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Once Upon a Time in the North

Written by: Philip Pullman
Narrated by: Philip Pullman
Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
5 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Another mesmerizing episode from the universe of His Dark Materials set in the far frozen Arctic, including the very first meeting of those two legends and friends - Lee Scoresby, the Texan balloonist, and Iorek Byrnison, the armored bear.
©2008 Philip Pullman (P)2008 Random House, Inc.

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"Pullman is as fine a writer as there is for young people, and this book is a small gem." ( Booklist)

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  • Ellen
  • 2017-12-31

If you like His Dark Materials....

You should listen to this. It offers the same charm and delightful characterizations but has many of the same problems (mainly plot related, and in this case a bit dreary in the middle) as his other books. Worth it for me, as I love escaping into this universe.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Richard
  • 2009-11-27

great fun

Very good reader...hey, It's the author!!!

I dug it...and any fan of the trilogy it leads to must listen...

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  • likesponies
  • 2018-07-23

Great story, voice actor OK

I was hoping to get the same voice actors as in the his dark materials trilogy, but alas, we can't always get what we want. I was hoping, at least, to get someone who actually knows how people from Texas actually speak to play Lee Scoresby, but they couldn't seem to get that either. I'm from Texas and his fake accent was so painful to my ears I almost turned it off. But I powered through. The writing is great, as expected from Philip Pullman.

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  • Daniel
  • 2018-05-30

Great story just didn't like some of the narration

I didn't much like the voice of Lee Scoresbe, It didn't seem to match what I imagined his character to sound like. I was expecting it to be lower. I also didn't enjoy how they had Iorek talk.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2016-07-19

missing lyra too much!

performance just as great and professional as the trilogy. story is just not as interesting without Lyra and Will. the plot was just ok, although it IS nice to hear from Lee and Iyorek (sp?) again!

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  • E. Atkinson
  • 2011-12-08

Great Fun

This was a fun "origin" type story for Yorik and Leif, great background and I enjoyed spending more time with two of my favorite characters.

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  • Anne E. O'Neil
  • 2019-05-23

The only thing wrong with this is that it’s so short

The rest of it is perfect.
Lee and Hester!
At least we get to hang out with them more.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-03-22

The meeting of the Texas and the Bear.

I so appreciated this story of how they met.
As always, his writing is wonderful.
The bit about the rifle 35 years later brought tears to my eyes.

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  • Doctor Goose
  • 2018-02-08

from up in the little branches.<br /><br /><br />

4.9 the highest praise possible for fruit of human endeavors otherwise,I would award fives

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-01-13

Fun to hear how these 2 met!

I really loved this story about how ballooning and bear met. Sometimes you land in a place and don't know what to expect....those times can be the most memorable!