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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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!
"Couldn't stop listening"
Great story. I usually listen to audiobooks to get to sleep, but this book is just too exciting! Not great as a get-you-off-to-sleeper, but something very entertaining to listen to every other moment of the day.
"The Subtle Knife!"
I adored this book and thought that the narrator was perfectly clear and I will remember the thrill's of it forever!!
I hope that anyone else who reads it will agree with me.
"Worlds worst sequal"
What a disappointment after a first novel that I really liked, the longer the story goes on the more convoluted sanctimonious and pointless it seems. The narrator does his best however there seems no way to change the cardboard consistency of the text. After the first book ended I was still asking myself with fascination what is dust all about. However now I can safely say that the more I know about it less I want to know about it.
"Enjoyable story, narration patchy, awful music"
The story, the concepts in it (daemons are souls), witches, the heroine Lyra.
It would be silly to tell you, as it's a big spoiler!
Full cast recording, some voices better than others. The music was terrible, I don't know what they were thinking with that... Pullman's narration was good, Lyra's voice lovely. Afraid I really wasn't keen on the narration of Will (main character), he didn't do it for me. This made the whole experience less good.
At one point I had tears in my eyes, at the end. No laughing. Interested throughout,
It would be pointless reading this without having read Northern Lights first. I didn't like it nearly as much either. But the character Lyra kept me going.
"Just keeps getting better"
Hearing a book you enjoy narrated by the author is still as exciting as the first book. Even though it is aimed at children I was genuinely moved at times. Definitely recommended by me!
"Not the best."
I would only recommend this book because the first one was so good and hopefully the last book will be like the first, this second book seemed to be more filler between the two books then anything else.
I am going to get the last book as it is 14 hours and hopefully will have more elements from the first book, which for me, really brought this series alive.
I felt this book was very boring, going from the high action and fantasy of the last book to this dull book was disappointing but the last few chapters got better and left me with the want and hope that listening to the last book will be rewarding but only time will tell.
Although this middle book was very slow and had none of the magical fantasy elements that made book one so fantastic, it is still worth a listen because it does continue the story. The parts where you went back to Lyra's world is the whole reason I continued listening, fingers crossed book 3 is like book 1 and not this book.I have a better review coming up on my youtube channel but yeah not a great second outing for my audible adventure.
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