INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!
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
"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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
This audiobook is actually a master class in performance. Michael Sheen calls on his great skill and versatility to deliver a wonderful reading of Philip Pullman’s dark and gripping fantasy. The Welsh actor embodies the novel’s sweet, smart 11-year-old hero just as convincingly as the chilling malevolence of predatory villain Gerard Bonneville; he also does an outstanding job as a manically cackling hyena. Every chapter is delivered with expertly measured intrigue and suspense—we found it almost impossible to hit pause before the full 13 hours were done.
This is a fantastic audiobook. If you enjoyed His Dark Materials, you'll love The Book of Dust. Philip Pullman's writing exceeds my high expectations, and the narrator is a perfect match. Do yourself a favor and listen ASAP.
what a joy to be able to revisit in new and scintillating views the oxford that i scrambled through and over and beneath with lyra in childhood. what a beautiful gift pullman has produced with his continued emphasis on bravery and love and determination in the face of horrid corruption and a world that seems to be breaking down on itself. what a tender respite from a very similar world and circumstance, which even in its escape prods the reader to persevere, especially when hope seems desperate or naive.
it was worth the wait. i miss pullman’s narration, but sheen does a beautiful job. i eagerly await the next iteration.
my thanks to the author.