This was a production to invigorate your imagination. After years of corrupting my mind to television and movies, only to realize that desensitized my ability to be imaginative. Thanks to this production I was able to feel like I was 11 years old again. The characters at first took some time to get use to, since other audiobooks are usually limited to just one or maybe two narrators, this had over a dozen and it was refreshing to get to know them all just by voice. Remember, it is just for entertainment and enjoy!
The whining, tinny voices and multiple sound levels of this recording were so horrible, it really distracted from the story. Luckily, the story was strong enough to keep me entertained despite the awful narration.
This audio book represents the high quality production that I think all audio stories should have - multiple and unique voices for the various characters. It's wonderful to listen to this trilogy with the extra effort they made to have multiple talented readers for the various characters. I am halfway through the 3rd book, having listened to them all in order. The story is quite interesting, entertaining and intriguing. The only other series that has done as good a job as this is the Harry Potter series which sadly is not on audible but available on CD and cassette.
Easy listening. Different parts read by different people which listens like a movie. Hated the ending as it leaves it open for a sequel. Yes, I will buy the next book! Very enjoyable.
I was hooked on this book and the story line!
I loved it and was glad to see that audible has the other series of books too!
Toward the end of The Golden Compass, Lord Asriel makes comments pretty negative to "the church." The Magisterium, which seems to be an organization created by "the church" to deal with the problem of other worlds and official church doctrine, seems to be modeled after the Catholic Church.
I guess this is why so many consider this book anti-Catholic or even anti-Christian. I don't consider it to be any more anti-Christian than any fantasy built off of familiar institutions. Some feel that Harry Potter books are anti-Christian because they present wizardry as real.
People shouldn't be so sensitive. I understand Philip Pullman has stated outright that he isn't a believer in the Christian sense. He seems to be grounded in the natural world rather than the supernatural. Do authors have to adopt foreign world views to write novels? He's written about a world in which a church has gone wrong. Various religious institutions have gone on power trips over our real history. Why fault this author for creating one of his own?
The story is enticing in part because its characters are complex. You'd think Lord Asriel would end up being a warm-hearted soul once Lyra finally reunites with him. He's not. He is still a cold, logical academician. I look forward to moving on to the other books in this series. I think Pullman has put enough complexity into the relationships to make these books fascinating as character studies, as well as exciting as adventure stories.
A thoroughly enjoyable experience, this story is populated with a cast of marvelous characters and this audio version has a great cast of readers.
I recommend it to everyone from 8 to 80.
Simply stated...the book is definitely better than the movie.
The full cast made all the difference in the world. It was perfectly cast and every one read beautifully. I saw the movie and funnily enough the voices are similar to the actors so a visual was very easy. Of course the book is much more than the screenplay, and I loved it. Many people have issues about the religion thing - but I think it is more about good and evil, and the question as to its source. that can be taken in every way and in narrow ways - I think that you can make what you will of it - Star Wars also had a good/ evil thing, it is a matter of literary license.
The ending is a cliffhanger which I loved as I put book 2 on straight away. I actually thought book 2 was even better than the first as it explains so much.
I enjoyed it very much. go for it!
Brilliant! I am longing for more. The characters really came alive and I enjoyed entertaining ideas of quantum physics, religion, and spirituality mixed in with a really good story.