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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Just to listen to Neil's voice then yes.
I enjoyed the Grandmother who loved the full moon.
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.
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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