Though she has been raised at the college in an atmosphere of benign neglect that has allowed her to become a half-wild child of the streets, Lyra soon finds herself apprenticed to the elegant Mrs. Coulter, and in possession of a strange device called the alethiometer, a "golden compass" that reads not true worth, but truth itself.
But truth is a precious commodity, and before long Lyra and Pan are running for their lives, the object of an obsessive hunt by mysterious forces who have been stealing children for dark purposes that no one understands. Lyra will need all her street-learned wiles if she and Pan are to survive.
An international sensation from the moment it was published, The Golden Compass comes to spectacular new life in this unabridged recording, narrated by Philip Pullman himself, with the support of some of the finest actors of the London stage.
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"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)
Von aurelia_aurita Am hilfreichsten 11.04.2006
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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Von cbaumeister Am hilfreichsten 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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