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Fortunately, the Milk Audiobook

Fortunately, the Milk

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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.

©2013 Neil Gaiman (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers

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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    Dave Whittier, CA 09-21-13
    Dave Whittier, CA 09-21-13 Member Since 2011

    I'm a big fan of SF/F/Horror, and all things in between and out.

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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.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Amy 09-18-13
    Amy 09-18-13 Member Since 2007

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Delightful - Aliens, Pirates, Dinosaurs, oh my!"

    This is a delightful romp in which the father of the house, who takes rather a long time in fetching milk for his children's morning cereal at the corner shop, explains his tardiness with a story of an adventure -- his adventure and the milk's. He claims that he (and the milk) were abducted by aliens, captured by pirates, rescued by a dinosaur scientist in a hot-air balloon, threatened by "wumpires," almost sacrificed by jungle villagers to appease their god, and taken forward and backward in time. The milk plays a starring role, as you might expect.

    The stories within the larger narrative are appropriately funny, scary, and gross for children's tastes, but older listeners will appreciate the layered humor (including friendly pokes at both My Little Pony and the Twilight series, and mention of "great old dinosaur songs" such as "Don't Go Down to the Tar Pits, Dear, Because I'm Getting Stuck On You").

    Neil Gaiman's narration is like Mary Poppins, practically perfect in every possible way.

    This is not a classic, perhaps, but it's a great deal of fun.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan Houston, TX, USA 12-12-15
    Nathan Houston, TX, USA 12-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marie 09-27-13
    Marie 09-27-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Only from the imagination of Neil Gaiman"

    Wonder mashup of popular imagery from children's literature. Funny, frothy, and fresh. Pour it on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Desiree Golden Tucson, AZ United States 09-10-16
    Desiree Golden Tucson, AZ United States 09-10-16 Member Since 2014
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    What did you love best about Fortunately, the Milk?

    This book is so clever, and so cute. My son loves to listen to this story over and over.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fortunately, the Milk?

    All of the book was great but my son loved the Professor Stegosaurus.


    Have you listened to any of Neil Gaiman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No but will listen to more for sure.


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    kathyp eden, UT, US 08-08-16
    kathyp eden, UT, US 08-08-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Delightful"

    Neil Gaiman takes you on the most improbable, but delightful adventure. Only he could make a trip to the corner shop for a bottle of milk into such an exciting tale. The story is full of interesting characters and situations. And Mr. Gaiman is the absolute BEST reader of children's stories!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janet H. Smith 04-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "I love this story "

    the story was soooo good it sounds good 😊 the athor did a great job on the story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ariel Voss Santa Cruz, CA, US 03-23-16
    Ariel Voss Santa Cruz, CA, US 03-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Very funny and entertaining!"

    Very funny and entertaining! Love the narration by Neil Gaiman, it's perfect and the voices he does for all the characters is a blast!

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    M. Hawkins AR 03-09-16
    M. Hawkins AR 03-09-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Fantastic reminder to never let go of your imagina"

    Pick this up and listen to it. A great short read with random and enjoyable tidbits.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carolina 02-18-16
    Carolina 02-18-16 Member Since 2012
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    "It really is an incredible story..."

    It is always such a joy to listen to Neil Gaiman narrate his own works. He is as good a reader as he is a writer! Enjoy!

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