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Download The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials, Book 1 Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials, Book 1 (Unabridged) Audiobook, by Philip Pullman
4.28 out of 54.28 out of 54.28 out of 54.28 out of 54.28 out of 5 4.28 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philip Pullman Narrator: Philip Pullman and full cast Publisher: Listening Library Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2003 ISBN:
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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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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel Reading | 5/20/2011

    " A good follow up to Northern Lights which introduces a new character called Will. The one problem I had with this book was that I found Wills father a bit convenient when it came to plot details. Plus I found Lyra's parents a bit to special for their own good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 5/17/2011

    " Read this series! So amazing! This second book is extremely dark. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clint | 5/12/2011

    " Better than book one and I hear the third is even better...can't wait. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Duck | 5/11/2011

    " More His Dark Materials. This one is also fine, but lacks panserbjørne, and focuses too much on Will, who is less awesome than Lyra. The witches are great, but a lot of the plot is a little too convenient for my taste. On to the next one soon! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chrism | 5/9/2011

    " A great 2nd book to the Golden Compass though I felt the main character isn't as strong in this book as the first. Definitely the makings of a great series...on to book 3. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Narasu | 5/7/2011

    " Good, darker than the Golden Compass (the first book in the series), but not as good as that book. I'll read the third book, but I'm taking a break. I'm a little fantasied-out right now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 5/4/2011

    " Second verse, just as good as the first. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tmny | 5/4/2011

    " SO GOOD. On to the third! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Haylee | 5/2/2011

    " this book i also awesome, though it is a bit more logical than the first novel!!!!!!!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 4/27/2011

    " I liked "Subtle Knife" more than "Golden Compass." It feels like the larger story is finally coming into focus. And it was generally just an enjoyable read. "

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About the Author
Author Philip Pullman

Philip Pullman is the Whitbread Award–winning author of the bestselling His Dark Materials series (The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass), as well as the Sally Lockhart trio of Victorian mysteries and other books for young readers. Among his other awards, Pullman won the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in honor of the body of his work. He lives in Oxford, England.