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The Ruby in the Smoke Audiobook

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

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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 2016

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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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    Amazon Customer Aurora, CO, United States 05-01-16
    Amazon Customer Aurora, CO, United States 05-01-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Can't give it a better name!"

    So many twists and turns! So many bad folks! A mix of people rich and desperately poor all tied to a happening years past, and a blood red Ruby. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, although it was hard listening to the consequences met by many! Why is it a beautiful jewel Is the curse? Or, is it just man's greed and covetousness?

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    Alorah 08-02-15
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    "Excellent interpretation of the book!"
    Any additional comments?

    The story is not as complex and philosophical as the Dark Materials trilogy, but it unfolds with the same sense of drama and the same richness of characters. Seriously, the characters are some of my favorite of all time. Philip Pullman is just masterful in creating the world and the story. And Anton Lesser does a PHENOMENAL job with the delivery. Especially when he voices Mrs Holland the old villain - so much texture and personality in his voice! It gave a whole other dimension to the story.

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    D. Hyndman 06-05-15
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    "Engaging"

    Well written. Excellent recording. Gripping story. I listened with my 10 year old daughter. We love Phil Putnam's others and enjoyed this as well.

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    Jae 06-03-15
    Jae 06-03-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Head and shoulders above the rest"

    Pullman is so brilliant and the narrator gives a great performance. I did feel it was a story for younger people than my 45 years so I probably won't read the rest in the series but will remember them for when my son is old enough.

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    Careena 05-16-15
    Careena 05-16-15 Member Since 2016

    Doctor Who, James Bond, Alexandre Dumas, Jane Austen, Shakespeare, Elizabeth Gaskell, but mostly just Doctor Who.

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    "Just like the movie"

    I came at this novel having watched and rewatched the Masterpiece Theater version with Billie Piper, Matt Smith, JJ Feild, and Hayley Atwell. I didn't even realize it had been a book first, but when I found it, I knew I had to read it. I'm a mystery and period drama fan and the Sally Lockheart mysteries combine the best of both worlds. I was pleasantly surprised to find how accurately the movie is based on the book as well.

    Anton Lesser's a great narrator, very distinct, realistic voices that not only distinguish one character from another but also describe their personality so well. I started off with just this first one to see if I liked it, but I will definitely go back now and pick up the rest of the series.

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    Rebecca Seattle, WA, United States 03-03-15
    Rebecca Seattle, WA, United States 03-03-15 Member Since 2016

    Retired teacher and interpreter. I read classic and contemporary fiction, as well as Mystery/Suspense/Horror, Fantasy&Sci-fi.

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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!

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    E. Walters 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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