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Jacob

RICHMOND, CALIFORNIA, United States | Member Since 2011

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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
    Overall
    (4786)
    Performance
    (4423)
    Story
    (4433)

    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"
    "It feels almost like a memoir"
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    What did you love best about The Ocean at the End of the Lane?

    As with all of Neil Gaiman's books I enjoy the confined small, but huge feel to the story. I like the sparse few characters which all have an important role to play. I enjoy the slow learning about the roles and that at the end you still want to know more, but are left wanting.


    What other book might you compare The Ocean at the End of the Lane to and why?

    I would compare it to Graveyard Book also by Neil Gaiman. I would make this comparison because it too has the same small, but important story to tell. It too has the same sparse list of characters that you don't get to know everything about. It too leaves you wanting to know more.


    What does Neil Gaiman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Neil Gaiman unlike many other authors narrating brings a feeling to the books future state that he communicates through inflection that you don't get otherwise and would not get through all, but the most skilled of narrators.


    If you could take any character from The Ocean at the End of the Lane out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would take old Mrs. Hempstock to dinner. She being the oldest and wisest of the Hempstock women and seeming to be the most open to discuss honestly the early history of the universe.


    21 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • The Graveyard Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6499)
    Performance
    (3276)
    Story
    (3298)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

    Guillermo says: "Masterful Fantasy for the Jaded Heart"
    "One of the best books I have listened to"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Graveyard Book to be better than the print version?

    I feel you get something extra by having the author read his work to you in this case particularly, This is a fantasy book and only the author can really explain and give the correct inflection to the words as written to make it come to life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    At the same time it feels both small and intimate and large and expansive. What I mean is you get a sense of the larger work Bod is in, but it isn't pushed on you like an epic tale. You know what is happening is important, but you feel like it is just for you.


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

    I have not listened to any of Neil Gaiman's performances before, but this has put the interest for it in me.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I found I could not put it down and since I listen while running I can now run a marathon.


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