His Dark Materials

13 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 30,994 ratings

Once Upon a Time in the North Publisher's Summary

Another mesmerizing episode from the universe of His Dark Materials set in the far frozen Arctic, including the very first meeting of those two legends and friends - Lee Scoresby, the Texan balloonist, and Iorek Byrnison, the armored bear.
©2008 Philip Pullman (P)2008 Random House, Inc.
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    • Once Upon a Time in the North

    • By: Philip Pullman
    • Narrated by: Philip Pullman
    • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 370
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 303
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 306

    Another mesmerizing episode from the universe of His Dark Materials set in the far frozen Arctic, including the very first meeting of those two legends and friends Lee Scoresby, the Texan balloonist, and Iorek Byrnison, the armored bear.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • great fun

    • By Richard on 11-27-09

    Regular price: $19.93

    • Once Upon a Time in the North

    • By: Philip Pullman
    • Narrated by: Full Cast, Philip Pullman
    • Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

    When Lee and his daemon, Hester, land in the Arctic town of Novy Odense, they quickly become embroiled in an out-and-out political brawl. So when Iorek offers to help, Lee is only too happy to accept. Together they take on a slippery politician, his monstrous gas-powered gun and a murderous gunfighter. And so begins a friendship that will continue throughout their lives.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Awesome short

    • By James on 01-06-15

    Regular price: $15.49

    • Lyra's Oxford

    • By: Philip Pullman
    • Narrated by: Philip Pullman, full cast
    • Length: 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 520
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 289
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 292

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great story, great reading

    • By Helen Feddema on 03-28-05

    Regular price: $13.27

    • Lyra's Oxford

    • By: Philip Pullman
    • Narrated by: Philip Pullman, Full Cast
    • Length: 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 8

    Lyra's Oxford opens two years after the conclusion of Philip Pullman's The Amber Spyglass in the 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 it's own - tumbles out of the sky, in search of a healing elixer to cure his witch of a strange new disease. Lyra and Pan decided to help - witches are friends, of course - but the closer their winding walk leads them towards the infamous Oxford alchemist.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • 2 years after

    • By James on 01-08-15

    Regular price: $8.52

    • The Collectors

    • By: Philip Pullman
    • Narrated by: Bill Nighy
    • Length: 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 684
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 625
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 622

    "But the thing is," said Horley, "they didn’t know each other at all. Never heard of each other. It wasn’t about the makers. Only about the works." On a dark winter's night in 1970, Horley and Grinstead huddle for warmth in the Senior Common Room of a college in Oxford. Conversation turns to the two impressive works of art that Horley has recently added to his collection....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Henry James, meet Rudyard Kipling

    • By Michele Kellett on 02-18-15

    Regular price: $2.12

  • Book 0

    • La Belle Sauvage

    • The Book of Dust: Volume One
    • By: Philip Pullman
    • Narrated by: Michael Sheen
    • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 174
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 163
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 165

    Philip Pullman returns to the world of His Dark Materials with this magnificent first volume of The Book of Dust series. Eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his dæmon, Asta, live with his parents at the Trout Inn near Oxford. Across the River Thames (which Malcolm navigates often using his beloved canoe, a boat by the name of La Belle Sauvage) is the Godstow Priory where the nuns live. Malcolm learns they have a guest with them - a baby by the name of Lyra Belacqua....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Nostalgia rekindled.

    • By Dominique Buck on 11-12-17

    Regular price: $27.71

    • The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage

    • Book of Dust, Volume 1
    • By: Philip Pullman
    • Narrated by: Michael Sheen
    • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,764
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3,520
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,494

    Renowned storyteller Philip Pullman returns to the parallel world of Lyra Belacqua and His Dark Materials for a thrilling and epic adventure in which daemons, alethiometers, and the Magisterium all play parts.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Disturbing differences from print text

    • By Damon D. Hickey on 10-24-17

    Regular price: $42.00

  • Book 1

    • The Golden Compass

    • His Dark Materials, Book 1
    • By: Philip Pullman
    • Narrated by: Philip Pullman, full cast
    • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11,254
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,289
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,310

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Terrific Book

    • By Arnold C. Macdonald on 01-28-04

    Regular price: $35.00

    • Northern Lights: His Dark Materials Trilogy, Book 1

    • By: Philip Pullman
    • Narrated by: Philip Pullman
    • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 141
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 129
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 128

    This is the first book in the Carnegie Medal and Guardian Award-winning trilogy His Dark Materials, from Philip Pullman. Set in a parallel world very similar to our own, Northern Lights tells the compelling story of 12-year-old Lyra's quest to rescue her friend and find her father, aided by her daemon, an armoured bear, and a witch-queen.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Simply amazing and addictive.

    • By Vinutha on 12-20-17

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 2

    • The Subtle Knife

    • His Dark Materials, Book 2
    • By: Philip Pullman
    • Narrated by: Philip Pullman, full cast
    • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,611
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,738
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,750

    In this stunning sequel to The Golden Compass, the intrepid Lyra finds herself in a shimmering, haunted otherworld, Cittagazze, where soul-eating Specters stalk the streets and wingbeats of distant angels sound against the sky. But she is not without allies: 12-year-old Will Parry, fleeing for his life after taking another's, has also stumbled into this strange new realm.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful story

    • By Graham S. Stafford on 03-10-08

    Regular price: $35.00

    • The Subtle Knife: His Dark Materials Trilogy, Book 2

    • By: Philip Pullman
    • Narrated by: Philip Pullman, cast
    • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 92
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 78
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77

    The thrilling second book in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, read by the author and a full cast. In this stunning sequel to Northern Lights, the intrepid Lyra Silvertongue and her daemon, Pantalaimon, find themselves in a shimmering, haunted other world – Cittagazze where soul-eating Spectres stalk the streets and wingbeats of distant angels sound against the sky. Here she meets twelve-year-old Will Parry, a fugitive from a third universe.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Subtly brilliant!

    • By James on 01-07-15

    Regular price: $18.33

  • Book 3

    • The Amber Spyglass

    • His Dark Materials, Book 3
    • By: Philip Pullman
    • Narrated by: Philip Pullman, full cast
    • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,265
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4,003
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,024

    Lyra and Will, the two ordinary children whose extraordinary adventures begin in The Golden Compass and The Subtle Knife, are in unspeakable danger. With help from Iorek Byrnison the armored bear and two tiny Gallivespian spies, they must journey to a dank and gray-lit world where no living soul has ever gone.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Sophisticated and Thought Provoking!

    • By Jim on 03-16-05

    Regular price: $38.60

    • The Amber Spyglass: His Dark Materials Trilogy, Book 3

    • By: Philip Pullman
    • Narrated by: Philip Pullman, cast
    • Length: 14 hrs and 57 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 93
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 68
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 66

    Here is a BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of the third book in Philip Pullman's trilogy His Dark Materials. Bringing the saga to a thrilling close, it reintroduces familiar characters such as Lyra, Will, Mrs Coulter, and Dr Mary Malone.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • simply marvelous

    • By missmimi on 07-03-18

    Regular price: $20.99