Michael Sheen, narrator of Philip Pullman‘s triumphant new novel La Belle Sauvage, has been shortlisted for the Audiobook Narrator of the Year award at this year’s Audio Production Awards.

Now in their ninth year, the Audio Production Awards celebrate outstanding achievements in audio and radio production. Penguin Random House has received several nods in the past, including one for Roy McMillan in the Audiobook Producer of the Year category, and Daniel Weyman, who won last year’s Narrator of the Year award.

Michael’s spine-tinglingly brilliant performance of The Book of Dust has been praised by fans and the media alike, with calling it ‘better than an army of actors‘ this week. The audiobook was a number one bestseller from the day of publication and has already received over a thousand 5 star ratings on Audible.

The other actors shortlisted in the award are:

Adam Sims  Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes (ID Audio)

Aysha Kala – The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (ID Audio)

Cathleen McCarron – Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (HarperCollins)

Emma Swan – Fools Fall in Love by Freda Lightfoot (RNIB)

Hugh Bonneville – Paddington by Michael Bond (HarperCollins)

The winner will be announced on 23rd November.

  • La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One

    Book of Dust Series

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    The British Book Awards Audiobook of the Year 2018

    2019 CAMEO Book to Audio
    Best Solo Narration - New York Festival Radio Awards
    Shortlisted Best Audiobook Narrator - Audio Production Awards

    Penguin presents the audio download edition of La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman, read by Michael Sheen.

    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 . . .

    "As a reader and a fan, I was hugely excited on hearing that Phillip 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." Michael Sheen

    "The best piece of narration I've ever heard" - The Bookseller

    "Michael Sheen's narration of Philip Pullman's new novel is better than an army of voice actors his voice is impressive, from the crisp, definitive consonants of its higher registers to the rumbly bass notes Sheen summons when some menace enters the scene, to the vast, buttery expanse of his middle range." Slate

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