The Ocean at the end of the lane reminded me of the childrens stories my father use to rwad to me at bed time. It would be a good book for people of all ages. Having lessons that can be grasped by both young and old alike. Having Neil G. read it himself also brought in that touch of authenticity of having this type of book performed as I would expect. I think it slso helps to bridge the gap between author and reader almost like giving you a glimpse in to to how Neil G. imagined it.
Listening to this book was time well spent. The author's voice was perfect for it's narration. You can't go wrong with this purchase.
I love to read with my ears while doing chores, running or driving.
Somewhere between A Wrinkle In Time and Something Wicked This Way Comes; but a separate story to itself.
Wasn't too impressed with this one. The main character was 7 years old through most of the book, but the language used, reading vocabulary, and overall life experience was well advanced for that age. I kept thinking, this isn't a seven year old's perception. Then, it would revert back to a small child's view of happenings. I almost quit on this one, but struggled through.
The day of his father's funeral, a man starts driving randomly between the end of the funeral and start of the post-funeral reception at his sister's house. He winds up in the neighborhood they lived in as kids, and specifically he winds up not where they house they lived in was, at the top of the lane, but at the end of the lane.
At the old farmhouse where Letty Hempstock lived.
And he starts remembering long-buried events of his childhood. That Letty always said that the quiet little pond near her house was in fact an ocean is the least surprising of those memories.
This is an utterly charming little story, terrifying in all the right places. The Hempstocks are a remarkable family, but the narrator, while young, naive, and lacking in sold knowledge of the fantastic, proves to have a strength of character unsuspected even by himself.
A very rewarding, quiet read. Recommended.