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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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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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    Stacy Oklahoma City, OK, United States 06-17-12
    Stacy Oklahoma City, OK, United States 06-17-12 Member Since 2016
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    Where does The Subtle Knife rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was a great listen and great book. Can't wait to read the third.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Loved Lyra and Will as well as all the peripheral characters.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Loved the intermediate world


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

    Very engaging


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    VTP SF,CA 03-06-12
    VTP SF,CA 03-06-12 Member Since 2009

    VTP

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    "A really good performance of an interesting story."
    Would you listen to The Subtle Knife again? Why?

    I will someday. I have read the book at least once, maybe twice, and now have listened to it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I don't know if I have a favorite.


    Which character – as performed by Philip Pullman and Full Cast – was your favorite?

    The cast were performed the various characters well. They were believable and the performances added to the story by fleshing out even the minor ones.


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

    I find the story engaging and find it takes me to another world for a little while.


    Any additional comments?

    Some will have an adverse reaction to the overall theme, and find it an insult to their beliefs. I do not, and support the anti-dogma message of the trilogy.

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    Kerry Tipton 12-06-11 Member Since 2015
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    "One of my favorites"

    The His Dark Materials series is just an amazing work in general. Since this audiobook is produced by full cast audio, it's narrated by its author, Philip Pullman. In some cases, I would argue that this tradition is not a great one, since not all authors make good narrators just because they know what they're talking about. Philip Pullman, however, is amazing, and the casting for all the other voices is superb as well. Fantastic story, great production, excellent buy.

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    Annie Tustin, CA, United States 10-26-11
    Annie Tustin, CA, United States 10-26-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Good to have a follow up from the Golden Compass"

    Very interesting trilogy. I love lyra and the other characters. The bit about the church being so evil is a bit overdone.

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    kayla killeen, TX, United States 07-17-11
    kayla killeen, TX, United States 07-17-11
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    "not a children's book exactly"

    Overall pretty good book. But just because the main characters are kids, does not mean it's a children's book. If you are an athiest then this book would be right up your alley, but if you have a very strong belief system and are not open minded this is not the book for you. On the other hand
    it listens perfectly. Next to the book The Help it is one of the best reads.

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    Melissa Ames, IA USA 05-07-11
    Melissa Ames, IA USA 05-07-11 Member Since 2012
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    "My last book in the series."

    The second book in the series kept me entertained. The plot is interesting, but, in general, the characters are rather bland. Also, I think I prefer only one narrator rather than the "full cast" reading of the story. I think a talented narrator could have done just as well. I liked the story well enough, but now that I see the third book is two credits, I'll skip the last book. Maybe some day I'll pick up the paper version and find out the end of the series. It can't be a very long book if the audio version is under 15 hours.

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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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