• Going Bovine

  • By: Libba Bray
  • Narrated by: Erik Davies
  • Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (146 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Can Cameron find what he's looking for?

All 16-year-old Cameron wants is to get through high school - and life in general - with a minimum of effort. It's not a lot to ask. But that's before he's given some bad news: he's sick and he's going to die. Which totally sucks. Hope arrives in the winged form of Dulcie, a loopy punk angel/possible hallucination with a bad sugar habit. She tells Cam there is a cure - if he's willing to go in search of it. With the help of a death-obsessed, video-gaming dwarf and a yard gnome, Cam sets off on the mother of all road trips through a twisted America into the heart of what matters most.

©2009 Libba Bray (P)2009 Random House

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Favorite for 10 years

I read this book sometime in middle school, when it first came out, and adored it. It’s the type of book that I thought about weekly if not daily for the next decade. In that time however, I was nervous to revisit Going Bovine. Would it stand up to my memory? Would it be as good as last time? Finally I downloaded this audiobook and can wholeheartedly say; Yes, it did. Going Bovine continues to shape the way I view the world and open my mind to adventures in this realm and the next.

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Good for the imagination!

Loved it, kept your mind thinking. Ill never look at gnomes the same way again.

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Pretty good

The story was very well written. However there was a few parts that weren't really cleared up and then ending was a little confusing as to what happened to Cameron. Over all I think it was a pretty good book.

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Fantastic story! Unexpected and quirky

Loved this book! I had no idea what to expect and it surprised me at every chapter. The performance was good, however, the voice was too… well… old. The story is told by a 16 year old teen and the reading voice sounded about 50 and like the movie phone guy. But the story was a 10/10 for me.

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I just love

I read this when I was younger and could never stop thinking about it so when I found an audio version I was quick to buy.
It was just as amazing as what I remembered. Yes, it is aimed towards younger audience but the adventure and story is just so perfect, you cry, you laugh, etc. ugh this book is just always going to be my #1.

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A decent work a young adult fiction with a horrible narrator

A decent surrealistic dive into a story of growth and appreciation for what it means to live. Would suggest for a 17 year old who enjoys drugs and thinks they could be into science. Beware, possibly the worst narrator I've heard in an audio book.

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Unique Twist on the Dying Teenager Genre

I'm a fan of Libba Bray and I think she crafted a unique take on the "dying teenager" genre with Going Bovine, however I had a hard time enjoying this book because I found the main character to be almost completely unlikable. The narrator's choices of how to portray some of the characters' voices also felt off to me, which may have affected my experience. I'm not the target audience for this book though, and I encourage any fans of Libba Bray to give it a try, particularly young adults who may identify more directly with the protagonist.

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made me confused about life.

The story was funny sad and exciting sometimes all at the same time. sometimes hard to keep track of what is happening but in a good way.

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When I listen on 1.0x speed, it was far too slow, but if you speed it up, which I did, you lose the accent for the Norse character. :(. Otherwise pretty enjoyable.

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Drug-enhanced Trip or Depressing Monologue?

At times this book feels like a drug-enhanced trip, other times it’s a depressing monologue about Cameron’s journey toward death, and still other times there are poignant points as Cameron discovers his own humanity.

The tale is a surreal, twisty ride with so many elements thrown in it almost feels campy at times, everything from a pink-haired angel to dwarves, wizards, gnomes, and fire giants. There’s also the sinister United Snow Globe Wholesalers group and the cult-type Church of Everlasting Satisfaction and Snack ‘N Bowl.

I felt like the ‘journey’ in the middle went a little long and could have been shortened a bit, but the story is never predictable, so if you’re looking for a zany take on a hard topic this is worth a read. I give it three stars in my five star rating system.