Exciting casting news! Award-winning actor Michael Sheen (Passengers, Frost/Nixon, The Twilight Saga) narrates the audiobook of Philip Pullman’s THE BOOK OF DUST VOLUME ONE: LA BELLE SAUVAGE! Listen to a clip and watch him read an excerpt in the studio.
Sheen, a self-professed His Dark Materials fan, brings Pullman’s legendary world to life almost 20 years after listeners left it in The Amber Spyglass. The result is a unique and unforgettable experience that will delight listeners both old and new. Listen to a clip, revealed by Entertainment Weekly.
“The His Dark Materials trilogy had a profound effect on me,” says Sheen. “Rarely have I felt such loss on coming to the end of a story. So, as a reader and a fan, I was hugely excited on hearing that Philip 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. It was genuinely one of the most thrilling and enjoyable experiences I’ve had as a performer to sit in that darkened recording studio for three magical days and live inside the story of Malcolm and Lyra and their extraordinary journey.”
Philip Pullman says, “I’ve long admired Michael Sheen not only for his astonishing versatility but also for the passion and energy he brings to all his roles. I was delighted to learn that he’d be willing to read the audiobook of La Belle Sauvage, and I’m sure that listeners will be very excited by the result.”
One of the most highly-anticipated publications of 2017, THE BOOK OF DUST: LA BELLE SAUVAGE will return to the world of His Dark Materials. It opens 10 years before The Golden Compass and introduces listeners to a new hero: eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his dæmon, Asta, who live across the river from Godstow Priory, where the nuns are sheltering a special guest—a baby by the name of Lyra Belacqua.
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