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Lyra's Oxford | [Philip Pullman]

Lyra's Oxford

An exciting new tale set in the world of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials saga. Lyra's Oxford opens in the thrilling comfort and familiarity of Jordan College, where Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon sit on the sun-drenched roof looking out over all of Oxford. But their peace is shattered when a strange bird (a witch's daemon, on its own) tumbles out of the sky. It is Ragi, daemon of Yelena Pazhets.
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Publisher's Summary

An exciting new tale set in the world of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials saga. Lyra's Oxford opens in the thrilling comfort and familiarity of Jordan College, where Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon sit on the sun-drenched roof looking out over all of Oxford. But their peace is shattered when a strange bird (a witch's daemon, on its own) tumbles out of the sky. It is Ragi, daemon of Yelena Pazhets, and he seeks a healing elixir from an infamous Oxford alchemist (and rumored man slaughterer) to cure his witch of a strange new disease from the South. Lyra and Pan decide to help and guide him (witches are friends, of course) but the closer their winding walk leads them to the alchemist's house, the stronger Lyra's sense that she's walking into a deadly trap.

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©2003 Philip Pullman; (P)2003 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, a division of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Lyra's Oxford is essential listening for His Dark Materials fans, but be warned, it will only leave you wanting more." (AudioFile)
"An oddity and a rarity....a crystalline story." (Booklist)

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    Helen Feddema Kerhonkson, NY USA 03-28-05
    Helen Feddema Kerhonkson, NY USA 03-28-05 Member Since 2003

    Access Archon

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    "Great story, great reading"

    If you loved the His Dark Materials trilogy, you'll love this story, which continues some of the threads in the trilogy. It takes place after the trilogy, and probably won't be comprehensible if you haven't read the earlier books. The reading is excellent -- one of the best I have ever heard -- with the author reading the narration, and various actors reading the character parts. My only quibble with the reading is that the actress who does Lyra's part sounds about 10, though Lyra must be 15 or 16 at the time of the story.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Pacifica, CA, USA 12-29-05
    Christopher Pacifica, CA, USA 12-29-05
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    "Top Notch"

    As always, Phillip Pullman draws you into the Lyra's world and you are given vivid impressions of her surroundings and thoughts. Well written, it will help us Dark Materials fans wait a bit longer for the next release to hit the shelves. Having read the other books, I can relate to this one. However, a newbie to the series should start with The Golden Compass, because you will surely miss the significance of this book until you've read the others. The only thing that one could say bad (if it's bad) is how short this story is. A great little book for a bedtime story or commute, but not a very long read at all. It ends way too soon!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Carpinteria, CA, USA 11-07-08
    Mark Carpinteria, CA, USA 11-07-08
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    "Good extra"

    After finishing His Dark Materials I went in search of other books from the author. I wanted more like the original stories so I tried this shortstory about Lyra. The story takes place two years after The Amber Spyglass and thankfully adds some to the story. I would LOVE to read even more about both Lyra and Will and all the other characters! Personally I loved it but it was very short. Also recommended Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches and In the Service of Dragons.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Rob Brentwood, CA United States 10-01-07
    Rob Brentwood, CA United States 10-01-07 Member Since 2006

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    "48 minutes"

    Although this was typical of the Dark Materials series I'm surprised they actually put it into production. It seems as though the author wanted to write another book, then gave up after one chapter. I had to rewind because I thought I must have fallen asleep and missed something. Unfortunately, I hadn't. The reading and production of this story were excellent for all of 48 minutes.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    B. Estes AL, USA 06-01-04
    B. Estes AL, USA 06-01-04 Member Since 2003

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    "Nice extra"

    This is not a long selection but just a "nibble" to tide you over until the next book is written. It was interesting and was in keeping with the story line of his previous works. I liked the rather light sentimental agenda for a change. Not enough "meat" though.

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    E. Vasquez NYC, NY 06-26-09
    E. Vasquez NYC, NY 06-26-09 Member Since 2009

    Starr Crystal Animations

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    "This book is fascinating;"

    Lyra's Oxford makes you wish you were a kid again!!!
    it is set between books 2 and 3. It shows Lyra at play and adventurous as ever.
    I recommend it to all!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    cindy lockwood, NY, United States 05-15-08
    cindy lockwood, NY, United States 05-15-08 Member Since 2007
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    "teaser"

    i felt this was a bit of a teaser from the last book, the amber spyglass. i was left with wanting more!! i enjoyed the entire series. i would recommend it to anyone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Erin Fremont, CA, USA 02-16-08
    Erin Fremont, CA, USA 02-16-08 Member Since 2004
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    "Too short!"

    This was a fun return to Lyra's world but it was over too quickly!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Shawn Barrie, Ontario, Canada 04-06-13
    Shawn Barrie, Ontario, Canada 04-06-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Short, fun continuation of Lyra's story"

    This was an interesting short story taking place after the main His Dark Materials trilogy. Lyra goes off on a mini adventure when a witch's dæmon comes to Oxford. Short. Fun. But not terribly compelling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Edward FAYETTEVILLE, NY, United States 11-16-12
    Edward FAYETTEVILLE, NY, United States 11-16-12 Member Since 2011

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    "I missed Lyra"

    I loved the His dark materials trilogy. I cry at the end every time, so it was nice to hear a new story from the same universe. I only wish that Mr. Pullman would do more stories in this universe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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