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  • Once Upon a Time in the North

  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Philip Pullman
  • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308

Another mesmerizing episode from the universe of His Dark Materials set in the far frozen Arctic, including the very first meeting of those two legends and friends Lee Scoresby, the Texan balloonist, and Iorek Byrnison, the armored bear.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • great fun

  • By Richard on 11-27-09

Great story, voice actor OK

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-23-18

I was hoping to get the same voice actors as in the his dark materials trilogy, but alas, we can't always get what we want. I was hoping, at least, to get someone who actually knows how people from Texas actually speak to play Lee Scoresby, but they couldn't seem to get that either. I'm from Texas and his fake accent was so painful to my ears I almost turned it off. But I powered through. The writing is great, as expected from Philip Pullman.

  • The Subtle Knife

  • His Dark Materials, Book 2
  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Philip Pullman, full cast
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,675
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,799
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,811

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story

  • By Graham S. Stafford on 03-10-08

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 12-31-17

The worst part of this book was the music between chapters being far too loud. The voice acting, like the first book, was excellent, although it did take me a while to get used to more than one reader. The story is just as enticing as the first book, and left me begging for more. You could probably listen to this book on it's own, but it's part of a trilogy, and you should definitely finish the first book first.