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  • By: TJ Klune
  • Narrated by: Daniel Henning
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (1,160 ratings)

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The House in the Cerulean Sea

By: TJ Klune
Narrated by: Daniel Henning
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Summary

An enchanting story, masterfully told, The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune is about the profound experience of discovering an unlikely family in an unexpected place – and realizing that family could be yours.

He expected nothing. But they gave him everything . . .

Linus Baker leads a quiet life. At forty, he has a tiny house with a devious cat and his beloved records for company. And at the Department in Charge of Magical Youth, he’s spent many dull years monitoring their orphanages.

Then one day, Linus is summoned by Extremely Upper Management and given a highly classified assignment. He must travel to an orphanage where six dangerous children reside – including the Antichrist.

At the orphanage, Linus must somehow determine if they could bring about the end of days. But their guardian, the charming and enigmatic Arthur Parnassus, will do anything to protect his wards. And, as Arthur and Linus grow ever closer, Linus must choose: his duty, or his dreams . . .

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune is an uplifting, heart-warming fantasy tale that’s become a New York Times, USA Today and Washington Post bestseller.

©2021 TJ Klune (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

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Critic reviews

"Likely to cause heart-swelling." (The Washington Post)

"A modern fairy tale.... It's a beautiful book." (Charlaine Harris, number one New York Times best-selling author)

"Touching, tender, and truly delightful." (Gail Carriger, New York Times best-selling author of Soulless)

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Couldn’t stop listening

I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about this as the first two or so chapters took me awhile to get into. I also wasn’t sure if I’d like the narrator reading but I was so wrong. So so wrong.

This book is absolutely brilliant. Once I got into my stride I couldn’t put it down. I listened to about five hours of the audio book between two days (on my commute, while making dinner, before bed, etc). I was hooked.

It’s a wonderful and hopeful book about growth, prejudice, unconscious bias, and how there’s room for all of us to grow. It’s not judgemental and those things aren’t overwhelming if that’s not your thing but for me it added so much meaning to wonderfully magical story about finding yourself and finding family in whatever size and shape it comes.

The voices are brilliant. The pace is wonderful. And it’s one I’ll be returning to again and again.

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makes you care and not overwhelmed

This book was really nice! The main character is an iconic tired middleaged man that just wants happiness for everyone. every side character gets their moment and you start to care for every single one. Not much action really happens but you are just there for the journey. The conversations about prejudice are SO GOOD and really makes you think.
The narrator works well, some minor voices I would have changed but he does what he is supposed to better then some other narrators

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A lovely sweet book

This book is one of my new favourites. it's very sweet and heartwarming. The narrator is superb at putting on voices for each character - I particularly liked his Chancy voice. His speed of narration is perhaps above average but I found by reducing the speed by 0.05, it was perfect. I hope you enjoy this book as much as me.

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Intended for a younger audience

Felt childish a times but gets better as you continue. The reader helps with the creative voices used for different characters.

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Cute

Reading other reviews I expected hard-core fantasy, with a sting of sarcasm, as it was compared to Pratchett. That's why I bought it, alas... If you are a Pratchett fan, like me, let me tell you there are little to nothing similarities. Except they both belong in the fantasy genre. It is a cute story, a fairytale suitable for children and adults. A subtle lesson in tolerance toward anyone different, including LGBT.
The narration takes a moment to get used to, but it is fine. All in all, it was fun to listen.

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A story that left me with the warmest glow

I could go on about this being LBGT+ or how it is relatable to acceptance of other people/cultures etc.
I’m not going to, because the story is brilliant, the narration is brilliant & I can’t stop gushing about how wonderful it is.
Loved it

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Really enjoyable listen

Unexpectedly captivating.
The storyline is somewhat predictable and simple, but still captivating and truly enjoyable.

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This is an amazing book!!!

I loved this book. It talks about love and human writes, equality and friendship in such a unique way. I think this book would become a great movie.

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The book that got me back into books

I doubt I'll be able to add anything other more astute reviewers haven't picked up. I scheduled my weekend around doing tasks so I could continue listening. I smiled most of the time, pausing sometimes to tear up. Truly, a delight.

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The cutest book

After reading "the very secret society of irregular witches" a friend suggested this book as they have the same premises.

I was obsessed from the first chapter. The characters are so wonderfully unique and funny.

This book is warm, cozy and cute. highly recommend.

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