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Daniel

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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
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    (5128)
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    (4728)
    Story
    (4736)

    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"
    "Possibly better than Stardust"
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    What I love about Neil Gaiman is his talent for stealing you away into a beautiful narrative that challenges your heart to dream again. My favorite of his books had always been Stardust. I always enjoyed that best, because it was never muddled with awkward sexual scenes that can color his other books, such as American Gods.
    The Ocean at the End of the Lane recaptured that same childlike, innocent narrative which I so enjoyed in Stardust. There is only one somewhat adult scene, and it does not distract at all from the story.
    At the heart of it, this is a fairy tale appreciated and loved best by adults.

    What I love most is Neil Gaiman's narration. I'm always fascinated to hear the author's own rendition of voices and meter. Gaiman's performance is excellent and pleasant to hear.

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