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.
With sadness I've just finished The Amber Spyglass. Sadness because all of these characters have come to life in my head and heart and I will miss them enormously.
The cast's performance is exceptional and the narration just perfect.
Buy the series and dedicate time to just enjoying the story and wondering, if you concentrate hard enough, if that cat perched on the fence beside you, might just be your daemon?
It was great to hear the endings of the characters you'd spent the last two books rooting for. It always seemed like it would have an epic ending, as the conversation between the Master and the Librarian suggested, but I was impressed with how much room there still was for character development. The main characters change more in this book than they do in the first two, and it was a nice surprise alongside all the action going on.
Mary- I think she represents the good in all of us and her patience when getting to know the Mulefa is something a lot of people would do better to channel. They are physically different from humans and there many communicative barriers between them, but Mary approaches it with interest and is keen to befriend this species. If there were more people like her the world would be a better place.
I have listened to the first two, and this one was no different in terms of performance. Philip's deep voice is the perfect narration. My one small complaint is Lyra's voice, which to me still sounds very young and high pitch. This book, particularly the end, marks a huge change in her and ti would have been nice to have that reflected in her voice. However, she seems to have less lines than in previous books, so this wasn't a major annoyance.
When the harpies insist on hearing the life stories of the dead people coming into the World of the Dead. And the fact that they wanted to hear stories that were as interesting and as full as possible. I particularly liked the fact they knew if you were lying, so the message to 'seize the day' really came across.
Brilliant end to a wonderful series. I would say it is much more mature than the other two book series, and maybe not as child appropriate, but I loved it.
Brilliant. Great performances. The sound effects and music were really complementary to the staging. Excellent
The Amber Spyglass is a thrilling story that will find your heart and make you cry.
I enjoyed this so much that I was annoyed and sad at the same time when it finished!
I hope you love it as much as I did.
By Lucie Lardner
Probably not. I loved the story but i dont often re-read/listen
The end. As the last book in the trilogy of course it must come to an end. But it feels more like a beginning and I hope there are more books one day!
There's something quite special about hearing the author read the book.
I thought the rest of the cast were great. Some of the voice acting was a bit over the top for me, but it is aged at a younger audience who might enjoy that more then me!
I am new to Audible and find 'hearing' books much more immersive.
A fun series and I just cant get over having a book read to me by its author. It adds a depth to the experience of what is already a fun and interesting series
Aspiring author and audible addict. Don't judge me by my library...
His Dark Materials are by far the 3 most important books I've ever read. I've read &listened many, many times.