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The Ruby in the Smoke: Sally Lockhart Trilogy, Book 1 | [Philip Pullman]

The Ruby in the Smoke: Sally Lockhart Trilogy, Book 1

In search of clues to the mystery of her father's death, 16-year-old Sally Lockhart ventures into the shadowy underworld of Victorian London. Pursued by villains at every turn, the intrepid Sally finally uncovers two dark mysteries, and realizes that she herself is the key to both.
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Publisher's Summary

In search of clues to the mystery of her father's death, 16-year-old Sally Lockhart ventures into the shadowy underworld of Victorian London. Pursued by villains at every turn, the intrepid Sally finally uncovers two dark mysteries, and realizes that she herself is the key to both.

Don't miss any of the Sally Lockhart mysteries.

©1985 Philip Pullman; (P)2004 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

What the Critics Say

"A rip-roaring adventure story filled with cutthroat villains, dastardly deeds, sleazy opium dens, filthy London slums, and a delightful heroine....Splendid descriptions, plot twists and turns, and understated humor engage readers in this tale of murder, mayhem, and mystery." (School Library Journal)

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    C. Owen San Diego, CA 12-15-08
    C. Owen San Diego, CA 12-15-08
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    "One of Philp Pullman's Best"

    This is one of the few Audible series I have listened to more than once. Philip Pullman is a master -- I particularly admire the way his characters evolve consciously on so many levels. I was both inspired and entertained.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Crystal California 05-26-12
    Crystal California 05-26-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Interesting Characters"

    I enjoy stories about strong women that take place in England in the 1800s. Sally Lockhart is this type of person. There is lots of action, quirky characters, and some twists to the plot. I would defiantly recommend this as a good listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    LittleForest 02-22-11
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    "For Teenagers, take note."

    I believe this story is meant for adolescents. Audible should make mention of this. Adults will likely spot foreshadowing and subtleties which reveal the plot, thus spoiling the adventure. But for kids it is exciting and I would offer four stars in that category.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Seattle, WA, United States 03-03-15
    Rebecca Seattle, WA, United States 03-03-15 Member Since 2014

    Hello, I'm a Seattle native, former ESL teacher and Spanish interpreter. I'm into photography, mycology, nature, camping, art and music.

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    "Another wonderful 'children's' series"

    This is the first book in a trilogy by the author of the Golden Compass, it's got a completely different feel, it's set in Victorian England and revolves around Miss Sally Lockhart, a clever and resourceful young lady, orphaned at 16, and bent on discovering the mystery surrounding her father's death.
    My ONLY complaint about this book, and mind you I really enjoyed it, was the lack of development of Sally's character. What we do get from her is that she's very smart, though we have no idea WHY she understands the stock market, or any of the other skills she displays....
    I'm hopeful that the next book in the series will fill in all those irritating blanks!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    E. Walters APO, AE United States 06-17-13
    E. Walters APO, AE United States 06-17-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Mixed feelings on this one..."
    What did you like best about The Ruby in the Smoke? What did you like least?

    I thought the book was interesting. There are a few moments where I felt that the characters just made ludicrous decisions and did unbelievable things. I'm not sure if I was being overly picky though. I just never fell in love with any of the characters. Sally, was difficult for me to like.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    EH.


    What about Anton Lesser’s performance did you like?

    The narration was fine. I enjoyed the performance.


    Could you see The Ruby in the Smoke being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Ahhh, but it is a movie on the BBC, I believe.


    Any additional comments?

    Eventually I may read the others, but I enjoyed the Golden Compass better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sandrine Differdange, Luxembourg 05-10-13
    Sandrine Differdange, Luxembourg 05-10-13 Member Since 2012

    Nicely tall and intelligently open-minded

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    "Sally your not-so-regular Victorian adventuress"
    Where does The Ruby in the Smoke rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I wanted to take a break from hard crime stories and listen to something light. Well it was an enjoyable listen where the hardship of 19th century England is not right in your face but constantly swinging through.

    The storyline is consistent and characters are very likeable. To the point you are sad when one is leaving the scene.


    What does Anton Lesser bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mr Lesser did a wonderful job and I liked that he did not emphasis on the accents too much.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa H. Cazares Chesapeake, VA United States 12-29-12
    Lisa H. Cazares Chesapeake, VA United States 12-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent Mystery"
    What did you love best about The Ruby in the Smoke?

    Nice story development and an enjoyable mystery. I liked the setting and the character descriptions.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rhyta Mt. West USA 12-16-12
    Rhyta Mt. West USA 12-16-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Fast paced thriller with excellent narrator"

    I purchased this audio last summer and just now got to listening to it. I am sorry I waited so long because it is very good. It was an amazing story that drew me in quickly and I love the narrator's command of the accents and his enthusiastic performance. I have been thoroughly entertained and would highly recommend this to anyone of any age.

    If you like the Golden Compass and wanted to read more Phillip Pullman, this is a good followup although it is a mystery rather than fantasy but Mr. Pullman has again created a resilient female lead who weathers the troubles she faces.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    D. Trasler Canada 08-27-12
    D. Trasler Canada 08-27-12 Member Since 2012

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    "An overlooked classic."
    What made the experience of listening to The Ruby in the Smoke the most enjoyable?

    The performance by Anton Lesser is very good - he has a great range of voices, but they're not overdone, not charicatures. Just easily distinguishable from one another.


    What other book might you compare The Ruby in the Smoke to and why?

    What other book? To be honest it has a flavour of the original Sherock Holmes novels. Of course, the period and the setting have a lot to do with that too, but the storyline and the characters reminded me a lot of the world of Holmes and Watson.


    Which character – as performed by Anton Lesser – was your favorite?

    Mrs Holland. It can't be easy to pull of a convincing "Old Woman" voice, but his is good and chilling.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I didn't laugh or cry, but I did feel the tension in the story. It's a god tale, and I enjoyed the production.


    Any additional comments?

    It's aimed, I thnk, at the YA market, although when it was originally released that was still referred to as "Children's books". But it has interesting characters and a solid storyline so there's no reason it can't be enjoyed by adults as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Garret Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada 08-02-12
    Garret Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada 08-02-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Superior Writing and Narration"

    Here is an intricate, suspenseful story, written with the grace of an author who appreciates the words as well as the plot. Anton Lesser is one of the best narrators out there and his character voices make the dialogue sizzle and pop. Nor does the age of the main character prevent the story from treading some disturbing ground. This is not a happily-ever-after ferry tale, thank goodness. Some of the characters are more like caricatures, but given the Dickensian setting, such quibbles are instead expected tropes that add to the reading pleasure. Do yourself a favour and listen to this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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