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Brought to you by Penguin.

Featuring an exclusive bonus interview between the author, Philip Pullman, and His Dark Materials star, Ruth Wilson.

Now a major BBC series.

Without this child, we shall all die.

Lyra Belacqua lives half-wild and carefree among the scholars of Jordan College, with her daemon, Pantalaimon, always by her side.

But the arrival of her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel, draws her to the heart of a terrible struggle - a struggle born of stolen children, witch clans and armoured bears.

As she hurtles towards danger in the cold far North, Lyra never suspects the shocking truth: she alone is destined to win, or to lose, the biggest battle imaginable.

Read by Philip Pullman and a full cast of narrators.

©1995 Philip Pullman (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Read by Pullman himself and a full cast including Julian Glover and Stephen Thorne, this is glorious listening." (Sunday Express)

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  • LadyDerby222
  • 07-04-21

Wonderful

I’ve been a fan of the Northern Lights Trilogy for some years now, having read them several times over. I’ve also devoured the television series, which although in my opinion is no where near as good as the books was nevertheless enjoyable, and now have listened to the first audiobook in the series. It lives up to expectation, with the combination of a cast for the characters and Philip Pullman himself narrating, it works really well. Throughly enjoyable listen! I’d highly recommend.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-07-21

do not listen to Pullman interview it has spoilers

fantastic book really enjoyed it. dont listen to the interview at the end it has spoilers for upcoming books bit silly really to include it

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  • Claire Jones
  • 01-01-22

Brilliant story ruined by poor narration

I loved this series as a read, and loved the narration of the later books (Belle Sauvage and Secret Commonwealth) but the narration of the initial trilogy is very poor, it is rushed and expressionless and the acting cast sound almost like caricatures of the characters. We listen to audio books on long car journeys and having enjoyed these books myself was looking forward to introducing them to to the kids but will be reading them the rest of the trilogy rather than listening to it.

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  • 92jl
  • 08-22-21

Spoilers in Bonus Interview

There is a bonus interview at the end which I assume is nice for anyone who's already read the books, but I had to turn it off as it started discussing things beyond the first book. This should be moved to a later audiobook, or prefaced with a spoiler alert.

As for the book itself, very imaginative and excellently voiced

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  • AMB
  • 11-07-21

Brilliant

Brilliant story and brilliant narration by all the cast. unfortunately the interview at the end spoilt the end of the trilogy so dont listen to it if you have read all 3 yet

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-13-21

DO NOT LISTEN TO THE END INTERVIEW

Amazing book amazing story, but please be careful! at the end of the audiobook there is an interview with Phillip Pullman and Ruth Wilson, and the first question gives away spoilers from the 3rd book the Amber Spyglass. I couldn't believe it! So I found out the ending of the whole trilogy. Please skip the interview if you haven't read the other books!

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  • Sarah McDonald
  • 08-06-21

Phillip the Genius

A fantastic book gripping me throughout,you can never tell what’s coming next.Beautifully read by Phillip Pullman creating suspense in his tone even for the youth of 8-16 you can clearly understand what’s going on I love it!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-13-22

Fantastic

Really enjoyed this book and it made. Much more sense that the BBC drama of it. Would recommend

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  • D. J. Macey
  • 10-18-21

Good novel

a really good novel to listen toobi really enjoying it and be listening to the next novel in the series soon

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  • Marthe
  • 10-14-21

Quite enjoyable

Interesting magic, characters have different voices and personalities, interesting ending that makes you wanna read the next one, holds a good pace, I like to listen at 1.2 speed.

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  • Bangarang92
  • 11-14-21

love it.

I absolutely loved having a full cast. I was abit hesitant at first as a narrator can make or break an audio book but this was fantastic.
Now the story, I decided to give this a go as I was curious upon thinking of the movie what happened after. So like any curious person I took to the books, and well I kinda knew what to expect after the movie, I did watch it 10 years or so ago but the next 2 books, I had no idea about and absolutely LOVED IT. what an enchanting world. I definitely reccomend getting lost in these worlds.

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  • Lilu46
  • 10-10-21

LOVED IT!!❤️❤️❤️😍😍

This first book was amazing I’m so excited to get the next one!!! I listened to this with my daughter and she loved it!! But now she’s going to nagar me to get the next book but overall I loved it!!❤️❤️❤️❤️😍😍❤️