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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

  • Starred Review, Booklist, August 1, 2009:
    "An unforgettable, nearly indefinable fantasy adventure."
  • Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, August 3, 2009:
    "Bray's surreal humor may surprise fans."
  • “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 Book 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
  • Winner of Printz Awards, 2011

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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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