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INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!2018 Odyssey Honor2018 ALSC Notable Children's RecordingThe Washington PostBest Audiobook of 2017SlateBest Audiobook of 2017BooklistEditor's Choice Audio for YouthAudioFileBest YA Audiobooks of 2017"e;Too few things in our world are worth a seventeen year wait:The Book of Dust is one of them."e; The Washington PostPhilip Pullman returns to the parallel world of his groundbreaking novelThe Golden Compass to expand on the story of Lyra, "e;one of fantasy's most indelible characters."e; (TheNew York Times Magazine)Malcolm Polstead is the kind of boy who notices everything but is not much noticed himself. And so perhaps it was inevitable that he would become a spy....Malcolm's parents run an inn called the Trout, on the banks of the river Thames, and all of Oxford passes through its doors. Malcolm and his daemon, Asta, routinely overhear news and gossip, and the occasional scandal, but during a winter of unceasing rain, Malcolm catches wind of something new: intrigue.He finds a secret message inquiring about a dangerous substance called Dustand the spy it was intended for finds him.When she asks Malcolm to keep his eyes open, he sees suspicious characters everywhere: the explorer Lord Asriel, clearly on the run; enforcement agents from the Magisterium; a gyptian named Coram with warnings just for Malcolm; and a beautiful woman with an evil monkey for a daemon. All are asking about the same thing: a girljust a babynamed Lyra.Lyra is the kind of person who draws people in like magnets. And Malcolm will brave any danger, and make shocking sacrifices, to bring her safely through the storm."e;The book is full of wonder. . . . Truly thrilling."e;The New York Times"e;People will love the first volume of Philip Pullman's new trilogywith the same helpless vehemence that stole over them whenThe Golden Compasscame out."e; SlateNote: This audiobook was recorded from the U.K. edition.