Audie Award Finalist, Narration by the Author or Authors, 2014
Audie Award Finalist, Fiction, 2014
Sussex, England: 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. He hasn't thought of Lettie in decades, and yet sitting by the pond (a pond that she'd claimed was an ocean), the unremembered past comes flooding back. 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 and resonated in unimaginable ways. 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.
A groundbreaking work from a master, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is told with a rare understanding of all that makes us human, and shows the power of stories to reveal and shelter us from the darkness inside and out. A stirring, terrifying, and elegiac fable as delicate as a butterfly's wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark.
©2013 Neil Gaiman (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers
Lettie Hempstock. Because she has been eleven years old for a very long time.
It's perfect. Very pleasant voice, and since he's the author, he knows exactly how to present his story to the listener.
The Hempstock Women; I can't really separate them, because they're essentially three aspects of the same character. They set the story in motion and see our hero through his dangerous journey.
Neil Gaiman contnues to animate the world with his stories.
Different, Joyful & Compelling
The "worm hole"
An excellent read, great way to spend an afternoon. Gaiman narration was, as usual, wonderful!
If I had known more about the book, I likely wouldn't have purchased it. It was alright but I found it hard to follow at times.
I didn't care for the ending. I expected more of a wrap up of how it started.
I found him a little hard to listen to and hard to get interested in the characters.
I suppose some type of fantasy...a TV movie, possibly. I likely wouldn't watch it.
Yes, it's lovely that Neil Gaiman himself was the reader!
All of it, the whole story was great all around! Classic Neil Gaiman if you're a fan :-)
Lettie was one of my favorites...can't say anything since I don't want to give any spoilers :-)
Yes, and it's actually a short book so you get through it very quickly due to the great story line and reading!
It may interest a young reader...middle school or late grade school.
I found the book akin to Dr. Seuss the words read aloud were sing songey.
I found this mystical and fun. I love that he narrates his own books, that makes it special. I feel like I could sit down and have a cup of tea with him.
It was hard to put this down! I couldn't wait to see what would happen next. It really was a great fairy tale story for adults.
Oh, I am afraid I am becoming a Neil Gaiman groupie! I am amazed at his ability to create a realistic portrayal of a fantasy world, through the eyes of a seven-year old boy. The unbelievable story becomes understandable in the simplistic wording of a child's perspective.
I adore Lettie Hemstock and her mother and grandmother. What wonderful characters! Gaiman said the Hemstocks had been with him for many years, so I hope we will see them again.
Yes, though I didn't allow myself to do that, as I wanted to savor it and enjoy the story as long as I could. It's kind of like a rich, dark chocolate; if you eat it all in one setting, you won't enjoy it as much.
The story is so intriguing and Gaiman's reading is brilliant, as ever.
Al of Spears
Gaiman's storytelling has always been top notch, and this novel balances brilliantly the ephemeral nature of memory with the passage of time, and hearing the whole thing rendered by Gaiman's voice just added to the beauty of the whole piece. This is the first audio book I listened to more than once, and I can see myself playing this one again in a few years.
I am a writer who loves reading.
If you love gorgeous descriptions of English countryside and mouthwatering depictions of farm food, this book is for you. The action/adventure aspects of this story felt like they were overpowered by the gorgeous descriptions and the excellent characterization of the main character and his companion. It has only a small portion of the darkness contained by Gaiman's earlier works, along with the childish optimism encapsulated by The Graveyard Book. I really enjoyed this combination - I couldn't stop listening.
Not only was the story wonderful, Gaiman's mellifluous voice is the perfect accompaniment to this very British story. All in all, it was a great experience.
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