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The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage Audiobook

The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage: Book of Dust, Volume 1

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The much-anticipated new work from the author of The Golden Compass is coming at last!

Renowned storyteller Philip Pullman returns to the parallel world of Lyra Belacqua and His Dark Materials for a thrilling and epic adventure in which daemons, alethiometers, and the Magisterium all play parts.

The Book of Dust will be a work in three parts, like His Dark Materials (The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass). The title and cover of this first story will remain under wraps until a later date, but it can be revealed that the book is set 10 years before The Golden Compass and centers on the much-loved character Lyra and her daemon, Pantalaimon.

Philip Pullman offers these tantalizing details: "I've always wanted to tell the story of how Lyra came to be living at Jordan College, and, in thinking about it, I discovered a long story that began when she was a baby and will end when she's grown up. This volume and the next will cover two parts of Lyra's life: starting at the beginning of her story and returning to her 20 years later. As for the third and final part, my lips are sealed.

"So, second: Is it a prequel? Is it a sequel? It's neither. In fact The Book of Dust is...an equel. It doesn't stand before or after His Dark Materials but beside it. It's a different story, but there are settings that listeners of His Dark Materials will recognize and characters they've met before. Also, of course, there are some characters who are new to us, including an ordinary boy (a boy we have glimpsed in an earlier part of Lyra's story, if we were paying attention) who, with Lyra, is caught up in a terrifying adventure that takes him into a new world.

"Third: why return to Lyra's world? Dust. Questions about that mysterious and troubling substance were already causing strife 10 years before His Dark Materials, and at the center of The Book of Dust is the struggle between a despotic and totalitarian organization that wants to stifle speculation and inquiry and those who believe thought and speech should be free. The idea of Dust suffused His Dark Materials. Little by little, through that story, the idea of what Dust was became clearer and clearer, but I always wanted to return to it and discover more."

The books of the His Dark Materials trilogy were showered with praise, and the Cincinnati Enquirer proclaimed, "Pullman has created the last great fantasy masterpiece of the 20th century". With The Book of Dust, Philip Pullman embarks on an equally grand adventure, sure to be hailed as the first great fantasy masterpiece of the 21st century.

©2017 Philip Pullman (P)2017 Listening Library

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    "Great Story! But I miss the full cast."

    This was well worth the wait. Michael Sheen does a fine job but it just doesn’t feel like “His Dark Materials” if it’s not read by Pullman and a full Cast. Hope Jo Wyatt reads the next one!

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    Philip Pullman has done it again! I was unable to stop until it was finished. It was a wondrous thing to journey with old and new characters in the beloved world he created in His Dark Materials. I absolutely loved it.

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    Michael Sheen does a great job creating tension and distinctive characters with his reading style, and the book itself was one of the more engaging I've read this year. I devoured this book, and will certainly be relistening to it. Prepare to fall in love with Mal and to be genuinely invested in his struggles.

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