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Coming soon! A new HBO series, His Dark Materials, based on Pullman’s books.

The spellbinding sequel to The Golden Compass, the modern fantasy classic that Entertainment Weekly named an "All-Time Greatest Novel" and Newsweek hailed as a "Top 100 Book of All Time", continues the epic adventure, catapulting listeners between worlds and toward a devastating discovery.

Lost in a new world, Lyra finds Will - a boy on the run, a murderer - a worthy and welcome ally. For this is a world where soul-eating Specters stalk the streets and witches share the skies with troops of angels.

Each is searching - Lyra for the meaning of Dark Matter, Will for his missing father - but what they find instead is a deadly secret, a knife of untold power. And neither Lyra nor Will suspects how tightly their lives, their loves, their destinies are bound together...until they are split apart.

A number one New York Times best seller.

Published in 40 countries.

“Just as quick-moving and unputdownable as The Golden Compass.... The mysteries deepen and the wonders grow even more extravagant.” (The Washington Post)

“Pullman’s imagination soars.... A literary rollercoaster ride you won’t want to miss.” (The Boston Globe)

 “The story gallops with ferocious momentum.... Devilishly inventive.” (The New York Times Book Review)

Listen to the rest of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series.
©1997 Philip Pullman

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"The superb production of this fascinating fantasy epic makes it a heart-thumping listening adventure." (AudioFile)

"More than fulfilling the promise of The Golden Compass, this second volume starts off at a heart-thumping pace and never slows down." (Publishers Weekly)   

 "A resoundingly successful sequel." (Booklist)   

Ce que les auditeurs disent de His Dark Materials: The Subtle Knife (Book 2)

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  • Geoffrey
  • 03/12/2003

The second book in a fantastic trilogy!

His Dark Materials, of which this is the second book, is a terrific fantasy. While aimed at younger readers, the series holds up brilliantly for adults, as well.

In the second book, Lyra's adventure continues, as she finds herself in another world and discovers Will, a young boy who becomes her companion through the rest of the series. Lyra & Will also find other types of beings in this world, angels and witches; some are helpful, some not so. You'll enjoy taking the journey with them, and the narration -by author Philip Pullman and a full cast- helps pull you into the story.

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  • Dane
  • 24/11/2010

Good Book - Bad Audio Quality

Good Book - Bad Audio Quality ...

In many parts it sounds as if someone is having a conversation in the next room, or an annoyingly repetitive chirping sound distracts you from the content.

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  • Graham S. Stafford
  • 10/03/2008

Wonderful story

I listen to A LOT of books on audible.com. This and Golden Compass received great ratings except for those who wrote a review. I see this often. I guess we have some literary critics who haunt audible.com. :) I found The Golden Compass and this book wonderful stories. The narration on both were great, and the music didn't bother me a bit. I'm starting the 3rd book with great expectation. If you like a well read, great stories then these books are for you.

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  • Arnold C. Macdonald
  • 04/03/2004

Another Terrific Book

This is the second book of the trilogy, and I thought if anything it surpassed the first with the introduction of new and compelling characters and plot developments. The actors and production are superb. Perhaps the best youth recorded book I have heard, including all of the Harry Potter books. Very highly recommended.

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  • Bev
  • 28/08/2007

Really Fantastic

This book is amazing - the narriator is very good as well. I loved these books when I read them - and I loved them just as much while listening. You won't be disappointed.

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  • Ann
  • 04/09/2006

an earful

The second part of the trilogy is wonderfully compelling. The musical interludes between chapters are terrible -- ear piercing interrruptions to an otherwise great dramatization.

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  • Janet
  • 11/10/2007

Enjoyed as much as the first

Great second book. I love the narration in these books. Each character has it's own voice. The books really come alive.

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  • Jessie Cutter
  • 23/02/2018

Not as good as the first novel in the collection

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The story was a bit stale. I found myself waiting for it to be over...

If you’ve listened to books by Philip Pullman before, how does this one compare?

Not as good as Golden Compas which had me on the edge of my seat!

Have you listened to any of Philip Pullman and full cast ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

The performances were just as good as the Golden Compass love the little girl who plays Lyra

Did The Subtle Knife inspire you to do anything?

It inspired me to give up on the golden compass story

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  • Philip
  • 02/06/2008

Worth continuing

If you read the Golden Compass you have no choice but to continue this series. I wish I could say this was as an enjoyable, but I can't. I can say that it is an interesting, if not a tad confusing. In general the series walks a thin line between young-adult and adult literature. There are times I found it a tad childish, and there are moments when I can't see a child understand the complex story.

Like most trilogies, this is an in between story that mostly sets up the next and final book.

The production is first rate. 20 year of audio book listening I can say it is one of the best on that level.

I am half way through the third book and I can say that I look forward to listen to them all again which is something I seldom do.

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  • Mackenzie W
  • 27/02/2018

On second thought, good thing there is no movie #2

This book is okay. I actually really liked the first one, but this is a disappointing continuation of the story. This is where it starts to get biblical, and the character development goes downhill. I'm assuming that Philip Pullman thought he was accurately portraying a preteen's puberty, but let's be real, this was a superficial attempt. There is also a new character, Will, is unlikable and vapid at best. However, the struggle for the subtle knife is stimulating and I still enjoyed finding out where the story goes.

