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The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Philip Pullman

Narrated By: Philip Pullman,

Publisher: Listening Library (Audio)

Date: September 2003

Duration: 10 hours 37 minutes



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 readers 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 #1 New York Times Bestseller
Winner of the Guardian Prize for Children's Fiction
Published in 40 Countries

'Arguably the best juvenile fantasy novel of the past twenty years.' —The Washington Post

'Very grand indeed.' —The New York Times

'Pullman is quite possibly a genius.' —Newsweek


  • Tanna G

    I loved the book. The story was excellent. I loved Philip Pullman narrating. Some of the other actors/voices were a bit off-putting, but did not go so far to ruin the book for me. I still would recommend this audio book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Julie V

    Narration with different people is very good!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Brian M.

    Brilliant, and absolutely the best narration of any book I’ve heard

  • Christine D.

    Best audio book I have ever listened too. The full cast and narrator are compelling and urge you to continue on and on with the material. Amazing!

  • Jessica E

    Excellent story and a wonderful cast reading!! Truly a theatrical production!!

  • Brad Austin

    The whole series is incredible, really. The world is believable from the very start, and Lyra is such a well-developed character. Pullman narrating is a treat, and each voice actor does a great job.

  • Sussan Carlson

    I have read this series many years ago but listening to it brings the characters to life. It is such a wonderful story.

  • William Santiago

    Fantastic storytelling and great narration. I've been recommending audiobooks since listening to this one.

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