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The Ocean at the End of the Lane Audiobook

The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Susan 05-30-16
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    "Fantastic"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The story was so different and new. The narration was great. I definitely recommend it. I'm looking forward to more by Neil Gaman.

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    Patricia 05-29-16
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    "One of the best"

    This is one of the best books ever written! So creatively written this fantasy story using the literary device of flashback is for any age.

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    Kia993 05-29-16
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    "Whimsical!"

    This read keeps the imagination alive and reminds you there is still peace in the world.

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    Bianca Weeda Colorado, USA 05-29-16
    Bianca Weeda Colorado, USA 05-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    Do this. It's beautiful and hard and worth every minute. Find a tree to sit under and do this.

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    Ian 05-28-16
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    "Very Neil Gaiman"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Ocean at the End of the Lane to be better than the print version?

    Never read the print. But Gaiman writes in a very visual and mental fashion. Kind of how Stephen King is one of the most skilled visual writiers. Niel is one of the most skilled mental/emotional writers. You feel like a back seat passenger in side their head. You fear what they fear, you feel what they feel.


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

    None. Niel is a one of a kind writer who never plagiarizes.


    Which character – as performed by Neil Gaiman – was your favorite?

    so hard to choose, everyone was so creepy and discomforting in their own way


    If you could rename The Ocean at the End of the Lane, what would you call it?

    The Girl who Believed In Me.


    Any additional comments?

    Solid Job. As Always. Wasnt my favorite cause im not too into horror esk stuff.. and this book got very disgusting and kind of shook me with its inappropriate nature. Really wish i could forget one of the scenes outside the window to the study..

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    LaurelOlivia Carlsbad, ca, United States 05-28-16
    LaurelOlivia Carlsbad, ca, United States 05-28-16 Member Since 2013

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    "A great Fairy Tale"
    What disappointed you about The Ocean at the End of the Lane?

    I know there are soooo many of his fans. My own literature daughter loves Gaiman. For that reason I will try another of his books. The only reason I continued with this audiobook is because I was driving.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I am looking for something new, I haven't found very many good books lately. Thinking about going to podcasts.


    What aspect of Neil Gaiman’s performance would you have changed?

    He is a good story teller. It was like me telling a story to my kids. It wasn't a story to become part of or get enveloped in. The characters didn't come to life. Partly because of Gaiman's not convincing performance of the females.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes, I am sure it is my lack of .............. whatever.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a scarey story for kids.

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    Tina Nibley, UT, United States 05-28-16
    Tina Nibley, UT, United States 05-28-16 Member Since 2016

    I'm a mom. I have drama in my life. I don't want books with the F-bomb, nor graphic violence. I read for fun and to bring my family together. I read for reducing stress levels. We have never had a television in our home and our children are now mid twenties to 19. We listen together and look for belly-wrenching laughter. So what is it like to live without a TV? Awesomely educational and inspirational. Each new book is a marvel.

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    "The perfect narrator!"

    I enjoyed this story as a trip down memory lane. I don't believe any other person could narrate this with the same skill. I have felt like my imagination grew during this audio book and I feel so much more in awe of the world around me.

    I want to write. I want to explore. I want to picnic in fairy rings. Such joy of being a big kid.

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    Melanie E. McCullough 05-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Lovely"

    I couldn't wait to find out what happened, but I didn't want the story to end. it's so bittersweet and wonderful. highly recommended!

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    Susannah French 05-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Enchanting"

    This story is not what I was expecting. But was delightfully imaginative and enchanting. Being narrated by the author allows the story to come alive exactly as it was intended to when written.

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    Karen D 05-25-16
    Karen D 05-25-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great narration"

    I guess this story is a little too whimsical and magical for my taste. The descriptions are amazing and create vivid images for the reader which is why it's hard for me to come up with a fair rating. The author obviously has a vivid imagination and based on other reviews it's a wonderful story. I can't not recommend it… I think each reader has to decide for themselves whether it's something they love or not.

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    Oslo, Norway
    12/2/13
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    "Beautiful"
    Where does The Ocean at the End of the Lane rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Quite high up!


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

    I'd say it compares to most of what Gaiman writes. If you're a Gaiman fan, you'll most likely enjoy this book. If you're not a Gaiman fan, then I guess you haven't read any of his books... :)


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

    There's something special about authors reading their own books, particularly when they do it as well as Gaiman does.


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

    Yes. I almost did.


    Any additional comments?

    Time and time again Neil Gaiman shows what an good writer he is. This is no exception.

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  • Sharon
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    "Neil Gaiman is brilliant"
    What made the experience of listening to The Ocean at the End of the Lane the most enjoyable?

    Neil Gaiman is normally praised for his creative stories, which is deserved, but what I really appreciate is when he narrates them himself. In addition to speaking in his own agreeable voice, he does all manner of Anglophone voices and accents across time and space, which really brings the characters alive. And his timing and phrasing are perfect. I first discovered his narration in the Graveyard Book, which is my favorite of all in terms of narration due to all the different characters represented.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Hempstock women (Lettie, her mother, and her grandmother) are a trio of great characters. They are comforting and make you recall being safe and protected.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Not easy to say which scene was most enjoyable, but what I like is that the main character / narrator seemed to understand, even as a young boy, the limits of the people around him (particularly his father), and realized that even in disappointment, there may be something positive to be found. I keep thinking of the 7th birthday party his mother threw for him which none of his classmates attended; he didn't mind so much, because he got to keep the party game prizes for himself.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    How to know and then forget everything.


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  • Amazon Customer
    9/26/14
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    "Couldn't put it down"
    What did you like most about The Ocean at the End of the Lane?

    Great story, well told. Always nice to have the story read by the author too. Listened to this book in one sitting, had to know what was going to happen next. I would highly recommend this book.


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  • Justin Coyne
    8/27/13
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    "Neil Gaiman does it again"

    This book is more in line with The Graveyard Book rather than American God from a Gaiman perspective if you are a fan. It is very well told by Gaiman himself and the story is excellent. His writing is very clever and you won't be let down if you decide to buy/cash in a credit. That said I think that the Graveyard Book is better, but some people may prefer this one for reasons I can't say without giving too much away!

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