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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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    melissa lopez 06-06-16 Member Since 2017
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    One of the best I've listened to. Loved it so much. Neil is a great reader and his voice really pulls you into the story.

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    Uriens J. 06-05-16
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    "Completely enthralling"

    What a wonderful book. Such an engaging, fantastical story of a remembered childhood. One of the best books I've read in a long time. Very short in comparison to most novels, but really a beautiful escape. If you were an imaginative child (and especially if you still are, no matter your age — after all, as the author says, there really are no adults), this book is for you.

    Read expertly by the author. I normally don't think authors should read their own books because they often don't have the voice or verbal storytelling skills to go with their writing skills. Neil Gaiman has them in spades. He's a very engaging reader with a wonderful voice. He really draws you in.

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    cherry patrick jamison 06-05-16 Member Since 2009
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    "I hope there is a follow up story."

    This is a charming tale told by a 7 year old, a perfect age for suspending judgement & disbelief. Neil Gaiman's reading was spot on. I found myself assuming it was partially autobiographical.

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    A'Maya Ettien 06-04-16
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    "I loved this"

    This is a wonderful story. I loved it. I loved listening to the author read it, as well. It was great to hear the owed a spoken in his voice, the way he meant it to be read. It was like having a bedtime story told to me.

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    Rebecca 06-03-16
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    That was just amazing! Another wonderful book for the whole family. His performance was mind blowing! A perfect experience all around.

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    R. Wilson-Shore 06-02-16

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    "Synopsis of this book lead to reading confusion"

    I purchased this book because it popped up as a recommended read. The synopsis led me to believe that it was an ordinary story, perhaps a coming-of-age story, or perhaps the tale of a man revisiting his childhood past. When the tale started to spin off the rails into a supernatural story, it lost me. At times the book seemed more interested in making sweeping supernatural commentary on perception of reality than in actually telling a cohesive story. The plot was too meandering, The character development worth thin, and nothing truly pulled me forward other than a general desire to just finish the book. There were a few nice pieces of imagery but on the whole this one just didn't grab me

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    Jennifer Hessenfloe 06-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    Great story & performance. If in the fence, get this. You won't be disappointed. Gaiman delivers fiction with suspense, mystery, horror, drama & fantasy all together.

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    where4 06-02-16
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    "would listen to anything if Neil were reading"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Ocean at the End of the Lane to be better than the print version?

    Just to listen to Neil's voice then yes.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I enjoyed the Grandmother who loved the full moon.


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

    Yes definitely


    Any additional comments?

    The story stayed with me and I found myself thinking about it for a long time after and I enjoyed it. But it was Neil Gaiman's voice that is addictive.

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    Billy SEATTLE, WA United States 06-01-16
    Billy SEATTLE, WA United States 06-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "An amazing story, even if it ends early."

    The story was gripping and emotionally draining at times and I loved every second of it. My only complaint is that the ended felt too early, like we were hitting a turning point and another connected adventure would begin. Then it ends. Still, well worth the price of admission.

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    Louise 05-31-16
    Louise 05-31-16
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    "So thoroughly enjoyable!"

    This was such a treat to listen to. It's a fairytale written for adults beautifully crafted and read by the author. Definitely one audiobook I will listen to again!

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