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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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  • D. Fairest
  • 08-05-22

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
  • 04-05-22

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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  • Ailee
  • 13-02-22

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
  • 26-12-21

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
  • 20-12-21

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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  • Burak
  • 23-11-21

I love Lyra!

I love Lyra so much that I do not respond to my English colleague unless she imitates Lyra while talking to me.

The book is brilliant by the way.

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  • D. J. Macey
  • 26-10-21

really good novel

second part of his dark matter and one really good listen if you liked the first novel you enjoy this one

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-08-21

Astonishing

Following the first book, this was also spectacularly narrated. Love the music and the whole storyline.

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  • jacqui parsons
  • 04-08-21

Philip Pullman

A masterpiece as usual narrated beautifully as usual excellent story excellent characters in fact excellent all round. Thank Philip Pullman

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  • Anthony James
  • 02-07-21

It gets better and better.

It gets better and better. I don't need to say more than that do I.

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  • Bangarang92
  • 14-11-21

Amazing.

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