between Cittagazze and Oxford that brings him into this strange new realm.

Will's father, an explorer, disappeared years ago, but recently some odd characters have started asking questions about him, and now, having accidentally killed one of them, Will is wanted by the police.

Armed with the subtle knife, a tool that cuts any material (including that which separates universes) and Lyra's alethiometer, the children set out to find John Parry, with adults of various stripes in desperate pursuit.

©1997 Philip Pullman; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Lee Cobb
    Stockport, UK
    8/2/16
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    "Music & Americanisms"

    The music can be a put off. Very strange music. Considering it is an English author, the use of American terminology, set your teeth on edge.

    But as a whole, I loved the book. The reading by the author, the performances all added to a book which has become a firm favourite

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  • Barry McLeod
    7/20/16
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    "Book 2"

    Having seen the film of the first book I wanted to know what happened next. Wow. Fantastic story. Moving swiftly on to the final book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    5/31/16
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    "Awesone"

    An incredible book. Works on so many levels. My 10 year old son and I loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Del M.
    5/24/16
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    "amazing and gripping"

    I love the trilogy his dark materials. it's my 3rd listening to the entire set inside a year. I hope Philips other works match up to this

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bianca Lashley
    5/19/16
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    "amazing ...."

    cant wait for the 3rd.....great books just a shame they couldnt do justice for the films.....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mimi
    5/9/16
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    "One of my favourites"

    I last read this book in paperback form many years ago and loved it. I recently started the first book in audiobook form and decided to carry on with the trilogy.

    This is the second book and follows the story of Will Parry, who sets out to find his father. Leaving his sick mother behind, Will begins his search. It is when he is Oxford, that he comes across an entrance way into another world.

    It is when he steps through that he comes across Lyra from the first book. They find themselves in this world otherwise known as Cittagazze. Together they set out to find Will's father but come on their way they come across many problems in a story that held interest till the end.

    After listening to this my first thought was that I wanted to start the next one. I think up to now this is my favourite book out of the trilogy. I loved the characters. Will was very good and I felt very sorry for him. Lyra was ok, but I preferred her in the first book. Lee Scoresby, was good in this one because you seen much more of him. Even Mrs Coulter and Sir Charles Latrom were interesting even though they weren't very nice. Even the creatures such as the Spectres had my interest and I wanted to know more about them.

    The narration, I thought was good and I enjoyed it. I would recommend this to people who like fantasy or young adult books. I can't wait to start the next one.

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  • James
    5/3/16
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    "Outstanding!!"

    Fantastically told, wonderful entertainment. Suitable for adults and children, you won't be disappointed if you buy this

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nick
    4/19/16
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    "radio adaptations might be better"

    i love these books and i'm not sure how they could have made the dramatisation better. not an unabridged recording but more a radio adaptation which I'd anything might be better although as my first Audioable I'm not sure yet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vic Casambros
    London
    4/12/16
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    "One of my favourite books as a kid!"

    This was the first book I ever read in a day, I couldn't put it down when I started it. Being narrated by the author is awsome! Can't wait to hear the last book now read by him now.

    I love all things his dark materials related! if you not heard the BBC Audio Dramatisations you should check those out too!

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  • Sarah
    4/7/16
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    "Still an epic"

    Read and listened to this when young, almost better now. Only version worth getting!!! Every child deserves the opportunity to read it and enjoyable for adults too.

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