His Dark Materials, Book III: The Amber Spyglass Audiobook, by Philip Pullman Play Audiobook Sample

His Dark Materials, Book III: The Amber Spyglass Audiobook

His Dark Materials, Book III: The Amber Spyglass Audiobook, by Philip Pullman Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Philip Pullman, a full cast Publisher: Listening Library Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 10.00 hours at 1.5x Speed 7.50 hours at 2.0x Speed Series: The His Dark Materials Series Release Date: September 2003 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781400085699

Quick Stats About this Audiobook

Total Audiobook Chapters:

135

Longest Chapter Length:

09:44 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

02:58 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

06:37 minutes

Audiobooks by this Author:

23

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Publisher Description

The Amber Spyglass brings the intrigue of The Golden Compass and The Subtle Knife to a heart-stopping end, marking the final volume of His Dark Materials as the most powerful of the trilogy.

Along with the return of Lyra and other familiar characters from the first two books come a host of new characters: the Mulefa, mysterious wheeled creatures with the power to see Dust; Gallivespian Lord Roke, a hand-high spymaster to Lord Asriel; and Metatron, a fierce and mighty angel. So too come startling revelations: the painful price Lyra must pay to walk through the land of the dead, the haunting power of Dr. Malone's amber spyglass, and the names of who will live - and who will die - for love. And all the while, war rages with the Kingdom of Heaven, a brutal battle that - in its shocking outcome - will uncover the secret of Dust.

Philip Pullman deftly brings the cliffhangers and mysteries of His Dark Materials to an earth-shattering conclusion and confirms his fantasy trilogy as an undoubted and enduring classic.

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"An outstanding final instalment, recognising the more gorwn up nature of the reader and the characters and incorporating this with utmost sensitivity. Fascinatingly written with exciting and poignant culminations, adventurous and stark in equal measure, tackling aspects of our world fearlessly that have not been presented often before to readers of this age, with an impressive vocabulary and the skill to think out whole alternative universes. Combining very normal aspects of early teenage life with the right amount of extraordinary to inspire sympathetic readers, both of a target demographic and much older. This trilogy is one of those that you will re-read again and again."

— Ellie (5 out of 5 stars)

Quotes

  • “Absorbing…Like Harry Potter creator J. K. Rowling, [Pullman] invents a world filled with strange divinations and wordplays.”

    — Newsweek
  • Pullman has created the last great fantasy masterpiece of the twentieth century.

    — The Cincinnati Enquirer
  • Absorbing. . . . Like Harry Potter creator J. K. Rowling, [Pullman] invents a world filled with strange divinations and wordplays.

    — Newsweek
  • “A literary masterpiece . . . [that] caps the most magnificent fantasy series since The Lord of the Rings and puts Harry Potter to shame. . . . A page-turning story that builds to a powerful finish.

    — Oregonian
  • Impossible to put down, so firmly and relentlessly does Pullman draw you into his tale. . . . [A] gripping saga pitting the magnetic young Lyra Belacqua and her friend Will Parry against the forces of both Heaven and Hell.

    — Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • “A literary masterpiece…[that] caps the most magnificent fantasy series since The Lord of the Rings and puts Harry Potter to shame…Builds to a powerful finish.”

    — Oregonian
  • “Impossible to put down, so firmly and relentlessly does Pullman draw you into his tale…[A] gripping saga pitting the magnetic young Lyra Belacqua and her friend Will Parry against the forces of both Heaven and Hell.”

    — Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • “Breathtaking adventure…[A] terrific story, eloquently told.”

    — Boston Sunday Globe
  • “In concluding the spellbinding His Dark Materials trilogy, Pullman produces what may well be the most controversial children's book of recent years…Stirring and highly provocative.”

    — Publishers Weekly
  • “The longed-for third volume in this trilogy satisfies deeply: full of grand set pieces, resplendent language, and glorious storytelling.”

    — Kirkus Reviews

Awards

  • Winner of the 2001 Whitbread Award for Children's Book of the Year
  • Winner of the 2001 British Book Award for Children's Book of the Year
  • A 2001 Locus Award Nominee
  • A 2002 Audie Award Finalist
  • Longlisted for the 2001 Man Booker Prize
  • A 2001 World Fantasy Award Nominee for Best Novel
  • Winner of Audie Awards, 2002

His Dark Materials, Book III: The Amber Spyglass Listener Reviews

Overall Performance: 3.87096774193548 out of 53.87096774193548 out of 53.87096774193548 out of 53.87096774193548 out of 53.87096774193548 out of 5 (3.87)
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  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Narration Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Story Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    — LA.YAM, 9/17/2022
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Slower than the others until the last third or so, when it really heated up and felt like a classic. How I wish I had a daemon! "

