Michael Sheen, who narrated the first volume of Philip Pullman’s The Book of Dust series, will return to the studio to narrate volume two, The Secret Commonwealth.
Sheen will narrate the UK and US versions of The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two, which will be released along with the hardback and e-book on 3rd October, by David Fickling Books in association with Penguin Random House Children’s in the UK.
Sheen said: “There’s something wonderful about being so immersed in a world that I love so much: that’s the great privilege of narrating this audiobook. The worlds and characters that Philip Pullman has created matter; they mean a lot to me and to other people as well, and I hope that Philip’s happy with my interpretation of the characters, their dynamics and relationships.
“I’ve become so invested in Lyra through the His Dark Materials series and into this new one. In The Secret Commonwealth I found myself so moved by what she goes through and what she’s struggling with.”
Pullman said: “I am thrilled that Michael Sheen will be returning to read the audiobook of The Secret Commonwealth. Michael was phenomenal in his reading of the characters in La Belle Sauvage, even leading to an award win last year. I have no doubt that listeners will continue to be moved and entertained by his exhilarating performance.”
Richard Lennon, publishing director, Penguin Random House Audio, added: “Michael Sheen’s performance of The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage was truly phenomenal and has won him numerous awards, including Audiobook of the Year at the British Book Awards in 2018. You can hear Michael’s passion for Philip Pullman’s work in every syllable and it is a privilege to be working with him again for The Secret Commonwealth. I can’t wait for fans to be able to hear this unforgettable production.”