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The Ruby in the Smoke Audiobook

The Ruby in the Smoke

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An unabridged reading of Philip Pullman's nerve-shattering thriller, set in the murky streets and opium dens of Old London.

When 16-year old Sally's father drowns in suspicious circumstances, she is left to fend for herself in Victorian London. Although she doesn't know it, she is already in terrible danger.

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  • Frankimunk
    Bristol, UK
    6/26/14
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    "The Sally Lockhart Quartet by Philip Pullman"
    Would you listen to The Ruby in the Smoke again? Why?

    Yes I will definitely read again, it isn't strictly an adult book, but it doesn't preclude adults, as with all Pullman novels it is rich in descrption with a great plotline, and although it is rather predictable at times, you still want to see if you are right,The re-readable factor is there because it's an all action plot with lots of twists and turns that can that reveals more when listening again.

    Audible is great, they have most books not all, but as they grow hopefully they will extend their library of downloads, There are titles I have searched for but they don't have them, although I do buy the cds because I have had my laptop stolen, and lost everything I had dowloaded through the years.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I am a huge Philip Pullman fan from reading His Dark Materials Trilogy many years ago.I think Dark Materials cannot be surpassed, unless he write a fourth book.
    I was devastated when they attempted to make a film of it, when I found out I couldn't wait to see it and expected it to be visually stunning done in keeping with The Harry Potter films, instead they completely missed the mark, it was nothing like the book, if they'd had the guts to go with the way the Harry Potter books were individually made, it would have been a rave, sadly they homogenized the 3books, mixed and changed the characters and Order of the events, it was full of miscasted actors and destroyed an excellent story.

    With Ruby in the Smoke, the BBC made a film on the single book Ruby in the Smoke and it was ok, I thought Billie Piper was a good Sally. I liked the complexity of its twists and turn and being set in Victorian Times, it has a Dickensian mood about it and that makes it interesting, the inhibitions of the age period. I think that's why they maybe struggled bringing Dark Materials to film, it requires imagination because it's set in another world.
    This can translate easily to a film.
    Within the Dark Materials Trilogy, each book has three parts, so essentially you are looking at a possible nine books, they are longer than the Potter books and waaaay more fascinating and wonderful, perhaps the imagery couldn't be done, but with the way the use of cgi is used now, it could have been awesome.
    The same can be said of The Sally Lockhart Quartet. There is so much meat on the bone.
    Classic Pullman books are full, the characters are fleshed out, with exciting cliffhangers at the end of chapters


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    If I were to say my favourite scene it wouldn't be fair to those who haven't read or heard it.
    I would be giving away spoilers. But I will say I was quite shocked by the where the Ruby ended up! and obviously I liked it when the baddies get their comeuppance.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Enter the Victorian age to experience this exciting thriller where secrets must be revealed through the danger of opium to understand the mysterious cursed Ruby.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first book in the Sally Lockhart series, and the fourth is left open to a possible fifth book, the potential is there and Philip Pullman has said it is a possibility, although he has said he can't start on it yet.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chloe
    Coventry UK
    8/10/13
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    "A steampunk mystery"
    Where does The Ruby in the Smoke rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would put The Ruby in the Smoke in the top ten of audiobooks I have listened to - although aimed at young adults and being a relatively short novel, I found I couldn't stop listening when I got the chance and finished it in a couple of days. I had never read any Philip Pullman novels before but on the strength of this one I have purchased six more and downloaded the BBC adaptations of this novel and its sequel.


    What other book might you compare The Ruby in the Smoke to, and why?

    There are elements of Dickens, Pratchett - all kinds of influences are apparent - but I couldn't say that it reminded me of any particular novel


    What about Anton Lesser’s performance did you like?

    Anton Lesser produced a convincing performance that never intruded on the narrative - his Sally was surprisingly good.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I don't think there were any especially moving moments (though this is more than made up for by the sequel novel), it was generally quite upbeat despite delving into some murky issues.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Neil J. Pearson
    London, UK
    11/17/17
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    "one man audio play"

    Anton Lesser puts on an amazing performance here giving each character a distinctive and revealing voice as well as sweeping you along with his enthusiastic delivery. I will definitely keep an eye out for other performances by him. The story is a mixture of Sherlock Holmes with treasure island and an entertaining read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carrie Bilson
    11/15/17
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    "wonderful and fast paced"

    absolutely loved it. would recommend to any who enjoy his dark materials.

    obviously is a lot shorter but that doesn't take away too much from the book. would have liked a few more hours

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • VLF
    Kent
    11/14/17
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    "Intriguing"

    A gentle story with enough to keep you interested without effort.

    Takes you to a dark part of historic London.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gillian
    Bristol United Kingdom
    11/14/17
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    "Great story!"

    Throughly enjoyed this book, great story which held my attention throughout also the narrator was excellent!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Salter
    Herefordshire, UK
    11/14/17
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    "Very enjoyable..."

    Its what you'd expect from Pullman. A good storyline with depth, some interesting characters and a good plot line.
    Very well narrated by Anton lesser.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    11/13/17
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    "A lovely period adventure superbly told"

    really loved this story bought to life by Anton Lesser's magical narration. vocal characterisation supreme.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MICHAEL BROOME
    11/11/17
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    "Excellent"

    Great story line, well written and hurtles along, I was completely gripped by it. The narration was also great and enriched the experience. Very well recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. M.
    11/9/17
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    "Brilliant"

    I really loved this book. The story is exciting and the characters are made real by the fabulous narration of Anton Lesser who brings such depth to the characters that it is,at times, hard to believe it is not a fully casted play.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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