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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (14,621 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Libba Bray Narrator: Erik Davies Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Can Cameron find what he’s looking for?

All 16-year-old Cameron wants is to get through high school—and life in general—with a minimum of effort. It’s not a lot to ask. But that’s before he’s given some bad news: he’s sick and he’s going to die. Which totally sucks.

Hope arrives in the winged form of Dulcie, a loopy punk angel/possible hallucination with a bad sugar habit. She tells Cam there is a cure—if he’s willing to go in search of it. With the help of a death-obsessed, video-gaming dwarf and a yard gnome, Cam sets off on the mother of all road trips through a twisted America into the heart of what matters most.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A scathingly observed social satire of the ways in which we numb ourselves to avoid the pain and risk of actually engaging with our lives; a stay-up-late-to-finish-it page-turner; and a sprawling, hilarious, and deeply moving meditation on what it is, in the end, that makes life worth living.”

    Children’s Literature

  • “The novel is a laugh-out-loud, tear-jerking, fantastical voyage into the meaning of what is real in life and how someone can learn to live.”


  • “An unforgettable, nearly indefinable fantasy adventure.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Bray’s surreal humor may surprise fans.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “[Going Bovine] manages to turn a hopeless situation into a hilarious and hallucinatory quest, featuring an asthmatic teenage dwarf, Gonzo; a pink-haired angel in combat boots, Dulcie; and Balder, a Norse god who is cursed with the form of a garden gnome…Libba Bray not only breaks the mold of the ubiquitous dying-teenager genre—she smashes it and grinds the tiny pieces into the sidewalk. For the record, I’d go anywhere she wanted to take me.”

    New York Times

  • Winner of the 2010 Michael L. Printz Award
  • Selected for the Autumn 2009 Kids' Indie Next List: Teen List
  • A 2010 Indies Choice Award Finalist
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2010 Audie Award Finalist
  • A 2009 Publishers Weekly Best Book for Children's Fiction
  • A 2010 Locus Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gwen Cole | 2/18/2014

    " To tell you the truth, I wasn't very impressed with this. Quarter of the way through I thought it might be pretty good. Halfway through I was getting a little bored with it. And then I didn't even like the ending. I think my major issue with this book is that there are a lot of scenes that are just, blah. Scenes that I don't care about and I'm pretty sure they don't NEED to be in there either. There was always something going on, but nothing held my attention. ;/ "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristina Weber | 2/14/2014

    " I liked it, but not as much as Bray's other work. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jamie | 2/13/2014

    " I have to say there were times where I loved the narrative but I also almost stopped reading this book three or four times. Not my favorite read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Charlee | 2/8/2014

    " I wasn't sure how this book would go but I ended up kind of liking maybe just for the references to Norse myths. The story went at a great pace but the ending annoyed me. Overall an okay book but not one I'd read again. "

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About the Author
Author Libba Bray

Libba Bray is the author of the New York Times bestselling Gemma Doyle Trilogy, and she has written short stories about everything from Cheap Trick concerts to Rocky Horror Picture Show devotees to meeting Satan worshippers on summer vacation. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son. Her dream is to stop sucking so badly at drums in Rock Band.