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Publisher's Summary

"Daniel Henning is a great narrator for this quirky and theatrical audiobook.... Henning revels in a cornucopia of characters, diving into nuanced voices and colorful moments with accents and growls, tone shifts and whispers.... This is definitely a title for those who enjoy fantasy stories replete with gnomes and witches and all in between." (AudioFile Magazine) 

Lambda Literary Award-winning author TJ Klune's breakout contemporary fantasy

Linus Baker is a by-the-book case worker in the Department in Charge of Magical Youth. He's tasked with determining whether six dangerous magical children are likely to bring about the end of the world. 

Arthur Parnassus is the master of the orphanage. He would do anything to keep the children safe, even if it means the world will burn. And his secrets will come to light.

The House in the Cerulean Sea is an enchanting love story, masterfully told, about the profound experience of discovering an unlikely family in an unexpected place - and realizing that family is yours. 

Chicago Tribune Best Books of the Year - 2020

Amazon.com Best Books of the Year - 2020

A Macmillan Audio production from Tor Books

"1984 meets The Umbrella Academy with a pinch of Douglas Adams thrown in." (Gail Carriger, New York Times best-selling author of Soulless)

©2020 TJ Klune (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

ALA Alex Awards Winner (Adult for Young Adults), 2021

Chicago Tribune Best Books of the Year, 2020

Amazon.com Best Books of the Year, 2020

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Good Story Line

The cause of the two star rating deals primarily with the narrator. I guess this is classified as young teen book. It does not have to be but the narrator used a tone and methodology which is intended for those 12 years old and younger. I found this quite disgusting and distracting. Just read the words with out the infantile inflection. The story itself has fairly good substance and good world building. The characters are worth remembering but not as the narrator has depicted. I might listen to another book by this author but I will not listen to any other book with this same narrator. I am disappointed in the presentation.

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Wonderful!

This was TJ's first book with a new publisher, and of course, it's wonderful! I honestly can't imagine anything he writes would disappoint me. HE made me fall in love with the people in this story. I don't know how he manages it, but he always does. You care what happens to these extrordinary people.
For the life of me, I can't figure out what time period the story takes place, but I suspect it is not a time ever encountered on this Earth. Nevertheless, it all just works. I do hope we get to revisit this world.
The narrator did a fantastic job of coming up with unique voices for each of the characters. he conveyed the emotion of every scene. I laughed and cried along with all of them.
Oh just stop reading my prattle and go listen to the book! You will love it.

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I want this to be in the screens!

I love this. For the sake of comparison, this gives me a touch of ghibli, a touch of Tim Burton, and a heavy load of TJ. It was "more youngster appropriate" than the other books published by the same author (considering a different target audience) but that did not undermine the feels the book gives. In this book, we follow how Linus learn to live instead of being alive. How he went against his principles to find love not only to the Master, the kids but also himself. Can I also add that at one point in the story, I felt as if I was Christopher Robin stumbling into the Hundred Acre Woods and met Pooh and his friends? That's how amazing this book is, Its heartwarming, children friendly and with a lot of family-love. And I have to say, I ADORE Sal.

Daniel Henning did an amazing job in voicing the different characters in the book (and there was a LOT of characters). How he portrays the different personalities of the kids was amazing. His narration felt as if I was watching an animated movie on the screen and he singlevoicedly *pun intended* dubbed all the characters in the film. That is indeed an amazing feat. Kudos to Daniel for his works in this book.

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I really DO wish I was there!

I knew I wouldn't be disappointed with a TJ Klune book. It was everything a great book should be. I was worried about a new narrator to the Kluneverse family, but Daniel Henning did a spectacular job. I will forever cherish Chauncey! The writing, the message, the characters, the voices... it was all just perfect. Thank you TJ for working so hard, TOR, Daniel Henning and everyone involved in this wonderful story.

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Nice and Family friendly.

well written
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nice little fairytale
whith a sprinkle of poetry.

I like the mc, the children and the plot.
most of all I like the lack of sex, which makes the book family friendly.

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Thank you, T,J. Klune

As I first started listening to this story, I wondered if I had preordered the wrong book. But no, it was written by T.J. Klune and it was LGBTQ, so why did it seem like I was listening to a children's book? It's not a kids' book, though there are parts that many children would love and I can imagine myself curling up beside my grandson/daughter and reading it to them much like Peter Falk ala Princess Bride. But mostly, I think it's because this book appealed to the child in me. It reached a place of innocence, wonder, and playfulness that I haven't experienced in a very long time - and I loved every minute of it.

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Pure perfection

Delightfully written. A wonderful story about a group of misfit orphans and the misfit sent to evaluate their home. Themes of friendship, acceptance, and understand permeate throughout. The characters are unforgettable, and the setting utterly believable from page one. A winner.

Daniel Henning's narration is captivating. Every character breathes its own breath.

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Beautiful story

There is so much I love about this story. I loved Linus’ journey of self discovery throughout the whole book. The children are delightful and Arthur is absolutely wonderful!
Daniel Henning was a completely unknown narrator to me. He really brought this book to life. His voices for Arthur and Linus were perfect!

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A wonderfully story of hope and found family.

The House in the Cerulean Sea is a masterpiece that is a simply perfect read in these uncertain times. It’s themes revolve around acceptance, inclusivity, love and found family. It is a story for adults as much as it is for children twelve and above. There is much to learn here and much to be taught. I adored every beautifully written word and the narration was spectacular. The narrator’s choice of voices are perfection and delightfully highlighted each characters personality.
I can not recommend this novel and audiobook more highly.

