I enjoyed the film version of this book and tried reading it a few years back but just couldn't get into it fully. I had a long car journey and decided to give the audio book a chance. I must say I was extremely pleased. Pullman and the cast really bring the story alive. It is one of the best read audio books I have ever listened to (and I've listened to a fair number). Every single voice was spot on. I highly recommend (but beware you will HAVE to get the next two books in the trilogy because there is no way you are going to be able to stop listening to this story).
The cast did an excellent job reading this story. Every voice was spot on. However, I didn't like this book nearly as well as The Northern Lights. There were aspects of it I really enjoyed but as a whole I found it less engaging and not nearly as satisfying. I think Pullman got a little too wrapped up in pushing his anti-religion view at the expense of the story.
I enjoyed the audio version of Northern Lights a great deal. The cast did just as good a job on this story, however, I didn't find the story nearly as engaging. I would still give it 5 stars except there wasn't even a semblance of an ending- clearly it was just the first half of the next story.