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The Subtle Knife: His Dark Materials, Book 2 | [Philip Pullman]

The Subtle Knife: His Dark Materials, Book 2

In this stunning sequel to The Golden Compass, the intrepid Lyra finds herself in a shimmering, haunted otherworld, Cittagazze, where soul-eating Specters stalk the streets and wingbeats of distant angels sound against the sky. But she is not without allies: 12-year-old Will Parry, fleeing for his life after taking another's, has also stumbled into this strange new realm.
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Publisher's Summary

In this stunning sequel to The Golden Compass, the intrepid Lyra finds herself in a shimmering, haunted otherworld, Cittagazze, where soul-eating Specters stalk the streets and wingbeats of distant angels sound against the sky. But she is not without allies: 12-year-old Will Parry, fleeing for his life after taking another's, has also stumbled into this strange new realm.

On a perilous journey from world to world, Lyra and Will uncover a deadly secret: an object of extraordinary and devastating power. And with every step, they move closer to an even greater threat, and the shattering truth of their own destiny.

Listen to the rest of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series.

©1997 Philip Pullman; (P)Random House, Inc., Listening Library, A Division Of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"The superb production of this fascinating fantasy epic makes it a heart-thumping listening adventure." (AudioFile)
"The story gallops with ferocious momentum [and] Pullman is devilishly inventive. (The New York Times Book Review)
"More than fulfilling the promise of The Golden Compass, this second volume starts off at a heart-thumping pace and never slows down." (Publishers Weekly)
"A resoundingly successful sequel." (Booklist)

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    Kerry R. 06-20-06
    Kerry R. 06-20-06
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    "Lose yourself in another world"

    I read the Pullman trilogy years ago and it has made me think more than nearly any other books I have read. The audiobook is very well done, with a full cast, and really helps you appreciate the layers of storytelling going on. Wonderful characters, wonderful imaginative story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Cambridge, MA, USA 07-29-05
    Robert Cambridge, MA, USA 07-29-05
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    "Excellent fantasy, excellent recording!"

    This is a great experience, a well-told fantasy read by a full cast of actors, including the author. The story is many-layered and thought-provoking. A classic!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Philip Thousand Oaks, CA, United States 06-02-08
    Philip Thousand Oaks, CA, United States 06-02-08 Member Since 2003
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    "Worth continuing"

    If you read the Golden Compass you have no choice but to continue this series. I wish I could say this was as an enjoyable, but I can't. I can say that it is an interesting, if not a tad confusing. In general the series walks a thin line between young-adult and adult literature. There are times I found it a tad childish, and there are moments when I can't see a child understand the complex story.

    Like most trilogies, this is an in between story that mostly sets up the next and final book.

    The production is first rate. 20 year of audio book listening I can say it is one of the best on that level.

    I am half way through the third book and I can say that I look forward to listen to them all again which is something I seldom do.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Ethosian Earthquake Zone, California 10-11-13
    Ethosian Earthquake Zone, California 10-11-13 Member Since 2013

    You never have to wait for anything if you bring a good book.

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    "A solid reading of a fine story"

    Overall this is both an enjoyable adventure and a very well done audiobook.

    Production:

    Philip Pullman does a fantastic job as the narrator, and with a few minor exceptions the rest of cast of thousands does a first rate job too.

    On the other hand this audiobook is overproduced as if they are trying to compete with television (Pullman reads the narration, a huge cast of BBC folks reads all the dialog, and overbearing musical segues punctuate the beginning and end of as each chapter).

    While it's good to see that American audiobooks aren't the only ones to suffer from being overproduced, someone needs to give these audiobook folks the message that there's no need to try to produce these things as if they were cheesy television shows.

    Plot:

    I'm a little disappointed that Pullman twists theistic themes and elements ("authority," angels, Hades, Adam and Eve, original sin) around a central plot that castigates "the church" as all evil, stifling, and oppressive.



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    Echo 07-15-13
    Echo 07-15-13

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    "The first one was so interesting, what happened?"
    Any additional comments?

    It seems as soon as they came into the real world all interesting things ceased to exist. I loved the golden compass. This is sooooooo boring.

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    Michelle Cleburne, TX, United States 05-28-12
    Michelle Cleburne, TX, United States 05-28-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Book that Challenges Conventional Thinking"
    Would you listen to The Subtle Knife again? Why?

    I purchased this book because I enjoy listening to books on my long drive to and from work. I had read the series previously. Philip Pullman's Dark Materials books really challenges you to think about the world, spiritual beliefs, and the strength of conscious thought as it effects day to day life. These books are very controversial amount the Christian spiritual beliefs and churches. BUT, if you really look deep into the meaning of the books as a whole, and seek to find some value regardless of you own spiritual path, these books are great and fun to read. I would recommend them to anyone of my friends and family.

    I really enjoy the full cast production. I can absorb myself in the story with all the different characters coming to life through the multiple actors playing the different roles in the books.

    Happy listening!!!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kurtis EAGLE RIVER, AK, United States 01-13-11
    Kurtis EAGLE RIVER, AK, United States 01-13-11 Member Since 2009
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    "The Subtle Knike"

    Like the Golden Compass, intense, thrilling, thinking, a wonderful story only emphasized even more with a great audio drama cast.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Andrews Hamilton, Ontario Canada 02-17-09
    Amy Andrews Hamilton, Ontario Canada 02-17-09 Member Since 2006
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    "The saga continues . . ."

    Another great book and reading from Pullman and cast members! (Although, I did find my teeth set on edge by the terrible music preceding each chapter.) The different characters are well realized by the talented cast and the plot expands to include new, interesting characters and worlds. Pullman presents an engaging commentary on and critique of organized religion. Some groups have opted to boycott/ban the books, but I think the trilogy opens up new areas for discussion on the meaning of truely authentic faith and spirituality.

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    Amazon Customer 03-08-08
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    "Killing God!"

    I enjoyed the first book though it had some long drawn out parts. The Subtle Knife was much better, the pace was good, however some of the characters from the frist book got lost in the confusion. This is definitely a great read but be careful, they made the third book 2 credits so be prepared to finish this series. Oh and it really is about killing God, very interesting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Julia Aryeh bedford, ny United States 01-05-08
    Julia Aryeh bedford, ny United States 01-05-08 Member Since 2014
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    "Better than the first"

    I absolutely LOVED this book. I really enjoyed the first one but this was even better. It explains so much, and starts to pull everything together. the new characters were also terrific. Again the full cast makes the story really work, and I must say that I was very surprised as to how much I would enjoy it. I was expecting something more in line with the Narnia series which is inconsistent with its books - some move well, some slow. This trilogy seems to be flowing and moving all the way through.
    I just downloaded book three, so I am off to listen.
    enjoy

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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