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Author: Philip Pullman Narrator: Michael Sheen Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Book of Dust Series Release Date: October 2019 ISBN: 9780593105191
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The #1 New York Times Bestseller!

Return to the world of His Dark Materials—soon to be an HBO original series starring Dafne Keen, Ruth Wilson, James McAvoy, and Lin-Manuel Miranda—in the second volume of Philip Pullman’s new bestselling masterwork The Book of Dust.

 
The windows between the many worlds have been sealed and the momentous adventures of Lyra Silvertongue’s youth are long behind her—or so she thought. Lyra is now a twenty-year-old undergraduate at St. Sophia’s College and intrigue is swirling around her once more. Her daemon Pantalaimon is witness to a brutal murder, and the dying man entrusts them with secrets that carry echoes from their past.
 
The more Lyra is drawn into these mysteries, the less she is sure of. Even the events of her own past come into question when she learns of Malcolm Polstead’s role in bringing her to Jordan College.
 
Now Lyra and Malcolm will travel far beyond the confines of Oxford, across Europe and into the Levant, searching for a city haunted by daemons, and a desert said to hold the truth of Dust. The dangers they face will challenge everything they thought they knew about the world, and about themselves.
 
Praise for The Book of Dust

“It’s a stunning achievement, this universe Pullman has created and continues to build on.” The New York Times

 
“Pullman’s writing is simple, unpretentious, beautiful, true. The conclusion to The Book of Dust can’t come soon enough.”—The Washington Post Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • These books, and the intellectual debate they produce, make Lyra’s world feel more lived-in than ever before. Entertainment Weekly
  • Mr. Pullman’s writing is clear, clean and forceful, never striving for effect and all the more effective because of it. He’s also a man of ideas, which gives great savor to his work. Wall Street Journal
  • “Michael Sheen throws himself wholeheartedly into narrating this sequel to La Belle Sauvage, and listeners will be rapt…For the ever-expanding international cast of characters, Sheen conjures a multitude of accents and delivers rapid-fire conversations between them. He’s in step with the text at every turn…Thanks to Pullman’s intricate storytelling and Sheen’s propulsive narration, listeners will be on the edge of their seats right up to the cliff-hanger ending. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

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  • “Read by British actor Michael Sheen, who also narrated the first novel in the series, the audiobook follows the further adventures of Lyra as she finds herself in a new mystery and uncovers more secrets about her world.”

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  • The Secret Commonwealth reasserts Pullman’s affection for the wondrous and those pieces of reality which can be seen only by those willing to see. Newsweek
  • Not only is it worthy second instalment in The Book of Dust trilogy, it continues to prove this sequence will be every bit as excellent as His Dark Materials. Seattle Post-Intelligencer
  • The Secret Commonwealth is a majestic return to Lyra’s next chapter with all the magic, folklore, and fantasy only Philip Pullman can provide. Hypable
  • A big novel full of big ideas, big characters and big sorrows. . . This book feels like a response to the darkness of our time. NPR
  • The novel gallops forward, full of danger, delight and surprise. Pullman is a staggeringly gifted storyteller. New Statesman
  • “Engrossing. Financial Times
  • “Exhilarating. Kirkus Reviews
  • Coming back to [Lyra] after all these years is such a profound pleasure that I can do nothing but sit back and watch her charge forward into the night, ready as she always was to remake the world in her own image. Vox
  • A Parade Magazine Pick of Best Audiobooks for Fall
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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About the Author

Philip Pullman is the Whitbread Award–winning author of the bestselling His Dark Materials series—The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass—as well as the Sally Lockhart trio of Victorian mysteries and other books for young readers. Among his other awards, he has won the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in honor of the body of his work.

About the Narrator

Michael Sheen, an Earphones Award-winning narrator, has been seen widely on stage and screen. His major theatrical roles include Henry V, Peer Gynt, Jimmy Porter in Look Back in Anger as well as appearances in Pinter’s Moonlight and The Homecoming. Among his film work is Wilde, Mary Reilly, and Othello. Since leaving RADA, he has recorded numerous audiobooks, including Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment and The Idiot, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Great Poems of the Romantic Age, and Oedipus the King. He has also directed and read the part of Romeo in Romeo and Juliet for Naxos AudioBooks.