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
This is the first audiobook version of any of Me. Gaiman's stories that I've listened to. I'm not sure which I enjoyed more, the story itself or his reading. truly wonderful.
A well written blend of fantasy, horror, and great literature. I'll look for more from this author.
I have been a book junky my whole life. When I listened to my first audiobook, I fell instantly in love! I have quite eclectic tastes.
Beautifully written. I love when the authors narrators. You enjoy the book through the eyes of the author. Wonderful story.
This audiobook reminded me of childhood, though I can't put my finger on just why it reminded me of mine. I loved every minute of it, and was so impressed with Gaiman's narration of his own work. It was a completely magical story, yet so relatable, whether I thought about it allegorical terms about common childhood pain or when I just stopped trying to do that and just let myself get absorbed in the fantasy.
I had read only one Neil Gaiman book prior to this one and I was annoyed by it more than I was charmed by it. After reading this one, I realize it might be that I enjoy his work more when audible rather than on page.
In any case, I highly recommend this to anyone who used to listen to grow ups tell tall tales while being simultaneously entranced and dubious. It was a lovely 5 or so hours.
I kept on finding excuses to listen to this wonderful story of what happens when the thin wall between this world and others is breached and things that don't belong come into our world. Magical , scary and puzzling at times.
Magical. Special. Whimsical.
This is one of these stories that you hug after reading. Gaiman already has a special place in my heart for characters like Death (from his Sandman series) and Coraline and Good Omen's. But this book is special I can't explain it, but it is. It's a must read. And the performance is of course perfect, with the writer reading it how could it not be.
I listened to this in the evenings before going to bed. The story was absolutely incredible, the characters are so colorful and vivid, I followed this book as if I were actually present to experience the character's journey right along with them. Neil Gaiman is a badass author, narrator. loved every bit of this one!
Quite high up!
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... :)
There's something special about authors reading their own books, particularly when they do it as well as Gaiman does.
Yes. I almost did.
Time and time again Neil Gaiman shows what an good writer he is. This is no exception.
"Neil Gaiman is brilliant"
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.
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.
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.
How to know and then forget everything.
"Couldn't put it down"
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.
"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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