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I am totally speechless as I write this review The Ocean at the End of the Lane." What a wonderful piece by Neil Gaiman. Even as adults, we all have recurring dreams that hunts us through the night. These dreams gives us cold sweats and make us fear to go back to sleep. Neil Gaiman wrote this book as a recurring dream. Not so much as a fear monger, but to remind us there is a child still inside of all of us and we still fear our subconsciousness.
I like history and biography, novels too. I do have a thing for zombie books as well. I need crappy thrillers now and then.
Gaiman creates a memorable world here, made from memory and perhaps magic. It's a story that doesn't always come together, but that didn't trouble me. Elements of mysteries to be revealed create suspense, and there are some evil people/creatures, but there is never really much threat to our protagonist. That might be the weak point in an otherwise pretty beautiful book.
Neil Gaimans works have a way of making me feel around 10 again--when I was obsessed with the folklore of witches, fairies and vampires. I felt giddy and nostalgic listening to this read. I loved that it was read by him, as he knows exactly how he wanted everything delivered.
This is a wonderful story, magical and exciting. The author captures the child's thinking so well.
I live for books. Audible makes my drives through LA traffic a pleasure.
I had no expectations about this book. I really not heard of it and did not know the Author, but I am very happy to have met him.
This book was well written and so enjoyable. It made me open my imagination, I loved how free that made me feel. The Letty character was wonderful as were the rest of Hemstead ladies. Every child who is having difficulty fitting in should have the Heamstedas in their lives.
I really liked this book a lot. I think I would listen to it again in another six months or so.
I don't really want to give anything away for those of you who haven't read the book, but I really liked the ending. It evoked a lot of different emotions, and I really liked that a lot.
I thought Gaiman was really great at performing the main character, who isn't named in the book. I almost felt like he was telling me a story from his own childhood. He was really good at emoting how a child would.
I thought the most moving moment in the book is what Lettie did for the main character. Again, I'm not throwing in any specifics in case you haven't read it yet...
Just read this book. It may seem a tad boring right at the beginning, but it picks up quickly. It's fascinating and magical.
What's not to love? He is the perfect story teller of adult fairy tales in all ways. There's always this sense of magic that that creeps out from the story and into my world. And I love that.
I was going to say it was too short but it's not really. It's just the right size. Thanks Neil.
Booked & Loaded
Neil Gaiman has a special talent – writing creepy and not in the same way blood or gore are creepy. Gaiman does not need to use curse words or violence. His true talent is recognizing the childlike fears we hold inside and creating a story that explores the depth of them.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane is such a great example of this talent. The innocent fears of an everyday child come alive in this shorter story about an impossible journey. Impossible, yet completely brought to life through the eyes of a child. That being said, this is not specifically a children’s book. The Ocean at the End of the Lane is more about the fears adults like to believe they have grown out of. Told in a way that pulls you into the book and allows you to live their quietly while watching the memories play out.
Thought provoking and interesting, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a book I will not soon forget. If you are looking for a change of pace from the normal filler books, this is a great book to switch it up.
The downside was the ending. I am not sure what happened and felt like the ending didn’t fit the rest of the story. It was a bland ending to a great story.
Narration: Narrated by the creepy genius himself, Neil Gaiman was shockingly good. OK, so maybe that was kind of what I expected, so “shockingly” might be a bit of an exaggeration. I think a part of me wondered how different an author would interpret characters, and probably made a slight assumption that it would not be as good as I hoped it was going to be. That ended up not being the case. Gaiman glides through every part of the story and made feel childlike. I so wanted to close my eyes and wish myself young, cross-legged on the floor, with Neil Gaiman sitting on a stool reading this book to me.
I rate The Ocean at the End of the Lane 4 out of 5 Bullets