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The Ruby in the Smoke

Written by: Philip Pullman
Narrated by: Anton Lesser
Series: Sally Lockhart, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (45 ratings)

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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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Lovely Story & Narration

Pullman draws you in with the way he describes the story. The narrator did an excellent job too.

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Pretty close to perfect

A wonderful story, brilliantly written, and read with more skill than any audiobook I've encountered - over 100 now.

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Fantastic storytelling

Pullman has written a delightful story using creative and imaginative prose that grips the attention of the reader or listener from beginning to end. The plot is compelling complete with twists and intrigues galore. The female protagonist is admirable and her behaviour believable. Audible has utilized the outstanding narration skills of Anton Lesser who was able to create realistic characters through a versatile and varied presentation. Mrs. Holland’s voice was outstanding!!!

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good

I liked this book, characters were well developed and kept me interested. narrator did a good job. will get the next book for sure

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Excellent Reading

Thoroughly enjoyed this book and the dynamic reading of it - all those different voices! Great story, intrigue, suspense and hope.

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  • caroline
  • 2020-06-10

Talented Narration

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The narration was absolutely brilliant! I look forward to the next installment.

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  • Rosane
  • 2020-04-26

Entertaining story; Mesmerising narration

This atmospheric, entertaining mystery is made even better by Anton Lesser's wonderful narration. Dozens of characters, male and female are so convincingly brought to life that it's hard to believe it's the same actor doing them all. Very enjoyable.

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  • Andreas Hofmeyr
  • 2017-04-30

Heart wrenching, thrilling and darkly mysterious!

With the aid of fantastically tactile narration, Pullman captivates us with a dark and intense, yet at times upliftingly jovial, tale of mystery and grimey suspense set against a cruel and industrial Dickensian backdrop, where danger lurks behind every alley way corner.

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  • Francine Poirier
  • 2015-01-23

Another excellent Philip Pullman series!

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Although historical novels are not usually my forte, this series is lively, interesting, full of well-developed and likable characters and, of course, well written. It's promoted as a "young adults" series but it really isn't. Not for the younger kids for sure as the stories are quite gritty and do not always end well. Philip Pullman has a knack for original writing. Love him!

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  • Paul
  • 2012-10-31

All the elements of a splendid mystery

There are several reasons why I liked this book. At less than 7 hours in length, it left me wanting just that little bit more. My reading time and effort weren't wasted ploughing through extraneous material. And yet for such a short book, the characters were drawn well. There is certainly good and evil, but the characters are more than just goodies and baddies. And the mystery isn't just about who murdered Jo Bloggs. There's the heroine's own history, a missing fortune, a lost ship, and a few other mysteries besides. And because the heroine and her friends do the job themselves, we don't have to yawn our way along as police check out alibis etc. On top of this, we learn a bit about mid-Victorian photography as well. A truly jam packed novel that other crime and mystery writers should read.