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La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Philip Pullman

Narrated By: Michael Sheen

Publisher: RHCP Digital

Date: October 2017

Duration: 13 hours 16 minutes


The British Book Awards Audiobook of the Year 2018
2019 CAMEO Book to Audio
Best Solo Narration - New York Festival Radio Awards
Shortlisted Best Audiobook Narrator - Audio Production Awards

Penguin presents the audio download edition of La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman, read by Michael Sheen.
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 . . .
"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
'The best piece of narration I've ever heard' - The Bookseller
"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


  • Liesl D

    Philip Pullman superb as always and the narration brought the book to life vividly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • John C

    Michael Sheen's narration of this excellent story is fantastically versatile.

  • Laura W

    A totally engaging story with beautifully imagined characters. Philip Pullman at his finest, writing stories for teenagers that pull no punches and treats them with respect. Absolutely loved it. Furthermore, Michael Sheen is an incredible narrator. He crafts the characters with such sensitivity and his women’s voices are so believable and totally unpatronising. Just a total and utter pleasure to listen to. He had better do the rest of the books or I will be devastated.

  • Emilia P

    I absolutely loved this. It was a nice change to listen to a story rather than listening to music while working on a project and it was beautifully read by Michael Sheen, he really captured the characters! I will be recommending this!!!

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