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The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel | [Neil Gaiman]

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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    Mehturt 01-17-14
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    "Nothing compares to Neil Gaiman"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Ocean at the End of the Lane to be better than the print version?

    not really. Beautifully designed book. Happy to have both. Love to listen to Neil Gaiman reading his books.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    All the moments that make you realize what it takes to be a child. Courage, strength and helplessness so closely intertwined.


    Any additional comments?

    I always marvel at his combination of limitless imagination and clear perception of the world. Never worry about the plot. Just let his creation envelop me.

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    Boston Gal 01-13-14
    Boston Gal 01-13-14

    Boston Gal

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    "Peter Pan story - really enjoyed it!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great voice - really enjoyed listening to the author, kwew he would put the right stress on things, but had no idea his voice was so english and dramatic! Loved it!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved the commonsense of the the characters - like Harry Potter books they are everyday in a magic world


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    debbie Acworth, GA, United States 01-08-14
    debbie Acworth, GA, United States 01-08-14 Member Since 2014

    I am a married 53 year old mother of 2 adult kids. I started listening to audiobooks for entertainment while driving to work. I am hooked!

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    "A fairy tale for adults"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would, it was a whimsical tale and a delight to listen to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the character Lettie, she was such a strong person and always in charge.


    What does Neil Gaiman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His narration was really good, He did a good job with all the voices.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I do not want to give anything way, but the part about the kitten was sad.


    Any additional comments?

    A great listen!

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    Ronald 01-07-14
    Ronald 01-07-14
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    "Most Delightful Story and Narration"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Ocean at the End of the Lane to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely, to hear Neil's voice was like the best story in world being read to me personally by my most favorite person in the world. He created a most intimate bond with the characters and the listener


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything


    What does Neil Gaiman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Everything


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    with a never ending ongoing story


    Any additional comments?

    WOW... so much more to say but not sure I could get it down by mere words.
    Thank You Neil

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    Amazon Customer SALINE, MICHIGAN, United States 12-30-13
    Amazon Customer SALINE, MICHIGAN, United States 12-30-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Thought provoking and creative"
    If you could sum up The Ocean at the End of the Lane in three words, what would they be?

    Awfully imaginatively quick!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Imagining what we never consider to be possible, the author recounts a grown man's childhood that he cannot remember yet is drawn to for reasons unknown to him.


    Which character – as performed by Neil Gaiman – was your favorite?

    The protagonist's curiosity and resiliancy makes him my favorite.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I will continue to read Neil Gaiman books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dana New Haven, CT 12-24-13
    Dana New Haven, CT 12-24-13 Member Since 2015

    Professional appreciator.

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    "Loved Gaiman's narration!"

    This was my first Neil Gaiman audiobook and I was not disappointed. I so enjoyed his narration that I didn't want the book to end. It's just one do those story/narration combinations that does the job so well that it puts you in a different world while you're listening.

    I would definitely recommend and I really look forward to listening to more of Neil Gaiman.

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    CAH Illinois 12-17-13
    CAH Illinois 12-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Gaiman's Narration was Perfect for the Story"
    Was The Ocean at the End of the Lane worth the listening time?

    As a Gaiman fan, I felt that the story was worth listening to, especially because it was narrated by Gaiman. It was hard not to think of the story as his personal story since his voice inflections created the necessary emotional connection.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was imaginative overall, but the plot seemed a little light. This may be due to the novel being intended for a younger audience. The imagery was well written and easy to imagine.

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    Carolyn Crane 12-15-13 Member Since 2015

    My own unique personality and self.

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    "A story that left me smiling and peaceful."
    If you could sum up The Ocean at the End of the Lane in three words, what would they be?

    Delightful, entranced, reassured.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was constantly entertaining and held me with it's ideas and characters and at the end, the possibility of more..... :)


    Have you listened to any of Neil Gaiman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to his other books, but I plan on doing so. He is such an amazing story teller and ranks second only to my big brother who read Tolkien to me and my sister as a child.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me giggle at times and truly made me feel good to read it. I love that it ended the way it did and didn't make me sad or angry.


    Any additional comments?

    The title of this book drew me in and captured me and I knew it was the book for me. Thank you Neil Gaiman for being such an excellent writer and storyteller.

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    Oakville Falls ROBBINSVILLE, NC, United States 12-10-13
    Oakville Falls ROBBINSVILLE, NC, United States 12-10-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Magical spiritual trip to childhood memories"
    If you could sum up The Ocean at the End of the Lane in three words, what would they be?

    Touching the mysteries of your long lost childhood


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Ocean at the End of the Lane?

    "Was it worth it" ( your life, that is)


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend it. Great story. He captures the subtle elements of childhood I had forgotten. Very touching and inspiring. I don't want to give anything else away.

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    webbwerx Seattle 12-01-13
    webbwerx Seattle 12-01-13 Member Since 2014

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    "It's very lite for Neil. Like die Gaiman."
    Where does The Ocean at the End of the Lane rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    My collection is too diverse to compare.


    Would you recommend The Ocean at the End of the Lane to your friends? Why or why not?

    Only if they were a Neil fan. I think if they were not familiar with his work this would not be the one I started them with.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    It's not epic, but it is a good read. Perfect for a lazy long Sunday with tea.

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    "Beautiful"
    Where does The Ocean at the End of the Lane rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Quite high up!


    What other book might you compare The Ocean at the End of the Lane to, and why?

    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... :)


    What does Neil Gaiman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    There's something special about authors reading their own books, particularly when they do it as well as Gaiman does.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I almost did.


    Any additional comments?

    Time and time again Neil Gaiman shows what an good writer he is. This is no exception.

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  • Sharon
    Seigneux, Switzerland
    2/12/15
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    "Neil Gaiman is brilliant"
    What made the experience of listening to The Ocean at the End of the Lane the most enjoyable?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    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.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    How to know and then forget everything.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    9/26/14
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    "Couldn't put it down"
    What did you like most about The Ocean at the End of the Lane?

    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.


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  • Justin Coyne
    8/27/13
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    "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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