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The Ocean at the End of the Lane Audiobook

The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel

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.
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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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    Thaddeus 03-12-15
    Thaddeus 03-12-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Beautiful and bittersweet"

    The adult reflections of the protagonist make a story that's almost, but not quite, a children's story. One of my favorite recent books.

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    Michael 03-07-15
    Michael 03-07-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Neil reads as well as he writes"

    Great stuff, echoes of coraline, but don't let that dissuade you. It's a great story, and, as an aside has some of the best food descriptions I've ever heard.

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    Rebecca 02-28-15
    Rebecca 02-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Unique and Familiar"

    Thank you, Neil Gaiman, for hours of delight and wonder. The tone is dark, yet suitable for the child within.

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    Linda 02-27-15
    Linda 02-27-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Exquisite!"

    I really didn't know what to think as I started it but was taken off guard by the flow and beauty of thought. He should read everything lol!! Not enough superlatives to say wahoo loud enough! Thank you Mr Gaiman☺️

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    Amazon Customer 02-23-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Beautiful story"

    Read by the author, very believable, compelling story. enough complexity to let you re-read a few pages.

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    Sheila Tampa, Florida 02-23-15
    Sheila Tampa, Florida 02-23-15 Member Since 2007

    Hi, I am an avid reader and audiobook listener with diverse tastes in books. I enjoy sets of books by subject or series.

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    A difficult to describe book, this book has a story wrapped in a story. There is adventure and fantasy and childhood. I enjoyed listening to the book and found the story entertaining but am left with the vague feeling that something is missing from the story, like the difference between a good ghost story and a random haunting.

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    chris 02-19-15
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    "Weird, weird, weird. I just didn't "get" It."
    What disappointed you about The Ocean at the End of the Lane?

    The content of this book is just strange and meaningless.


    What was most disappointing about Neil Gaiman’s story?

    Couldn't come close to finishing it.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Neil Gaiman’s performances?

    I want to because he does get good reviews, but hesitate to spend the money.


    Any additional comments?

    Any book should be at its best with its author as narrator. Just didn't like this one.

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    Galadhrien Wichita Ks. 02-18-15
    Galadhrien Wichita Ks. 02-18-15 Member Since 2015

    Nauva I nauva!

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    "Magical"

    As always Neil weaves a deep, emotional magical story that absconds with your mind and leaves you wishing you could join the characters in their world.

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    Courtney hamp 02-10-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Fascinating Listen!"

    While I'm a fan of his screen work, this was the first actual book I've read/listened to by Neil Gaiman. He's truly a bard; the perfect storyteller, from concept of the story to how he narrates it here in this recording.

    His speaking is a little slow, so I speed the narration up to 1.25x and it was perfect. On that note, Audible did an amazing job providing that option. By having the story told a little quicker it made this a great book to listen to while shoveling snow out of the driveway or push through the higher intensity on the elliptical machine.

    The Ocean at the End of the Lane is fantastical, enchanting, and narrated wonderfully. Definitely a 5 star rating. Even though it's 6 hours, if you have some Audible subscription book credits stacked up, one will be well spent on this. You might even listen to it a few times over!

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    HappyCamper 02-09-15
    HappyCamper 02-09-15
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    "Captivating voice and story"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book as I was spirited away by the narrator. A book to get lost in to be sure.

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