The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials)

The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials)

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The Golden Compass is the first book in Philip Pullman's trilogy His Dark Materials, and mainly centers on Lyra and her adventures to find her missing friend Roger and her captured uncle, Asriel.
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  • Ronald Miller
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials) has some of the best polar bear illustrations and interactions that I have read in a book to date. I really like how the book in particular goes into great detail talking about polar bears and what their life is like. I also found Lyra's adventures and backstory to be extremely interesting as well. "
  • Peter Payne
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "The Golden Compass is a great entry into the Philip Pullman's book trilogy-- His Dark Materials. I always enjoy fantasy novels that mixes our world with the imaginative world of the author. The magic presented in the books are very unique to me. I had delayed reading this series for a while due to finishing other series. Once I started reading The Golden Compass, I wish that I had started reading this series a long time ago."
  • Peter Bennett
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "I don't get too excited when I read unless I've heard really good things about it. The Golden Compass got me really excited from everything I heard about it. It's about a girl who tries to find her missing friend. It's really good and you won't want to put it down. "
  • David Webb
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "An amazing book in it's own right, and yes, magic does play a part, but to state that "schools of magic" is why it's the best in it's category is just silly. Read the book for being amazing, not for some trumped up category."
    Samuel Mendez
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "Newsweek called it a Top 100 Book of All Time for good reason. Do yourself a favor and read the "His Dark Materials" series of which this is the first and arguably, the best."
  • Rakesh Venkatesan
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "I picked this book up when I found out it was part of a trilogy. I was ready to invest into a long saga and was not disappointed. The story is engaging and the characters are charming. You really feel for Lyra on her quest to find her friend and uncle."
  • Andrew Young
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Great book, fantastic writing. The characters are immersive and really bring you into the world."
  • Roger Hopkins
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "The "His Dark Materials" series is a classic of fantasy adventure for a reason. Pullman's trilogy is a must-read for any fan of classic, old-school fantasy fiction. I first read these books when I was in school, and I re-read them every few years just to relive it. A real classic!"
    Larry Richardson
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "All three books in this series are amazing. Every chapter kept me intrigued and enticed until the very end. "
  • Olivia Sims
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "A wonderful story with an unusual heroine, this one is good for younger and older readers alike. The beginning of a trilogy this book will pull you into it's world of characters and places."
  • Terry Johnston
    Written on April 20, 2018
  • Jason Edwards
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This is a great 90s novel with lots of nostalgia. It involves a girl trying to find her missing friend."
  • Anonymous
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "My high school buddies have been suggesting this book to me so my expectations are quite high before I start reading the book. After finishing it, I can say that it's good but not as good as I was expecting. It seems to be part of a Christian lit."
  • Micaela Ordoñez
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "As popular fantasy novels go, this one doesn't get much better, being lauded by the New York Times, Newsweek and the Washington Post. First in the Dark Materials trilogy, Pullman follows with The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass."
  • David Gardner
    Written on January 29, 2018
    "An amazing trilogy that is dark, beautiful and thought provoking. This is the first book of the series and the audiobook is engrossing and very easy to listen to. Highly recommended. "
  • Michael Morris
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I've always loved His Dark Materials. I would put The Golden Compass up there with Harry Potter on my list of books I couldn't put down as a kid. I have compared the story of this first book to being a cross between Harry Potter and The Odyssey. Lyra's journey to the "main event" takes up most of the content of the first entry in this series, and the journey is so, so fun."
  • Emma Meyer
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I concur that The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials) is the best book that every 13/14 year old should read. I like The Golden Compass and especially the unity between man and animals. I also enjoyed it because it was thought-provoking."
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  • Betty Holland
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "An instant classic. This book series became a huge hit and a less huge movie, but it's a great read for juveniles."
  • Muhammad Jhadav
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "This epic tale of Lyra Belacqua and her adventures to find her friend Roger and her uncle Asriel is one of struggle and triumph. This book was a great introduction to the trilogy and I really enjoyed it. Her journey and the fantasy world that she is apart make this story unique and fun to read."
  • Tammy Wells
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "The Golden Compass was very entertaining with twists and turns around every corner. Great adventure book."
  • Jack Watkins
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "I loved every chapter. I enjoyed reading about different worlds, daemons, armored bears, witches, spectors, mulefa, angels, Authority, and golden dust. I liked the names of fictional geographical regions being similar to the real names because it immediately created a general picture in my mind. I also greatly enjoyed the incorporation of elements of old and current religious beliefs, ancient myths, and even some science into the plot because it added the feeling of familiarity."
    Gregory Peters
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "It is the modern book and it is read easily."
  • Richard Fernandez
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I really enjoyed this one. It was intriguing all the way through. I can't wait for the next one."
  • Sofía Trujillo
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This book was very easy to read. I'm sure even a pre teen could read and understand it. I really enjoyed that the world this book is set in is very different from ours but there were familiar elements to it. Great story that I can relate to. "
  • Rose Campbell
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "The Golden Compass from His Dark Materials trilogy is an awesome book especially if you like the game Fallen London. It's full of adventures and has great character development. I couldn't put it down and devoured the rest of the series, too. "
  • Jennifer Watkins
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials) is a good trilogy, but not great. The trilogy won't satisfy all readers. I recommend reading something better. Of course it can't hurt to read the trilogy and fom your own opinions. Just don't say that I didn't warn you."
  • Jason Walters
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "The golden compass book is part of the his dark materials trilogy. The series as a whole is magnificent work for any age. However i reccomend 8 and up."
  • Lori Jordan
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This series seems to be written for a younger audience, and preteens can read it without any struggle. The trilogy begins with this book: The Golden Compass. The book provides fantasy and fictional geographical regions. There is a movie after the book, but I highly recommend the book first, as the movie is underwhelming. The story is great and it's one that isn't easily put down."
  • Barbara Stephens
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "You know it's going to be a good book when even the names of the characters are intriguing. Just a magical ride to behold, great modern youthful example of science fiction. "
  • Willie Williams
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials) is one of the coolest adventure stories I've read in a long time. I love stories where animals are characters and take place in fantasy worlds. It was hard to put this book down once I started and I was sad when it was over."
    Andrew Ellis
    Written on April 29, 2018
  • Roger Freeman
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials) is good, but not one of the best books that feature anthropomorphic animals. The story is dull and the characters are boring. It does have some good parts that really capture your interest."
  • Kimberly Johnson
    Written on April 28, 2018
    " The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials) featured some atheism. In all, it was not my kind of book and I lost interest after the first 6 chapters. I cant tell you anymore about it, because I stopped reading it. "
  • Aadhya Kadam
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "After watching the movie I decided to pick up this book and it is amazing. The richness and depth of the world and its characters is amazing. There are many worldly themes that adults would be able to easily pick up on, while also maintaining an appropriateness for younger teens. The plot is fast moving and intense and the storyline is dramatic and fascinating. The world Pullman creates is amazing. "
  • Austin Ford
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "My 12-year-old kid just read The Golden Compass and loved it! Based on her reaction, I would expect this to be one of the best books available for children in that age range. What was less expected was that, upon reading the book after my daughter, I loved the book as well! The plot is fairly advanced for a book that I had thought was geared more for tweens and teens. Fantastic read!"
  • Jesse Tucker
    Written on January 31, 2018
    "I see you're a Harry Potter fan huh. Like the books more than the movie? Yeah I too liked the books more than the movies. If you're looking for something new to read I can I suggest the "The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials)" Its has the mystery that the potter books had but also stays original with its own twists and tales thru a dark world full of magic. Try them out I think you might like them."
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  • Austin Perez
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "The 90s offered a lot of nice books. However, this is a really nice one to remember."
  • Grace Fu
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "This does not address the topic. The solution does not address the topic and give a proper solution/outcome. "
  • Alan Garcia
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "A brilliant story that some may find controversial, but is well worth reading. A wonderful adventure tale, which delves into the meaning of religion, spirituality and what it means to be human in the face of the institutionalization of our deepest impulses. "
  • Jordan Schneider
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I like the way the author portrayed the characters as sympathetic and caring. The story is a long adventure tale that all ages can enjoy about true friendship and loyalty. These are great themes for children to learn and this book teaches it well."
  • Matthew Bishop
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "An absolute pleasure to read. The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials), is a fanciful adventure that will keep all readers entertained. I enjoyed every twist and turn that was thrown my way. A wonderful entry into this series. Two thumbs, ALL THE WAY UP!!!!!"
  • Keith Reyes
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "A classic series"
  • Cheryl Carpenter
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This book is fantastic, it describes a very unique story,it absorbs you inside the story, you will read every page of this book being surprised on the situations and the characters described on it, and i am sure you will love this book as i do."
  • Gerardo Valdés
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "The Golden COmpass is a very classic young adult trilogy that's been ready by many many people over the years. It's one of the more common books that people recommend and for good reason. SOme people feel it has overly christian overtones, but I feel like that's less of an issue than some people think."
  • Benjamin Knight
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Great book! Loved reading this and can't wait to read the next book in the series! Should give this a read, you won't be disappointed!"
  • María de Lourdes Muñiz
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Ughhh. The description of this book is of a different book! There are reviews from readers, and book and publishers reviews tho, and that helps. lots of prices and options to buy as well. kind of lets me make a decision, i can make it work."
    Jean Reid
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "My book club was choosing a good fantasy novel for our next month's selection. One of the members suggested The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman. It is a great book that covers adventure and fantasy all blended into one story."

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