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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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  • 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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gregory Chick
    Manchester, UK
    3/30/16
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    "Engaging dramatisation narrated by the author"

    Don't let the ridiculous end-of-chapter midi music put you off. Good to get the whole story compared with the movie or BBC radio version. The BBC version was the real McCoy world class radio drama but abridged. This audio book doesn't have sound effects or appropriate music, but is more comprehensive and has good performances. Darker story than Northern Lights. Can't wait to get stuck into The Amber Spyglass now!

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  • Amazon Customer
    3/21/16
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    "Fairly good sequel"

    The story isn't quite as gripping as part 1 but still good nonetheless. I didn't enjoy the strange 'musac' inbetween the chapters and some of the cast overacted a little for my taste

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  • kay j.
    2/16/16
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    "love the book and the audio"

    great book really well read. following Lyra was the best but spoiler alert Lee scorsby dying was the worst.

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  • Kimberley
    2/7/16
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    "Still wonderful."

    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.

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  • Mai
    2/3/16
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    "Great!"

    After reading the first book of this trilogy I was simply amazed by the second one.

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  • S. Corner
    2/1/16
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    "excellent"

    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.

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  • jules
    1/22/16
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    "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.

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  • P. J. Bell
    England Surrey
    1/14/16
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    "Love it"

    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.

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