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.
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I'm 23 now and it was still magical, never boring and super comforting. I would recommend it to anyone looking for some easy listening.
After reading the first book of this trilogy I was simply amazed by the second one.
This was just as enjoyable as the first book and kept me listening. The reading and acting voices were excellent. The few american words were ok and did not distract. The music between each chapter was more annoying as was right at the end of the credits an American voice advertising audible kids. Can't have it all.
"Good, not padding."
This is my favourite book in the trilogy. The subtle knife is an instrument invented in another world that can cut through the fabric between worlds. Usually the middle book is padding but in this case it's were the story really gets going.
Love it! 2nd book in the series and still i want more.
Love it! Read it now and the others! I mean it! Get it now!
Philip Pullman really steps it up in this book bringing in parallel dimensions and are own worlds view point character. Just brilliant.
"better than the first and a good cliff hanger "
it was OK not my normal book type maybe why I didn't get in to it as much still will co plate all three
"a shame it had to be abridged"
reading was great but unclear if abridged or not. i assume it was which is a shame
"recommended if you loved the books"
A fantastic story, brilliantly brought to life. even though I've read the books several times, I really enjoyed the audio books too. I would definitely recommend them
"Great story. Slightly irritating production."
Music at the start of chapters is unnecessary. Americanisms (commented on by another reviewer) are also irritating. This is not an adaptation so it should be true to the original book (you shouldn't change words even when you publish in print in another country - it's stops people learning about other cultures). Story is (obviously) great.
After thoroughly enjoying listening to Book 1, I couldn't wait to get started. The story was still good but didn't keep me as excited to listen on as the first book. Once again the narration by Pullman and the other actors is just brilliant and I am looking forward to listening to the third and final book.
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