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Stuart N. Collins

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  • The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Philip Pullman, full cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5014)
    Performance
    (1533)
    Story
    (1554)

    When Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon decide to spy on a presentation her uncle, the commanding Lord Asriel, is making to the elders of Jordan College they have no idea that they will become witnesses to an attempted murder, and even less that they are taking the first steps in a journey that will lead them into danger and adventure unlike anything Lyra's unfettered imagination has conjured up.

    Arnold says: "A Terrific Book"
    "A truly excellent performance of a great book"
    Overall

    A+ - one of the best audio books I have every listened to.

    As a fan of fantasy literature I do not put Pullman on a level with Tolkein or Lewis, but the story ranks up there with the some of the best fantasy ever written. Very artful use of language to evoke a world like and yet unlike our own.

    Whether you like the story or not, though, I think the performance is without question one of the best. The author narrates well, giving the reader the clear sense that the story is being told, emphasised, pronounced exactly as intended. The cast of London stage actors that lend their voices to the characters are wonderfully diverse, authentic and entertaining.

    You get the "drama" of a dramatization without the distraction of sound effects and edits to the work.

    Our whole family is loving it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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