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The Golden Compass - Philip Pullman - AudioBook CD NEW (Northern Lights-His Dark Materials Book I)

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The Golden Compass - Philip Pullman - AudioBook CD NEW (Northern Lights-His Dark Materials Book I)

The Golden Compass

Part I of His Dark Materials Trilogy

also well-known as Northern Lights - by Philip Pullman

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The Golden Compass Part I of His Dark Materials Trilogy sometimes known as Northern Lights - by Philip Pullman

Brand New 9 CDs 10.75 Hours - Performed by the Author along with a full cast

In The Golden Compass, visitors meet for the very first time 11-year-old Lyra Belacqua, a precocious orphan growing up in the precincts of Jordan College in Oxford, England. It instantly becomes well-defined that Lyra's Oxford is not exactly like our own - nor is her planet. In Lyra's globe, everyone has a individual dæmon, a lifelong animal familiar. This really is a globe in which research, theology and magic are carefully intertwined.

Sample Golden Compass Audio mp3

These tips are of small concern to Lyra, who at the outset of the story, spends nearly all of her time with her friend Roger, a kitchen boy. Together, they share a carefree existence scampering across the roofs of the university, racing through the streets of Oxford, or waging war with all the different kids in town. But that lifetime changes forever when Lyra and her dæmon, Pantalaimon, prevent an assassination attempt on her uncle, the effective Lord Asriel, and then overhear a secret discussion about a mysterious entity termed as Dust.

It is at this time that kids mysteriously started to disappear. Children, and just the youngsters, are vanishing at the hands of what become termed as the "Gobblers." Who the Gobblers are and what they wish is unknown, but shortly, kids from far and broad are disappearing without a trace, even Lyra's superior friend, Roger.

But before she may start her look for Roger, Lyra is introduced to Mrs. Coulter, a stunning and bewitching female. Mrs. Coulter is a scholar and an explorer - apparently everything that Lyra might ever hope to be. Mrs. Coulter takes Lyra under her wing and uses her as an assistant to aid in the upcoming journey to explore the Arctic North. On the morning she is to leave Jordan College, the Master of the school offers Lyra an alethiometer, a uncommon and effective instrument with all the energy to present the truth in every factors.

While under Mrs. Coulter's guidance, Lyra learns of her mentor's important part in Church's General Oblation Board, a.k.a. the Gobblers, the party responsible for the disappearing youngsters. It is revealed that these kidnapped kids are taken to Bolvangar, a spot in the far North, to engage in Dust experiments whereby they are severed from their dæmons through a procedure called intercision. Lyra additionally learns that the Church has grabbed and imprisoned Lord Asriel in the Arctic area of Bolvanger where he has undertaken Dust experiments of his own.

Horrified at what she has learned, Lyra and Pantalaimon flee Mrs. Coulter's house in the center of the evening and are rescued through the kindness of 2 gyptian guys. The gyptians are a gypsy group of boat-people who reside a harsh existence found on the water tempered by their unwavering sense of family, loyalty and love. It is the gyptians' kids who have suffered many at the hands of the Gobblers, plus they have vowed to travel North to rescue them. Lyra pledges to share what she knows, rescue her dear friend Roger, and eventually discover her imprisoned dad. Through the gyptian elders, Lord Faa and Farder Coram, Lyra is bewildered to discover that her parents are Lord Asriel and Mrs. Coulter. Despite this shock, Lyra instantly learns to read the alethiometer and know its messages. Although her alethiometer allows her to discover the truth in everything around her, Lyra is uninformed of the incredible part her own existence plays in the fate of the universe. Lyra is the topic of the excellent prophecy in which she is destined to commit a fateful betrayal that might determine the future of all worlds.

To succeed in the rescue mission for the kids, the gyptians enlist the alliances of 3 folks who come to respect Lyra dearly: Serafina Pekkala, the witch queen who reveals that the fate of universe lies in Lyra's future; Lee Scoresby, a Texan aeronaut and commander of the hot air balloon; and Iorek Byrnison, a renegade armored polar bear, deposed as king of his clan by a deceitful brother. While on their extended, difficult journey in the far North, Lyra and Pantalaimon are kidnapped by hunters who take them to Bolvangar, the spot where all of the kidnapped youngsters have been brought. At extended last, Lyra is happily reunited with Roger, but to her horror, she witnesses intercision, the gruesome Dust test that separates child and dæmon. Banding together, the youngsters and their daemons escape the terrors of Bolvangar, fleeing into the protection of the gyptians, Serafina Pekkala's witches, Lee Scoreby's balloon, and Iorek Byrnison.
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Although the kids are rescued, the journey for Lyra and Roger is far from over. They travel further north and finally find Lyra's dad, Lord Asriel. Lord Asriel has experimented with Dust also, and has noticed its part in crossing the barriers into alternative worlds. He has built a bridge to another planet, but crossing that bridge needs the vitality introduced in an intercision. Unable to sacrifice his own child, Lord Asriel makes Roger his prey and escapes to another planet. The universe has been broken and Lyra's friend lies dead, but she vows receive revenge and discover the secret of Dust.

