The Ruby in the Smoke : Sally Lockheart

  • by Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by Anton Lesser
  • Series: Sally Lockheart
  • 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

An unabridged reading of Philip Pullman's nerve-shattering thriller, set in the murky streets and opium dens of Old London. When 16-year old Sally's father drowns in suspicious circumstances, she is left to fend for herself in Victorian London. Although she doesn't know it, she is already in terrible danger.

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A layered and satisfying listen

I was not sure what to expect after "His Dark Materials" which I enjoyed with my children several years ago. There has been a rash of badly written Victorian detective novels throwing shapes at Sherlock Holmes but this is not one of them. As the series unfolds you realise that you are experiencing the work of a master craftsman. Philip Pullman knows how to tell a story and what's more he knows how to write, and then some. The main character is multi dimensional and fully realised maturing and taking responsibility as the books hold an impressive character arc across the stories in each novel. We listened to the first book on a car trip and on reaching our destination purchased the next two available on Audible and consumed over meals and evening relaxation. There is a fourth and we await its recording. The history, social observation, ethical concerns and impacts of technical progress and violence are so skillfully interwoven that you are enlightened before you notice. A rare set of books with perfect narration like this does not come along often so grab it. This series provoked great discussions with my teenage kids. Months later we are still discussing the story, the characters, the ethical questions and the thoroughly enjoyable experience listening to this book and its sequels gave to us as a family. A layered and satisfying listen for everyone.
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- Barry

Smoke Clarified

As an adult I approached this novel with some reservations. Anton Lesser's rendition (as always)was brilliant so I needn't have worried. I can recommend this audio book without reservation for both adults and older children alike.
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- Liz

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-11-2008
  • Publisher: Audible Studios