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Summary

What Lila wants to be more than anything else in the world is...a Firework-Maker! But firework-making is not just about being able to make Crackle-Dragons and Golden Sneezes. There is also one special secret: every Firework-Maker must make a perilous journey to face the terrifying Fire-Fiend! Not knowing that she needs special protection to survive the Fire-Fiend's flames, Lila sets off alone. Her friends Chulak and Hamlet, the King's white elephants, race after her. But can they reach her in time?
©1995 Philip Pullman (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

Critic reviews

"This comical adventure about a girl who longs to follow in her father's footsteps crackles with Pullman's usual flair." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Narrator Lambert is a marvelous teller....Delicious entertainment for families highlights Pullman's keen, literate writing." ( AudioFile)

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Hmmm...

I love Pullman, but this is not his best work. The narrator is clearly a good actor, but trying to do the voice of a young girl when you're a grown man is actually a little creepy and the effect was jarring.

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we both loved it!

Both my 9 year old daughter and I loved this. My first Philip Pullman novel, now deciding which next ...

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Sound quality is poor

The audio sound quality is poor. The story is great, reader’s performance is good but the sound quality is really poor.

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Pretty pictures

Very much enjoyed this child's story The. Narrator was fabulous and Made the characters come alive Grandchildren thought it a good fun Story

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Super children's story full of vibrant colour and character. Delightful. A great performance of it too by the narrator.

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Is the narrator okay?

Not sure the voices are appropriate as it deters away from the actual story. Surprised there isn't an alternative narrator for this book, as it is used widely across the curriculum. Really disappointing, and the narrator needs to have a time out.

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Great story-telling spoilt by awful audio quality

My daughter has to study this book for her home learning, and I figured the audiobook would help her in this. Nigel Lambert's performance is great and really brings the story to life, but the audio quality of the recording is terrible. Something like 80bps and about 8k bandwidth, it sounds like it was recorded down a telephone line. I'm sure that was not the case; the original recording is probably fine, and I would like to hear what the double-CD version sounds like. It's probably more an issue of it being very poorly encoded for Audible. I bought this as a one-off, but I am reluctant to subscribe to Audible or buy more if this is what the quality is like.

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  • 29-01-08

the seeing stone

The Seeing Stone was the first King Arther book I read. I think this is a good book however, for a bookthat is about magic, this book need more magic in it. If someone wants to read a magic book, I recormand them to try the Septimous Heap books. It's full of exiting events, lots of magic and interesting swits.