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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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    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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    Mary Vancouver, WA, USA 03-18-08
    Mary Vancouver, WA, USA 03-18-08
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    "wonderful"

    great story, loved the whole experience..

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    B Tucson, AZ, USA 01-12-08
    B Tucson, AZ, USA 01-12-08
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    "okay"

    I enjoy Philip Pullman and his ideas. However, the audio was grating. Lyra's voice got on my nerves. So did the music in between chapters.

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    Dave Atlanta , GA, USA 01-09-08
    Dave Atlanta , GA, USA 01-09-08 Member Since 2014
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    "Stop reading after 'Compass'"

    This is a review of the entire Dark Materials story. The first book, The Golden Compass, is actually pretty good. But since the plot doesn't wrap up at the end, readers have to continue into books 2 and 3, which are really awful. The stories are dull - instead of the mighty armored bears, mercenary aeronauts and fiery gypsies of the first, we get disenchanted scientists and angry orphans. The characters are weak, and their long-winded development typically has nothing to do with the main plot. The philosophical allegory drifts into a disjointed set of uninformed ramblings. Characters behave in contradictory ways, abandoning their nature as needed to serve the plot. In one case, an armored bear (characterized earlier as a proud, insurmountable warrior) surrenders without a fight to a boy with a knife.

    Good writing feels like a glimpse into real, living world. "His Dark Materials" feels more like a puppet show, where characters are jiggled around to dish up a story.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Mcafee Texas USA 01-07-08
    Daniel Mcafee Texas USA 01-07-08 Member Since 2014

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    "Not Nearly as Good as the First in the Series"

    The creativity waned, the characters inconsistent, their motives and actions don't hold water.

    All in all, I was disappointed. The first book was pretty good and this one just didn't deliver to its standards.

    I still went on to listen to the third book, which was even more of a let down. It's hard not to recommend the 2nd and 3rd installments when the 1st book was so good, so I'll leave it up to you. For me, I am about 50/50 on whether or not I wish I had finished the series.

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    Eva VASAFinland 12-21-07
    Eva VASAFinland 12-21-07
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    "Disturbing background music"

    I love the narrators on this book, they are doing a splendid job making this text come alive, I feel like on a theater, but with my eyes closed.
    I do however find it very hard to hear what is being said when the background music is on.
    In this book the music seemed to go on forever. I'd wish that the music would be before or after the narrators acting so I could relax and listen. Right now I have to really sit and concentrate on the voices to hear the story and that is to bad.
    Cut away the music and it would be 5 stars.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Euryleia Buena Park, CA United States 12-10-07
    Euryleia Buena Park, CA United States 12-10-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Wonderful!"

    Beautifully written, beautifully performed. While I would classify this series as 'young adult' instead of 'children' because of the violence and complicated plot and themes, I still recommend it highly. A warning... have tissues ready! There's a particularly heart-wrenching scene in this book.

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    P Houston, TX, United States 12-05-07
    P Houston, TX, United States 12-05-07
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    "Not for children"

    This one not as good as the first but still great! Its always takes the middle book to pull things together for the ending. Still not a children's book, and yes, the author does have an agenda, about/against God, but that is okay, its his book and he can write what he wants. All said, its a book, read it, enjoy it for the story, which is simply wonderful. Parallel worlds! I hope! I will be looking for that little window.

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    Brian Decorah, CA, USA 01-28-05
    Brian Decorah, CA, USA 01-28-05 Member Since 2015
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    "Great!!!"

    All though this is the low point in "His Dark Materials" the three books togeather are a "6" out of 5. listen to it or read it ITS GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Betsy Hill 01-27-05
    Betsy Hill 01-27-05 Member Since 2003
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    "Great"

    Great listen, but kind of a chick book

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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