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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: September 2009 ISBN: 9780739385586
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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.”

    VOYA

  • “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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela Bubis | 1/28/2014

    " This book was so fantastic.. I could barely ever put it down! It is an insiring tale on love, the meaning of life, and the inevitability of change. Thank you Libba Bray for this novel... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristy McRae | 1/26/2014

    " All I can say is, Wow, what a ride! This was a fabulous book--great characters, lots of humor, excitement, outrageous action, as well as very serious subject matter, and some tear-evoking moments. A book that will stay with me for awhile. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bre | 1/19/2014

    " I really enjoyed this look at reality and what it means. Sometimes I was laughing out loud while others I was just trying to figure out what was actually happening. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lesley | 1/2/2014

    " This book took me on a trip to Crazy Town, but has the kind of crazy that you want to write home about. Cool characters, bizarre circumstances and a great message about living life to its fullest. A fun read that sometimes left me shaking my head and saying "WHAT?" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennnzilla | 11/16/2013

    " Interesting and pretty damn weird book! 0_o I liked it, thought! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 10/26/2013

    " This really did nothing for me and seemed really long. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa Mathews | 9/25/2013

    " This is a very strange novel, but very well written and I couldn't put it down. Haven't read a book by this author that I didn't enjoy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mags | 9/18/2013

    " I loved how imaginative this book is. The adventure continues going, without causing boredom, but never throwing too much at the reader at any point. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Traci | 8/8/2013

    " I just finished this book. My mind is still feeling a little blown. Basically: I loved it and you should read it. Please. So freaking good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elle | 7/13/2013

    " Brilliant! Hilarious and dark. I loved the gnome. :) Libba Bray is amazing. The writing is terrific and the storyline sound. I do wish the foreshadowing had been a bit less obvious, but it did not detract from my overall love of the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Grace | 5/13/2013

    " wow the ending was so predictable... i mean, come on, they were reading Don Quixote in their english class! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christabel | 1/10/2013

    " YA, brain bendy, gnome featuring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Victoria Martinez | 7/28/2012

    " Awesome book, weird ending though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Franci D | 3/5/2012

    " bleh. slow moving and scattered. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill | 10/22/2011

    " Pretty deep yet lots of laughs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl Edwards | 6/15/2011

    " This book was sad, humorous, uplifting. There really are no words to adequately describe this book. Libba Bray is an amazing author. I highly recommend this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brittany | 5/23/2011

    " It was awesome and sad "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Olivebirde | 5/23/2011

    " What the heck was that? It was all a DREAM?

    Congratulations, Libba Bray. All the character development and wonderful adventures have become meaningless thanks to that plot-twist that one could see coming. Damn post-modernism. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abigail | 5/22/2011

    " Probably my favorite book in the world. I love Libba Bray, she's an amazing author and word smith. (Yes, not that helpful of a review, but oh well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 5/13/2011

    " I have always enjoyed Libba Bray's writing style and this book didn't disappoint. However, sometimes it felt as if the plot was a little too predictable and at times I thought, isn't this book over. It still was a good, fun read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha | 5/9/2011

    " This book was meaningful, inspirational, funny, romantic, and clever. This was an AWESOME realistic fiction with hints of fantasy. It made me really think about things. You just have to read it, because it was THAT good. And it's really hard to explain. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William | 5/9/2011

    " This book was very interesting, if also confusing to follow at some points. The ideas and activities taking place are very abstract, but made for a great read all the way through. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crystal | 5/7/2011

    " Hilarious and depressing all at once -- how does she do it?? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Francois | 5/3/2011

    " Definitely not my kind of book, all real life and very, very confronting. That said, I thought it was one of the funniest books I've read in a while with an amazingly original storyline.
    I really liked it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 5/2/2011

    " This was one of the best books I've read in so long. heart breaking and lovable. The characters are witty and the repoirte will make you laugh out loud with tears in your eyes. Absolutely beautifully written. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Erik Davies is an accomplished audiobook narrator and voice-over actor. His stage credits include G.R. Point, Unpublished Letters, and Flats Fixed. Some of his television and film appearances include ER, Third Watch, and a starring role in the hit indie comedy High Society: A Pot Boiler. His audiobook narration has won three AudioFile Earphones Awards.