Chicagoan. Natural redhead. Happy mama of a corgi and a blue crown conure.
So happy that Neil Gaiman decided to narrate this novel himself. His creepy tone emphasized just the right parts that you know he was thinking when he wrote it. The story keeps you intrigued and I really liked the ending. At under six hours, it's a super easy "read", but one that keeps you thinking about it long after you are done listening.
An absolutely spellbinding book read by the author himself, which means all the emphasis, timbre, and rhythm of the story is right where it should be when read out loud! Gaiman tells a tale that is straight out of a child's head, where fantasy and reality blend into a fog. Sometimes it gets hard to tell where one begins and the other ends, but the emotions remain as crisp and raw as my own memories, something Gaiman definitely excels at capturing in his prose. He shapes these moments of absolute terror and dark whimsy that make up the world of the child, then reveals terrible truths understood from the point of view of young innocence. It transforms chaotic events that would send the story's adults screaming into the night into dissociative dream-like apparitions, and seemingly innocuous moments into ones that tear at the heart with the weight of the world.
Along with American Gods, Anansi Boys, and the Graveyard Book, it just goes to show that Gaiman, intentionally or not, manages to turn tales which are obviously fiction into something a little too close to home that hit the innermost mark of reality without flinching. If you aren't having a bit of nostalgia by the end-- smiling through the tears and aching to bleed through into the country where an ocean exists at the end of the lane-- then it's no doubt Miss Monkton got to you! This book is exceptionally crafted and one I will return to again and again for different meanings as I continue to "grow up."
Hearing Neal Gaiman narrate - I love (love!) hearing a talented author narrate his own work. It's like you get to tap straight into the characters.
Lettie, of course. Who doesn't want to be a magic girl godling queen forever?
Grandmother - she's got to have some stories to tell!
Graphic designer and University professor. I love comics and to be always learning something new!
I have already recomend it to everyone who loves novels that won't let you go!
the girl and her Ocean... amazing don't want to spoiler anything
his amazing narrative, so visual, so intense, the characters are always unique...
This story was very dull. I got it because it was on the bestseller list. Won't trust that again.
Performance was fine.
Yes, it was lovely. It's magical, it's not necessarily a happy book but it was so well written and the story was just charming.
Reminiscent of Harry Potter, Narnia Books,
I'm not sure that I can say, but I did so enjoy the ending. which is a ery big deal for me.
No extreme reaction but it was a very good take you away from your troubles book
Eclectic, avid listener, favorite book is the one currently in ear.
narration... a child's worst nightmare mixed with moonlit magic. Same feel as "The Graveyard Book" and "Coraline," which style I much prefer to the vulgarities of Gaiman's "American Gods" and "Anansi Boys." He caught so many emotive memories from my childhood, have to say I loved it. Also need to say it would be a real dark place for a child reader... being held underwater in the tub by an infuriated father, certain of death at his hands is just a start. No kid needs to illustrate these worst fears this vividly in his mind. But once past the vulnerability of childhood, a teen reader will delight in the goose bumps as much as I did.
Its a fairy tale. Characters become real and story is absorbing. Mr. Gaiman narrates his own work and has a wonderful reading voice. Very enjoyable with a nicely tied up ending.
Though this book fell far short of my expectations, I haven't yet lost my faith in Neil Gaiman. He still has untapped genius in him.
There's no change I can think of that would have made the story more enjoyable. Rather, I just wish Gaiman had written a different kind of story. Ever since Neverwhere, Gaiman's work has concerned itself with hidden worlds, fantasy worlds, concealed within our own. I suppose to some extent that's the conceit of all contemporary fantasy set in the real world. But Gaiman's approach to this genre, filled with endless possibilities, has become formulaic. Though billed as his first adult novel since Anansi Boys, The Ocean at the End of the Lane puts us inside a child protagonist, just like The Graveyard Book, who stumbles upon a weird and wonderful world of universal proportions hidden right under his nose in the bucolic English countryside. I was very much hoping for something new from Neil Gaiman, but alas, this book is not it.
I enjoyed the scenes in which the main character and the enigmatic Lettie Hempstock shared page-time.
Not being up on the child actor scene, I can't cast a live-action version of the book in my mind. This is a book that often works on the level of metaphor, and thus wouldn't translate well to screen, in my opinion.
Like me, you are probably a Neil Gaiman fan, and so, like me, you will probably buy this audiobook no matter what. Just let me caution you that this is not the provocative, mind-breaking Gaiman of the late 1990s and early 2000s. There are glimpses of that Gaiman in this book, and I devoutly hope for his return, but this novel is not it. Having said that, I may have softened your expectations, and now you may be able to enjoy The Ocean at the End of the Lane for what it is: a well-written, whimsical, at times poignant little read, just like all of Gaiman's works of the last ten years.
This is probably one of my favorite audiobooks so far. Granted, it was only 5 hours, or so, long, but it was a full spectrum story.
It was sort of like Ray Bradbury meets the Twilight Zone. I was expecting a coming of age book, sort of, but I wasn't expecting the creepy twists along the way. I also loved the narration by Neil Gaiman; he wasn't just reading the story to you, he was feeling it and you were feeling it with him. I also loved how when I was listening, I could see the scene develop in my minds eye (helpful for when you're on an elliptical) and easily became lost in the story. Very descriptive and heart-felt narration.
I think Old Mrs Hempstock was my favorite. Whenever she said anything, she was unfiltered and a little spiky whenever she spoke...just like any Grandmother who had earned the right to do so.
I would take Ginny Hempstock out for dinner anytime! Between the experiences of her mother and her daughter, she's have amazing dinner conversation regardless of who was with her.
I just happened to be browsing around Audible for something that I could listen to while I was working out. I was pleasantly surprised by how involved I got into this book. Highly recommended for anyone that likes nostalgia with a hint of magic thrown in.