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  • Written by: TJ Klune
  • Narrated by: Daniel Henning
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (137 ratings)

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The House in the Cerulean Sea

Written by: TJ Klune
Narrated by: Daniel Henning
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Publisher's Summary

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

He expected nothing. But they gave him everything....

Linus Baker leads a quiet life. At 40, he has a tiny house with a devious cat and his beloved records for company. And at the Department in Charge of Magical Youth, he’s spent many dull years monitoring their orphanages.

Then one day, Linus is summoned by Extremely Upper Management and given a highly classified assignment. He must travel to an orphanage where six dangerous children reside, including the Antichrist. There, Linus must somehow determine if they could bring on the end of days. But their guardian, charming and enigmatic Arthur Parnassus, will do anything to protect his wards. As Arthur and Linus grow ever closer, Linus must choose between duty and his dreams. 

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune is an uplifting, heart-warming fantasy tale that’s become a New York Times, USA Today and Washington Post best seller. 

©2021 TJ Klune (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"Likely to cause heart-swelling." (The Washington Post)

"A modern fairy tale.... It's a beautiful book." (Charlaine Harris, number one New York Times best-selling author)

"Touching, tender, and truly delightful." (Gail Carriger, New York Times best-selling author of Soulless)

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Lovely....

Performance was excellent...

I always love a little magical story... and it's a good one..
if you want to listen something you are hooked to go for it.. Also story is simple but overall performance, characters and naration makes it excellent.

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A Wholesome Experience

The Audiobook is just Wholesome... Loved it to the core.. The Storyline.. The Narration.. The Characters... Everything is just warm and perfect.. Enjoyed it thoroughly.

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Warm. Funny. Unexpected

I stumbled upon this audiobook out of fluke and thoroughly enjoyed everything. The story, the character, the innocence, the warmth, and the family. Looking forward to read something from TJ Klune again soon.

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Stunning stunning stunning🌈🫶✨

“Don’t you wish you were here?”

Hell yeah I want to go there.

This book was the loveliest of all I’ve read this year. It filled my heart with a warm fuzzy feeling of comfort and joy. Absolutely beautiful.

I could not have asked for a better narrator too!

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fantastic

OMG...

I don't usually pickup books from the best sellers list or even the most talked abrbooks.... They tend to disappoint. Hence the delay in picking up this one. How I wish I had read it earlier. It stands true to all the praise it got.

I read/heard his Under the Whispering Doors first. And fell in love with the protagonist in seconds. Kept picturing Sheldon Cooper as Wallace.

With this one... Couldn't stop myself Kevin from Home Alone 1 as Luci. I fell in head over heels love with him within minutes. As a mother of a 10 year old and aunt to another 6 years old boy... I kinda felt completely at ease with his threats and exclaimations.

Arthur and Linus made the task of caring for all the children effortless. These kids ...are charming and loving and full of joy .. they make you smile, laugh and gasp with equal fervor.... There were times when my heart broke, hearing their stories.... If I could I would have hugged them... EVERY child deserves unconditional love...

The book is filled with quotes about fear, and compassion and understanding.... And it strings the cords of the heart with such an ease. The message is simple... LOVE. And it's a message that all should imbibe

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Heart-warming magical place to be

Good narration.
A feel good, though I feel more suited to teens than adults because of predictability, black/white world, preachy nature and overly simplistic style of writing.

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  • 18-08-22

Lovely read

I wish I'd read it when I was a YA.

The story is about a special orphanage which hosts magical kids, but due to their special abilities, most are feared by the general public. We have a gnome, one's a bat like animal, and one in fact is Lucifer himself. But of course, as we get to know them, they're all just regular children fallen prey to massive prejudice. The main character, a rule-following government worker is sent to oversee the orphanage and make sure the children are taken care of and their caretaker is worthy. Will the kids melt the worker's icy heart? Or will he recommend the orphanage to shut down? Read to find out! You won't regret it.

Delicate subjects like anxiety, prejudice and morality, which are quite common for YAs and adults alike, are touched upon with great care.

Classic rendition of the Found Family trope. I imagined JVN and Tan France as the main characters ... any queer eye fans here?!

Though unfortunately the author's inspiration for this book is the horrific incident when the Canadian government collected hundreds of thousands of Indigenous children and isolated them in orphanages and school systems in order to assimilate them into society. If you can separate your feelings from the inspiration, it's a marvelous read.

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One of the best audiobooks out there! 🤩

I loved everything about this book. The narrator, the wholesome content, the characters, the humour. Just too good. The narrator is simply brilliant. He brings out the best in the story. Do give it a try. It's worth it. :)

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Heart touching

Amazing story and narration. The audible version is a perfect match to this book and did all justice to the author's flawless story telling skills.

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Good read

Good plot and some interesting characters. Not very interesting in terms of storytelling and complexity. Give it a try.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-02-22

Just enchanting

I love this imaginative, funny beautiful book. The characters are real and heartfelt and the story so satisfying. The narrator is really wonderful and makes the book even better. Truly magical. Thank you for writing this book. Any chance of more books about the home?

