The Subtle Knife: His Dark Materials Trilogy, Book 2 : His Dark Materials

  • by Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by Philip Pullman, cast
  • Series: His Dark Materials
  • 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

The thrilling second book in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, read by the author and a full cast.
In this stunning sequel to Northern Lights, the intrepid Lyra Silvertongue and her daemon, Pantalaimon, find themselves in a shimmering, haunted other world – Cittagazze where soul-eating Spectres stalk the streets and wingbeats of distant angels sound against the sky.
Here she meets twelve-year-old Will Parry, a fugitive from a third universe. Will has found a small window between Cittagazze and Oxford that brings him into this strange new realm.
Will's father, an explorer, disappeared years ago, but recently some odd characters have started asking questions about him, and now, having accidentally killed one of them, Will is wanted by the police.
Armed with the subtle knife, a tool that cuts any material (including that which separates universes) and Lyra's alethiometer, the children set out to find John Parry, with adults of various stripes in desperate pursuit.


What the Critics Say

"Read by Pullman himself and a full cast including Julian Glover and Stephen Thorne, this is glorious listening." (Sunday Express)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Great book... but why the changes?

I've read 'His Dark Materials' trilogy in print and bought the audiobooks so I could listen and knit at the same time. It's great to hear Pullman's narration and the voice actors playing the characters are really good.

Just one complaint: why the Americanisations? Pullman did not write 'sidewalk' and 'traffic circle', he wrote 'pavement' and 'roundabout'. A minor but very annoying point.
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- Kirsty

In love with the story and the ideas

The music is overdramatic between acts and the witches always sound winded.
But I love the story and Will's voice actor especially.
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- Doza Rocker

Book Details

  • Release Date: 23-04-2007
  • Publisher: Audible Studios