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Why we think it's Essential: A street-smart girl. Her pet daemon. A golden compass that reads truth itself. Oh, and a full cast dramatic reading that includes author Philip Pullman. The book is fantastic, and the full cast audiobook is that much better. This is the first book of a trilogy that is as exciting as The Lord of the Rings and will prove as timeless as The Chronicles of Narnia. —Chris Doheny

Description

When Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon decide to spy on a presentation her uncle, the commanding Lord Asriel, is making to the elders of Jordan College they have no idea that they will become witnesses to an attempted murder, and even less that they are taking the first steps in a journey that will lead them into danger and adventure unlike anything Lyra's unfettered imagination has conjured up.

Though she has been raised at the college in an atmosphere of benign neglect that has allowed her to become a half-wild child of the streets, Lyra soon finds herself apprenticed to the elegant Mrs. Coulter, and in possession of a strange device called the alethiometer, a "golden compass" that reads not true worth, but truth itself.

But truth is a precious commodity, and before long Lyra and Pan are running for their lives, the object of an obsessive hunt by mysterious forces who have been stealing children for dark purposes that no one understands. Lyra will need all her street-learned wiles if she and Pan are to survive.

An international sensation from the moment it was published, The Golden Compass comes to spectacular new life in this unabridged recording, narrated by Philip Pullman himself, with the support of some of the finest actors of the London stage.

Listen to the rest of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series.
©1995 Philip Pullman (P)1999 Random House, Inc.

Critiques

"Superb...Wonder-filled." (Washington Post Book World)
"Very grand indeed...Scene after scene of power and beauty." (The New York Times)
"A rousing, page-turning adventure that promises to please fantasy readers of all ages." (Library Journal)

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Histoire
    4 out of 5 stars

Good book, not-so-good editing

Nice story, and good acting from the voice actors, but the editing is really not great.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Arnold C. Macdonald
  • 28/01/2004

A Terrific Book

My entire family has gotten hooked on this book, to the extent that we look for reasons to get in the car and drive with it. I was so enthralled that we ran out of gas. Imaginitive premise, interesting and well-developed characters, and many plot twists. I thought you could not top Jim Dale reading the Harry Potter stories, but this is right up there.
A word of advice: With different actors playing different characters, this did not play back well on level 2, and we almost gave up on it. Load it at the highest resolution you can play. If it seems a little slow at the start, hang in there. The characters keep getting more imaginitive, and the plot more suspensful.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Luke
  • 18/02/2008

Highly Recommended

Fantastic audio and a great story--highly recommended.

I saw the movie, and I thought it was great. However, as with any great film adaptation there is still much to be said about the unabridged book. There was a great deal left out of the movie that I experienced through this novel.

I only wish I had discovered this unabridged audiobook before I saw the movie so I could compare my imagination to the director's take.

Again, the audio quality and imaginative story make for a thoroughly entertaining listen--I highly recommend it.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • GSDNH
  • 13/11/2003

Best Audio Book I've ever Heard

I've been listening to audio books for quite some time and this one by far is the best. Performed by a full cast where each actor assumes the role of one of the characters, the listener is transported into Pullman's world.

Set in the fictional past of early 20th century England, every human has what is called a "demon". As children these demons can assume any animal form, often changing depending on the mood of their child. Demons are animal representations of human souls, and no one is complete without one. After puberty, the demons assume one form and stay that way for life. Demons seem to take on the type of animal the person is in life, for example servants tend to have dogs as demons, loyal and obedient. Scholars have birds such as ravens, intelligent and far-seeing. One sailor has a dolphin or some such creature as a demon, thereby tying him forever to the ocean. Humans and their demons are mentally connected. What one feels, the other feels. They can talk to each other and cannot be away from each other, even at close distances or they feel great pain and anxiety.

Lyra, an orphaned pre-teen girl, and her demon Pan (yet to assume one form) find themselves in the middle of a political conspiracy. Unsure of who to trust and who their true allies are, their life was changed forever when they witnessed the Master of the college where they had spent all their years as a ward, attempt to poison Lyra's estranged uncle.

Her uncle, involved in some strange discoveries and experiments has returned to the college to ask for money to continue his work, investigating the origin of subatomic particles referred to as "dust". For some reason the scholars of the college are suprised to learn that this mysterious "dust" does not cling to children. After he receives the money and thwarts an attempt to poison him, he returns to his work.

