To say this book is different is definitely true. This was my first Neil Gaiman read and it would have been perfect for Halloween. The story is entertaining, but it takes getting into the story to really decide what it’s about. It’s simply fantasy, yet it does grab your attention and makes the reader wonder what’s going to happen next. And this is what makes it interesting. I couldn’t give it a 4 or 5, but it was a solid 3 for me. Good, but not close to great.
looking for a good read
I did not want it to end and i want to know if the ocean ever heals the girl
the main character. He was believable as a 7 yr old boy
No I would leave it as it is as you get it at the end
this is fabulous fantasy with meanderings of truth. Excellent book
Favorite author: Alexander McCall Smith Favorite narrator: Gerard Doyle Favorite listen : Burton and Swinburne Trilogy
There was a really great line in this book where the children opined what if adults are really just scared children disguised in grown up bodies. (Paraphrased) It was an adult remembering something that had happened in his childhood the way be remembered it as a child. It really brings you back to the way you looked at things as a child. When , in retrospect, the way you understood the events was not reality. I feel like it is a great story that makes you long for the freedom you had as a child but at the same time remember how you were controlled by your dependence on other people, like your parents. Anyway, this story was kind of an adult look back at Nanny McPhee meets Coraline. It was fabulous and certainly worth the credit. Final note about Neil Gaiman narrating it hisself. I personally enjoyed the narration. However, I can see where people would be disappointed. I mean Neil Gaiman has paired a lot of perfect narrators with authors. So maybe there was a better narrator out there.
I love when the author reads their own books. Especially with his british accent!!
The girl that he meets at the end of the lane. Or maybe his sister
Yes, this was good but not my favorite book
The name is perfect for the story
I was hoping for more "adult" themes in the book. Gaiman does not typically write adult themed books and there is a section of risque but not to sound smutty but I would like to see him, with his wild, wonderful imagination brooch upon more adult themes. They do not have to be risque but I thought it might be more intellectual or so. Nonetheless, it was a wonderful listen and left me smiling and enjoying that I still have the place for imagination.
Books-I stash them like I stash my yarn or my fabric. I used to have piles of books. Now they go where I go-in my back pocket--on the ipod
The Graveyard Book-hooked me, and The Ocean at the End of the Lane has reeled me in. It is a book that you should bring with on a camping trip and don't forget the portable speaker so Gaiman can do his magic around the campfire--you will become 7 years old again, and your world transforms. It tugs at you to recall your perspective of adults at that age, the belief in magical beings, and ponds that become oceans. It is a tale you will treasure over and over again.
The story is compelling and haunting. All childhood fears are there, once that were forgotten and should not have been remembered.
Usually, I am wary to listen to a novel read by the author himself, but this was a lyrical experience. Gaiman not only writes excellently, he also has a good sense of timing and drama when he narrates.
!I'm a big fan of Audible! Really enjoy listening to books, newspapers, and interviews on my ipod/iPad/iMac/iPhone.
Yes! Neil Gaiman just knows how to write a tale.
Trying to get the "worm" out of his foot!
The little boy! Than Lettie.
When it becomes clear Lettie has sacrificed herself for this little boy she has promised to protect.
Tangential, 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.
I walked away from this story thinking- wouldn't it be wonderful to believe in magic, and an ocean that looks like a pond, and to trust so fully in friendship.
I don't pretend to know or understand the full the full depth of this story, but I'm going to keep reading your reviews -such a great story. I ordered the book for my daughter, but I imagine that I'll get to get to it too :)
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We need more fairy tales in the world. And I don't mean either vampire paranormal tales or moralistic children's stories. I mean stories that show the world we see as part of a greater world. Stories that get at the real meaning of life. Stories that you can lose yourself in. There are lots of great authors, but few people that write fairy tales. I think this is either my second or third most favorite book by Gaiman. I think Stardust is his best (also a great fairy tale for adults). And this vies with Neverwhere as his second best book.
Gaiman is also one of the best author narrators I know of. The only I think is comparable is Madeline L'Engle and she passed away a few years ago. Both sounded like professional narrators, but also kept the quality of author narrator that I love. There is something about an author narrating their own work that just can't be topped, they know the story better than anyone.
You can read other reviews for the storyline. My last note is to say that even though the protagonist is a boy throughout most of the book, this is not a children's story. It is told from a child's point of view. But with an adults memory of the past. So there are a few places where it verges on an adult book. I think this is an appropriate books for the average 14 year old and above.