His Dark Materials

8 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 1,599 ratings

Once Upon a Time in the North Publisher's Summary

This is the mesmerising story of the very first meeting of those two legends and friends, Lee Scoresby, the Texan balloonist, and Iorek Byrnison, the armoured bear.

When Lee and his daemon, Hester, land in the Arctic town of Novy Odense, they quickly become embroiled in an out-and-out political brawl. So when Iorek offers to help, Lee is only too happy to accept. Together they take on a slippery politician, his monstrous gas-powered gun and a murderous gunfighter. And so begins a friendship that will continue throughout their lives.

This audio edition is performed by Philip Pullman with a full cast and produced by Garrick Hagan.

©2008 Philip Pullman (P)2008 Random House Audiobooks
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    • Once Upon a Time in the North

    • By: Philip Pullman
    • Narrated by: Full Cast, Philip Pullman
    • Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
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    When Lee and his daemon, Hester, land in the Arctic town of Novy Odense, they quickly become embroiled in an out-and-out political brawl. So when Iorek offers to help, Lee is only too happy to accept. Together they take on a slippery politician, his monstrous gas-powered gun and a murderous gunfighter. And so begins a friendship that will continue throughout their lives.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Philip Pullman has such a gift with words

    • By Carolyn on 04-02-2018

    Non-member price: $17.98

    • The Collectors

    • By: Philip Pullman
    • Narrated by: Bill Nighy
    • Length: 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 202
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 187
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 186

    "But the thing is," said Horley, "they didn’t know each other at all. Never heard of each other. It wasn’t about the makers. Only about the works." On a dark winter's night in 1970, Horley and Grinstead huddle for warmth in the Senior Common Room of a college in Oxford. Conversation turns to the two impressive works of art that Horley has recently added to his collection....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Quirky little story

    • By GarethB on 14-03-2015

    Non-member price: $3.11

    • Lyra's Oxford

    • By: Philip Pullman
    • Narrated by: Philip Pullman, Full Cast
    • Length: 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
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    Lyra's Oxford opens two years after the conclusion of Philip Pullman's The Amber Spyglass in the comfort and familiarity of Jordan College, where Lyra and her daemon, Pantalaimon, sit on the sun-drenched roof looking out over all of Oxford. But their peace is shattered when a strange bird - a witch's daemon, on it's own - tumbles out of the sky, in search of a healing elixer to cure his witch of a strange new disease. Lyra and Pan decided to help - witches are friends, of course - but the closer their winding walk leads them towards the infamous Oxford alchemist.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Like a postcard!

    • By Katrina on 23-02-2016

    Non-member price: $12.48

  • Book 0

    • La Belle Sauvage

    • The Book of Dust: Volume One
    • By: Philip Pullman
    • Narrated by: Michael Sheen
    • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 411
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 388
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 385

    Philip Pullman returns to the world of His Dark Materials with this magnificent first volume of The Book of Dust series. Eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his dæmon, Asta, live with his parents at the Trout Inn near Oxford. Across the River Thames (which Malcolm navigates often using his beloved canoe, a boat by the name of La Belle Sauvage) is the Godstow Priory where the nuns live. Malcolm learns they have a guest with them - a baby by the name of Lyra Belacqua....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • delightful. gripping. touching.

    • By phoebe on 22-12-2017

    Non-member price: $40.58

  • Book 0.5

    • The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two

    • By: Philip Pullman
    • Length: Not Yet Known
    • Unabridged
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    The second volume of Sir Philip Pullman’s The Book of Dust sees Lyra, now 20 years old, and her daemon Pantalaimon, forced to navigate their relationship in a way they could never have imagined, and drawn into the complex and dangerous factions of a world that they had no idea existed. Pulled along on his own journey too is Malcolm; once a boy with a boat and a mission to save a baby from the flood, now a man with a strong sense of duty and a desire to do what is right. 

    Non-member price: $36.45

  • Book 1

    • Northern Lights: His Dark Materials Trilogy, Book 1

    • By: Philip Pullman
    • Narrated by: Philip Pullman
    • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 473
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 427
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 430

    This is the first book in the Carnegie Medal and Guardian Award-winning trilogy His Dark Materials, from Philip Pullman. Set in a parallel world very similar to our own, Northern Lights tells the compelling story of 12-year-old Lyra's quest to rescue her friend and find her father, aided by her daemon, an armoured bear, and a witch-queen.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent voice acting

    • By Clare on 17-05-2015

    Non-member price: $29.92

  • Book 2

    • The Subtle Knife: His Dark Materials Trilogy, Book 2

    • By: Philip Pullman
    • Narrated by: Philip Pullman, cast
    • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 263
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      5 out of 5 stars 243
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 243

    The thrilling second book in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, read by the author and a full cast. In this stunning sequel to Northern Lights, the intrepid Lyra Silvertongue and her daemon, Pantalaimon, find themselves in a shimmering, haunted other world – Cittagazze where soul-eating Spectres stalk the streets and wingbeats of distant angels sound against the sky. Here she meets twelve-year-old Will Parry, a fugitive from a third universe.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great book mostly well performed

    • By Amazon Customer on 06-04-2019

    Non-member price: $26.84

  • Book 3

    • The Amber Spyglass: His Dark Materials Trilogy, Book 3

    • By: Philip Pullman
    • Narrated by: Philip Pullman, cast
    • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 212
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 200
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 198

    Here is a BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of the third book in Philip Pullman's trilogy His Dark Materials. Bringing the saga to a thrilling close, it reintroduces familiar characters such as Lyra, Will, Mrs Coulter, and Dr Mary Malone.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beautiful and sad.

    • By Minde on 29-11-2016

    Non-member price: $30.74