What is dust? And why are children all over England disappearing? Lyra soon embarks on a journey to seek these answers.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Bev
  • 28/08/2007

More for adults than kids...

While I don't think this is a book for children, I do think this book is amazing - the narriator is very good as well. I loved these books when I read them - and I loved them just as much while listening. You won't be disappointed.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Stuart N. Collins
  • 09/02/2009

A truly excellent performance of a great book

A+ - one of the best audio books I have every listened to.

As a fan of fantasy literature I do not put Pullman on a level with Tolkein or Lewis, but the story ranks up there with the some of the best fantasy ever written. Very artful use of language to evoke a world like and yet unlike our own.

Whether you like the story or not, though, I think the performance is without question one of the best. The author narrates well, giving the reader the clear sense that the story is being told, emphasised, pronounced exactly as intended. The cast of London stage actors that lend their voices to the characters are wonderfully diverse, authentic and entertaining.

You get the "drama" of a dramatization without the distraction of sound effects and edits to the work.

Our whole family is loving it.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Scott
  • 08/09/2008

Thoroughly enjoyable

If you like Harry Potter you will enjoy this story of a little girl
and her journey in a world like ours, but a little different. It's
not magical like Harry but the supernatural is there, and so
is the suspense and adventure. Great characters that you
learn to love and hate. So much better than the movie.
Read the book!

I've already order the rest of the series and am busy reading
them all!

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Maria Adkins
  • 23/10/2006

Yay for a female heroine!

I love that the heroine of this book,12-year-old Lyra, is a feisty girl who knows more about acting humanely than most of the adults in this novel. The world she lives is similar to the present day with some twists – namely talking polar bears, witches, daemons, and a splash of Norwegian folk-lore. The mix of reality and fantasy reminded me somewhat of “The Amulet of Samarkand,” by Jonathan Stroud, although if you know anything about the Stroud series you’d see profound differences regarding the role of daemons. Daemons in this novel are attached to each character and a reflection of their soul. The full-cast narration was superb and a joy to listen to. There are many great ambiguous moments regarding the decisions Lyra must make and you soon see that all is not as it seems. This is the first book in a series.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Geoffrey
  • 31/10/2003

Brilliant fantasy!

Although aimed at younger readers, like the Harry Potter books, The Golden Compass trilogy is very entertaining to adults, as well. The story follows young Lyra and her daemon Pan through adventures in an alternate universe, where magic is common and each person's soul takes on the external form of his or her daemon. Pullman's writing is brilliant and very dynamic, and this is much more than a simple children's book. While great for listeners of any age, younger children may need a little guidance, though shouldn't have too much trouble following the story. Highly recommended!

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Kristine
  • 23/04/2008

Amazing!!

This was hard to start listening to. The voice of Lyra was sort of manic, but she grew on me. And once "knowing" her, I realized that it is her character, not just bad direction.
The plot completely drew me in, until I was at the point of not wanting to turn off my Ipod. The story, along with the full cast really made you feel the intensity of their situations.
Now for the "anti-God" thing...umm...I didn't think that it was that bad. Especially since the world that Lyra lives in is basically a "parallel" world. Yes, the Church has done some incredibly horrific things in the past. So why is it such a stretch for someone to put it into a fictional story? And for the whole thing about "killing God"??? A bit over-hyped...but that is the fundamentalist way.
Young children wouldn't understand this story very well, and some parts would scare them. Older kids I think should read/listen to it. They should recieve more credit than many are willing to give.

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Christopher
  • 27/11/2007

Better read than heard

In my opinion novels read by the authors are generally inferior to those read by actors, and this is a case in point. To make matters worse, the dialogue is read by actors but the editing is so poor that there is a jarring abruptness each time there is a transition from non-dialogue to dialogue, as in there is no pause at all between the two. This is a fabulous book and I recommend it highly, but this audio rendering leaves a lot to be desired.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • aurelia_aurita
  • 11/04/2006

