... You start with sandman, ok amazing but it's a comic. Then American gods, talented but you write it off as genre and wish him the best. Then you read this one and think ... Crap. This is one of the truest works of fiction I have ever read.
I really loved this book. It really takes you away to the Hempstocks farm where anything is possible! Beautifully written and narrated by Mr. Gaiman himself, I really enjoyed hearing the book as read by the author!
My only drawback was that the end really sneaks up on you! I thought I was just getting to the good part when all the sudden, the Epilogue began. I feel like there was too much left unsaid or unexplained. However I suppose that the mark of a good book is one that you don't want to end.
Nevertheless, I highly recommend the Ocean at the End of the Lane to anyone who still believes in Magic or who likes to be taken away to far off lands without ever taking a step! Hopefully the great Neil Gaiman will write a sequel someday...
Gaiman is a master of both nuances turns of phrase, and performing his own work in a grounded, authentic, way; one cannot help but be swept away into his world's, which are so often filled with the dreamlike quality of our own memories.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a coming or age story as well as a tribute to those who help shape us in our formative years, and the incredible ability of our own minds to reshape our experiences again and again.
And of course, it wouldn't be Gaiman without some good old fashioned fantasy and myth thrown in.
This story had it all! Witches, fairies, cats, love of reading, the moon and most importantly the ocean as both like a thing and a metaphor for a different type of consciousness.
I must start by saying that I’m deeply in love with Neil Gaiman narrating his own work. It takes the story to another level and it’s a truly delightful experience.
Now, about the story itself… well, it’s really hard for me to talk about it since I can’t seem to find the right words to describe it. This much I can say at least: Feelings. The story gives a lot of feelings that stay with you each time you think about it.
In a way, the book remembers me of a Studio Ghibli film. They share the same kind of strong protagonists, cozy and fantastical setting, mysterious and magical characters and they both bring feelings galore.
I could try to talk about the plot, but it would only ruin the experience. If what I have already said doesn’t encourage you to read it well, this story might not be for you. If it does encourage you then give it a try and read it—or better, have Neil read it to you. You won’t regret it.
History buff and Heraldic Artist...
This book is so interesting, different and well told I don't think my words can do it any justice. The fact that it is read by the author makes it magic. I'm not going to try to describe the plot because it is like nothing you have ever read. It is a mystical, creepy modern-day fairy tale that will blow you away. Give it a try, you will not be disappointed.
This is one of those books i may have enjoyed reading more than the audio.
It could also just be that I find his voice a little too soothing!
I would zone out in a trance and have to go back every now and then.
definitely recommend you give it a go though, one way or another!
I haven't read the print version. I think audio over print comes down to the narrator and personal preference. I don't have a preference, so for me it all hinges on narration. Again, not having read the print version, I cannot make a comparison, but what I can say about the audio is that Neil Gaiman captures the plaintive innocence and wonder of the small boy at the center of the story. I very quickly forgot I was listening to an audio book and just became carried away in the story.
The same thing that draws me to all Neil Gaiman stories- he weaves in the familiar with the fantastical and creates something that feels like an old and timeworn story while being completely unpredictable. You may have a general idea how his stories will end (good always triumphs over evil, right?), but you have no idea how he will get there.
When I read a book, I have a movie playing in my head- I see the characters and hear their voices. Mr. Gaiman placed emphasis where I may not have, and he made the main character understandable whereas I might have found him otherwise if I'd been reading on my own. He gave everyone a very specific life through his wonderful narration.
I wouldn't rename it. I think the title fits perfectly.
It's hard to review this book. I started to do a freeform review and then simply couldn't decide where to start or even what to say. I was taken back to when I had a vibrant and constantly active imagination- to when a pond in the woods was an ocean, trails were taking me to new worlds instead of from the house to the barn, and I spent entire days living inside my own mind running around like a little wild kid of the mountains on the hillsides and "hollers" behind my home. The story was new and fresh in a way that stories often aren't any longer.
The best reader and the story is good. It is not the best, because it does not open my eyes to new ideas or thoughts. The story is so well told and the word picture so vivid that I rated it very good
perhaps to cry the beloved country. In both books the writing and audio was excellent. The story is not on par with cry
When she brought the ocean to him and he stepped in
Fears and Memories of our childhood
Again, Gaiman did such a great job of audio andI could see the word picture he created