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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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The second book in a fantastic trilogy!

His Dark Materials, of which this is the second book, is a terrific fantasy. While aimed at younger readers, the series holds up brilliantly for adults, as well.

In the second book, Lyra's adventure continues, as she finds herself in another world and discovers Will, a young boy who becomes her companion through the rest of the series. Lyra & Will also find other types of beings in this world, angels and witches; some are helpful, some not so. You'll enjoy taking the journey with them, and the narration -by author Philip Pullman and a full cast- helps pull you into the story.

26 of 27 people found this review helpful

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  • Bev
  • Alton, IL, USA
  • 08-28-07

Really Fantastic

This book is amazing - the narriator is very good as well. I loved these books when I read them - and I loved them just as much while listening. You won't be disappointed.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Wonderful story

I listen to A LOT of books on audible.com. This and Golden Compass received great ratings except for those who wrote a review. I see this often. I guess we have some literary critics who haunt audible.com. :) I found The Golden Compass and this book wonderful stories. The narration on both were great, and the music didn't bother me a bit. I'm starting the 3rd book with great expectation. If you like a well read, great stories then these books are for you.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Another Terrific Book

This is the second book of the trilogy, and I thought if anything it surpassed the first with the introduction of new and compelling characters and plot developments. The actors and production are superb. Perhaps the best youth recorded book I have heard, including all of the Harry Potter books. Very highly recommended.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Enjoyed as much as the first

Great second book. I love the narration in these books. Each character has it's own voice. The books really come alive.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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an earful

The second part of the trilogy is wonderfully compelling. The musical interludes between chapters are terrible -- ear piercing interrruptions to an otherwise great dramatization.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Lose yourself in another world

I read the Pullman trilogy years ago and it has made me think more than nearly any other books I have read. The audiobook is very well done, with a full cast, and really helps you appreciate the layers of storytelling going on. Wonderful characters, wonderful imaginative story.

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Brilliant!

What a great story! I thought the first book was entertaining but this was even better. The cast is great and the book was enjoyed by both my 10 year old son and I. It is easy to follow and very thought provoking. I have listened to close to 50 audio books now and this is the best I have heard. I wish there were more than three books in the series. I hope they make this into a movie.

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  • Mende
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 03-28-08

Pullman doesn't pull punches

The reading is exceptional. The story is one that everyone should hear at least once. It addresses the core of many peoples' problems with organized religion (or religion in general) and presents them in an exciting fantastic view of our universe.
In Ontario certain regions of the catholic school board have banned this books. Although he is quite critical of organized religion the book does appear to leave room for spirituality (in my opinion).

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  • Robert
  • Cambridge, MA, USA
  • 07-29-05

Excellent fantasy, excellent recording!

This is a great experience, a well-told fantasy read by a full cast of actors, including the author. The story is many-layered and thought-provoking. A classic!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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