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Once Upon a Time in the North Audiobook

Once Upon a Time in the North

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Publisher's Summary

This is the mesmerising story of the very first meeting of those two legends and friends, Lee Scoresby, the Texan balloonist, and Iorek Byrnison, the armoured bear.

When Lee and his daemon, Hester, land in the Arctic town of Novy Odense, they quickly become embroiled in an out-and-out political brawl. So when Iorek offers to help, Lee is only too happy to accept. Together they take on a slippery politician, his monstrous gas-powered gun and a murderous gunfighter. And so begins a friendship that will continue throughout their lives.

This audio edition is performed by Philip Pullman with a full cast and produced by Garrick Hagan.

©2008 Philip Pullman; (P)2008 Random House Audiobooks

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    Rosie and Duncan Scotland, UK. 08/11/2011
    Rosie and Duncan Scotland, UK. 08/11/2011 Member Since 2009
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    "Enjoyable story and great narration"

    We choose this because we have enjoyed Philip Pullman's Northern Light Series and also one of us had read this book previously and enjoyed it.

    Its a great audio book with great narration, its really nice having a book which is read by several different people for the characters in the book and is really enjoyable to listen too.

    We would happily recommend this book to all and if you liked his Northern Light books then you'll like this as well, as they have several of the same characters in this book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel Farnham, United Kingdom 07/04/2013
    Rachel Farnham, United Kingdom 07/04/2013 Member Since 2012
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    "Glad I heard this one!"

    Philip Pullman's "Once Upon A Time In The North" is one up there along with "His Dark Materials". Because the story is narrated by the full cast & has detailed descriptions, it makes you feel like you're actually there & then, seeing it happen with your own eyes. It is sort of like having a little voice narrating the picture that is forming in your head. I would recommend this audiobook to anyone who likes action & emotion.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gustav London, United Kingdom 20/08/2012
    Gustav London, United Kingdom 20/08/2012 Member Since 2012
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    "A great return to the world of 'His Dark Material"

    I loved the 'His Dark Material' trilogy. I loved the world that Philip Pullman created there, and I was eager to return to that world, but also a bit worried. Would this book live up to my high expectations? It sure did. There is less space for Mr Pullman to create a story as complex as His Dark Materials, but the quality of the writing is just as good, and the world just as fascinating.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Paul 31/05/2012
    Paul 31/05/2012 Member Since 2017
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    "Good but too short"

    Bit disappointed that i used 1 credit for 2 hours worth of entertainment. It was a very good short story but in my opinion ends too quickly and leaves a few more unfinished character developments. I would rather had more of the main story than the strange closing extracts.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    DH Morris London, England 05/04/2015
    DH Morris London, England 05/04/2015
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    "Pullman strikes gold again!"

    I absolutely loved it. Phillip Pullman makes a great narrator and the story is a tantalizing tidbit into the history of HDM- hopefully The Book Of Dust will be out sooner rather than later

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 16/11/2008 Member Since 2013
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    "Good, but not up to His Dark Materials"

    An interesting yarn, but don't expect the knife edge excitement of His Dark Materials. Good enough in it's own way, but disappointing when you are expecting so much from this author.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Magnusmouse 11/12/2017
    Magnusmouse 11/12/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "great stuff. just a bit short."

    I didn't check how long it was which is my fault of course. I wonder how much it cost per word? great story nonetheless.

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    Ant 24/11/2017
    Ant 24/11/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Good short story"

    Fun listening to this one while running. Not one I would rush back to though

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    SK 08/11/2017
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    "illuminating and exciting background story"

    Lee Scorsby as a young man. Philip Pullman h
    as managed to make this highly relevant to modern day politics and the power of large corporations. A great listen.

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    Gnjoutside 06/11/2017
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    "A ripping yarn"

    A great extrapolation of Pullman's universe. Well performed. I've listened to this to bring me back into the world of the Subtle Knife before tackling Pullman's latest novel and it has performed perfectly.

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    06/01/15
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    "Awesome short"

    Once Upon a Time in the North is an awesome short about Lee Scoresby's visit to a small town in the Arctic, where he meets Iorek Byrnison for the first time. A fun listen which is written and narrated by Philip Pullman and includes a full cast of actors voicing the characters. I absolutely loved it. The story compliments His Dark Materials trilogy brilliantly.

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