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
I love reading or listening to Neil Gaiman's stories. They remind me of when I was a kid and first discovered the joy and wonder of books- the way they could carry me away to a place of endless imagination.
It is refreshing to hear an adult fairy tale tale. I didn't think I would like his books since I usually like dark fantasy and sci-fi, but I couldn't have been more wrong- what a wonderful surprise!
Beautifully written with great imaginary. Mr Gaiman does an extraordinary job of weaving between two very different worlds. He takes the reader along with him in such a way that you are suspended between both worlds - the real and the imagined. Certainly makes you question which world is real and which world is imagined. I will think about this story for quite a time. Great storytelling with a message for us all.
I love the story, the mysteries and how much was left unknown. But most of all, I loved the ending. What a déjà vu feeling!
The book was well written, and although I hesitated when I saw it was narrated by the author, I can't imagine that anyone else could have produced a better performance. That said, I found it to be a series of paranormal events that happened during a period of the main characters childhood, but in the end, seemed to have no connection to his adult life. I kept waiting for "The End", but felt the end was empty of meaning. But this is not my favorite genre, so I'm not sure I'm the best person to review it.
The mail character was wonderful. But after many scary, and life-changing events, I had no idea how they had shaped him as the man who came back to reflect on these events.
The scariest part was when a stranger arrives and begins to change everyone's life with evil.
I was very disappointed that the effect of the main characters contact with pure evil was not explored more.
My guess is this book is for people who like the paranormal genre.
There is something so magical about an author reading their own story. I was mesmerized and haunted throughout this novel by Neil Gaiman. A new favorite for sure!
I was halfway through this story when I started desperately trying to figure out what it was really about. I had half a dozen theories. But by the end, I'd given up. I didn't care. If there's an underlying theme or message, I will not try to figure it out. It was a story to rekindle childhood imagination and love of stories just for the sake of good stories. This is a great story. One I will put in my keep box, to reread, and share with dear friends, and my children when they are older.
And I'm so glad Gaiman read it himself, because it was his story to tell, and it was wonderful.
I like good, entertaining books that make me forget I'm about to become an attorney. I hate books where the main premise is to whine. Thus, I stick to fiction.
What if this is the best book I've ever read, and every book I read after this one falls short. I proceed to live a life increasingly more ordinary from today on. Very scary stuff! Neil, save me!
Exceptional storytelling, vivid imagery, and wonderfully read by the author himself! I loved every moment and was irritated when interrupted! If you love Neil Gaiman's previous works, you will love this one as well! I will definitely be purchasing a paper copy as well!
I had never read any of Neil Gaiman's work so thought I'd try this; I wasn't disappointed. The story plays on childhood fears that Gaiman easily taps into to carry you away. Before I knew it, I was absorbed in the story, rooting for the characters and wondering what would happen next. The ending was lovely and, in a way, plays on the adult fear of loss--loss of a loved one, lose of memory, lose of one's youth. And, so nice to listen to the author read! I would recommend this book.
Vivid childhood memories, clouded by dense fog are triggered by the main character's return to his childhood home for a funeral. Neil Gaiman managed to construct a fantasy around disturbing childhood occurances that grips the reader with enchantment and wonder seen through the eyes of a seven year old boy. Afterall, we are children in adult bodies, as the writer reminds us. The excellence of this novel lies within it's uniqueness, concise and tight storyline that flows effortlessly, without pause. The author is a wonderful narrator, who gave this listen a highly intimate feel.
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