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The Secret Commonwealth
- The Book of Dust, Volume Two
- By: Philip Pullman
- Narrated by: Michael Sheen
- Length: 19 hrs and 43 mins
The second volume of Sir Philip Pullman’s The Book of Dust sees Lyra, now 20 years old, and her daemon Pantalaimon, forced to navigate their relationship in a way they could never have imagined, and drawn into the complex and dangerous factions of a world that they had no idea existed. Pulled along on his own journey too is Malcolm: once a boy with a boat and a mission to save a baby from the flood, now a man with a strong sense of duty and a desire to do what is right.
I can not wait for the third installment.
- By Amazon Customer on 05-10-19
One star off for being half a book.
Abruptly ends without tying up any of the plot lines. I'm completely frustrated to think I might have to wait years to find out what happens next!
9 of 13 people found this review helpful
- By: Neil Gaiman
- Narrated by: Lenny Henry
- Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
A kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth from best-selling storytelling legend Neil Gaiman. A BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Anansi Boys, featuring an all-star cast lead by Lenny Henry, will premiere on Christmas Day 2017. Fat Charlie Nancy is not actually fat. He was fat once but he is definitely not fat now. No, right now Fat Charlie Nancy is angry, confused and more than a little scared - right now his life is spinning out of control, and it is all his dad's fault.
Anansi brought up to date
- By Joyceline on 28-02-07
This tale went everywhere with me
Where does Anansi Boys rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
This is hard to answer because I have very catholic taste and I find it hard to compare books of completely different genre and style. Having said that, I had it playing from my pocket as I went around doing the cooking, cleaning etc. until it was finished. I was thoroughly absorbed. So it's well up the ranks.
Who was your favorite character and why?
SPOILER ALERT! I was most intrigued by Fat Charlie and his brother Spider, who proved to be two halves of the same person, (sort of).
What about Lenny Henry’s performance did you like?
I was very impressed by the degree of professionalism delivered by someone who, until now, I had thought of only as a rather silly comedian. Mr' Henry's narration was expressive, well paced and never over-the-top. His pronunciation and enunciation of words was excellent, apart from when he was deliberately reproducing an accent.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I pretty much did, apart from having to sleep at some point, as staying up all night when you have a 3-year-old is just plain stupid. There really is no point asking a toddler to allow you a lie-in.
Any additional comments?
I found this novel to be very different in style and pace to it's prequel American Gods, which I rated rather meanly only the other night because I was overtired and not in a great mood. Both are excellent and thoroughly riveting stories. This second instalment is simpler, there are not nearly so many interwoven plotlines. I wouldn't say one is necessarily better than the other, they are just very different.