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The Golden Compass

His Dark Materials, Book 1
Série : His Dark Materials, Volume 1
Durée : 10 h et 39 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (19 notations)

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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

***Coming soon! A new HBO series, His Dark Materials, based on Pullman's Books***

The modern fantasy classic that Entertainment Weekly named an “All-Time Greatest Novel” and Newsweek hailed as a “Top 100 Book of All Time”. 

Philip Pullman takes listeners to a world where humans have animal familiars and where parallel universes are within reach.

Lyra is rushing to the cold, far North, where witch clans and armored bears rule. North, where the Gobblers take the children they steal - including her friend Roger. North, where her fearsome uncle Asriel is trying to build a bridge to a parallel world.

Can one small girl make a difference in such great and terrible endeavors? This is Lyra: a savage, a schemer, a liar, and as fierce and true a champion as Roger or Asriel could want.

But what Lyra doesn't know is that to help one of them will be to betray the other....

A masterwork of storytelling and suspense, Philip Pullman's award-winning The Golden Compass is the first in the His Dark Materials series, which continues with The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass.

A Number One New York Times Best Seller

Winner of the Guardian Prize for Children's Fiction

Published in 40 Countries

"Arguably the best juvenile fantasy novel of the past 20 years." (The Washington Post)

"Very grand indeed." (The New York Times)

"Pullman is quite possibly a genius." (Newsweek)

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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    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
  • 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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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Baelabog
  • 21/10/2017

Good story, okay reading

my only issue with this audio book is the difference in volume from the narrator and the characters. narrator is very quiet while character voices are loud and often yelling about something. as a night listener, this is very off-putting. I enjoy the story, but won't be investing in the rest of the books due to this.

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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
    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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    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
  • Jaimee
  • 09/10/2008

Heirloom Books

I can not wait until my daughter is old enough to enjoy this book as much as I did. Not only are the characters rich and fantastic like a good story should but the underlying message is absolutely brilliant. I can see how some religious folks can find the work a bit disconcerting but when it comes down to it some of us find the Bible to be just another story book as well. It's fascinating to jump into a world that leads you into opening your mind and widening your perception. This book will get your gears moving and when it starts it's like a perpetual motion machine.

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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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    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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    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
    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Armin
  • 30/05/2019

Great great story and acting, but bad audio qualit

The story is incredibly good for all ages and the acting adds a lot. Sadly the bad audio quality detracts a bit from the experience

  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • corvus corone corone
  • 18/01/2019

Ich habs zurückgegeben

Der erste Teil der Trilogie ist natürlich brillant, das war mir vorher bewußt. Leider ist die Sprecherin von Lyra unerträglich in meinen Ohren. Schmerzhaft schrill, atemlos, immer über-aufgeregt, egal, ob es zur Konversation passt oder nicht. Der Rest der Truppe ist super, aber ich werde es mir nie wieder anhören, weil diese Stimme mir tatsächlich körperliche Schmerzen bereitet hat.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 18/01/2019

Good Book😊

loved this book a very nice story and enjoyable, a lot of fantasies but it is still kind of realistic

  • 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
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    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 :-)