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2018 Odyssey Honor
2018 ALSC Notable Children’s Recording
The Washington Post Best Audiobook of 2017
Slate Best Audiobook of 2017
Booklist Editor’s Choice Audio for Youth
AudioFile Best YA Audiobooks of 2017
"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)
Note: This audiobook was recorded from the UK edition.
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By Damon D. Hickey on 10-24-17
Disturbing differences from print text
I really enjoyed Michael Sheen's reading of the book. But I was also reading the Kindle text, using Whispersync to listen to the Audible version as I read along. So any differences between the audio and print versions jumped out at me immediately. And there were a lot of them! At first I thought Michael Sheen must be reading a British text, while Kindle had an American version. But it quickly became obvious that couldn't account for all of the discrepancies (and I don't know whether there are differences between the British and American versions). At one point, a day of the week and the time of day were different. The Audible version had "physicist" in most, but not all, places where Kindle had "experimental theologian." In very many places, the synchronization stopped while the audio continued, only to resume in the middle of the next page. But the most glaring difference came in a tirade from Alice toward Malcolm. In the Audible version, it's long, very violent, and extremely profane--something parents should be warned of. But in the text, it's much shorter, less violent, and not profane. I'm guessing that Sheen was probably reading a pre-publication text that was edited further before publication, and I hope that a new audio version that follows the published text will be forthcoming. In the rush to get both versions out by the publisher's deadline, someone has been exceedingly sloppy. I found the constant discrepancies and interruptions in synchronization to range from irritating to really upsetting, leading me to read the last few chapters without Mr. Sheen's constant distractions. And I find it disturbing that those who experience the oral, but not the written, text will not get the version Mr. Pullman and his publisher intended.
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