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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (10,885 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philip Pullman Narrator: Anton Lesser Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Sally Lockhart Mysteries Release Date: June 2004 ISBN: 9781400085132
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In search of clues to the mystery of her father's death, 16-year-old Sally Lockhart ventures into the shadowy underworld of Victorian London. Pursued by villains at every turn, the intrepid Sally finally uncovers two dark mysteries--and realizes that she herself is the key to both.

"In Dickensian fashion, Pullman tells the story of 16-year-old Sally Lockhart, who becomes involved in a deadly web of events as she searches for a mysterious ruby. The novel is a page turner, peopled with despicable hags, forthright heroes, and children living on the underbelly of 19th-century London. The story's events are exciting, with involved plotting. Settings and characterizations are exquisitely drawn. The first entry in a planned trilogy."--(starred) Booklist. Reading level: 6.7.  


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  • A rip-roaring adventure story filled with cutthroat villains,dastardly deeds, sleazy opium dens, filthy London slums, and a delightful heroine...Splendid descriptions, plot twists and turns,and understated humor engage readers in this tale of murder, mayhem, and mystery. School Library Journal (starred review)

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 2/3/2014

    " Sally, a 16 year old orphan, is investigating the murder/drowning of her father. The trail takes her to many places in Victiorian London and she meets many different people. She encounters drug dens, guns, and ruthless people. A lot for her to deal with in such a short novel. Well told and a satistfying ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wils Cain | 1/14/2014

    " I was drawn to this first book of the Sally Lockhart Trilogy because I enjoyed Pullman's His Dark Materials Trilogy so much. The Ruby in the Smoke is much less fantastical with its feet firmly planted on the ground. Which for me was kind of disappointing. The story is set in the late 19th Century London around a young teenage girl whose father mysteriously dies in the Asia Pacific region. She quickly finds that her life is wound up in a prized ruby many people are after - and her life is quickly in danger. Putting aside my expectations the book is pretty good for a Young Adult story - and is quite dark (always a pleasure for me). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chrissie | 12/31/2013

    " i read this trilogy approximately 7.5 million times when i was younger. so good. and it taught me all i know about opium use. no kidding. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lia | 12/26/2013

    " Gripping. And a very good reader. We listened to it on a trip to Oregon---and the time flew by! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maggie | 12/24/2013

    " Sally Lockhart is one of my favorite female heroines. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tobi Ann | 12/17/2013

    " Good stuff right here. Pullman is awesome. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/2/2013

    " An easy and entertaining read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 izikavazo | 11/28/2013

    " This book was almost four stars. I really enjoyed it, but it surprised me in a few weird ways. It was written with the simplicity and plot structure of a YA book, but then adult things would happen. I kept on getting surprised when guns and opium showed up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 11/24/2013

    " Very enjoyable tale with a nice twist at the end "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Erika | 10/15/2013

    " The first half of the book was bearable, but then it got confusing and the choices that the characters made seemed random. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gheeta | 9/25/2013

    " very good. among my favorite stories to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill Haner | 7/19/2013

    " Clearly I love Philip Pullman books. He doesn't make every thing simple, the characters always have to figure themselves out. This is especially true in this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Miramira Endevall | 3/25/2013

    " Meh. I expect more from Pullman. I may read the next just to find out if the story will every go somewhere interesting. More likely not. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzette Gee | 1/6/2013

    " Mystery/adventures featuring an independent, smart girl in the 1890s in England. There's a trilogy. The first one was made into a movie by the BBC. The movie was okay, but I loved the series of books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann-Marie | 6/17/2012

    " The first Sally Lockhart mystery. Like Nancy Drew only even better (in a way) because it takes place in Victorian England. Recommended by Joe Pickett, this book did not disappoint. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Celeste | 7/7/2011

    " The Sally Lockheart mysteries are really well done. This is the first and one of my favorites. I wish Philip Pullman would write more of these. I think they are better in many ways than His Dark Materials, but what do I know. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Kubalak | 7/4/2011

    " I'm generally a Pullman fan so I'm going into this with a bias but I thought his descriptions of Victorian London were fantastic. Good story and excellent characters. I generally don't like mysteries but this was just a good strong and entertaining story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda (sweetestlove) | 5/22/2011

    " doesn't even compare to his dark materials trilogy "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 mstan | 4/14/2011

    " A fast-paced Victorian mystery (with a female protagonist), written by the 'His Dark Materials' creator. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dizzy | 4/10/2011

    " Sally Lockhart receives a strange anonymous letter shortly after her father drowns at sea telling her to beware the 7 blessings, Sally is plunged into mystery trying to find out what really happened to her father. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J3rry:p | 3/24/2011

    " This was a wonderful mystery and amazin adventure which i was immediatley drawn into "

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About the Author
Author 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 the Narrator

Anton Lesser has, as an associate artist with the Royal Shakespeare Company, played many of Shakespeare’s most demanding roles, including Troilus (Troilus and Cressida), Edgar (King Lear), Petruchio, Romeo, and Richard III. He is a frequent radio contributor and has recorded many audiobooks, including much of the work of Charles Dickens. Lesser’s narration has won him seven AudioFile Earphones Awards.