One of my delights discovered this year was the series of audiobooks narrated by Philip Pullman. One of the short stories tells how out balloonist Lee needs Iorek’s help to sort out some political shenanigans in the Arctic town of Novy Odense. Pullman has a wonderful reading voice, and these full cast recordings bring the stories to life.
The full dark materials trilogy is available, read by Pullman himself. Highly recommended.