I guess this story is a little too whimsical and magical for my taste. The descriptions are amazing and create vivid images for the reader which is why it's hard for me to come up with a fair rating. The author obviously has a vivid imagination and based on other reviews it's a wonderful story. I can't not recommend it… I think each reader has to decide for themselves whether it's something they love or not.
I think that Neil Gaiman's narration added something to the text that no one else could have, nor would the simple text have been as powerful. This is truly a masterpiece.
There are many childhood fantasies, but this one stands alone in my estimation. It possesses the best element of imagination combined with a child's eye view of the world and the people who inhabit it. The concept of a tiny piece of land that becomes a whole world and a duck pond that becomes the ocean could only happen in the mind of a child. Even though you know that it is a fantasy, a part of you wishes it were all true. Though a very different book it did remind me a bit of Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Thing Are which I read to my son over and over when he was child.
I have read (listened to) a few of Gaiman's books, but I have never been captivated by them before. This book absolutely held me, possessed me, as it were. It is a work of real genius that belongs along side of Exupery's The Little Prince as a book that can be read and reread many times.
The description of this book is unclear to the listener. It is not about unraveling a mystery it is about witches and other worldly creatures in a little boy's imagination.
If you enjoy stories about witches/goblins then this story will appeal to you.
I do not. I feel it was misrepresented in its description. Also, the sample does not allow the listening to fully understand that it not a story about a boy finding a body in the car by a barn it is about a boy's wild imagination and his relationship with witches after a creature enters this world through his body. I knew about 10 minutes into listening that it was not for me. Sadly I used my only credit.
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.