    — Leah, 2/11/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " A brilliant fantasy story with a strong female character. Just a great story (over the three books) that pulls you into this intriguing world. My favourite fantasy book after Harry Potter! "

    — Mary, 2/5/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Second most amazing book I've ever read. "

    — Brittney, 1/28/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This series is one of my all-time favorites. I have read it more than once and saw the brilliant 6 hour stage adaptation at the NationalTheatre in London. "

    — David, 1/23/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " dragged on a bit. liked the first book better but good writing. "

    — Madison, 1/4/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " This was my least favorite book in the triology. It was a very slow read and there are things that could have been peared down. "

    — Nichole, 1/2/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Well i had to finish the trilogy. he definatley got preachy at the end which was annoying..yes we get it you don't believe in god...still i liked the fantasy part of it although the ending was wack. "

    — Mariposa, 1/2/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I liked it, but it was not perfect! But, I really truly liked it. :-) "

    — Svenja, 12/30/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Great series. I really enjoyed spending time with the characters in any and all of the worlds. "

    — Adrienne, 12/26/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I read this series when I was still in elementary school, in Turkish and I loved them. They were brilliant but they're definitely in my -must-read-again- list. Shame the movie was such a disapointment. Some books are just too good to be made into movies. "

    — Defne, 12/17/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Conclusion of the His Dark Materials trilogy, doesn't drop the beat for a second "

    — Dj, 12/4/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This trilogy is like nothing I've ever read before or since. It's a magical and beautiful experience. "

    — Isobel, 12/2/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " The ending was a total cop-out. "

    — Nancy, 11/23/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Awesome read just like the other 2. Discusses religion/Christianity negatively. Don't read if you don't like this. "

    — Shanelle, 11/19/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Recommended by Deanna. Good series. Fantasy. "

    — Pilla, 7/22/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Least favorite of the trilogy. Kinda glad there isn't another one. "

    — Christine, 4/6/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Disappointing end to a great series. It could be much more than a predictable end. "

    — Mosaddeq, 11/13/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Absolutely fantastic. I love this series. "

    — Grimalkinthecat, 9/13/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I absolutely loved the world building in this trilogy, as well as the characters. Mr. Pullman is truly a gifted storyteller. The ending wasn't quite what I expected, and left me a little disappointed. Regardless, this series is one I want my kids to read. "

    — Jess, 8/28/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I really enjoyed the book it had some great characters and i was dieing to know what Will's daemon would be it wasnt all that surprising though :/ i did not enjoy the ending it was not the happy one i imagined for the pair :( i dont think im likely to read the series again though. "

    — Stephy, 12/31/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I didn't expect to like this series as much as I did. "

    — Erin, 10/5/2011
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " The books pulls in way too many characters, especially compared to the first. And the story changed quite a bit from the beginning, did not expect some of the plots. Some of it was a little disturbing, can see why they never made any more movies. "

    — Andrea, 5/21/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Loved this trilogy! This was probably my favorite out of all the books. Oh....and the ending! "

    — Stephanie, 5/14/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Fantastic read, of course, I expected nothing less from Mr Pullman! However I was pretty heartbroken over the ending :( "

    — Kate, 5/13/2011
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " I liked the Golden Compass a lot, so I was very disappointed in the way the series ended. If you are an atheist parent maybe this is a book that you would enjoy sharing with your child. It was too depressing for someone who believes that there is something out there greater than herself. "

    — Suzanne, 5/5/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Great series, not for kinds, though. Very crude and cinic sometimes. Most recommended. "

    — Andrea, 5/4/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " i think this is the best of all three novels in the trilogy. I think it is because after reading sooo much and waiting for the result, i finally get to read the ending which is very good news to me. "

    — Haylee, 5/2/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Really, these are phenomenal. It's almost okay that the movie sucked since I can console myself with these. "

    — Erin, 4/30/2011
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " Worst. Book. Ever. I deserve a medal of some sorts just for making it through the series. "

    — Kyle, 4/27/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Liked the first two books better but overall thought the series was great! "

    — Gretchen, 4/25/2011

About Philip Pullman

Philip Pullman is the Whitbread Award–winning author of the bestselling His Dark Materials series—The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass—as well as the Sally Lockhart trio of Victorian mysteries and other books for young readers. Among his other awards, he has won the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in honor of the body of his work.

About a full cast

Gabra Zackman is an actress, author, and narrator who has won several AudioFile Earphones Awards. She was educated at Northwestern University. A classically trained actress, she has appeared in theaters all over the country as well as on film and television.