I love a good long story with believable characters. I listen to 4 audiobooks a month, so recommendations gratefully received.
Please don't be put off this book as a result of the 2007 film. This first instalment in Philip Pulman's His Dark Materials trilogy is atmospheric, and beautifully narrated by the author.
I read this book in 2004 after a hospital stay and was initially unsure, but I persevered and fell headlong into a gripping story once you get past the obvious differences to the world we inhabit. (dæmons for example!)
The beauty of the author narrating the story is that you get an idea of what he intended as he was writing it; there is no interpretation by the narrator, and the story somehow feels more pure for this.
I will finish by saying that this story is brilliant and well worth using a precious credit on.
The book itself is brilliant. It's the perfect family book to settle down with and you can listen to whenever. The narration was brilliant, not the voice you would expect for a C.S.Lewis but Derek Jacobi does a fantastic job of putting it into context and bringing the characters voices to life. Would definitely recommend it.