The Golden Compass Audiobook – His Dark Materials #1

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The Golden Compass Audiobook (also know as Northern Lights Audiobook in the UK) is a young-adult fantasy novel by Philip Pullman and the first book of the His Dark Materials Audiobook trilogy.

The audiobook is set in a world dominated by an international theocracy, the Magisterium (also commonly called “the Church”), which actively suppresses heresy. In this world, humans’ souls naturally exist outside of their bodies in the form of sentient “dæmons”, talking animal spirits that constantly accompany, aid, and comfort their humans.

Children’s dæmons can freely and instantaneously change their appearance into that of any real or mythical creature; during puberty, however, their dæmons settle into one permanent form.

Plot Summary

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…

Why should you listen to The Golden Compass?

The Golden Compass Audiobook Mp3 is an absolute work of pure genius and is in my top ten listen of all time. Like The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia, His Dark Materials that define the genre. This is high praise indeed, and this novel is worthy of it.

The world-building here is so creative and so different from other fantasy novels. After reading a lot of fantasy novels with my son, at some point I get bored of the traditional storyline of wizard fights some sort of evil and prevails. In this world, every person is born joined to a Daemon, which is an animal who talks and basically always stays within ten feet of the person. They are bonded forever, and part of being a whole human is being bonded from birth to death with this talking animal.

There’s also a huge theme here about physics, which they call “Dark Matter” or “Dust” – that creates a mystery that keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the book. There are also such creative creatures, including armored polar bears who talk and are mercenaries for hire.

There are witches, who live for thousands of years and exist within clans. And the Daemons are fascinating. They can change shape at will into any animal basically until their human hits puberty, at which point they pick one animal shape to maintain for the rest of their lives.

The Golden Compass also retains all the classic elements of fantasy: magic, mythical creatures and supernatural phenomena. The world Pullman has created is physically intertwined with our own; there are references to cities and countries in which his idea has been planted.

The author manages to surprise the reader on several occasions as he drops several, massive plot turns. This sees the story go into unexpected directions.

This is one of those audiobooks that is applicable to all ages; it originally appears to be a children’s audiobook, but it can be enjoyed by anyone.

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Philip Pullman – The Golden Compass is now available in audible format, almost 11 hrs long, the narration by Full Cast, is so enticing that you get hooked instantly.

Narrated by: Philip Pullman, Joanna Wyatt, Rupert Degas, Alison Dowling, Douglas Blackwell, Jill Shilling, Stephen Thorne, Sean Barrett, Garrick Hagon, John O’Connor, Susan Sheridan, Full Cast
Series: His Dark Materials, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
Categories: Teens, Ages 11-13

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