I thought the production was first rate. I thought the cast of characters were very good. The story was fast paced and interesting. I can see where the (supposed) anti-christian leaning my be construde but the same was said of Harry Potter. It may be abit in the young adult range rather than children reading however the cast performance will keep a childs attention.
I love books read by the author, when they have a nice voice. I loved listening to Pullman. He has a beautiful voice that is perfect for telling this story. There is a cast of actors for all of the character voices. Lyra's was a tad annoying, but most were very well done and the story became seamless despite so many different actors.
This story was full of action and adventure and plenty of questions to get your brain working. It has many levels, so it will appeal to young adults and more mature audiences differently, however it will likely appeal to all.
As for the story, the author is very frank in his criticism of the church, and embracing of terms that the church fears (witches, daemons). That will immediately put off some people. The readers his slant are going to put off have probably already written off the series due to the propaganda :) However he tries to show the "humanity" in every character, most of them having suprising depths. Church authorities are more likely to be "bad" than a witch or daemon, however you will often be surprised whenever you think you "know" a character.
My disappointment came in that this book is a cliffhanger, as part of the trilogy, and the last two books do not live up to the first. So it is hard to read the first and not find out how the story ends, but it is not as satisfying a journey after the end of this one. By the very end the tone has changed from action/adventure to philosophy. This bored my sons and even myself to some extent. That affected my rating of this book slightly, its dependence on the other two. Alone it was engagine, exciting, though-provoking, and a pleasure to listen to! And I did have a hard time putting down the other 2, I was so hooked into the story, though they would get more like a 3 star.
The book has been around a while so I won't comment on the story except to say that it's entertaining, interesting, and original.
The narration of the book, complete with multiple narrators and great production values made this book a real joy to listen to. If you like Pullman, or want a book that mixes fantasy, alternative history, and social commentary, this is worth the time.
Good novel, a three parter though, they stick it to you in part three making it take 2 credits to download. This book is great, it has a few long drawn out parts that are boring to the reader but it is made up for I think. Good for all ages. The narrator is great, read it but be aware that this series is about killing God.
I fully enjoyed this book. I bought it for my daughter to listen to, but it seemed to be a bit advanced for her. I soon found myself captivated by it though. The storyline is very rich and detailed, and the full cast for all the characters just added to the depth of the story.
This was my first audio book and I absolutely loved it! The narration was excellent and The Golden Compass was a good story. I only gave it 4 stars because by the end I was ready for a book that was centered around "grown ups." Although it was very interesting to hear a story through the eyes of a child.
Simply the best full cast read I have ever come across. All three books of this series are outstanding in quality. The storyline is consistently interesting and is varied enough throughout the series to keep the interest high. The gold standard by which all others will be compared.
Philip Pullman narrates his own work here, and is wonderful, but it's the full cast of terrific actors that really gives this audiobook its depth and color. The parallel universe of Lyra Bellaqua's world is brought to life in detail, and the vision of that world is vivid and fully realized. You'll be swept away and you'll want to go North, too.