Lyra lives among scholars in the hallowed halls of Jordan
College, tearing through Oxford's streets on mad quests for
adventure. But her greatest adventure begins when she hears
of an extra ordinary, magical particle of dust that is rumoured
to possess profound properties that could unite universes.
Lyra and her daemon, Pantalaimon, soon engage in a dangerous
quest to protect the particle from fearful destroyers...
nine CD collection of Philip Pullman's Northern Lights
is an unabridged audio presentation of the first book in the
His Dark Materials trilogy. This collection expands
the BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation, which is also available
separately as a 2-disc
by including additional narration that fleshes out the story
fully, as in the original book.
Lights tells the story of 12-year-old Lyra and her quest
to rescue her friend and find her father. In her quest to
hunt down a mysterious dust, Lyra and her daemon travel to
the bleak splendour of the North, where armoured bears rule
the ice and witch-queens fly through the frozen skies - and
where a team of scientists is conducting experiments too horrible
to be spoken about. Lyra overcomes these strange terrors,
only to find something yet more perilous waiting for her -
something with consequences that may reach beyond the Northern
After discovering that the adults around her are not what
they seem, Lyra and Pantalaimon - her daemon - join forces
with a band of gyptians. Travelling north they encounter witch-queens
and armoured bears, before being captured and taken to Bolvangar
- where children are being used in terrible and secret experiments.
Lights has an all-star cast including Terence Stamp, Emma
Fielding, Bill Paterson, Kenneth Cranham and Ray Fearon, with
a linking narration by the author. While the 2-disc collection
is incredibly well realised (and a must for all fans of the
trilogy), this unabridged collection is even more engaging.
The hours will fly by, and once you've listened to it once
you'll be itching to buy the other two further collections.
£46 may seem a lot to spend (and if you are planning
on buying all three unabridged tales the full collection will
set you back a tidy £146) it does represent almost eleven
hours of quality entertainment which vividly brings to life
Pullman's story. Fans of the book will find that this is a