Though she has been raised at the college in an atmosphere of benign neglect that has allowed her to become a half-wild child of the streets, Lyra soon finds herself apprenticed to the elegant Mrs. Coulter, and in possession of a strange device called the alethiometer, a "golden compass" that reads not true worth, but truth itself.
But truth is a precious commodity, and before long Lyra and Pan are running for their lives, the object of an obsessive hunt by mysterious forces who have been stealing children for dark purposes that no one understands. Lyra will need all her street-learned wiles if she and Pan are to survive.
An international sensation from the moment it was published, The Golden Compass comes to spectacular new life in this unabridged recording, narrated by Philip Pullman himself, with the support of some of the finest actors of the London stage.
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©1995 Philip Pullman; (P)1999 Random House, Inc.
"Superb...Wonder-filled." (Washington Post Book World)
"Very grand indeed...Scene after scene of power and beauty." (The New York Times)
"A rousing, page-turning adventure that promises to please fantasy readers of all ages." (Library Journal)
I really liked the multiple narrators used in this audio. It felt more like a readers theatre. I would give that part 5 stars. But overall, the book is a childrens book that did not seem to cross the gap between children and adult as some youth books do. Save this one just for the kids, they'll love it!
Listening to this book I felt as if I was constantly waiting for the story to 'get going.' You may be familiar with the idea forcing yourself through a few chapters of a book to before you get interested. I got that feeling through this whole book and most of the way through the second book. It's nothing special, and shouldn't be mourned if missed.
After finishing the Twilight Saga I decided His Dark Materials might keep me entertained. It doesn't come close to Twilight but was a nice distraction.
Frankly, I would have been perfectly fine if all the characters in this book had found a quick demise. Neither the story nor the performances improve the further you go. I couldn't wait to get it off my iPod.
It takes the author way to long to engage the listener. I have gone 3 hours into the book and have given up. Too many characters introduced with very little background given to them or the plot. You are just dropped in this world where everyone has a demon. I found myself asking why am I wasting my time. The author never seems to provide answers and neither could I answer why I kept on listening so I gave up. I feel better having given up on the book and do not care how it ends as it seemed to be going nowhere.
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