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"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

Ce que les critiques en disent

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

Ce que les auditeurs disent de The House in the Cerulean Sea

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Narrator sounds like a bad computer generated voic

The narration makes me not want to finish listening. The story is great but I just can't stand the narrator's voice.

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warm hug in book form

the narrator does a wonderful job depicting each character, and the plot is very colourful, cartoonish and heartwarming

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Lovely Tale

A sweet and charming tail of one man learning about life around him and himself.

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The absolute sweetest story

I've teared up multiple times while listening to this book. I will likely read again

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So cute!

Just listen to it. It's delightful. You'll fall in love with the characters and get transported to an absolutely magical little world.

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Superbe

une autre très belle histoire de TJ Klune.
et le narrateur a donné vie de façon magistrale aux personnages.
bien joué, encore une fois

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Stick With It!

Starts a little slow, but STICK WITH IT. You won't be disappointed!! The characters, especially the kids, are magnificent.

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Slow Start but Worth It

I probably started and gave up on this 3-4 times. I’m glad I finally slogged through the first chapter. A simplistic allegory of Canada’s residential schools with indigenous youth replaced by magical creatures. It does a lovely job of showcasing some of the issues. Enjoyed seeing A queer main character where that isn’t his defining characteristic or even a major plot point.

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Delightful.

This lovely story made me so happy. Narration was spot on. I just finished and I can’t stop smiling although my heart is breaking a bit because I didn’t want it to ever end. The perfect antidote to the troubled times in which we find ourselves. Bravo!

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Like reading a Pixar movie

The narrator was fantastic, and managed to expertly convey the tongue-in-cheek humour spread throughout this novel through his voice and tone. His portrayal of Chauncey was hilarious and perfect.

Overall this book is a light and fluffy romcom with a strong message of inclusivity and acceptance (gender/sexuality/body positivity). It’s funny and very easy to read. It’s outside of what I usually read but I still liked it.

I would recommend this to YA fantasy readers about 14+ years of age. There is a tiny bit of crass humour that you wouldn’t see in a Pixar movie, but otherwise this book reads exactly like a Pixar movie.

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  • Léa
  • 2020-10-05

incroyable

livre et performance au top, un plaisir à écouter. j'ai adoré l'histoire et suis très triste de quitter les personnages

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2022-07-21

Excellent!

Une performance très bien orchestrée avec une pluralité de voix distinctes et reconnaissables. Une belle histoire, d’autant plus agréable que j’ai pu, pour une des rares fois dans toutes mes lectures/écoutes, m’identifier aux deux personnages adultes principaux car ils sont plus âgés, dans une vie professionnelle bien installée, etc. Ça ne rendait le tout que plus excellent !

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  • Régis
  • 2022-03-14

Merveilleusement simple, émouvant et magique

Une histoire toute simple avec des enfants et une administration. ça peut paraître étrange mais ça vaut vraiment la peine.

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  • Ines
  • 2022-02-18

I liked it but I have some things to say too

As an attempt at cultural assimilation, thousands of indigenous children were taken away from their families from the end of the 19th century to the mid-20th century, resulting in the creation of a network of boarding schools (Canadian Indian residential school system) administred by Christian churches. See also the Sixties Scoop period, where the same thing occurred in the hope that the children would end up being adopted into white families. This is a super dubious side of Canadian history and it was obviously extremely traumatic, abusive and just plain horrible for these communities. And apparently, this was the source material for this book, which... complicates my opinion.

Sometimes, for whatever reason, a group of people (usually gouvernments) create a hostile environment for the marginalised others because we are led to believe they pose a threat to the well-being of the first group, when the truth is that they just want to coexist peacefully. At its core, I think the message for this book is that this type of perception is misguided and wrong, which in itself is a good message to spread around anyway. Kudos to the amazing narration by Daniel Henning. I was dazzled, thank you very much.

Having said that, what the characters represent doesn't sit that well with me. Children with magical abilities in orphanages = monsters, you say? Uh oh. On the surface level though, and despite its predictability at times, "The House in the Cerulea Sea" was a super cozy read. On the other hand, it has also been thought-provoking, as it raises a couple of questions: can a community's trauma (here a cultural genocide) be packaged up into a fluffy novel, and is it that author's story to tell anyway? I tried to take the plot at face value, but I also now know things I can't unknow. Still, I enjoyed myself. I don't think anything is 100% good or bad, per se, but maybe let's try to avoid being insensitive when we tell stories or avoid telling them at all, when it's none of our business. At the end of the day, however, I think it's mainly up to the reader to decide.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-10-06

What a wonderful book

Highly recommended, beautifully written, wonderful performance and reading by Daniel Henning. A gentle reminder of the important things in life.

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  • Elhadji
  • 2021-09-02

what else could you possibly want?

Great humour, magical creatures, actually good kid characters, beautiful setting, a queer love story.
The ending is a little predictable but when that's the only bad thing about a book I'd say go for it!!

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  • John
  • 2020-04-06

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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  • Chris Snyder
  • 2020-03-23

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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  • JessT
  • 2020-04-29

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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2020-03-23

Nice and Family friendly.

well written
easy listening
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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  • Vicki
  • 2020-03-21

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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  • Tiffani
  • 2020-03-26

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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  • Aerielle
  • 2020-03-24

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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  • Robert Jason
  • 2020-06-29

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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  • stephanie
  • 2020-08-16

scooby doo goul school did it better

"and everybody clapped" is how this entire book read. its like some chubby lgbtq person out there had arguments in shower with some fictional person and "this is what I would have said and everybody would have clapped". The author really wanted some sort of validation in life and it wad their fantasy to blow up at their neighbors and coworkers. I love how theres that one citizen that comes to the rescue and can fight off an angry hoard "Ill take back your inheritance, Ive seen the light and youre all bad people" . the entire Lucy character is a walking talking "Im so random" tumblr page.

just because its an lgbtq book doesn't mean its great guys. I dislike how people promote it as such.

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  • Miareadsbooks
  • 2020-03-23

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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