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
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.
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☺️
Hi, I am an avid reader and audiobook listener with diverse tastes in books. I enjoy sets of books by subject or series.
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.
The content of this book is just strange and meaningless.
Couldn't come close to finishing it.
I want to because he does get good reviews, but hesitate to spend the money.
Any book should be at its best with its author as narrator. Just didn't like this one.
Nauva I nauva!
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.
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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