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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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