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The Subtle Knife Audiobook

The Subtle Knife: His Dark Materials, Book 2

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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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    "Good, but then Bla"

    I was getting into this book , but towards the end I detected the sound of a grinding axe and the book lost its appeal. I dislike stories created to preach at me without warning. I am going to read the next book just to be sure, but I think this guy is upset at other peoples religious views and is trying to poke at them by forcing it into some kind of skewed version of itself. Fantasy created in the mind of a good writer is just better then when a writer has to use a crutch.

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    Diego Cardona medellín, Antioquia Colombia 04-02-15
    Diego Cardona medellín, Antioquia Colombia 04-02-15
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    "Pensé que era mejor"

    Demasiados personajes con propósitos no visibles ,pensé que era mas atrevido . No define y no deja ganas de buscar el 3.

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    A. R. Meyering 03-15-15 Member Since 2015

    Author. Nerd. Knight-errant. Lover of food and good books.

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    "I have so many feelings right now"

    Too many feelings. And most of them hurt. But that was a beautiful book. Haven't felt this way in a long time:

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    laurent 02-26-15
    laurent 02-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Just a bit scary"

    Just a bit scary. And music is scary as well. Some violence, no blood. Very interesting though. By, 9yo boy

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    Misste 02-24-15
    Misste 02-24-15
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    "Still Love It"

    I had read this series when I heard the movie was coming out and gave it to my daughter to read, who was about the same age as Lyra when I gave it to her. I love it, she loves it...great story. Needless to say the movie, though exciting was a disappointment compared to the book.

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    Alyssa 02-07-15
    Alyssa 02-07-15 Member Since 2009

    I listen to books when I'm at work or doing chores. I prefer history and fantasy. My favorite audio book is Going Postal by Terry Pratchett.

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    "Kid Me Was Right"

    I remembered not really liking this book as a kid even though I loved The Golden Compass. I had such a hatred for the second and third books that I thought I ought to reread them and see if they were bad as I remembered. The first hour or so wasn't too bad, but just as I began to think I'd overestimated how rotten the book was things plummeted down hill.

    First off, it becomes increasingly obvious that Pullman didn't really think through the new developments in the story. He obviously wanted to keep the likes of Lee Scoresby in to add interest, but to do so he has to completely change Lee's motivation. Pullman just hand waves this sudden radical shift away. You can also tell that Will was a late addition in the clumsy way he gets spliced into the Grummond story thread. All this amounts to far too much exposition with none of the fun from the first novel.

    Pullman also commits the cardinal sin of becoming so enamored with a new protagonist that he not only allows Will to overshadow Lyra but devotes himself to taking her down a peg. This is the saddest aspect of the Dark Materials trilogy. In the Golden Compass Pullman creates a brilliant, exciting, believable female character. He succeeds so well that he apparently scares himself and spends the next two books making her as cliche a damsel in distress as he can manage. Lyra, who escaped Mrs. Coulter and destroyed Bolvangar and tricked the un-trickable Armored Bears, is tricked repeatedly and loses the Alethiometer and becomes completely dependent on Will for "protection". It turns out her whole quest wasn't to change the world, it was to come help Will fulfill his destiny. He's going to be a man you see so anything he does is automatically more important. It's enough to make me want to puke.

    Philip Pullman is a fool who failed to grasp the crux at the root of social commentary. He wants to shine a critical light on religion but fails to do so, instead he imitates it and his story falls into the same tired patterns. It's like he didn't understand that by basing his story around Christian dogma he was going to have to make the Bible story the bedrock of his novel, the given that allows the hypothesis. This is not the way to go about things. I saw that when I was 12, and now more than a decade later I have the words to explain it.

    If angels are beings of pure spirit, why do they have gender?

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    Recreant Daughter California, USA 01-28-15
    Recreant Daughter California, USA 01-28-15

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    "love the voice acting hate the music"

    the full cast reading is spectacular buy I hate that there is music at the beginning of each chapter

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    Jovia FAIRBANKS, ALASKA, United States 09-26-14
    Jovia FAIRBANKS, ALASKA, United States 09-26-14 Member Since 2013
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    If you could sum up The Subtle Knife in three words, what would they be?

    Thrilling, Explaining, Complex


    What other book might you compare The Subtle Knife to and why?

    Um maybe the Lion the Witch and the Wordrobe, but more exciting?


    What does Philip Pullman and Full Cast bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Its cool to have different voices to recognize. But it made it hard to listen to the 3rd one because I was so use to certain voices, that when they were different in the last book I became a little confused at first.
    It was a little corny though with all the dramatic music.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I gasped out loud at some deaths I was not expecting. Glad that I didn't have to wait to listen to the thrid


    Any additional comments?

    Wish I would have read it long ago, but glad I'm getting to it now

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    Ken 05-29-14
    Ken 05-29-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A great continuation to a wonderful series! :-)"
    What did you love best about The Subtle Knife?

    Yet another book that I cannot point my finger at a sigle aspect I most enjoyed, loved the entire book. :-)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    So hard to select just one, but a favorite would be Lee Scoresby, and Hester of course.


    Have you listened to any of Philip Pullman and Full Cast ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Well the entire series is full cast audio, and they all seemed good to me, a little different, but not bad. Though if memory serves, Will's voice actor changes from book 2 to 3.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Don't. Make. Another. Film. They ruined the first, lets stop before it gets worse, ugh...


    Any additional comments?

    I can't say enough about how much I enjoy this series. If you liked the first book, this is more of the same, wonderful story-telling. Some new characters, and many returning favorites, should please all fans of the series. :-)

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    Tom 03-25-13
    Tom 03-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story well acted"
    What made the experience of listening to The Subtle Knife the most enjoyable?

    Active story with interesting story. The voice actors were weel played.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Subtle Knife?

    There are many memorable moments throughout the story.


    Have you listened to any of Philip Pullman and Full Cast ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, the Golden Compas (book 1). The flow from 1 to 2 was seemless.


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