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  • aurelia_aurita
  • 04/05/2006

Rundum gelungen

Würdige Fortsetzung des ersten Teils! Lyra trifft in einer anderen, neuen Welt auf Will, einen Jungen ihres Alters, mit dem sie gemeinsam ihr Abenteuer fortsetzen muss. Viele neue Figuren kommen hinzu, aber auch die alten vertrauten Charaktäre tauchen wieder auf. Die Geschichte wird komplexer und verliert nie an Spannung.
Auch die Inszenierung ist extrem gelungen und ein echtes Hörvergnügen!!

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  • cbaumeister
  • 25/03/2007

Better than the first part!

In the debate people have over sequels versus originals, I had have to chalk one up for the sequel camp. Having just listened to 'The Golden Compass', I wouldn't believe Philip Pullman could top himself! But he does! The second book of the 'Dark Materials' trilogy begins with the introduction of Will Parry. Twelve years old, smart, and fiercely protective of his mother and in self-defense he murders someone. Consequently, this sends him on a wild chase that at its' end finds him face to face with our heroine, Lyra. What happens then, and how their individual quests are related through possibly hundreds of worlds is the main story of 'The Subtle Knife'.
I loved this audio book. I really liked the addition of Will, and the beautiful friendship he and Lyra develop. I thought the action never let up for a second, and had no idea where it was headed. I also loved the focus moving from just Lyra, as it was in the first book, to ample time with all the other various characters. It made them more tangible, more easy to connect with.
The only thing that's misleading about the book is its category: A fairy tale to share with the kids. It's not! Pullman is constantly making you question who's bad and who's good. Pullman as a storyteller and the whole cast of speakers are performing as good as in the first audio book. I can't wait listening to part three! Cause this one ended as a true cliff hanger!

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  • Bel
  • 27/05/2020

Furchtbare Musik

Das Buch ist toll, und die Sprecher sind großartig -- aber wer hat diese furchtbare, schrecklich laute Musik zwischen den Kapiteln verbrochen? Da platzt einem ja das Trommelfell.

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  • Armin
  • 08/06/2019

Great story and acting, bad audio quality

Definitely a wonderful story with great voice acting, unfortunately the bad audio quality detracts from the experience

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  • Frank Schumacher
  • 22/03/2018

eine überschrift mit mindestens 128 zeichen? nun gut: herrschaften, lest und hört pullman!

kurz und knapp: - die geschichte ist sehr gut und spannend, auch, wenn sie als hörbuch ihre längen hat (selbst lesen macht da teilweise mehr spaß). - sie nach 'la belle sauvage' zu hören, war allerdings für mich etwas schwierig, denn der großartige michael sheen liest einfach zu genial. - ganz furchtbar fand ich die musik. mit einem orchester eingespielt, hätte ich mich mit ihr arrangieren können. dies hier tut einfach nur weh. dennoch - ich würde jedem, der freude an phantasievollen geschichten hat, empfehlen, pullman zu lesen und zu hören. so auch dieses buch.

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  • BvF
  • 17/01/2018

brilliant

spannende Geschichte gut geeignet, um sie mit Kindern gemeinsam zu hören; toll umgesetzt, fesselnd erzählt - einfach brilliant!

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  • Rodrigo Velez
  • 19/12/2017

amazing story

The story is amazing, filled with twists and turns, which are not obvious as in other books. the performance is also amazing, the author is a great narrator, the cast was well picked. the only downside is that audible's chapters are not aligned with the book chapters which is a pain if you want to navigate them.

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  • xirxeline
  • 15/12/2017

Love the story, hate the music

As a fantasy addicted person, I love the story. The speaker does a good job and I appreciate to listen to his voice. What I cannot understand is why there had to be this awful music between chapters. It really hurts the ear.

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  • Aniday
  • 18/02/2016

His Dark Materials 2

Nachdem das erste Buch Lyras Geschichte erzählt beginnt diese mit Wills und verknüpft nach und nach beide Erzählstränge, indem es direkt an Lyras Geschichte aus dem Vorgängerband anknüpft. War Lyras Geschichte zauberhaft, voller Magie, fremder Dinge und einigermaßen sorglos trotz dem Abenteuer, so beginnt Wills Geschichte ernster, vertrauter und irgendwie auch langweiliger. Denn Will ist aus unserer Welt und so mangelt es ihm und der Welt um ihn herum an Wunder und unentdecktem. Ganz so einfach ist es natürlich nicht, die Geschichte nimmt nach ein paar Startschwierigkeiten an Fahrt auf und mehr als genug Elemente verknüpfen sich und lassen uns damit Teile des ersten Bands aus neuer Perspektive sehen. Dennoch konnte ich diese Geschichte nicht so sehr genießen wie "Northern Lights", denn sie kommt an keinem Punkt an das Niveau und den Zauber heran und fühlt sich teilweise wie ein schlichter Übergang zum letzten Band an.

Die Sprecher waren großartig und haben mich sofort wieder in ihren Bann gezogen, soweit das im Rahmen der Geschichte möglich war. Leider - und deshalb muss ich Punkte in der Gesamtwertung abziehen - war die Aufnahme sehr schlecht und hat den Hörgenuss erheblich gemindert. Sie hallte und lange Zeit war im Hintergrund eine Art quietschen zu hören. Sehr leise, aber stetig und mit der Zeit sehr nervig. Den dritten Band werde ich mir nicht mehr als Hörbuch antun, so leid es mir wegen der wirklich guten Besetzung der Sprecher tut. Ich bin enttäuscht von der Qualität.

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  • Sebastian
  • 03/06/2015

tolles buch

die sprecher mit all den stimmen sind überragend.
die geschichte ist fast zu actionreich und dadurch etwas sprunghaft, liest sich fast wie ein drehbuch.
die musikeinspielungen am ende der einzelnen kapitel sind schrecklic