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This was the first audio book I ever listened to fully, and it hasn't been beaten yet. It is the first book in the trilogy named 'His Dark Materials'. The book pulls you into the story right from page one and doesn't let you go until you have finished the whole trilogy.
The book is an amazing story set in a world similar to ours, but very different. The story revolves around an interesting young girl named Lyra. Apart from that I can't say much more without giving parts of the story away that you really should find out for yourself. Pullman has created a world that is so believable and the story is full of drama. Although the books were originally meant as children's books, the story encompasses huge themes such as religion, philosophy and the struggle between state and religious control.
I really cannot recommend any book more highly than this trilogy of books. They are my favourite books of al time and I am a big reader.
I originally read the books but the audio book, read by Pullman himself, is an amazing way to bring the story alive and I have not yet heard an audio book that was narrated better. Pullman has a great voice for audio books and is able to put passion and drama into his readings.
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. This prize-winning tale is narrated with vigour and dynamism by the author and a full cast. It is written and read by Philip Pullman.