Audiobook Review: Fortunately, the Milk

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Audiobook Review: Fortunately, the MilkFortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman
Narrator: Neil Gaiman
Length: 58 mins
Published by Harper Audio on September 17, 2013
Genres: Adventure, Humor, Time Travel
Format: Audiobook
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"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 bestselling author Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Skottie Young.

Fortunately, the Milk is absolutely freaking adorable. Were it not by Neil Gaiman, I never would have bothered with reading it, because it frankly looked a bit young for me and I don’t tend to go for children’s books that are shorter than two hundred pages or so. Still, I pretty much am incapable of passing up a Neil Gaiman audiobook, so I figured I would give it a whirl. That was an excellent life choice, my friends.

In Fortunately, the Milk, mom goes on a trip, leaving the dad to look over their two kids, one daughter and one son. Though Mom leaves some prepared for them, they’re all a bit adrift without her and make a shambles of dinner, so they go out to eat instead. In the morning, tragedy strikes: there’s no milk for the cereal or for Father’s tea. Despite the terrors of the outside world, Dad agrees to head to the market to buy milk for breakfast. However, he takes quite a long time and the children begin to worry.

The bulk of Fortunately, the Milk is the father explaining why obtaining milk from the shop took so long. His explanation is basically Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy meets Doctor Who meets My Little Pony and more. For his own amusement, the dad puts together this long chain of fantastical events as an excuse for tarrying, making himself a valiant protector of the milk and saver of the world. It’s delightfully irreverent.

When I was a kid, both of my parents read out loud to me, one or both of them doing so daily. I can so imagine my father reading this book to me and us having a great time. This story begs to be read aloud to a skeptical kid. What’s great is that, when you’re really young, you really want to believe that your mom and dad can do anything, so, much as you KNOW he didn’t travel through time with a stegosaurus, part of you is REALLY going to kind of sort of believe that maybe he actually did. Though this will be fun to read singly or to listen to on audio as I did, it’s ideal for interacting with the family.

Of course, not everyone has a voice for narration, so if you want to let Neil Gaiman do the reading for you, go ahead. I’ve listened to four or five audiobooks he’s narrated at this point, and I’m fairly certain this is the best one. He does a lot more crazy voices, some of them aided by some impressive sound mixing, and he was more exuberant than with his more staid works. Plus, it’s under an hour! There’s really no excuse not to bring this joy into your life!

8 responses to “Audiobook Review: Fortunately, the Milk”

  1. ashley says:

    This sounds like a book I need to read ASAP. To be fair, I’d get to it sooner or later anyway But it really sounds adorable, and Gaiman’s narration always gets me, so the fact you think this is the best one, makes me really excited!
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    • Christina Franke says:

      You should! I just feel like he really lets loose here, because it’s for younger readers, rather than more mature people. Maybe that’s just me though.

  2. MackenziLee says:

    I absolutely adored this book! Had me laughing my head off. But I wouldn’t do the audiobook because half the charm are the illustrations! …okay maybe I would do the audiobook because I think Neil Gaiman would be a great narrator. But I would need a copy of the physical book to follow along. Because the drawings of those dinos are just so funny!

  3. Ellis says:

    Ahem. Is it really surprising that you make excellent life choices?

    Hint: there is a correct answer.

    Hint el segundo: It is not.

    So I know a funny story about a father that went out to buy milk. He never came back. Wouldn’t it be nice if a book was written about that? I could see the My Little Pony element fitting in perfectly. Errrm.

    Yeah, so, I’ve never read any Neil Gaiman. I know that’s pretty much a crime and I have Fragile Things lying on my bedside table, so there’s still hope for me. Maybe.
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  4. I don’t normally read middle grade, but HELLO NEIL GAIMAN NARRATION. I must acquire this immediately, especially as you think it’s his best narration.
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  5. The title of this one gives me anxiety. TELL ME MORE ABOUT THE MILK.

    I need to hurry up and read some Neil Gaiman. I’m definitely going to try out some of his audiobooks, since you like them so much, and because I think he might be able to sway me. I think I would enjoy audiobooks better if authors narrated them themselves. Especially if the authors had awesome accents *___*

    Doctor Who, you say? Fantastic!
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  6. Nori says:

    This sounds amazing! I just ordered it for my library too!
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  7. I can’t wait to read this one! I love Neil’s work so I really should just buy a copy of it already instead of waiting for it at the library … I know it’ll be one I’ll want to reread eventually!
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