Rundum gelungen

Auch wenn es sich hier eigentlich um ein Kinderbuch handelt - eine schöne Geschichte auch für Erwachsene. Spannend und neu - nicht ganz der übliche, leicht abgeleierte Fantasy-Stoff. Die Charaktäre sind spannend und gut beschrieben, es fehlt an der einen oder anderen Stelle vielleicht ein wenig 'Tiefgang'.
Auch die Lesung ist wirklich gelungen: Es gibt einen Vorleser für die allgemeine Geschichte während die einzelnen Charaktäre von unterschiedlichen Personen gesprochen werden - ein echtes Hörvergnügen!!! Ich freue mich auf den zweiten Teil.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • cbaumeister
  • 13/10/2006

Amazing Audio Book for all Ages

Meet demon, armored bears, witches and other eerie people. The Golden Compass is the first book of Phillip Pullman's -Dark Materials- trilogy and honestly I can't wait listen to the other ones. First of all this audio book is not only read by the author himself he is supported by a full cast of actors, hence nearly every character has it's own voice. Five stars for the performance! The Golden Compass takes place in a world, which appears similar to our own but is at the same time very different. It's a world in which each person's soul is visible and called demon. A demon and human are mentally and physically so close that a separation will bring utterly harm to demon and human. Demons take the form of animals. While demons of adults appear in one form e.g. snakes, dogs, birds, etc, the demons of children are constantly able to change their appearance. Pulman tell the story of Lyra an orphan girl that lives in the Jordan Collage of Oxford. Her life involves without responsibilities and she mainly plays with her friend Roger and her demon Pantalaimon making all kind of mischief. But her life changes from one day to the other after eavesdropping her uncle?s conversation about what happened to some North Pole explorer. Lyra wants to join his expeditions but is not allowed to. At the same time many children start to disappear and all clues point towards the North Pole. When her friend Rogers disappears too Lyra will start a journey to rescue them. This journey will bring her to many different places, meet lots of different people and she will learn new things about her past and future. I think no matter what age you are you will enjoy this audio book. All fantasy fans might not be able to press the pause button. This is one of the best audio books I ever had!

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Chrissi
  • 04/02/2008

Intelligente Geschichte, echtes Hörspiel

Dieses Hörbuch ist ein echtes Hörspiel, weil es von verschiedenen Sprechern erzählt wird. Der Erzählstil ist ruhig und angenehm, dabei jedoch spannend und durch eine reiche Intonation sehr kurzweilig.Für mich ist die Geschichte intelligent zusamengestellt, weil sie stattfindet in der realen Welt mit irrealen Elementen. Dies öffnet den Horizont für interessante Assoziationen.Die Gefühle des Mädchens sind für mich überzeugend, die Charaktere nicht oberflächlich; überzeugend, auch wenn es sich hier um ein Märchen handelt.Sehr angenehm. Für mich auf der gleichen hohen Ebene wie Shadow Divers, Harry Potter, Outlander und die Ender Saga ....

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • avaudebe
  • 23/05/2006

Großartig

Diese vertonte Fassung des ersten Bandes des His Dark Materials - Zyklus schafft es auf eine großartige Weise die Magie der Bücher, mit sehr guten Sprechern, und dem genauso guten Autor als Erzähler, zum Leben zu erwecken und mich immer wieder zu begeistern!

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • beijaflorzinho
  • 01/09/2007

Einfach gut

Ich konnte nicht mehr auf die 'Pause'-Taste druecken, bevor ich nicht das ganze Buch gehoert hatte!
Ein ausgezeichnetes Hoerbuch, das eine komplexe Welt entwirft, die vertraut und unbekannt zugleich erscheint. Die Geschichte wird nach und nach enthuellt und der Spannungsbogen bis zum Ende, ja darueber hinaus gehalten. Nach diesem ersten Teil werde ich ganz bestimmt auch die beiden folgenden hoeren!

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Enyo
  • 10/03/2018

Beautifully performed and read story

I love the whole book after having seen the movie before so much more.

It's so much more complex and exciting.
I can hardly find a favorite part since all of it was so fascinatingly complex and surprising.

The development of the story is my favorite part since it couldn't truly be anticipated by empathizing the complexity of (social) interactions of the main characters.
And that seems to be an essential part of what makes for a good story to me at least.

The cast also beautifully and skillfully presents these complex inner/personal and social developments.
I'm excited to listen to the next part(s) in the following months.

  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Clarissa
  • 17/03/2016

Story is great, audio quality bad

Auf welchen Platz würden Sie The Golden Compass auf Ihrer Hörbuch-Bestenliste setzen?

