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The Book of Dust, the long-awaited new novel from Philip Pullman set in the world of His Dark Materials and narrated by Michael Sheen, has been hailed by the New York Times as "a stunning achievement." Find it on audio from Listening Library.

An exciting 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.

Listen to the rest of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series.
©2003 Philip Pullman; (P)2003 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, a division of Random House, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"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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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.

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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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!

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Mark
  • Carpinteria, CA, USA
  • 11-07-08

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.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Rob
  • Brentwood, CA United States
  • 10-01-07

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.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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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.

16 of 19 people found this review helpful

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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!!!

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This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

For lovers of the dark matter trilogy, this is too little, not fleshed out at all, and very short. A disappointment

Would you ever listen to anything by Philip Pullman again?

I like Phillip Pullman, that is why I purchased this. Not worth the money

Have you listened to any of Philip Pullman and full cast ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

yes. Does not compare, not on the map

What character would you cut from Lyra's Oxford?

there is not enough to cut

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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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Too short!

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

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Just one more story Please!?

I really love how this writer tells the story, the characters, the places....I will continue to look for more!