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The Golden Compass Audiobook

The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials, Book 1

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: A street-smart girl. Her pet daemon. A golden compass that reads truth itself. Oh, and a full cast dramatic reading that includes author Philip Pullman. The book is fantastic, and the full cast audiobook is that much better. This is the first book of a trilogy that is as exciting as The Lord of the Rings and will prove as timeless as The Chronicles of Narnia. —Chris Doheny

Publisher's Summary

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.

Listen to the rest of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series.

©1995 Philip Pullman; (P)1999 Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    "A True Classic. "

    This is a true classic for both children and adults . Well written, exciting , and thought-provoking! The Audible edition is performed well, you can easily distinguish between characters & it narrated perfectly !!

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    Allison Robbins 10-22-17 Member Since 2015
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    good performance and a cute story line, the movie hits all the main points really well so if you don't want to use a credit just rent that.

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    Baelabog 10-21-17
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    "Good story, okay reading"

    my only issue with this audio book is the difference in volume from the narrator and the characters. narrator is very quiet while character voices are loud and often yelling about something. as a night listener, this is very off-putting. I enjoy the story, but won't be investing in the rest of the books due to this.

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    Anonymous 10-19-17
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    great story, very engaging, great cast and a great deal dark. loved every moment of it

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    enjoyed it greatly, more of a radio show than a traditional audiobook, full cast different voices, fun rendition of a great book.

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    "Great story"

    Glad to know there are sequels. Would have liked to have known how the author came to the idea of using deamons as companions and his religious point of view.

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    "A very good and engrossing story."

    The production was a little older so the pacing was a little off at least compared to the stories that I've heard. But after about 10 minutes, it felt actually more fluid than some modern-day productions. All in all it was a really good story and something I remember from my childhood.

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    "Great voice acting and a full cast, great. "

    The voice acting and accents where nicely done. For me it was a new experience to listen to a full cast audio book but it was a great and emersive book.

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    a great book and well narrated! it's a great work of fiction. I'm ready for book 2.

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    "Incredible! "

    Reading was an incredible experience! So well invested and I look forward to reading the rest, I was engaged and moved by every second of it!

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