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  • The Ruby in the Smoke

  • Book One
  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 824
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 425

In search of clues to the mystery of her father's death, 16-year-old Sally Lockhart ventures into the shadowy underworld of Victorian London. Pursued by villains at every turn, the intrepid Sally finally uncovers two dark mysteries, and realizes that she herself is the key to both.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Must Read For All Ages

  • By Bonita on 06-23-04

Terrific listening for kids!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-03-12

To be honest, I purchased this trilogy (Ruby in the Smoke, Shadow in the North and Tiger in the Well) because kids and I have listened to His Dark Materials books recently and liked it to no limits. So if you're familiar with Philip Pullman style, I mean those vivid characters, jaw dropping action and all sorts of misteries happening at the same time, you'll find it all here. What makes it brilliant, outstanding and must-listen-to is Mr. Lesser performance. It's breathtaking. The book is not as epic as Materials, but anyway twist and turns of the plot will catch you and make it impossible to put the book down. It's very captivating, historically accurate and socially relevant novel and the narrator only adds to it.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Abarat, Book 1

  • By: Clive Barker
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 529
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340

It begins in the most boring place in the world: Chickentown, U.S.A. There lives Candy Quackenbush, her heart bursting for some clue as to what her future might hold. When the answer comes, it's not one she expects. Out of nowhere comes a wave, and Candy, led by a man called John Mischief (whose brothers live on the horns on his head), leaps into the surging waters and is carried away.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Weird for the sake of weirdity...

  • By Paul on 09-19-08

This book is awesome

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-15-11

The world of Abarat is detailed and charming, both good and evil characters are alive and weird in many ways (I especially love it in Barker books). Also, the narrator is divine. I mean it! I did hear those different voices and felt those emotions Richard Ferrone was performing. This book is not as epic as, say, Holy Bible. But the world this book speaks of is fascinating, unusual and passionate. I can't wait for the Absolute Midnight to come!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful