Posted by: Barbara Evanhoe | April 18, 2012

“His Dark Materials” Trilogy

Regular readers of this blog will recall my post on how much Keith and I enjoyed listening to the Harry Potter books on audiotape.

We spent months last winter, spellbound by the stories, and honestly, were quite sad when the last “book” ended.

Well, we don’t have to be sad any longer, because last month I received a birthday gift from one of my daughters ~ a wonderful new series of books in both hard bound and audio versions…”His Dark Materials” Trilogy, by Philip Pullman.

Prior to receiving the gift, I was unaware of the books’ existence, but now that we are immersed in the audio books, I am wondering how such gems could have escaped us for so long.

As my daughter described the fantasy trilogy in her card…”They are somewhat like Harry Potter, with a female protagonist, but they were written before Harry Potter (there are some surprising similarities), and mix in some science and anti-organized religion sentiments”.

This description alone was enough to get us started, and now we are in the process of traveling North with Lyra Belacqua, a child herself, on a quest to rescue children kidnapped by her powerful mother.

We’re just at the relative beginning of the first book in the trilogy, “The Golden Compass”, published in 1995, but we try to make time every day to see what Lyra is up to, and how her journey is going.

The other books in the trilogy, “The Subtle Knife”, 1997, and “The Amber Spyglass”, 2000, await us, and I will update this post at a later date, when we have completed the series.

As my daughter also mentioned, the audio version is not as theatrical as Harry Potter, but the only time you even notice it is when you stop to make the comparison. Otherwise, you are captivated and entertained by the goings-on in these wonderful stories.

If you happen to be a Harry Potter enthusiast, I highly recommend that you check out “His Dark Materials”, to satisfy your thirst for adventure, fantasy, science fiction and magic!



  1. Haven’t read The Golden Compass, but the movie was pretty good.

    • Wow – I didn’t know there was a movie…we’ll have to check it out! Thanks.

  2. waw… sounds like a good read.
    I think the book didn’t have good publicity… and it came out earlier, before the digital world of web grew

    I hope to get my hands on it one day… glad i stopped by here đŸ™‚

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