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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brilliant narration. actors and storyline put this across so well. really enjoyed it.. .. ..
Bought this after seeing Phillip Pullman at Durham Book Festival and was amazed by his reading of Northern Lights. So happy that I bought this too, really sold the story brilliantly.
"I Loved it!"
Could not stop listening and it was described so well that of I closed my eyes I could visulise it like a film. The voices were very similar in the film and it's the film and the fact the rest of the book ls will not be made into a film that got me to buy this audio book. what I'm trying to say is that it was a good transition for me.
Brilliant story and brilliantly narrated. Would recommend to both adults and children. Throughly enjoyed it.
"Excellent book wonderfully performed"
It's a joy to find a great story and an even bigger joy to have an audiobook both narrated and performed well.
Loved Lyra's adventures and am downloading the next book....about....now!
"Perfect second part"
A wonderful second chapter to the his dark materials Trilogy yet again wonderful voices and wonderful direction
Nothing wrong here
If perfection was an audiobook, it would be this one.
Absolutely fantastic story, fabulous voice acting. Thoroughly enjoyable and good for listening on the go.
"Great follow on book"
I enjoyed the first book and this followed on just as good. Great book.
"middle of trilogy "
Like the difficult second album the second book of a trilogy comes weighted with expectation, particularly when following such an excellent first part as Northern Lights. I found this a bit slow to start with, and never warmed to Will's character, as much as I had Lyra's. There are several really gripping scenes and although some aspects of the story were a bit anticlimax, and the ending is a bit weak I really enjoyed this. I listened to the excellent audiobook narrated by the author and recommend this highly. it is worth saying that this book can not be read as a stand alone novel, you need to know Northern Lights to understand the plot here.
"Wish I'd got it sooner!!!"
YES YES YES!!!! Before I'd discovered Harry Potter, HDM was my favourite book series. Of the three books, The Subtle Knife was by far my favourite. The introduction of Will's character was offputting when I first read it, but as the book goes on it just makes sense.
I was always dubious about buying the dramatised audiobooks, as I was afraid they would miss out key scenes. How wrong I was!!
Pullman's delivery of the narrative is perfect and the cast voice the character's flawlessly.
Definitely worth listening to!
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