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Summary

Brought to you by Penguin.

Featuring an exclusive bonus interview between the author, Philip Pullman, and His Dark Materials star, Ruth Wilson.

Now a major BBC series.

Without this child, we shall all die.

Lyra Belacqua lives half-wild and carefree among the scholars of Jordan College, with her daemon, Pantalaimon, always by her side.

But the arrival of her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel, draws her to the heart of a terrible struggle - a struggle born of stolen children, witch clans and armoured bears.

As she hurtles towards danger in the cold far North, Lyra never suspects the shocking truth: she alone is destined to win, or to lose, the biggest battle imaginable.

Read by Philip Pullman and a full cast of narrators.

©1995 Philip Pullman (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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"Read by Pullman himself and a full cast including Julian Glover and Stephen Thorne, this is glorious listening." (Sunday Express)

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Wonderful

I’ve been a fan of the Northern Lights Trilogy for some years now, having read them several times over. I’ve also devoured the television series, which although in my opinion is no where near as good as the books was nevertheless enjoyable, and now have listened to the first audiobook in the series. It lives up to expectation, with the combination of a cast for the characters and Philip Pullman himself narrating, it works really well. Throughly enjoyable listen! I’d highly recommend.

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Spoilers in Bonus Interview

There is a bonus interview at the end which I assume is nice for anyone who's already read the books, but I had to turn it off as it started discussing things beyond the first book. This should be moved to a later audiobook, or prefaced with a spoiler alert.

As for the book itself, very imaginative and excellently voiced

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Brilliant

an excellent book, I listened to it with my son. we both really enjoyed it, looking forward to the next book.

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do not listen to Pullman interview it has spoilers

fantastic book really enjoyed it. dont listen to the interview at the end it has spoilers for upcoming books bit silly really to include it

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Phillip the Genius

A fantastic book gripping me throughout,you can never tell what’s coming next.Beautifully read by Phillip Pullman creating suspense in his tone even for the youth of 8-16 you can clearly understand what’s going on I love it!

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bloody brilliant

The naratting was phenomenal. Bloody brilliant if i do say so myself smh x.x