Single mum to 7yr old boy just getting interested in books. I mainly read & listen to young adult books with the odd adult thrown in.
If you enjoyed Northern Lights then you will enjoy this one just as much. A compelling listen. Great characters. Very well narrated. Excellent!
I loved the His Dark Materials series when I read them (and re-read them) in print format, but was a little wary of listening to them. When I needed something I could cope with whilst ill, however, I figured it was a good option.
After I'd downloaded it and started to listen, I was invaded by my 2-year-old, and we both ended up curled up, listening intently, for a good hour before he trundled off to his grandparents. It's so very rare to find a narrator who really reads it as intended, and having Philip Pullman himself reading (and he really is an excellent reader) was a huge treat. Better than that, the cast is an exceptional collection of vocal talents who made it easy to picture the characters.
It was so much less disappointing than trying to watch The Golden Compass...
I'd recommend it to anyone without any reserve at all. Fantastic, gripping story and a beautifully made audiobook.
I have listened to all three parts of this trilogy. I loved part one but each successive part has not been anywhere near as good. The last part was very slow and diappointing.
I had to force myself to finish listening to this book. I had really enjoyed the first book, and the second was ok but this was a real let down. It just seemed to drag on and on, as well as losing it's way at several points and it just didn't work for me. Shame as the series had started out with so much promise. The reading was very well performed but this just couldn't rescue it from sinking.
I really enjoyed the first two books in this series and couldn't wait for my monthly credit to get the final.
I know I'm late to the game in terms of this book and I'm probably not really the target audience, but there were just some aspects of the writing that really irked me.
First of all, however, I'd say that listening to it was a joy - so many characters and variations amongst the performers. There's something utterly captivating about Pullman's voice - I could listen to it for days. I was keen to know how the Lyra/Will story was going to end, although I started to get the sense very early on of where it was heading. Didn't affect my enjoyment of this part, though.
But there are a lot of negatives in this book. One, it really dragged - the Mary Malone sub-plot was endless and I really didn't care. That whole sideline didn't seem to add much to the overall story and it could probably have been done without (in my opinion).
I know these books caused a lot of controversy when they first came out (although by Pullman's comments, it seems not enough for his liking!), and I can see why. I have no religious affiliations, but I get a little irked by very deliberate and very obvious attempts to cause offence - and that's what this book seemed like to me.
It wasn't as prominent in the first two of the trilogy even though you knew where it was probably headed. In this book it went full-on V-sign-waving at the Christian faith. That's not my point, though. It just seemed that Pullman had engineered so many deliberately controversial settings and back stories to "preach" his own ideology. I became so caught up in hearing that that I lost track of (and interest in) the actual story. Maybe that says more about me than Pullman, in fairness.
One thing which particularly annoyed me was the trope of Mary losing her faith because she didn't want to live within the restrictions it imposed. That's such a bad example of why people lose their faith and actually re-enforces religious misunderstandings.
This book promised so much, but just became a soapbox. But saved, in part, by the very impressive acting.
Love it! 3rd book in the series and still i want more.
Love it! Read it now and the others! I mean it! Get it now!
Stunning, as layered as the universe it describes and as evangelical as I had hoped it would be.