The Cast

Stan Barrett - Lord Asriel/Iorek Byrnison
Andrew Branch - Kaisa/Able Seaman Jerry
Douglas Blackwell -John Faa/Iofur Raknison
Harriet Butler - Bella
Anna Coghlan - Bridget McGinn
Ruper Degas - Pantalaimon
Alison Dowling - Mrs. Coulter
David Graham - Jotham Santelia
Stephen Greif - Martin Lanselius/Sysselman
Garrick Hagon - Lee Scoresby
Andrew Lamont - first Gyptian Boy
Fiona Lamont - Martha
Alexander Mitchell - Hugh Lovat
Arthur Mitchell Charlie
Hayward Morse The Butler/The Chaplain
John O'Connor The Dean
Philip Pullman Narrator
Anne Rosenfeld Mrs. Lonsdale
Liza Ross Stelmaria/Billy
Suzan Sheridan - Serafina Pekkala/Roger
Jill Shilling - Ma Costa
Stephen Thorne - The Master/Farder Coram
Rachel Wolf - Annie
Joanna Wyatt - Lyra
Other components played by members of the cast



 About the Author Philip PullmanPhilip Pullman CBE (born October 19, 1946) is an English author. He is the best-selling writer of His Dark Materials, a trilogy of fantasy novels, along with a amount of alternative books.

 Biography

Pullman was born in Norwich, Norfolk, England, to RAF pilot Alfred Outram and Audrey Evelyn Merrifield. The family travelled with his father's job, including to Southern Rhodesia (today Zimbabwe), where he invested time at school. His dad was killed in a airplane crash in 1953 when Pullman was 7. His mom remarried and with a move to Australia came Pullman's discovery of comic books including Superman and Batman, a medium which he continues to espouse. From 1957 he was educated at Ysgol Ardudwy school in Harlech, Gwynedd and invested time in Norfolk with his grandfather, a clergyman. Around this time Pullman noticed John Milton's Paradise Lost, which would become a main influence for His Dark Materials.

From 1963 Pullman attended Exeter College, Oxford, getting a Third class BA in 1968, in an interview with all the Oxford Student he reported that "he didn't love the English course" and that "I thought I was doing very perfectly until I came out with my 3rd class degree and then I realised that I wasn’t — it was the year they stopped providing 4th class degrees otherwise I’d have 1 of those". He noticed William Blake's illustrations around 1970, which would furthermore later influence him greatly

Pullman wedded Judith Speller in 1970 and started training kids and composing school plays. His initially published function was The Haunted Storm, which joint-won the New English Library's Young Writer's Award in 1972. He nevertheless refuses to discuss it. Galatea, an adult fantasy-fiction novel, followed in 1978, but it was his school plays which inspired his initially children's book, Count Karlstein, in 1982. He stopped training around the publication of The Ruby in the Smoke (1986), his 2nd children's book, whose Victorian setting is indicative of Pullman's interest in that era.

Pullman taught part-time at Westminster College, Oxford between 1988 and 1996, continuing to write children's stories. He started His Dark Materials about 1993. Northern Lights (published as The Golden Compass in the US) was published in 1996 and won the Carnegie Medal, the most prestigious British children's fiction awards, and the Guardian Children's Fiction Award.

Pullman has been composing full-time since 1996, but continues to deliver talks and writes sometimes for The Guardian. He was granted a CBE in the New Year's Honours list in 2004. Pullman equally started lecturing at a seminar in English at his alma mater, Exeter College, Oxford, in 2004. He is currently functioning on The Book of Dust, a sequel to his completed His Dark Materials trilogy.

His Dark Materials

His Dark Materials consists of Northern Lights (titled The Golden Compass in North America), The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass (see equally a brief companion piece, Lyra's Oxford, containing goods of interest along with a brief story, in addition to the yet-unpublished prequel, The Book of Dust ).