Es ist eins der unvorhersehbarsten Bücher die ich habe. Es gibt nicht den "Bösen" und den "Guten" Charakter die man sofort identifizieren kann. Trotzdem ist es nicht verwirrend, sondern einfach nur realistischer. Es ist eine imaginäre Welt, aber in sich logisch.

Welcher Moment von The Golden Compass ist Ihnen besonders im Gedächtnis geblieben?

Ich interessiere mich für Atomphysik. Fand dementsprechend die Vergleiche und Erlärungen über den Aufbau von Lyras Welt spannend.

Wie hätte das Hörbuch besser vorgetragen werden können?

Die Sprecher sind an sich auch OK, die Audio-Aufnahme ist furchbar, erst dachte ich, es liegt an meiner Anlage, habe Bässe rausgedreht usw. aber die Aufnahme hätte einfach entrauscht werden müssen und die Stimmen klingen auch teils sehr "einfarbig" (schrill oder dumpf, je nach Tonlage)

Hätten Sie das Hörbuch am liebsten in einem Rutsch durchgehört?

Das ist für mich kein Qualitätsmerkmal. Ja, es war spannend, aber es war auch nachdenklich und vielschichtig, sodass ich mehr davon hatte, es nicht in einem Rutsch durchzuhören.

Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

Die "Kirche" ist hier eine negative, kontrollierende und auch grausame Macht. Für Leser mit christlichem Hintergrund kann das erst mal abschreckend wirken. Persönlich fand ich es OK, es ist ein anderes Universum und hält mir vor Augen, was passieren kann (und in manchen Situationen leider ist) wenn wir unseren Glauben als Machtmittel und Rechtfertigung für falsche Entscheidungen nehmen anstatt demütig zu bleiben. Der Wichtigste Unterschied zur Kirche in unserem Universum ist wohl, dass Lyras Kirche keinen Christus hat. Wer soll dann die Revolution der Nächstenliebe gestartet haben? Auch wenn es von einem Atheisten geschrieben wurde, finde ich das Buch auch theologisch sehr spannend. Auch den Gedanken, sich die Geschichte von Adam und Eva vorzustellen wie die imaginäre Zahl i. Ich glaube persönlich nicht dass wir alle von zwei Personen abstammen, aber Adam und Eva sind trotzdem ein wichtiger Teil meines Glaubens. Sie erzählen etwas das in Tausenden Jahren mit uns Menschen passiert ist, dass wir ein Bewusstsein für uns selbst entwickelt haben und ein Gewissen. In dem Sinne an alle christlichen Leser: Lasst euch nicht abschrecken, gerade von Leuten die anders glauben als wir lernen wir am meisten über unseren eigenen Glauben :-)

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Leseratte
  • 29/02/2016

One of the best

With those different readers for the characters it is great but differs slightly from the ebook. But it is read with great empathy. Much better than Twilight Saga, The Hunger Games and The Host.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Niklas
  • 18/09/2011

Horizonterweiternd...

... ist wohl eine der besseren Möglichkeiten, die Trilogie von Philip Pullman zusammenzufassen. Nachdem ich die Bücher schon mehrfach gelesen habe, und derer trotzdem nicht überdrüssig wurde, habe ich mich zum Kauf der Hörbücher entschieden und dies nicht bereut.
Die Charaktere sind vielfältig wiedergegeben und deren Dialekte und Aussprache spiegeln die jeweilige Herkunft und Status überaus gelungen wider - das ist keine Selbstverständlichkeit (man erinnere sich an den armen, durch Rufus Beck zu einem hanseatischen Piraten des 14. Jahrhunderts mutierten Mr. Weasley) . Die 'full cast'-Besetzung sorgt dafür, dass man auch beim Nebenbei-Hören (z.B. im Auto) von der Handlung, der Spannung und der Stimmung gefesselt wird.
Alles in allem ein wirklich gelungenes Hörbuch.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Claudia Kotta
  • 15/04/2011

Optimale L?sung f?r ein H?rbuch

Hier gibt es nicht nur einen Erz?hler, sondern auch dramaturgische Teile, die ein echtes H?rerlebnis bieten.
Die Stimme des M?dchens nervt zum Schluss ein wenig, aber sonst ist das eine optimale L?sung, um die lange Geschichte spannend zu gestalten.