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The Shadow in the North

Narrated by: Anton Lesser
Series: Sally Lockhart, Book 2
Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (40 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

An elderly lady loses her money on an investment; a conjuror is pursued by thugs; and a clairvoyant mentions the name of the richest man in Europe and his mysterious company. Seemingly unconnected events set Sally Lockhart on the trail of an evil far more awful than she could ever imagine.

This thriller, by the author of The Ruby in the Smoke, evokes its 19th century setting and at the same time remains remarkably contemporary in the originality of its plot and larger-than-life characters. An unabridged reading of Philip Pullman's nerve-shattering thriller.

©2009 Phillip Pullman (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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New Favourite Book

This was the best book I have ever read and it is now my favourite!

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  • K. Chong
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • 04-02-2018

Brilliant storytelling

Phillip Pullman’s stories are intelligent, suspenseful and challenge the reader / listener to really keep aware of all the intricate plot threads. Anton Lesser’s narration is exquisite and I can’t imagine anyone else could do the Sally Lockhart books justice. Our whole family, aged from 10-47, loved this book.

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Enthrawling

I just love Pullman’s storytelling ability. Fast paced with well crafted characters. A rollicking mystery that really gets you in. Thank goodness there’s one more Sally Lockhart book in the series.

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  • Paul
  • 14-11-2012

As good as Book 1

I strongly advise you to read Book 1, The ruby in the smoke, first. This sequel will not disappoint you; it's a different story, but just as good. Sally, Jim and Fred are 6 years older, and their relationships and character development are intriguing. Some new characters are also fascinating. As for the story, it's brilliantly written with not a dull moment. Don't be fooled by Audible's blurb; Anton Lesser reads this book too. He could make a shopping list sound interesting, but this is no shopping list.

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  • mollyeyre
  • 04-03-2018

Brilliant

I so nearly gave this book a miss because I read a review giving away the story. I am so glad I did finally buy it.
The characters are so wonderfully portrayed and the plotting and scheming are excellent. This is quite a complicated novel, but really worth reading. Anton Lesser is superb in his narration. I am quite overwhelmed by this book.

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  • Peter
  • 06-04-2011

A really good book

This is the 2nd in the series, the first book is called 'The Ruby in the Smoke' is not on audible at the moment. The narrator is really good and the characters engaging, over all a really enjoyable book.

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  • Úna
  • 19-05-2017

Brilliant series

Would you listen to The Shadow in the North again? Why?

Yes, I read the books as a teenager and returned to the audiobooks recently. The books are connected but work on their own too. Sally's character is brilliant, what a wonderful strong character she was to grow up with. I love Pullman's attention to detail, it keeps the stories rich time after time.

What about Anton Lesser’s performance did you like?

He is a very accomplished actor and performed with skill and subtlety.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I always do both when I listen to these.

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  • julie withers
  • 19-12-2016

BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!!!!

I love Phillip Pullmans books (all of them)
I have read the Sally Lockhart mysterys and i love them !!!
I would recommend them to early teens (11-14)
I wish there were some more!!!

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  • Miss
  • 04-10-2013

Thriller of the deepest intrigue.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Intriguing detective story bringing, mystery, laughter, love, tragedy,clarvoyancy, evil versus good.
Gives an insite into the restrictions women had at the turn of the century.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sally Lockhart shrugged off the shackles that society inflicted on her and forged ahead with what she wanted out of life, with her faithful dog by her side.

What about Anton Lesser’s performance did you like?

Anton Lesser is fantastic as the narrator. I felt as if i was listening to a radio play. He made each character come alive that sometimes i questioned if it was only one man Narrating this story. I would certainly look out for anything else he has narrated.

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  • ValaDrew
  • 01-10-2017

Another Fine Story

Another fine story in the series which I enjoyed. Frankly carried by the superb talent that is Anton Lesser whose characters are believable and mesmerising. You don't notice any accent changes they are so well done that it is addictive listening. A great listen all round.

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  • CAROL
  • 24-11-2017

A excellent follow up to the first book.

Another great story with lots of laughter and tears. Downloading the next in the series immediately. Hope there will more to come.

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  • Mair
  • 20-02-2019

Disappointing

I generally love Philip Pullman’s work, and this started out well. Sally was an engaging character who suggested the book was going to take a very positive female position however this didn’t really follow. The story moves along very nicely to begin with but by the time we’d met Lady Mary and Axel the whole thing was sinking into a morass of disbelief. I struggled through womanfully to the end but given the heroine ends up simply fulfilling the role of a brood mare I really wish I hadn’t. Yes the writing is beautifully crafted, Pullman is a master wordsmith but the plot is really a bit of an ‘oh dear.’

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  • D. Wilson
  • 13-09-2018

Excellent narration, story too grim / dark

Excellent narration, story too grim / dark for my tastes although I loved the first book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-09-2018

Great series - easy listening

Anton lesser brings all the characters to life, his range of accents , male, female made me forget there was only one narrator. Really enjoy this series by Philip Pullman.

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