Fortunately, the Milk

  • by Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by Neil Gaiman
  • 0 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"I bought the milk," said my father. "I walked out of the corner shop, and heard a noise like this: T h u m m t h u m m. I looked up and saw a huge silver disc hovering in the air above Marshall Road."
"Hullo," I said to myself. "That's not something you see every day. And then something odd happened."
Find out just how odd things get in this hilarious story of time travel and breakfast cereal, expertly told by Newbery Medalist and best-selling author Neil Gaiman.

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What the Critics Say

“Did you know that Neil Gaiman can sound like a stegosaurus, a pirate, a volcano god, and even a bunch of green blobby aliens? Not only that, but he sounds like he's having an utter ball while he narrates, and it's impossible not to be swept up into the brilliant, batty fun.” (AudioFile)
“…it’s hard not to love a novel that borrows equally from Calvin and Hobbes and The Usual Suspects. If you read only one book this year, a story with dancing dwarfs is always a wise choice.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Gaiman knocks it out of the park again with this imaginative story.” (School Library Journal)

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Where There Is Milk, There Is Hope

It should be a walk down the street, but on a father's trip to buy some milk for his children's cereal (and probably also his tea), aliens show up (as they do), and kidnap him. Dad escapes by breaking the time space continuum and lands himself on a 17th a pirate ship, and here - things get a little weird.

Throughout the rest of the book there are vampyrs, time traveling dinosaurs, exploding volcanoes, oh-so-self-fulfilling prophecies, and other fun things.

Neil Gaiman's Fortunately, the Milk is at the exact opposite end of his fiction as The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and I'm all for it. I love that Gaiman can write something as staggeringly powerful and hauntingly personal as The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and then turn around and bring us something as absurd and silly as this. It's a Dahl-esque tour with Dad as hero, with a stegosaurus inventor riding shotgun in a hot air balloon (sorry! Floaty-Ball-Person-Carrier). It reminded me of James and the Giant Peach and Gaiman's own The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish as well as his poem "The Day the Saucers Came." If you enjoyed those books, this one's right up your alley. It's a fun book, completely devoid of anything creepy/scary, and I can't wait to listen to it with my children.

Gaiman himself narrates it, and really, who else could possibly read it as well as him? He's a commanding reader, and it's great to hear him cut loose and be silly for an hour.

Professor Steg, the stegosaurus inventor says it best: "Where there is milk, there is hope." Well here, there be milk. And lots of it.
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- Dave "I'm a big fan of SF/F/Horror, and all things in between and out."

I loved this.

no seriously I loved this. if I could have given it more stars I would have. I'm quite sure things like this have happened to me in the past.
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- Nathan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-17-2013
  • Publisher: HarperAudio