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Summary

Winner of the Costa Book of the Year, 2001.

The award-winning His Dark Materials trilogy is a breathtaking epic adventure spanning a multitude of worlds. In The Amber Spyglass, the third and final instalment, read by the author and a full cast, the war between good and evil reaches a shattering conclusion.

Lyra and Will are helped by friends old and new as they continue their perilous journey. The great armoured bear Iorek Byrnison reappears, as does Dr Mary Malone, creator of the amber spyglass. Then there are the tiny, dragonfly-riding Gallivespians, and the wheel-borne Mulefa with their ability to see the mysterious substance Dust.

As childhood slips away from them, Lyra and Will face new dangers - including the daemon-destroying Spectres and a journey into the world of the dead. The pair must play their part in the climax of a war for the future of all worlds.

©2000 Philip Pullman (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Paula
  • Bagillt, Clwyd, United Kingdom
  • 30-01-08

Mr Pullman Please Write Book 4!

The final part in the Dark Materials Trilogy and what a finale!

I thought the start of this story was a bit slower than the first two but as the story unfolded all the action and adventure was there and just as good as the previous books.

I didn't want this final instalment to end, yet i couldn't stop listening to it. My emotions were given a battering and i felt shattered when it finished, it was as if i had been there with Lyra and company all along.

I can't recommend this book highly enough but be prepared to become totally immersed in Lyra's world and to feel like a wreck when your adventure ends, in fact you won't want it to end.

Fantastic!!! But please can we have one more book 8-)

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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Pleasure to listen to

This is a good quality audio book which is easy to listen to. As it is unabridged, the whole book is there and it helped pass a very long car journey. It is the last one in the triliogy and ties up all the loose ends. Rcommend the whole series.

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Fascinating imaginary worlds.

Wonderfully narrated by the author with the help of some excellent supporting voices. Quite an indictment of the church

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  • Simon
  • United Kingdom
  • 28-08-12

Welcome to a new world.

As a story it's very good at drawing you in, as other reviewers have said. The character dynamic and plot lines swirl and twirl in all sorts of directions, some with more surprise than others.

Even with all the controversy following this book, it's all submissive to the story and the fantastical world Pullman manages to weave together. It's a delight to listen to and whether you agree with what Philip Pullman says about faith and the world, you can't ignore the mastery of his imagination.

As an audiobook, this final episode in the trilogy is as high quality as all the others, with strong performances by all actors and very well read by Pullman. It took me a while to get into it with the previous version, by I was thoroughly enjoying his style by the end of it.

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Excellent

Didn't know I was getting the version with a full cast and took a bit of getting used to having had the Philip Pullman solo version of Northern Lights buts still excellent! Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Excellent audiobook!

I really enjoyed reading the books orginally but couldn;t find my copy of this one so downloaded the audiobook. I don't usually like full cast recordings but this one is excellent. The voices are believalbe and distinct enough that it adds to the story. I really liked that the narrator is Phillip Pullman, it helps to keep the feel and atmosphere of the book. The story is fantastic and compelling and it ends the trilogy well, I was impressed with the ending although it made me cry! The audio adds to the story and is a brilliant way to enjoy this book.

I would recommend this audiobook to any fans of Phillip Pullman.

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A fantastic conclusion to a terrific trilogy

Very much like the Lord of the Rings, the pace really picks up in this third installment of His Dark Materials, and I found myself listening to the story at every possible opportunity to get to the end of the book.

The story line is engrossing. Whilst the main protagonists are children, this is certainly a book for adults too, dealing with religion, morality, love, death, tragedy and sacrifice.

The narration by Philip Pullman is excellent. He clearly tells the story the way he wants it to be told, and his style brings to mind that of a grandfather telling a story to his grandchildren from memory. The cast of voice actors for all the characters add plenty of variety and help keep your interest up, which is vital since this is a long book!

My only criticism's are that the voice acting is sometimes a little hollow, and some of the characters sound very similar. Other than that. if you have the time, I would highly recommend this version of His Dark Materials trilogy.

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  • Deborah
  • Chipping Norton, United Kingdom
  • 12-03-08

brilliant!

Stunningly well read, totally absorbing - this is a brilliant finale.
I agree with the other reviewer in that it is a bit slow to get going, but it does, and then I spent half the time guessing (wrongly) what was going to happen, and the other half engrossed.
I read too fast, and know I would never have gained the understanding and insight I did through listening if I'd just read it. I'd have galloped through it to find out what happens and missed so much.
I recommend this whole heartedly - after 30-plus hours of listening to the whole trilogy I am strugglling to chose my next listen. I want more!

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Liked the series, but...

I enjoyed the first book very much. And also the second one. But the finish of this last one did greatly disappoint me. I did not expect this and it spoiled all the pleasure I had from the first books. I dont think I will listen again, it is just too much. Some people may like such endings, well, I dont. It destroys all my idea of how things should be.
However I have to admit that the narration was very well done (excellent!), it was impressive and breathtaking through all the books and it made this series quite unique. I can reccomend everybody to listen, never mind my displeased personal opinion of the final plot.

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  • Mandy
  • coventryUnited Kingdom
  • 03-03-10

excellent

excellent dramatised audio book

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  • missmimi
  • 03-07-18

simply marvelous

i loved this series, i first read it many years ago and the audible narration does it justice. a beautiful conclusion to the trilogy. the only pain is that there isnt more !

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  • hayley
  • 02-06-18

The amber spyglass

I think it was an amazing book

It was so mysteriously made up to make the person wish and long to be in it because it is so good I can barely explain it

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  • Jenifer
  • 16-01-15

Fabulous story for all ages.

Great production of all three books. Sad to finish this complex but thrilling trilogy. Highly recommend for all ages. Thanks

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  • James
  • 08-01-15

Great conclusion to a great story.

The Amber Spyglass is a great conclusion to a great story. His Dark Materials is definitely up there with one of the best stories written so far. I love how the books were narrated with a full cast of characters, and I wish more books were done the same way as it just brings the story to life so much better. Now I can hardly wait for The Book of Dust to be finished and published. I give His Dark Materials 10 stars out of 5 for Overall, Performance and for Story.

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  • KLM
  • 23-09-11

Amber Spyglass

I was a bit doubtful about having a cast but because there is so much dialogue in this book the dramatisation made it much easier to follow the characters. I have loved the series ever since I read them years ago and this was a fantastic listen. I just wish that Audible would get the first two books in the series - I know that they are available.