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.
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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"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)
My 8 year old and I both loved this series. My son liked the part when they met the bear the best. I enjoyed the creativity - never knowing what was coming next.
When I began looking for my next Audio book, I searched through the Unabridged area as usual, looking at high ratings. This book came up on the list, and I was at first unsure as the book seemed geared to the young adult or child. However; this is definatly not the case, although the main characters are children; the book gives a great view into the adult mind at the same instance. The trials of the main child Lyra, are awesome and Pullman plunges you headfirst into his own world of demons, gypsies, witches, and many of his own creatures. His world becomes alive through the blazing eyes of a courageous girl, and once you read this novel, I guarantee that you will be eager for the next.
I recommend this book to young and old alike, however some areas seem a little violent for children, however not to overboard. The battles are less in the first book, and grow throughout the next two, and the narration is perfect with changing voices to fit character roles and accents to fit aswell.
I have loved this series of books since the first time I read them...however, listening to the audiobook has brought a new luminesence to the text and breathes new life into the story. Absolutely amazing!
This beautiful, original, and highly intelligent book is simply wonderful. Some reviews compare it to Harry Potter, and in the since that it involves children in a magical, alternate world that's true, but this book is different and better in many ways. Whether young or old, this book will draw you in immediately. As to the narration, it was also great. With the feature of a full cast, it's like listening to an old-style radio drama. Just fabulous!
This is very well done, both as a book and an audiobook. It bears no comparison to Harry Potter. Potter is fun...Pullman is literature. I disagree with his views on religion, but I respect a well crafted and ingenious story. The full cast of characters makes for easy listening- I wish more books could be performed this way. The voice of Pan can be grating, but I guess I was not the only one who thought so because he is replaced for the next in the trilogy. This is a remarkable listen.
The best audio book I have heard so far. The "dramatization" is first class and the book itself is very well written and interesting. The story is moves very well and keeps you on the edge of your seat. The characters are unique and unforgetable...I will always remember some of the characters.
My 13 year old son told me about this book and I thought I'd try it out from Audible. The cast was fantastic and the story was engrossing. I'm off to buy book two right now!
This book is a wonderful start to a true literary landmark, the His Dark Materials trilogy. The characters are well-drawn, from Lyra, the main character, to her mother, the unforgettable villain, Mrs. Coulter, and the physical and moral challenges they face will linger in the mind for years, as well. The supporting cast--Gyptians, Witches, Bears, Theologians--is amazingly inventive. The pacing is excellent, and prose is skillful. The audiobook, with its main narration by the author, is splendid.
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