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Publisher's Summary

Philip Pullman returns to the world of His Dark Materials with this magnificent first volume of The Book of Dust series.
Eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his dæmon, Asta, live with his parents at the Trout Inn near Oxford. Across the River Thames (which Malcolm navigates often using his beloved canoe, a boat by the name of La Belle Sauvage) is the Godstow Priory where the nuns live. Malcolm learns they have a guest with them - a baby by the name of Lyra Belacqua....
©2017 Philip Pullman (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks
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Critic Reviews

"As a reader and a fan, I was hugely excited on hearing that Phillip was returning to the story of Lyra and Dust and challenging the Authority. And, as an actor, it was a true privilege to be asked to record La Belle Sauvage, the first book of this new work." (Michael Sheen)
"A splendid achievement of storytelling and a masterpiece of voice acting." ( The Washington Post)
"Michael Sheen's narration of Philip Pullman's new novel is better than an army of voice actors. His voice is impressive, from the crisp, definitive consonants of its higher registers to the rumbly bass notes Sheen summons when some menace enters the scene, to the vast, buttery expanse of his middle range." ( Slate)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Dominique Buck on 11-12-17

Nostalgia rekindled.

Loved it instantly. What a way to rekindle a live affair with a series that I met so long ago. ❤

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5 out of 5 stars
By Sverre on 10-31-17

brillianly written and brilliantly narrated!

Pullman has still got it! and Michael Sheen gives a brilliant reading from beginning to end!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Lorenzo on 10-21-17

Gripping Story, Great Narrator

I’m a huge fan of His Dark Materials but when I first heard this book was in the works I was worried it wouldn’t be able to match HDM. Luckily all those fears were misplaced. The characters, story and prose in this book are beautiful, gripping and transporting.

I highly recommend La Belle Sauvage and think the narrator is one of the best I’ve heard. The characters all have their own voice and well... character. It’s easy to forget that it’s just a one-man cast. Sheen's performance transports me into a different world filled with daemons and intrigue within seconds.

I've missed this world and I'm glad to go back there.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Barbara on 10-22-17

Extraordinary

This goes straight to the top of my all-time favourite audio books.

I looked forward to the start of Philip Pullman's second trilogy, chosing to listen instead of reading La Belle Sauvage. What an excellent decision. Michael Sheen elevated this captivating story of baby Lyra to a great drama. His delivery is exceptional. Each character has a voice. The performance is enthralling: so much energy and commitment. He brings to life the passions and fears of Malcolm and Alice as they struggle to protect baby Lyra. His horrific howling hyena stirs far more than the written word could. Please ensure he narrates the rest of the trilogy.

It's a very grown up children's book. Some reviewers have expressed concern that the sexual content and occasional strong language are inappropriate. Each incidence is relevant and valid for developing children as well as for us adult readers.

I'm looking forward to the story continuing with the adult Lyra. Meanwhile I'll reread His Dark Materials.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Stealeye on 10-22-17

Great Story

Outstanding performance by Michael Sheen and a great new addition to the Dark Materials series.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Pinkkat on 04-15-18

Marvellous

This is the most remarkable audio performance I’ve ever encountered, Michael Sheen gives every character their own distinct individuality that could not be bettered even with a whole cast of actors. The emotion of every scene, every line of the story, is expressed to perfection. What I want now is to listen to the His Dark Materials books read by him too. Astonishingly good

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