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La Belle Sauvage Audiobook

La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust, Volume 1

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Publisher's Summary

Philip Pullman returns to the world of His Dark Materials with this magnificent first volume of The Book of Dust series.

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....

©2017 Philip Pullman (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

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    Lorenzo 21/10/2017
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    "Gripping Story, Great Narrator"

    I’m a huge fan of His Dark Materials but when I first heard this book was in the works I was worried it wouldn’t be able to match HDM. Luckily all those fears were misplaced. The characters, story and prose in this book are beautiful, gripping and transporting.

    I highly recommend La Belle Sauvage and think the narrator is one of the best I’ve heard. The characters all have their own voice and well... character. It’s easy to forget that it’s just a one-man cast. Sheen's performance transports me into a different world filled with daemons and intrigue within seconds.

    I've missed this world and I'm glad to go back there.

    22 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara 22/10/2017
    Barbara 22/10/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Extraordinary"

    This goes straight to the top of my all-time favourite audio books.

    I looked forward to the start of Philip Pullman's second trilogy, chosing to listen instead of reading La Belle Sauvage. What an excellent decision. Michael Sheen elevated this captivating story of baby Lyra to a great drama. His delivery is exceptional. Each character has a voice. The performance is enthralling: so much energy and commitment. He brings to life the passions and fears of Malcolm and Alice as they struggle to protect baby Lyra. His horrific howling hyena stirs far more than the written word could. Please ensure he narrates the rest of the trilogy.

    It's a very grown up children's book. Some reviewers have expressed concern that the sexual content and occasional strong language are inappropriate. Each incidence is relevant and valid for developing children as well as for us adult readers.

    I'm looking forward to the story continuing with the adult Lyra. Meanwhile I'll reread His Dark Materials.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Lily 29/10/2017
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    "Masterful Narration of a thrilling story!"

    It's ten to one in the morning and despite telling myself I really should stop listening and get to sleep I just couldn't tear myself away, so I listened right to the very end. Michael Sheen does an incredible job narrating this suspenseful tale; he moves effortlessly between voices, so much so that I honestly forgot they were coming from one person. I also loved the way he changed the volume and dynamic of his voice at the more action-filled suspenseful parts, it was totally thrilling listening! As for the story; it's full of familiar names and characters, and for those who remember the trilogy well, there are all sorts of little bits and pieces that add further context and richness to it. Loved the protagonists, Alice and her sass, and dear sweet gold-hearted Malcolm. I know some were disattisfied with the ending of the book but I thought it was wonderful; snappy and suspenseful like the rest of the book, and gives just enough for you to tie the threads together yourself. Can't wait to catch up with Lyra in the next installment! Thoroughly recommend this audio book!

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    Tarn 23/10/2017
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    "Amazing"

    So well narrated and totally engaging. Couldn't stop listening to it even waking up and listening at 3am! Glad to get some sleep tonight!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    kieran 23/10/2017
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    "A good listen"

    A great story a great prequil and it was very well narated Worth the listen

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    Nick Dawson 19/10/2017
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    "Is there a better author and narrator combination?"

    Wow - just wow.

    I've been an audiobooks listener and a Philip Pullman fan for many years and I can't remember listening to a book that was this well narrated before.

    5 stars is not enough.

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    kate 19/10/2017
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    "80% Perfect"

    I've been hoping it will be good and it didn't disappoint. However, too much of the book is taken up by the journey. It gets a bit repetitive... I would have welcomed more 'theory' rather than adventure, but I enjoyed it.

    Oh and narration is perfect.

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    "michael sheen's performance is amazing!"

    michael sheen's performance is absolutely incredible. he's a genuis. he should read more books. the story and characters are wonderful- i cant wait for the next book!!! pure genius all round

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    "Pullman is back!"

    The best book I've encountered in a long time! Returning back to the world of Lyra and Daemons was a joy and yet there is plenty of new mystery and discovery that makes this book it's equal to the previous. Pullman has improved with age and the voice of Micheal Sheen was superb.

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    "Wow"

    I loved it. Although I felt like I’d fallen down the rabbit hole with about 3 hours to go. The writing was excellent the reading was amazing and I thoroughly loved submerging myself in this world again. Oh and Malcom is amazing. Great book I can’t wait until part two.

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    "Nostalgia rekindled."

    Loved it instantly. What a way to rekindle a live affair with a series that I met so long ago. ❤

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  • Sverre
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    "brillianly written and brilliantly narrated!"

    Pullman has still got it! and Michael Sheen gives a brilliant reading from beginning to end!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Peter Lead
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    "Fantastic narration"

    Michael Sheen does a fantastic job of conveying excitement, suspense and wonder. A perfect narrator for this exciting book.

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