The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage : His Dark Materials

  • by Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by Michael Sheen
  • Series: His Dark Materials
  • 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

An instant New York Times best seller!
"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 UK edition.

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Ineffably beautiful Pullman. . .

OMG, this wondrous story drove me to my knees. I’m so awed by Philip Pullman's skill. One may grasp the whole body of non-fiction and know nothing if you don’t understand human consciousness and all the magic in between.

I didn’t think it was possible to exceed my expectations after His Dark Materials. Pullman defines good and evil by contrasting them against the intrinsic motivations of Mankind—leaving the reader with a notion of all the gentle peace that prevails in the ether—yet always imperiled. We don’t ask ourselves if we are truly conscious going through the motions of daily life; do we?
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- Chuck Farly

atheist author but enjoyable read.

I don't I did not enjoy it the parts of the story where he made Christians the evil doers. if I could keep that out of my mind I enjoyed story. looking forward to the second book and hope it comes sooner than the last one did. It's been a while since the Golden Compass. Now I'm going to have to read it again to see how close it resembles a sequel to this story.
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- Laurie Pudwill

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-19-2017
  • Publisher: Listening Library