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His Dark Materials, Book I: The Golden Compass

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Philip Pullman

Narrated By: Philip Pullman, A Full Cast

Publisher: Listening Library (Audio)

Date: September 2003

Duration: 10 hours 35 minutes


In a landmark epic of fantasy and storytelling, Philip Pullman invites readers into a world as convincing and thoroughly realized as Narnia, Earthsea, or Redwall. Here lives an orphaned ward named Lyra Belacqua, whose carefree life among the scholars at Oxford's Jordan College is shattered by the arrival of two powerful visitors. First, her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel, appears with evidence of mystery and danger in the far North, including photographs of a mysterious celestial phenomenon called Dust and the dim outline of a city suspended in the Aurora Borealis that he suspects is part of an alternate universe. He leaves Lyra in the care of Mrs. Coulter, an enigmatic scholar and explorer who offers to give Lyra the attention her uncle has long refused her. In this multilayered narrative, however, nothing is as it seems. Lyra sets out for the top of the world in search of her kidnapped playmate, Roger, bearing a rare truth-telling instrument, the compass of the title. All around her children are disappearing—victims of so-called "Gobblers"—and being used as subjects in terrible experiments that separate humans from their daemons, creatures that reflect each person's inner being. And somehow, both Lord Asriel and Mrs. Coulter are involved.


  • 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.

  • Julie V

    Narration with different people is very good!

  • 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.