Will is twelve years old and he's just killed a man. On
the run, he steps through a window into another world, and
finds a companion - a strange, savage little girl called Lyra.
Both children have a mission, and they decide to help each
other. But the world of Cittągazze is a strange and unsettling
place, where deadly soul-eating spectres roam. And the mysterious
Torre degli Angeli lurks Cittągazze's most important secret-an
object which people from many worlds would kill to possess...
eight CD collection of Philip Pullman's The Subtle Knife
is an unabridged audio presentation of the second book in
the His Dark Materials trilogy. This collection expands
the BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation, which is also available
separately as a 2-disc
by including additional narration that fleshes out the story
fully, as in the original book.
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 into the strange and unsettling Cittągazze. 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
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. The subtle knife is a tool
that was forged hundred of years previously by scientists.
The knife has two purposes. It can create portals between
worlds, and can also cut through any known material. Will
is hoping that it will come in useful in his quest to track
down his missing father.
Subtle Knife has an all-star cast including Ray Fearon,
Emma Fielding, Peter Marinker and Jack Klaff, with a linking
narration by the author. While the 2-disc collection is incredibly
well realised (and a must for all fans of the trilogy), this
unabridged collection is even more engaging. The hours will
fly by, and once you've listened to it once you'll be itching
to buy the other two collections.
£40 may seem a lot to spend (and if you are planning
on buying all three unabridged tales the full collection will
set you back a tidy £146) it does represent almost nine
hours of quality entertainment which vividly brings to life
Pullman's story. Fans of the book will find that this is a