The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage

By Philip Pullman
Read by Michael Sheen

The Book of Dust Series: Book 1

13.14 Hours 10/19/2017 unabridged
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INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! "Too few things in our world are worth a seventeen year wait: The Book of Dust is one of them." —The Washington Post Philip Pullman returns to the parallel world of his groundbreaking novel The Golden Compass to expand on the story of Lyra, "one of fantasy's most indelible characters." (The New York Times Magazine) Malcolm Polstead is the kind of boy who notices everything but is not much noticed himself. And so perhaps it was inevitable that he would become a spy.... Malcolm's parents run an inn called the Trout, on the banks of the river Thames, and all of Oxford passes through its doors. Malcolm and his daemon, Asta, routinely overhear news and gossip, and the occasional scandal, but during a winter of unceasing rain, Malcolm catches wind of something new: intrigue.  He finds a secret message inquiring about a dangerous substance called Dust—and the spy it was intended for finds him.  When she asks Malcolm to keep his eyes open, he sees suspicious characters everywhere: the explorer Lord Asriel, clearly on the run; enforcement agents from the Magisterium; a gyptian named Coram with warnings just for Malcolm; and a beautiful woman with an evil monkey for a daemon. All are asking about the same thing: a girl—just a baby—named Lyra. Lyra is the kind of person who draws people in like magnets. And Malcolm will brave any danger, and make shocking sacrifices, to bring her safely through the storm. "The book is full of wonder. . . . Truly thrilling." —The New York Times "People will love the first volume of Philip Pullman's new trilogy with the same helpless vehemence that stole over them when The Golden Compass came out." —Slate Note: This audiobook was recorded from the U.K. edition.

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Summary

Summary

A Washington Post Best Audiobook of 2017

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

An Amazon Best Book of the Month selection

A Washington Post Notable Book of Fiction for 2017

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!

"Too few things in our world are worth a seventeen year wait: The Book of Dust is one of them." —The Washington Post

Philip Pullman returns to the parallel world of his groundbreaking novel The Golden Compass to expand on the story of Lyra, "one of fantasy's most indelible characters." (The New York Times Magazine)

Malcolm Polstead is the kind of boy who notices everything but is not much noticed himself. And so perhaps it was inevitable that he would become a spy....

Malcolm's parents run an inn called the Trout, on the banks of the river Thames, and all of Oxford passes through its doors. Malcolm and his daemon, Asta, routinely overhear news and gossip, and the occasional scandal, but during a winter of unceasing rain, Malcolm catches wind of something new: intrigue. 

He finds a secret message inquiring about a dangerous substance called Dust—and the spy it was intended for finds him

When she asks Malcolm to keep his eyes open, he sees suspicious characters everywhere: the explorer Lord Asriel, clearly on the run; enforcement agents from the Magisterium; a gyptian named Coram with warnings just for Malcolm; and a beautiful woman with an evil monkey for a daemon. All are asking about the same thing: a girl—just a baby—named Lyra.

Lyra is the kind of person who draws people in like magnets. And Malcolm will brave any danger, and make shocking sacrifices, to bring her safely through the storm.

"The book is full of wonder. . . . Truly thrilling." —The New York Times

"People will love the first volume of Philip Pullman's new trilogy with the same helpless vehemence that stole over them when The Golden Compass came out." —Slate

Note: This audiobook was recorded from the U.K. edition.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Pullman is quite possibly a genius . . . using the lineaments of fantasy to tell the truth about the universal experience of growing up. Newsweek
“Actor Michael Sheen brings the rich timbre of his Welsh voice to Pullman’s The Book of Dust…Sheen’s voice truly contains multitudes, capturing the nature of each character with brio and passing from speaker to speaker with preternatural limberness. This is an audiobook for everyone over the age of eight.” Washington Post (audio review)
Once in a lifetime a children’s author emerges who is so extraordinary that the imagination of generations is altered. Lewis Carroll, E. Nesbit, C. S. Lewis, and Tolkien were all of this cast. So, too, is Philip Pullman. The New Statesman
“There’s something pleasingly old-fashioned about Michael Sheen’s narration…Sheen fully inhabits the text, and he’s utterly believable as eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead…Sheen ramps up the tense urgency during frightening action sequences, making palpable all of the danger and terror, and his rendition of the eerie, alarming laugh of a hyena daemon is sure to unnerve listeners…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“The book is full of wonder…Truly thrilling.” New York Times
“Too few things in our world are worth a seventeen year wait: The Book of Dust is one of them.” Washington Post
“Reading this novel is like standing in a room in which suddenly all of the windows have blown open at once.” Slate
“High-octane adventure accompanies ingenious plotting.” Times (London)

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Author

Author Bio: Philip Pullman

Philip Pullman is the Whitbread Award–winning author of the bestselling His Dark Materials series—The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass—as well as the Sally Lockhart trio of Victorian mysteries and other books for young readers. Among his other awards, he has won the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in honor of the body of his work.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Runtime: 13.14
Audience: Young Adult (12–17)
Language: English