The initial amount of the trilogy, Northern Lights, won the Carnegie Medal for children's fiction in the UK in 1995. The Amber Spyglass, the last amount, was granted both 2001 Whitbread Prize for right children's book and the Whitbread Book of the Year prize in January 2002, the initial children's book to get that honor. The trilogy won favored acclaim in late 2003, taking 3rd area in the BBC's Big Read poll.

In 2005 Pullman was announced as joint winner of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for children's literature.

 Philosophical and religious perspective

Pullman is a Distinguished Supporter of the British Humanist Association and an Honorary Associate of the National Secular Society.

The His Dark Materials books have been at the heart of controversy, specifically with certain Christian groups. Some, including Peter Hitchens, claim that he actively pursues an anti-Christian agenda. Proponents of the view quote the important articles he has created regarding C. S. Lewis' series The Chronicles of Narnia (which Pullman denounces as religious propaganda), and the normally bad portrayal of the "Church" in His Dark Materials.

The 2 series have some resemblance. Both feature youngsters facing adult moral options, chatting animals, religious allegories, parallel worlds, and concern the best fate of those worlds. The initial published Narnia book, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, starts with a young girl hiding in a wardrobe, as does the initially His Dark Materials book, Northern Lights (published as The Golden Compass in North America).

Some, including Hitchens again, have enjoyed the His Dark Materials series as a direct rebuttal of C. S. Lewis's series.Pullman has additionally criticised the method Lewis excludes the character Susan within the final 'heaven' scenes in The Last Battle, suggesting she is refused for her growing worldliness. Lewis devotees argue that Pullman has read too deeply into this; Lewis prepared no statement about Susan's ultimate destiny, and not excluded the possibility of her rejoining her neighbors in paradise later, as they are dead and she continues to be alive.

But, Pullman has found help from alternative Christians, many notably Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury. These groups and people point out that Pullman's attacks are focused found on the constraints of dogmatism and the utilization of religion to oppress, not on Christianity itself. Dr. Williams has gone thus far as to propose that His Dark Materials be taught as piece of religious knowledge in universities. Moreover, even authors of functions focused on important appraisals of religious themes in his writing have described Pullman as a friendly and good debating partner.

Screen adaptations

* A movie adaptation of The Butterfly Tattoo  is set to movie in 2007. It is a Philip Pullman supported project to let young artists a chance to receive movie industry experience.
* A co-produced BBC and WGBH Boston tv adaptation of The Ruby in the Smoke, starring Billie Piper and Julie Walters, was screened in the UK on BBC One on 27 December 2006 and premiered on PBS Masterpiece Theatre in America on February 4, 2007. The BBC and WGBH have plans to adjust the different 3 Sally Lockhart novels, The Shadow in the North, The Tiger in the Well, and The Tin Princess, for tv.
* A movie adaptation, titled His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass, is to be introduced in December 2007 by New Line Cinema, starring Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig and Dakota Blue Richards.

Bibliography

Non-series books

* 1972 The Haunted Storm
* 1976 Galatea
* 1982 Count Karlstein
* 1987 How to be Cool
* 1989 Spring-Heeled Jack
* 1990 The Broken Bridge
* 1992 The White Mercedes
* 1993 The Wonderful Story of Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp
* 1995 Clockwork, or, All Wound Up
* 1995 The Firework-Maker's Daughter
* 1998 Mossycoat
* 1998 The Butterfly Tattoo (re-issue of The White Mercedes)
* 1999 I was a Rat! or The Scarlet Slippers
* 2000 Puss in Boots: The Adventures of That Many Enterprising Feline
* 2004 The Scarecrow and his Servant

The New-Cut Gang

* 1994 Thunderbolt's Waxwork
* 1995 The Gasfitter's Ball

Sally Lockhart

* 1985 The Ruby in the Smoke
* 1986 The Shadow in the North (initially published as The Shadow in the Plate)
* 1990 The Tiger in the Well
* 1994 The Tin Princess

His Dark Materials

* 1995 Northern Lights, retitled The Golden Compass in the US
* 1997 The Subtle Knife
* 2000 The Amber Spyglass

Companion Books

* 2003 Lyra's Oxford
* 2009(According to Pullman himself, Although this might change) The Book of Dust (not yet published)

Plays

* 1990 Frankenstein
* 1992 Sherlock Holmes and the Limehouse Horror (from Wikipedia)

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