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The Ruby in the Smoke Audiobook

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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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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    E Wagner PORTLAND, OR, United States 07-10-11
    E Wagner PORTLAND, OR, United States 07-10-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Spot on!"

    Tip o' the hat to both the marvelous Philip Pullman AND to the excellent narrator, Anton Lesser. I was originally given this book when I was in middle school--to young, I think. And today, as an 8th grade teacher, I would hesitate to hand it to any but my high-level students, though I give out copies of "Golden Compass" all the time. The complexity of the story and barrage of colorful characters confuse younger readers. However, the riches the story offers--in character, in intrigue, in exciting Victorianishness--are well worth it. The audio version, complete with Cockney accents and such, is the perfect way to experience it. (Oh, also, AFTER you've listened to the book, enjoy the BBC film adaptations!)

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    david La Rochepot, France 02-19-11
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    "A gem of a thriller"

    Pullman in dark, playful mood skilfully avoids the predictable in this highly entertaining, no-punches-pulled thriller set in murkiest Victorian London. Anton Lesser's brilliant vocal characterisations evoke a world where the stench of opium dens and East End poverty is matched only by the putrid odour of institutionalised corruption. The Good Guys, led by plucky teenage orphan Sally Lockhart, are charming, brave and kind. The Bad Guys, headed by the stop-at-nothing slum-dwelling Mrs Holland, a truly chilling monster, are jaw-droppingly (and satisfyingly) capital-E Evil. Fu Manchu meets Sherlock Holmes and even Richard Hannay - only with a cast of refreshingly strong female characters - as looming cliches are brilliantly converted into vivid plot-twists. Pullman subtly exposes the vile creatures lurking beneath one of the foundation stones of British imperial power - the officially sanctioned Opium Trade - while keeping us spellbound with a first-rate gem of a tale of villainy eventually overcome by virtue. Why, there are even pirates! Great to know there are two more in the series...

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    Kathy Agoura, CA, United States 12-16-10
    Kathy Agoura, CA, United States 12-16-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Ruby in the Smoke"

    While the story line itself is a good one, I found this audio grating on my nerves as I listened. The sound quality is as if spoken through an old phone and I did not enjoy the narration. I would recommend this in tangible - paperback or hardback or movie form only.

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    Alesia South Burlington, VT, USA 03-25-10
    Alesia South Burlington, VT, USA 03-25-10
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    "Gets you in its grip immediately!"

    What a fun listen this was. I recommend the whole series. Anton Lesser is a fabulous narrator. He does all of the different characters so convincingly.

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    a mom 08-09-05
    a mom 08-09-05
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    "very well done"

    Excellent story, very good narration

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    Katherine Davis, CA, USA 07-19-05
    Katherine Davis, CA, USA 07-19-05
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    "dissapointing."

    although i really loved pullman's 'the golden compass' series, this book failed to entice me. it seemed like the entire 'ruby in the smoke' book was based on the recurring theme that opium was/is bad. it was like he was trying to preach to his readers. i hated it.

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    Shereika louisville, KY, United States 12-30-10
    Shereika louisville, KY, United States 12-30-10
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    "Dont do it!"

    This book was boring, and pointless. I did not understand the great reviews-One credit wasted!

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