What a wonderful book. Such an engaging, fantastical story of a remembered childhood. One of the best books I've read in a long time. Very short in comparison to most novels, but really a beautiful escape. If you were an imaginative child (and especially if you still are, no matter your age — after all, as the author says, there really are no adults), this book is for you.
Read expertly by the author. I normally don't think authors should read their own books because they often don't have the voice or verbal storytelling skills to go with their writing skills. Neil Gaiman has them in spades. He's a very engaging reader with a wonderful voice. He really draws you in.
This is a charming tale told by a 7 year old, a perfect age for suspending judgement & disbelief. Neil Gaiman's reading was spot on. I found myself assuming it was partially autobiographical.
This is a wonderful story. I loved it. I loved listening to the author read it, as well. It was great to hear the owed a spoken in his voice, the way he meant it to be read. It was like having a bedtime story told to me.
I purchased this book because it popped up as a recommended read. The synopsis led me to believe that it was an ordinary story, perhaps a coming-of-age story, or perhaps the tale of a man revisiting his childhood past. When the tale started to spin off the rails into a supernatural story, it lost me. At times the book seemed more interested in making sweeping supernatural commentary on perception of reality than in actually telling a cohesive story. The plot was too meandering, The character development worth thin, and nothing truly pulled me forward other than a general desire to just finish the book. There were a few nice pieces of imagery but on the whole this one just didn't grab me
Great story & performance. If in the fence, get this. You won't be disappointed. Gaiman delivers fiction with suspense, mystery, horror, drama & fantasy all together.
Just to listen to Neil's voice then yes.
I enjoyed the Grandmother who loved the full moon.
The story stayed with me and I found myself thinking about it for a long time after and I enjoyed it. But it was Neil Gaiman's voice that is addictive.
The story was gripping and emotionally draining at times and I loved every second of it. My only complaint is that the ended felt too early, like we were hitting a turning point and another connected adventure would begin. Then it ends. Still, well worth the price of admission.
A Science Fantasy writer, ever on the quest for the one book that will sweep her off her feet.
Yes. Gaiman doesn't just write beautifully, he reads just as well, and the story itself, though short, is one that will stick with you after it ends.
I have, and the quality of his reading is consistently good. He does the voices perfectly, and he conveys emotion with every word.
I listened to it all in one sitting (way past my bedtime), and it's short, so...
Ocean at the End of the Lane will tug at your heartstrings, and it will make you wonder if maybe, just maybe, you too have met the Hempstocks.