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An absolute delight

This wonderful, wonderful book should be read by everyone! It is such a delight and it's storyline, lessons and beautiful characters are such a joy. What TJ has presented us with us the perfect story for these uncertain times, full of love and light, the perfect use of the Dante's Cave allegory and a lesson for us all.
Daniel Henning has captured this story brilliantly in his narration, the children come to life in his interpretation of their voices and his performance especially of Arthur is spot on to what I had imagined it to be.
You should absolutely listen to The House in the Cerulean Sea, your heart will thank you. 5 stars.

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  • Lisa Hughes
  • 04-01-20

A perfect narration for a perfect book

The House on the Cerulean Sea is the book we need right now. It's so uplifting and hopeful, with such rich characters and beautiful use of language.
Daniel Henning beings it to life spectacularly. The voice for each character is perfect and when his voice broke with emotion in one of the final scenes, I sighed in happiness.
Yes TJ, I do wish I was there.

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  • Lyall
  • 03-20-20

So adorable!

This book is all the love and happiness I needed right now. Can't wait to listen to it again and I hope there will be a sequel someday.

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  • Taylor
  • 04-28-20

Literal serotonin in a book

This book is sweet. It is heartwarming. It is gay. And it features a call to revolution for the marginalised. It is literally the perfect book.
And its narrated by perhaps the best voice actor audible has ever had.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-26-20

Heart warming

A beautiful story about the power of love and how accepting those who are different, can allow you to find yourself.

Particularly welcome in these difficult times

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  • Shannon Brown
  • 04-25-20

Beautiful, touching, and a joy to listen to

First up, the story is fantastic. It's sweet and heartwarming, without being cliche or predictable. It was the perfect thing to pick up during this state of social distancing, because this book remembers the good in the world, and in humanity.

I listened to this book over the course of a few nights before going to sleep, each time staying up a little later to hear the end of a chapter. Last night, I sat and listened to the last 5 and a half hours in one go. I couldn't help it - I needed to see the end, to make sure it ended happily for everyone. Never before have I been so invested in the happiness of characters.

This book is also fantastic for David Henning's performance. He does an excellent job with all the different voices, which really did bring the story to life.

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  • Delano
  • 04-23-20

A funny sweet warming story

What a lovely story about acceptance, love and the family you make. As usual MrKlue transports you vividly to this unknown land sucks you in, tugs your heart and makes you smile in the end.

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  • Mrs. E. J. Curtis
  • 03-24-20

Amazing

Very cute story about acceptance from a very talented author. The narration was rather good too.

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  • Nathalie P
  • 11-29-20

Sweet, with fantastic narration

This book is sweet and imaginative. The first few chapters set up a terrific world of dull bureaucracy, with Harry Potter like touches. However once the story moves to the island it gets repetitive- hammering the same point about acceptance through a dozen similar speeches.
The narrator is fantastic and brings the story to life.

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  • Mrs U
  • 08-16-20

Perfect pick me up tonic

A wonderful magical fairy tale for grownups. Daniel Henning breathes lives into the characters with brilliant voice characterisation.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-12-20

A story for your heart

It was such a treasure of a book to listen to, each character has such a unique personality and the story is filled with fun, beautiful, witty, hilarious and morally inquisitive moments and more! Would definitely recommend!

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  • Nicole C. Lopes
  • 05-11-20

Best book I've listened to in ages!

I absolutely loved this book. The narrator was amazing and I loved all of the characters voices so much. The story was wonderfully quirky and right up my alley. I hope this author might write a sequel! I would love to know what happens next.

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  • Emma Todd
  • 12-28-20

Best narrator I’ve ever listened to

Literally by far the best narration I’ve ever heard, he managed to do a different incredibly distinct voices for every single character including the women. 10/10

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-26-20

Reflective funny tale

What a wonderful story. I enjoyed this thoughtful tale from start to finish. It held themes we all need reminding of... Truly beautiful story that had me laughing out loud

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-02-21

A story everyone should listen to.

This was a touching, heart warming make you cry while you listen to it piece.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-27-21

amazing!

loved it and devoured it! I am very happy to have found it! 100% recommended.

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  • Jessica
  • 02-22-21

Cute story but way too slow in the middle

I almost returned this book when I was half way through. The only reason I didn't is because I've abandoned a lot of books lately. That's the only reason I pushed through, which is why I gave it 2 stars.

It's a sweet collection of characters but just not enough action / conflict / forward momentum to keep me interested.

The Audible narrator is fantastic though, five stars for him. There is some great dialogue, especially from Lucie, and it is a sweet story, it just got lost in the middle for me.

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  • Cath Mok
  • 02-20-21

Wished it wouldn’t end

This book has been the BEST long car journey companion ever! The story is so sweet and we are all hoping for a sequel! Many trips ended with us all sitting in the parked car listening to a sneaky few minutes more. :)

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  • SG01
  • 02-13-21

One that will stay with me for a long time

I know it's only mid-February but this is my favourite book of 2021 and I think it will be hard to beat. The characters were written so beautifully and I felt I knew each one in so much detail. Their interactions with one another had me right there with them, laughing out loud in parts, crying in others. The story line was fantasical and yet full of home truths. The narrator did a fabulous job of bringing richness and realness to the characters. This is one book that I've listened to on audio, but will read as a book. To sum up - delightful!

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  • Lilalaunelisa
  • 02-13-21

Must Listen, great story

Such a beautiful story, highly recommend it to anyone who's looking for a storyline that has a deep meaning behind it, not one chapter was boring, compliments to the narrator who brought the unique characters so alive =)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-01-21

Endearing characters

I thought this was a great tale with endearing characters. A very enjoyable book with a pleasing ending.