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-07-21

makes you care and not overwhelmed

This book was really nice! The main character is an iconic tired middleaged man that just wants happiness for everyone. every side character gets their moment and you start to care for every single one. Not much action really happens but you are just there for the journey. The conversations about prejudice are SO GOOD and really makes you think.
The narrator works well, some minor voices I would have changed but he does what he is supposed to better then some other narrators

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-04-22

Couldn’t stop listening

I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about this as the first two or so chapters took me awhile to get into. I also wasn’t sure if I’d like the narrator reading but I was so wrong. So so wrong.

This book is absolutely brilliant. Once I got into my stride I couldn’t put it down. I listened to about five hours of the audio book between two days (on my commute, while making dinner, before bed, etc). I was hooked.

It’s a wonderful and hopeful book about growth, prejudice, unconscious bias, and how there’s room for all of us to grow. It’s not judgemental and those things aren’t overwhelming if that’s not your thing but for me it added so much meaning to wonderfully magical story about finding yourself and finding family in whatever size and shape it comes.

The voices are brilliant. The pace is wonderful. And it’s one I’ll be returning to again and again.

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  • Katie Maguire
  • 09-08-22

Intended for a younger audience

Felt childish a times but gets better as you continue. The reader helps with the creative voices used for different characters.

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  • K.
  • 09-03-22

A lovely sweet book

This book is one of my new favourites. it's very sweet and heartwarming. The narrator is superb at putting on voices for each character - I particularly liked his Chancy voice. His speed of narration is perhaps above average but I found by reducing the speed by 0.05, it was perfect. I hope you enjoy this book as much as me.

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  • Mrs. Lynn Tulloch
  • 10-07-22

A story that left me with the warmest glow

I could go on about this being LBGT+ or how it is relatable to acceptance of other people/cultures etc.
I’m not going to, because the story is brilliant, the narration is brilliant & I can’t stop gushing about how wonderful it is.
Loved it

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  • Patricia L
  • 11-08-21

Really enjoyable listen

Unexpectedly captivating.
The storyline is somewhat predictable and simple, but still captivating and truly enjoyable.

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  • Asra
  • 27-08-22

Cute

Reading other reviews I expected hard-core fantasy, with a sting of sarcasm, as it was compared to Pratchett. That's why I bought it, alas... If you are a Pratchett fan, like me, let me tell you there are little to nothing similarities. Except they both belong in the fantasy genre. It is a cute story, a fairytale suitable for children and adults. A subtle lesson in tolerance toward anyone different, including LGBT.
The narration takes a moment to get used to, but it is fine. All in all, it was fun to listen.

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  • amalia
  • 30-06-22

This is an amazing book!!!

I loved this book. It talks about love and human writes, equality and friendship in such a unique way. I think this book would become a great movie.

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  • Kate
  • 05-06-22

The book that got me back into books

I doubt I'll be able to add anything other more astute reviewers haven't picked up. I scheduled my weekend around doing tasks so I could continue listening. I smiled most of the time, pausing sometimes to tear up. Truly, a delight.

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  • vicki
  • 03-01-23

The cutest book

After reading "the very secret society of irregular witches" a friend suggested this book as they have the same premises.

I was obsessed from the first chapter. The characters are so wonderfully unique and funny.

This book is warm, cozy and cute. highly recommend.

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  • Dorothy Lo
  • 16-11-22

Sweetest story

Wonderfully uplifting story that slowly draws you in. Gives you hope that change is possible even for those least expected and at a late stage in life

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  • Molleebee
  • 30-10-22

Charming

On the whole, this was a delightful little tale with delightful little characters. I loved each and every one of them and I wanted to see more of them all!

Therein lies the problem. The story sets up with intriguing powers and backgrounds and then....fizzles into a lack of any sort of climactic use of those elements that were introduced.

It was charming and warm and full of hope and if that is what you are after, then this may be the book for you.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-10-22

Beware agenda pushing.

The storyline is ok but there is lgb agenda and making out like all christians are bad and hate people and children who are different, which is completely untrue to real life. If i knew before I bought it I would never have.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-09-22

My favourite book, but didn’t like the audiobook

I found the voice unemotional and very like text to speech. It’s my favourite book but unfortunately I can’t listen to the audiobook

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  • Susu
  • 15-08-22

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The narrator was fabulous. I really enjoyed the story, especially near the end (tissues needed).

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  • Sam B.
  • 06-01-22

great story, not my favourite narrator

loved the story, the reader really put me off though. he almost sounded like a computer bot.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-12-21

A story about prejudice

More of a story about prejudice and the hardships of kids who are vilified. Less of a fantasy story of magic and adventures. I was a bit disappointed when I listened as I was hoping for an epic fantasy and really couldn’t help but feel the author was repeatedly banging on the predictable drum of woke ideology. I did enjoy the premise and the world building but the focus of the book felt to off kilter for me. I think people who may relate better to the characters in this book will enjoy it but I struggled to get into it. Narrator was a bit meh or maybe it was the recording quality.

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  • Deos2
  • 29-08-21

Magic, messages and acceptance artfully captured!

Fell in love with Klune’s literary skills after reading ‘Bear, Otter and the Kid’ and the follow up titles! Struggled with a few subsequent books but was totally recaptured with ‘The House in the Cerulean Sea’! Definitely a reading requirement - it has spurred me to retry some earlier Klune titles. Storyline and characters captivating - listened every chance I had but didn’t want it to finish! Loved the way Linus grew throughout the story - and the way he burst the bubble constricting his life.