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Northern Lights: His Dark Materials Trilogy, Book 1 | [Philip Pullman]

Northern Lights: His Dark Materials Trilogy, Book 1

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.
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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. This prize-winning tale is narrated with vigour and dynamism by the author and a full cast. Written and read by Philip Pullman.

©1995 Philip Pullman; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    Clair londonUnited Kingdom 16/10/2007
    Clair londonUnited Kingdom 16/10/2007
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    "BRILLIANT, BRILLIANT BRILLIANT"

    This is a fantastic dramatization of the book. I heard this on tape and wanted to buy the cds from audible, they didn't have it at that time so I bought the other version - a big mistake! This version is superior in every way. The author Philip Pullman is a brilliant narrator and the characters are great too especially Lyra. I cannot recommend this highly enough. For adult and older children, you will not want it to end! Can we have the next 2 cds soon!! I can,t wait.

    58 of 58 people found this review helpful
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    Paula Bagillt, Clwyd, United Kingdom 22/10/2007
    Paula Bagillt, Clwyd, United Kingdom 22/10/2007
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    "One for your Collection!!"

    This is fantastic! Pullman is excellent as the narrator and the characters bring the whole story to life. You feel as if you are on the sidelines watching as the story unfolds.

    This is definately one to listen to and lose yourself in. Great for adults and older children.



    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    23/03/2010
    23/03/2010 Listener Since 2009
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    "Excellent Listen"

    I really enjoyed Northern Lights and the other two his Dark Materials books. It is rare for an audio book to be read by different voice actors. Phillip Pullman isn?t bad at all as the main reader and the other voice actors are good. I have heard the radio series of all three books and think that the unabridged versions are miles better. I felt that Terrance Stamp, who played Lord Asriel in the radio series, had more of the ferocity that you would expect from him. However, I felt Sean Barrett sounded more bear like when he played Iorek Byrnison than Steve Hodson. The consepts in the book are very interesting, such as the human sole as an animal and the idea of dust being the name for original sin. Even though it is seen as a book for children, I believe it can be enjoyed by both children and adults. Overall, a highly recommended book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela London, United Kingdom 01/05/2008
    Pamela London, United Kingdom 01/05/2008 Member Since 2007
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    "Fantastic Entertainment"

    This is one of the most entertaining audiobooks I have ever listened to. I say one of the most because the two sequels in this trilogy The Subtle Knife (Unabridged) and The Amber Spyglass (Unabridged) are the other most entertaining audiobooks. Northern Lights is a fantastic tale which has undoubtedly been perfected by having the story narrated by the author and a full cast to play the characters. Philip Pullman has a soothing voice which makes listening to him speak a pleasure. The cast are also excellent at bringing this recording to life which makes you feel like you are right in the middle of the action which I?m afraid you will never experience while reading the book. This recording is definitely five stars and this is a story that I will return again and again and I will never get bored of listening to it. If you want to experience a magical audiobook then you must definitely listen to this one.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Edwina Exeter, United Kingdom 22/06/2010
    Edwina Exeter, United Kingdom 22/06/2010
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    "Extremely enjoyable"

    Having tried several times to read the book, but getting bored and giving up, I didn't think I'd bother with the audio book as I didn't want to waste either money or a credit if I found it equally boring.

    However, when it was on offer for Audible's 5th anniversary I decided it was worth a fiver - and I'm VERY glad I did.

    It's an extremely enjoyable listen with the voices being well matched to their characters. All the tension and excitment comes across far better than in the book and you want to know what's going to happen next.

    I've got the other two parts of the trilogy on my wishlist for auto-download, but I may not be able to wait that long and I'll have to buy them!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Julian Chale, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom 27/07/2008
    Julian Chale, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom 27/07/2008
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    "Awsome Book. I loved it..."

    I loved this book and I am so looking forward to hearing the rest of it in volume 2 and 3... I loved the characters, and the way the other world is woven together a small clue here and there was superb... I recomend this book highly...

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Gordon 03/12/2007
    Gordon 03/12/2007
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    "One of my favourite books ever!"

    I read the book, listened to the dramatised version and then the unabridged version here on Audible. This helped while away the commute very nicely thanks. Pullman?s narration is perfect and his creation in this trilogy is incredible. His invention of the Alethiometer is fascinating, the out-of-kilter world that Lyra lives in and the rest of the cast of characters and their daemons are superb. Once I have listened to these I don?t know what I am going to do as I will miss them so much!

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Welwyn, United Kingdom 27/12/2008
    Chris Welwyn, United Kingdom 27/12/2008 Member Since 2008
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    "Enthralling"

    Wonderfully read and a great story I loved this audiobook and was sad when it ended.
    I was moved to tears on occasion and keyed up with excitement at other times. No other audiobooks I have listened to have matched this. Better than the film because so much is in your imagination.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Aidan Kent 26/09/2008
    Aidan Kent 26/09/2008 Member Since 2008
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    "Excellent"

    Having watched and enjoyed the movie 'The Golden Compass' I heard many friends who had read the original books and expressed how much better they were than the film. I didn't realise how right they were! Fantastically written and brilliantly read by Mr Pullman himself this audiobook was truly a joy. The actors were all of the highest standard and the whole thing left me enraptured from start to finish. Top notch.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew stafford, staffs, United Kingdom 09/05/2008
    Matthew stafford, staffs, United Kingdom 09/05/2008
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    "Certainly worth a listen"

    I didn't know the 'Dark Materials Trilogy' before listening to this, and although a fantasy story aimed at children, most of the time it isn't a bad adult listen either as the characters are interesting. Perhaps, a bit overrated I think overall, yet it does have great imagination in its settings, but little humour if any (it's all very earnest) Pullman however, makes a very fine narrator of his tale.

    If you enjoy fantasy, and are willing to step into the shoes of a child, you won't go wrong with this.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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