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The Subtle Knife (Dramatized)

Narrated by: full cast
Length: 2 hrs and 26 mins
Categories: Kids, Ages 8-10
4 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)

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The award-winning His Dark Materials trilogy is a breathtaking epic adventure spanning a multitude of worlds. The second installment, The Subtle Knife, introduces Will Parry, a young boy in search of his long-lost explorer father.

Will's discovery of an extraordinary 'window in the air' near the Oxford ring road leads him out of our world and into the strange and unsettling Cittagazze. There he meets Lyra, a girl who is herself searching for something: the secret of the mystical substance Dust. Moving back and forth through the portal, Will and Lyra join forces in their quest. As they make allies and enemies along the way, they also learn of the Subtle Knife. An object which many would kill to possess, the knife has incredible powers, and Will finds himself reluctantly in a fight for its possession.

Ray Fearon, Emma Fielding, and Jack Klaff are amongst the cast in this gripping BBC Radio 4 dramatization.

©2003 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2003 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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  • Mr
  • 10-13-15

not the real book

not the real book. dramatised and the real one is not available in all regions . look elsewhere to find

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  • AB book lover
  • 08-08-18

Not the Audio Book

I thought I was downloading the audio book but it’s not. This does not read the book, it has been rewritten feels more like having audio description on TV.

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  • Jackie
  • 11-14-06

The Subtle Knife (Dramatised)

Absolutely gripping and stretching your imagination beyond the realms of reality. At times the plot was a little far fetched and confusing, but it made you think different worlds. A big tip is to listen to the books in the correct order as I started Amber Glass before Subtle Knife and realised something was wrong! Brilliant book and excellent production very believable. Loved it loved it!!

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  • D. Meek
  • 10-15-18

Hmmm

Very abridged and a bit disappointing. After the Belle Sauvage read by Michael Sheen I guess it was a tall order. I now feel I have to go back and re read the book to pick up on the subtleties. I read the book a few years ago and wanted a refresher. Come on Audible get the trilogy re recorded in Michael Sheen fashion.. kindle and whisper sync... one of the classic stories of our time!

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  • A. Davies
  • 06-30-19

Better for kids than grown-ups

I read this as a child and was captured by Lyra's world - so similar to our own, yet so fantastic.

It's still a marvel, and I didn't mind my time with it, but I'd forgotten just how much of a children's book it is. The whole world revolves around Lyra, and everything she tries seems to work out. In some ways it's the kind of story a child might tell - "I went here, and there were mean people doing evil things, but I said this and they believed me"

I'm glad to have revisited it, but it's not quite what I remembered from all those years ago.

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  • "sharonbrixton8"
  • 03-17-18

a great long listen

I loved this action packed novel. full of drama and mystery. A great book to recommend to anyone. its a bit of a struggle to begin but gets better.

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  • Maxine
  • 10-02-16

Read this over and over again

The script and performances are riverting - I listen to this every 6 months as i love it so much.

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  • nicola
  • 12-28-14

just wish the film wasn't stopped in its track's

epic novel loved it couldn't stop listening once I started why would anyone want to stop the film being released its only fiction after all lol

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