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It is the second book in the trilogy named 'His Dark Materials'. You need to have read or listened to the first book 'Northern Lights' before you listen to this one. Like the first book, this one is enthralling nd you wil not be able to put it down.
Where the first book was set in a entirely in a world similar to our own, but different in many fundamental ways, this book flips between a number of worlds following different stories that interweave with one another. Pullman has created a world that is so believable and the story is full of drama. Although the books were originally meant as children's books, the story encompasses huge themes such as religion, philosophy and the struggle between state and religious control.
I really cannot recommend any book more highly than this trilogy of books. They are my favourite books of al time and I am a big reader.
I originally read the books but the audio book, read by Pullman himself, is an amazing way to bring the story alive and I have not yet heard an audio book that was narrated better. Pullman has a great voice for audio books and is able to put passion and drama into his readings.
Philip Pullman's thrilling fantasy comes alive in this BBC Radio 4 dramatisation. A breathtaking epic, the award-winning "His Dark Materials" trilogy spans a multitude of worlds. The second instalment, "The Subtle Knife", introduces Will Parry - a young boy in search of his long-lost explorer father. Will's discovery of an extraordinary 'window in the air' near the Oxford ring road leads him out of our world and into the strange and unsettling Cittagazze. There he meets Lyra, a girl who is herself searching for something: the secret of the mystical substance Dust. Moving back and forth through the portal, Will and Lyra join forces in their quest. As they make allies and enemies along the way, they also learn of the subtle knife. An object which many would kill to possess, the knife has incredible powers, and Will finds himself reluctantly in a fight for its possession. Ray Fearon, Emma Fielding, Peter Marinker and Jack Klaff are amongst the cast in this gripping dramatisation.