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Daemon Voices

Essays on Storytelling
Narrated by: Philip Pullman
Length: 13 hrs
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Summary

Penguin presents the audio edition of Daemon Voices, written and read by Philip Pullman, with an introduction by Simon Mason.

In over 30 essays, written over 20 years and recorded by the author himself in his home city of Oxford, one of the world's great storytellers meditates on the art of storytelling. Warm, engaging and often amusing collection of writing which offers thoughts on a wide variety of topics, including the origin and composition of Philip's own stories, the craft of writing and the storytellers who have meant the most to Philip. The art of storytelling is everywhere present in the essays themselves, in the instantly engaging tone, the vivid imagery and striking phrases, the resonant anecdotes, the humour and learnedness. Together, they are greater than the sum of their parts: a single sustained engagement with story and storytelling.

©2017 Philip Pullman (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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Inspiring, provocative lectures and thoughts.

It helps to be a fan/reader of Pullman's work, though the context of discussed scenes is given throughout. I found this rather fascinating, as through a series of unconnected (sometimes loosely) connected lectures and talks, we are treated to insights into the writing process for Pullman, children's literature, his views on religions and connections to his work. And more.

Pullman's academic background is evident as he talks confidently about his varied subjects, coming across as credible and personable as he reads his own writing (audiobook). He's a calm and knowledgeable narrator, a good Audible reader.

There is no plot, it really is a collection of writings. I had some favourites, and did pick up some tips on writing as well as learning about Pullman's history and that of his books. I did skip a couple but only because I was not familiar with the books/people they focused on. Mostly, I was caught up in Pullman's subjects.

This works brilliantly as an audiobook as each essay was designed to be listened to originally, therefore they lose nothing when recorded for audiobook customers.

One for fans of Pullman's work but also those interested in the writing process and gaining tips from a perceptive writer and thinker.

With thanks to Nudge Books, for providing a sample Audible copy.

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Life changing

What a wonderful wander through the uplands of higher living, with a gentle, intelligent guide.

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Great insight into a great story teller

This book is a great insight into how Philip Pullman imagines and writes his stories. Perfect for literary students of all ages. He gives an insight into how his ideas come to life, how they manage to appear on the page as they should and how accidents in writing makes good stories. A natural born writer and thinker, Philip Pullman gives an honest opinion on his works and methods of writing a good story. Of course, none of us think quite the same and being able to pull off similar masterpieces as he does would be fortunate indeed. Enjoyable.

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This was an absolute delight

Beautifully put rational observations. The essays and talks all balance between dreams and "reality", a celebration of a sensuous life on earth

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First half is fantastic, second half too religious

The first half of this audiobook is fantastic, he offers a lot of good advice regarding what makes, and how to compose, a good story. The second half takes a nose-dive in quality; it is a very drawn-out and repetitive criticism of religion.

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A must-listen for anyone who wants to write a book

I'm so happy I listened instead of read this book. Phillip Pullman exudes warmth and knowledge and has inspired me to try William Blake with a fresh pair of eyes. Advice is from the heart and thought provoking.

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from a Godfearing admirer

phillips knowledge wisdom and understanding of english literature culture and history second to none, but in my opinion God is most definately NOT dead.

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You can't read this without being made to question the way you read our have been reading.

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Wise Words

Pullman offers wise words on writing and thought provoking ideas on art, religion and education. Pullman has a soothing voice and consistent tone , so it is a relaxing and easy listen.

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Lovely insights - well put together.

A real treat to hear these wonderful speeches. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Full of thought provoking subjects.

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