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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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    Bonita Exeter, CA, USA 06-23-04
    Bonita Exeter, CA, USA 06-23-04 Member Since 2002
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    "A Must Read For All Ages"

    This is an incredibly fun listen. I am 51 years young and can recommend this book to anyone who loves a great mystery with characters you want to get to know read/performed with mastery on a par with Nigel Planer of Discworld fame ... this book is for you. I highly recommend it to anyone from 8 to 80!

    38 of 38 people found this review helpful
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    Jody Austin, TX, United States 02-19-05
    Jody Austin, TX, United States 02-19-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Great reader, a few holes in the plot"

    I rate books I listen to (rather than read) by reader first, plot second. The reader, Anton Lesser, was outstanding. His voices differentiated the characters very well for me, and in the case of the Mrs. Holland character, her oozing evil actually sent a shiver down my spine. The plot has a few holes in it. Characters who are supposed to be in hiding allow themselves to be photographed for widely-distributed stereopticon pictures. Not smart. But over all, I loved the story, especially the bravery and resourcefulness of the main character.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Allicia Thornton, CO, United States 02-02-08
    Allicia Thornton, CO, United States 02-02-08
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    "Very Entertaining"

    I purchased this book based on my love of Philip Pullman's other work. Although the genre and style are quite different from the His Dark Materials trilogy, I was mesmerized all the same. The characters and the story were engaging, and the narrator is one of the best I've heard from Audible. At first, I had a bit of difficulty understanding his heavy English accent, but it did not take long for this to fade away. He had a distinctive voice for each character, and unlike many narrators, the voices were very well done and added to the overall experience. The female characters were especially impressive, actually sounding like women. He read with enthusiasm, and did an excellent job of capturing the emotion and intensity of each scene.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Tamara Duchesne, UT, United States 02-24-09
    Tamara Duchesne, UT, United States 02-24-09 Member Since 2008
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    "reader was excellent!"

    The author had very unique descriptions and details that took me to Victorian England. Each characters role in the story were blended very well. The reader has voice inflections for each character that made this a very entertaining listen. The book was well written and you are pulled into the story very smoothly.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Chameleon Consultant Arizona, USA 07-18-09
    Chameleon Consultant Arizona, USA 07-18-09 Member Since 2007
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    "The girl who refuses to be an Orphan!"

    The story is written well. Sally lockhart has to use her wits and what her father taught her in order to stay alive and become just another orphan. The author does a wonderful job of writing this story and utilizing a 16 year old who's intelligence and forethought is a match for any adult. Quite charming and amazing cast of characters.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Jackson Heights, NY, USA 03-04-08
    Heather Jackson Heights, NY, USA 03-04-08
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    "Rich and atmospheric historical fiction"

    Pullman, better known for the His Dark Materials series, is a master of historical fiction. The Sally Lockhart Mystery series are wonderfully atmospheric melodramas set in the 1800s peopled with colorful characters. While most historical fiction writers for children trade in the worst cliches about historical periods, Pullman does a particularly admirable job of presenting a strong, independent woman of the 1800s who knows both how to wield a gun and understand financial markets. This is a great audiobook, dramatic, well-paced with a nice love story thrown in---and very appealing to teens.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Anna Genoa, IL, United States 08-08-09
    Anna Genoa, IL, United States 08-08-09 Member Since 2008

    I love books.

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    "Well written, excellent listening experience"

    Great story, great narration. After I finished listening to this, I immediately purchased the other two books in the series.

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    Arnold South Freeport, ME, United States 09-04-05
    Arnold South Freeport, ME, United States 09-04-05 Member Since 2003
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    "Entertaining"

    Not as good as the Golden Compass series, but the author creates some intriguing characters and a suspenseful story. The reader is outstanding. Incongruities in the plot (characters in hiding selling photographs of themselves; Madame DeFarge-like character falling apart in a way that is out of character) and a somewhat weak ending keep this from being a memorable book.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine Mason, OH, United States 09-04-10
    Katherine Mason, OH, United States 09-04-10 Member Since 2010

    I love to read mysteries, histories, biographies, humor, and Jane Austen.

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    "Thrilling book, amazing reader"

    I enjoyed Philip Pullman's 'Dark Materials' trilogy, and wanted to hear more of his work. I was very pleased to see that Anton Lesser - one of my favorite actors - was the narrator for this work. Lesser's reading is amazing, as he convincingly voices everyone from a terrified female child to a pickpocket-turned-honest to an old crone. The story is gripping, and the presentation is superb. This is suitable for teens and adults, although the material is probably too strong for kids under 13.

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    Lesya Moscow, Russia 04-03-12
    Lesya Moscow, Russia 04-03-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Terrific listening for kids!"

    To be honest, I purchased this trilogy (Ruby in the Smoke, Shadow in the North and Tiger in the Well) because kids and I have listened to His Dark Materials books recently and liked it to no limits. So if you're familiar with Philip Pullman style, I mean those vivid characters, jaw dropping action and all sorts of misteries happening at the same time, you'll find it all here. What makes it brilliant, outstanding and must-listen-to is Mr. Lesser performance. It's breathtaking. The book is not as epic as Materials, but anyway twist and turns of the plot will catch you and make it impossible to put the book down. It's very captivating, historically accurate and socially relevant novel and the narrator only adds to it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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