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The Subtle Knife Audiobook

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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    kr los angeles, CA, United States 03-29-11
    kr los angeles, CA, United States 03-29-11
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    "2nd Book in a Trilogy is Seldom Good"

    This was just the typical second book in a trilogy. It dragged. It was all exposition: seemed like the characters just sat around and talked for a majority of the book. But the action (when it occurred), was good. Loved the first book and looking forward to the third.

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    RKR Georgia 01-30-11
    RKR Georgia 01-30-11 Member Since 2007

    Drama teacher and Sci-Fi/Fantasy fan

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    "Not quite as good as the first..."

    .... but still an excellent book. The full cast is perfect for the characters. A little scarier than THE GOLDEN COMPASS, but, again, great for young adults.

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    Dane Austin, TX, United States 11-24-10
    Dane Austin, TX, United States 11-24-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Good Book - Bad Audio Quality"

    Good Book - Bad Audio Quality ...

    In many parts it sounds as if someone is having a conversation in the next room, or an annoyingly repetitive chirping sound distracts you from the content.

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    Andrea Calgary, Alberta, Canada 07-29-10
    Andrea Calgary, Alberta, Canada 07-29-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Another Success in the Trilogy"

    Make sure you have read or listened to the Golden Compass, the first book in this complex series. This novel continues on it's excellent path, incorporating new and old characters successfully. It is full of adventure and suspense, complicated social questions and wonderfully developed characters. Although a fantasy, it is written so well it's hard to believe it's not reality. A fantastic book for both young adults and adults alike!

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    Kila Los Angeles, US, Canada 05-04-10
    Kila Los Angeles, US, Canada 05-04-10
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    "Did not like the read; LOVED the recording!"

    For me, the series was way overhyped, but this dramatic production is incredible. Really awesome listen!

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    Carlene 04-01-10
    Carlene 04-01-10
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    "If you loved the first book, you'll love this too!"

    I hesitated on getting this one after reading some of the other reviews, but I loved it! Yes, the music is a bit cheesy between the chapters, but who cares? The writing is fabulous and the narration and voice actors are fantastic. Don't hesitate if you loved the first one, just go ahead and love this one too!

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    Sigh Eugene, OR, USA 11-12-09
    Sigh Eugene, OR, USA 11-12-09
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    "Good book, not fantastic book"

    It is a good continuation of the first book. So far the series is interesting, but not life-changing.

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    Suzanne Auburn, CA, USA 07-14-09
    Suzanne Auburn, CA, USA 07-14-09 Member Since 2014
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    "The Subtle Knife"

    I really enjoyed this selection because the narration is incredible and the story is excellent! Altough I think this book this a little too old for some children (because of what is done to some of the children and how some of the children are prorated).I think it is an excellent choice for anyone who enjoys sci-fi.

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    Amazon Customer Sandy, UT USA 05-20-09
    Amazon Customer Sandy, UT USA 05-20-09 Listener Since 2009

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    "No less confusing than the first book."

    After listening the first book I was left with a feeling of 'incomplete.' Not so much a cliffhanger as a stopping without finishing a complete thought. I figured by listening to the second book things would become clear. They never did. I finally felt like I knew who some of the characters really were halfway through this book, but some I never really got even by the end of the third. I got to really enjoy the voice acting, but I just don't like his writing. There wasn't enough that was tangible for me to hold onto as familiar. Everyone brings up his anti-religion views, and I found myself very frustrated that he never fully completes his argument(even by the end of the Amber Spyglass.) It was as if I was having an argument with a mentally deficient atheist. The best way I can describe his writing is a nonspecific commentary on how the world should be from a point of view that is difficult to understand due to it's incomplete nature. I tried to enjoy the series as just a story, but due to his incessant diatribes about the cruel unjust nature of the authority, this was impossible. He starts to pound the anti-religion aspect into the heads of the reader in this story. It gets to a point where he loses credibility. I never really felt like I could connect with any of the characters, except the ones he doesn't use often. I can't find much to really praise about these books. I feel as if the are only known due to their controversial nature vs their actual quality.

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    Suzanne G Utnage 11-15-08 Member Since 2011
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    "Pins and Needles"

    The first book left me with lots of questions. Some got answered in this book, yet more questions were created. The journey these 2 children took was awe inspiring and never went how I expected. A lot of things were revealed about organized religions in their worlds, but it was never so far fetched that it couldn't be possible. (Kind of like the 3rd godfather movie.) Exceptionally, wonderful story!! Would recommend to anyone who wants to go on an exciting and interesting adventure without leaving home!!

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