Gaimen's novel brings his readers back to the magic and aching loneliness of childhood with stunning intensity. His subtle juxtaposition of nightmare and delight awakens a longing to return to the simplicity of feeling that so many of us expereinced as young children and makes his novel impossible to put down. The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a story not to be missed.
Gaimen's naturally sothing cadence brings his young narrator to life by intensifying both the sense of horror at the implacably cruel authority of the adult world, and the sense of relief at the child's discovery of a safe haven. The book is an engaging read in any format, but Gaimen's telling of his story certainly brings a layer of depth that serves to enrich it in a remarkable way.
Gaimen's use of strong female heroines makes his novel stand out in the world of magical fiction. Relying on age old tales of maternal strength, he manages to create a novel in which women take their place as formidable protectors of hearth and home. It's wonderful to engage in this delightful celebration of womanhood.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a typical Gaiman creation. In otherwords, excellent. As is the case with much of his writing, childhood is a central feature. Gaiman beautifully takes the alienation of being different and creates a world in which the outcast becomes a hero - but not in a saccharin sort of way. And since he not only wrote but also narrated it, you can't go wrong with this audiobook.
I really enjoyed the author's ability capture the true essence of the wonderment of childhood. While reading this book it is easy to be reminded of your childhood and what it was like to escape the boring day-to-day life by immersing yourself in your own imaginings.The narration was great, Neil's voice and accent are quite pleasant to listen to and I found the flow was quite adequate.
I am tempted to compare it to "The Long Earth" by Stephen Baxter and Terry Pratchett or maybe "14" by Peter Clines, because of the author's ability to create such an elaborate and amazing fantasy world. I don't often read books that I would label as "fantasy" but the way this was written makes me want more. It felt good to recapture some of my imagination. I found myself wanting to believe that magic, witches, and alternate dimensions exist.However, don't misunderstand my reference to the forementioned books. The story lines, characters, and settings are entirely different. I merely mention them because they are books that I have read that were able to create these amazingly deep and wonderful fantasy worlds that make me wish there were more to our Earth than meets the eye.
This is my first Neil Gaiman book, but it will not be my last. I am currently downloading "The Graveyard Book". I also am considering "American Gods".
Yes. It flowed well and kept you wanting more. The length of the book was perfrect for this type of story. I often find it annoying when a really good story gets drug on too long, it is too easy to be turned off from a story when you get lost in a sea of words. This book was not like that, I finished the book in one sitting.
I can't stress this point enough... if you are looking to rekindle your childhood imagination, read this book. It may not have been the best book I've read, but it was very good and any book that can move me or motivate me to buy another book from the same author, is worth the read.
i love the way neil gaiman reads his stories. i wish all authors would read their own stories. they emphasize all the right things and make the characters sound the way they did in their minds as they wrote. it all sounds and feels so right.
hmmmmm.......i'm such a fan, that's a tough question
lettie, of course, i want to know her story
keep reading neil
The story is like a scary and weird fairy tail. I don't care for that kind of story and didn't realize that was what it was going to be like. It did keep my attention and was well written though.
Something more grounded.
Not for me.
I run hot and cold on Gaiman's work. This book, though. This book is extraordinary. Listening to the author read it is beyond extraordinary. If you buy one Audible book this year - this should be it. Especially for those of us who, as children, found comfort, safety, and a sense of home in books, this story will reawaken feelings possibly long forgotten, deliciously, with a side of ache.
Plus also, bonus kittens.
Neil Gaiman has written an engaging, magical story. As the narrator reflects on a strange experience of long ago when he was seven years old and met Letty, an 11-year-old girl who lived at the end of the lane and had mysterious powers. Fans of fantasy literature will certainly enjoy this book. Even though I don't count myself as a big fan of fantasy literature, I thought the story was very creative and took me on a wonderful journey through the eyes and mind of a seven-year-old boy. When I saw that the author was also the narrator I was hesitant, since authors often have more writing skills than storytelling skills. Not the case here. Neil Gaiman is a wonderful narrator.
I'm addicted to Audible. A new grandma I am responsible for my grandsons library, which reignited my interest in books.
The imagination of the author and the story development. The detailed imagination and I don't like stories of fantasy. Truthfully I was annoyed at first. Later I as overwhelmed wit the talent of the author of creating the details of this other dimension.
The cutting and stitching in the kitchen. I could see it. The talent of the narrator matched the talent of the writer.
I enjoyed it but it is a story that unfolds and once you know all the twists and turns it is not the same the second time. I enjoyed this book and have a feeling Neil Gaiman will turn out to be a favorite author for me. I immediately started a second one of his.
I really like the way he reads the story. Normally, it is a big mistake to have the author read the book but not with Neil.
Too long for that
I enjoyed this book and Neil's performance. My favorite audible book ever is still "the book thief". Everyone should listen to that one!
I haven't read the print version. I picked the audio version for my husband who listens to book each day when driving to and from work. We've read Gaiman's American Gods and I have his children's books so I looked him up and downloaded this audio book. I fell in love with Neil Gaiman's voice and of course hearing a book read by the author gives you insight into the characters - you can HEAR the emphasis of words, descriptors, pauses, and reflections. Fabulous.
The most memorable moment was the death of the main character who was saved by the protagonist who was ultimately the cause of the antagonists (both types) and the death of the main character.
Ursula was my favourite character performed by Neil Gaiman. Though she was the antagonist, I could just imagine her so clearly as he spoke her lines.
I would take the main character to dinner because I would love to be able to try to tap into the mind that is so far removed from the seven year old self that he forgets the number of times that he revisits the "end of the lane".
I honestly had no idea what to expect of this little audio book. The descriptor did not do it justice. Still, I was so pleasantly surprised and became so enthralled that when we left Blacksburg at 9:00 pm, we were expecting to stop for the night at 11:00 but I just couldn't leave the book so I drove all the home. We arrived home at 1:40 am with the book completed and a longing to know "the rest of the story".