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Brought to you by Penguin.

From the world of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials - now a major critically acclaimed BBC series.

She had asked: what is he? A friend or an enemy?
The alethiometer answered: he is a murderer.
When she saw the answer, she relaxed at once.

Lyra finds herself in a shimmering, haunted otherworld - Cittàgazze, where soul-eating Spectres stalk the streets and wingbeats of distant angels sound against the sky.

But she is not without allies: 12-year-old Will Parry, fleeing for his life after taking another's, has also stumbled into this strange new realm.

On a perilous journey from world to world, Lyra and Will uncover a deadly secret: an object of extraordinary and devastating power.

And with every step, they move closer to an even greater threat - and the shattering truth of their own destiny.

Read by Philip Pullman and a full cast of narrators.

©1997 Philip Pullman (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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  • 05-04-22

poor editing and pointless, annoying music

Philip Pullman's narration is very good. Sadly this is let down by the continued irritating fake child voice of Lyra, ridiculous bursts of music over the top of the narration and Americanisms in the text. There are strange gaps when there is silence for no reason and then other areas when there needed to be breaks and the narration seems to lurch from one topic to another. Bad editing of the audio all round

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  • Lesley-Anne Radcliff
  • 07-24-22

interesting

Having read the 1st bill and now this I do find the story slow building and sometimes Lyra is quite whiney. I read childrens books alot so it's nothing to do with that. I will continue to the end but don't expect to be blown away.

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  • D. Fairest
  • 05-08-22

Good but some the casting is irritating

Great story. But the voice of Lyra is deeply irritating. Same with the witch Serafina Pecolla.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-29-22

Boring

As soon as they went to the world we live in I lost interest.

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  • rebecca t.
  • 09-07-22

So Exciting and Thrilling!

Loved this dramatisation of the full book!
It brought the book alive in new ways, the characters feel so enveloping I was truly gutted when bad things happened to them and over the moon when they thrived!

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  • Ashok Misra
  • 07-27-22

As good as the first time.

Loving my revisit of the Dark materials saga since I first read it as a young teenager. The BBC series reminded me of its rich tapestry and I was drawn back.
Loved it even more as I now appreciate the deeper implications, the religion, politics and intrigue way better than I did at first reading.
Masterful Mr Pullman.

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  • Mr Clifford
  • 07-20-22

brilliant

Well done for bringing to life this fantastic novel. loved every second of it. its very difficult to say anything else, so i won't.

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  • Ailee
  • 02-13-22

Anti God.

Anti God. Would have been good only for that. The story would have been just as interesting, if it had left out that subject. .

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-26-21

What an excellent listen !

This book was a marvellous escape into a worlds so brilliantly described. On my way to the 3rd book in the series !

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-20-21

Enjoyable audiobook

Enjoyed this audiobook immensely, the difference the cast makes is enormous and Phillip Pullman makes a magical world come to life, this is the second book of the trilogy and I’m sure if you enjoyed the first audiobook you will enjoy this even more,

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  • Keith
  • 09-14-22

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another great listen with great narration
looking forward to the next in the series

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  • Bangarang92
  • 11-14-21

Amazing.

the cast is brilliant, and I am absolutely engrossed in this world. if only I too had a demon. very enjoyable.

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