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The Amber Spyglass Audiobook

The Amber Spyglass: His Dark Materials, Book 3

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Publisher's Summary

Lyra and Will, the two ordinary children whose extraordinary adventures begin in The Golden Compass and The Subtle Knife, are in unspeakable danger. With help from Iorek Byrnison the armored bear and two tiny Gallivespian spies, they must journey to a dank and gray-lit world where no living soul has ever gone.

All the while, Dr. Mary Malone builds a magnificent amber spyglass. An assassin hunts her down. And Lord Asriel, with troops of shining angels, fights his mighty rebellion, a battle of strange allies and shocking sacrifice.

As war rages and dust drains from the sky, the fate of the living, and the dead, finally comes to depend on two children and the simple truth of one simple story. The Amber Spyglass reveals that story, bringing Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials to an astonishing conclusion.

Listen to the rest of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series.

©2000 Philip Pullman; (P)2001 Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Absorbing...Like Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling, [Pullman] invents a world filled with strange divinations and wordplays." (Newsweek)
"A literary masterpiece...[that] caps the most magnificent fantasy series since The Lord of the Rings and puts Harry Potter to shame...A page-turning story that builds to a powerful finish." (Oregonian)
"As the rich tale unfolds, Pullman's voice, elegant with a hint of both whisper and rasp, thoroughly enthralls, sounding by turns forceful and tender. The talented, extensive cast gives a dynamic, nearly flawless performance." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Christopher CORPUS CHRISTI, TX, United States 07-03-15
    Christopher CORPUS CHRISTI, TX, United States 07-03-15 Member Since 2017

    I like fiction(Rick Riordan),sci-fi(Orson S. Card), and vampires and werewolfs(LK Hamilton) to name a few.

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    "Masterful"

    Amazing work read by an amazing cast! The cast truly brings this epic to life!

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    L. Mackey Atlanta, GA 05-12-15
    L. Mackey Atlanta, GA 05-12-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Wonderful!"

    I have read this series 3 times now and love it dearly! This is not just a children's book - it has complex ideas and theories about religion, kindness, and hope.

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    d 04-07-15
    d 04-07-15
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    "Did not enjoy"

    I got through the first two with increasing effort, but this one completely lost my interest about an hour in.

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    Katja 03-30-15
    Katja 03-30-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Many hours of joy, anxiety and excitement"

    This book was told by many great voices who captured the moods perfectly and had me hanging on to every word and feeling in the story. I was mesmerized throughout it all. I will recommend this book to so many people.

    The most unforgettable moment in the story, is when the main characters have to leave their demons behind. That moment really touched my heart in a sad and loving way, because I love the fact that you can love someone so much that it feels like your heart is ripped out of your rib cage if you need to leave them.

    Enjoy!

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    Shauna 03-18-15
    Shauna 03-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book"

    This is truly an epic story that covers the god-theory in a completely different light. It is so well done that it could be believable.

    The one point I didn't like was Philips narration. I found him difficult to follow at times and slurring words together. It's possible I am biased due to being American instead of UK. The other voice actors were great though. Lee, Lyra and Will really stand out for the voice acting, especially Lyra.

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    Dean 09-04-14
    Dean 09-04-14 Member Since 2012
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    "I can't believe this!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The third book could have been much better executed. I can't help but wonder if Mr. Pullman was writing this book against a deadline or if he was trying to stretch the series beyond two books, which would have been more than sufficient. He should have gotten to the point instead of vastly covering topics that by the end of the series proved to be completely irrelevant.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Philip Pullman again?

    After enjoying the first two books in the trilogy I was highly disappointed in the way the third, and final book progressed. The storyline felt forced and the ending was anticlimactic. It will be unlikely that I will read anything else by Philip Pullman. I should have stopped with book two and imagined my own ending.


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

    I have to admit that I loved the richness that the cast of characters brought to the audiobook. With each voice being unique you could imagine the separate personalities and follow the storyline better.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Amber Spyglass?

    The Authority was a useless figure. Why Mr. Pullman bothered with the character at all was confusing.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't read the third book. You will be more satisfied having not finished the story if you only read the first two books.

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    Ken 05-29-14
    Ken 05-29-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Epic final installment to His Dark Materials!!!"
    Where does The Amber Spyglass rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The series overall ranks in my top 5 for sure. Loved all the books, listened to them multiple times.


    What other book might you compare The Amber Spyglass to and why?

    Eh, not sure, maybe vaugly to the Artimis Fowl series? But not quite as "kiddy" as the fowl books.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene would be a spoiler, so I shall keep it to myself, whatcha gonna do about it, huh? that's right, nothing sucka! just listen and enjoy people.


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

    Oh yes, cried like a little girl who stubbed her pinky toe against the corner of the door frame. I listen at work when I can, and I had to wear sun-glasses to make sure no one knew my eyes were all puffy. Gotta maintain my stoic demeanor.


    Any additional comments?

    A story/series everyone should read/listen to. I've suggested it to all the avid readers I know, just a fantastic series. I cried numerous times, I pondered the meaning of life, I cursed human weakness, and praised the awesome power a child can wield. Loved so many characters, I just can't say enough how much I enjoyed His Dark Materials. Listen and enjoy, and bring sunglasses just in case. :-)

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    GameMaker Portland, OR USA 04-07-14
    GameMaker Portland, OR USA 04-07-14 Member Since 2012

    Mainly a sci-fi, and fantasy junkie who also enjoys horror, whodunnits, and books about animals and sports. I'm also an amateur filmmaker.

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    "This is how you conclude a series!"

    I love this trilogy, and with books 1 and 2 being so good there is always the fear of the third being a huge letdown. Not in this series! Excellent book, excellent conclusion, very well read with top-notch production values. I wish there were more books of this quality.

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    Becky San Antonio, TX, United States 06-16-13
    Becky San Antonio, TX, United States 06-16-13 Member Since 2017

    Avid reader and writer I've gotten into audiobooks because I can "read" while I craft or do other things

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    "Extraordinary"
    What made the experience of listening to The Amber Spyglass the most enjoyable?

    The cast


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Amber Spyglass?

    When will and Lyra realize they are in love


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

    Brilliant as always Pullman and his cast really brought the story to life


    Any additional comments?

    Amazing performance work on the part of Pullman and the cast members this is a story I have loved for many years and they really brought it to life in a way I never dreamed possible

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    Matt 03-28-13
    Matt 03-28-13
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    "American Version - Slightly Censored"
    Do you think The Amber Spyglass needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Naturally it would be great to revisit beloved characters in a continuation of the story (rather than the characters in their own stories, which have already been published), but the ending is quite daring and lovely and I wouldn't want to see it changed.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the American version of the novel and as such it has a (very brief) censored passage in chapter 33 - "Marzipan." Slightly annoying surprise, but enjoyable book nonetheless.

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