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  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.

    Cynthia says: "Shadows Dissolved in Vinegar"
    "I don't get it..."
    What would have made The Ocean at the End of the Lane better?

    Lots!.. I am so dumbfounded by this book that I can't even really articulate a review for it. I get it, its a memory that came back to him of this really weird couple of days he had where he got a peek at the secret world that Lettie and the Hempstock women live in; but the novel as a whole left me feeling so incomplete. I enjoyed the author as narrator, I though he did a great job. The writing style was fine too, but the story... sigh... I just don't have the words to properly describe how it made me feel, overall it was a let down. The only thing that kept me listening through to the end of the book was that it was only a 5 hr recording. I don't get how this story has so many rave reviews. While writing my review I took a break to look for someone else who may have found this novel less than perfect. I found a review on Goodreads that summed up my thoughts very well..."while this one is as readable as the others, it doesn't mean anything, doesn't relate to anything we know in life." (thanks Paul on Goodreads)... This was my problem with the story. What was the point????

    Have you listened to any of Neil Gaiman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, and I am not sure that I am interested in any more of his books after this one.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Amazon Customer says: "Word Thief"
    "astounding naration+well written book=must have"
    If you could sum up The Book Thief in three words, what would they be?

    Captivating, Moving, Heart-breaking

    What other book might you compare The Book Thief to and why?

    I don't know if I can compare another book to The Book Thief. I have never been so torn apart emotionally by a book. I loved the characters, they were so well developed and the relationships are so real. I was brought into this book like I have never been before. The narration on this book was the best I have ever heard.

    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book. I have already listened to it more than once. Its one of those books that I think will stand the test of time. I think this book highlights what is best and worst about the human race.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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