Texas aeronaut Lee Scoresby becomes embroiled in local politics when he lands his balloon in the Arctic town of Novy Odense in this prequel to THE GOLDEN COMPASS. The audiobook will, of course, be more resonant for listeners who have heard the His Dark Materials series--and who will recognize returning characters--but it's an entertaining, well-produced adventure regardless. Nigel Whitmey and Liza Ross are a perfect, often hilariously comic team as Lee and his daemon, the jackrabbit (or is she?) Hester. Author Pullman gives a skilled, poised reading of the narrative, and the rest of the cast is equally good, with Sean Barrett's booming armored bear, Iorek Byrnison, a standout. The tense, violent shoot-out at the end will keep listeners glued to their earphones. J.M.D. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine [Published: MAY 2008]
Trade Ed. Listening Library 2008
CD ISBN 978-0-7393-6698-1 $25.00 Two CDs
DD ISBN 978-0739366998 $12.50
Library Ed. Listening Library 2008
CD ISBN 978-0-7393-6700-1 $30.00 Two CDs
DD ISBN 978-0739367018 $25.50
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