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
A Science Fantasy writer, ever on the quest for the one book that will sweep her off her feet.
Yes. Gaiman doesn't just write beautifully, he reads just as well, and the story itself, though short, is one that will stick with you after it ends.
I have, and the quality of his reading is consistently good. He does the voices perfectly, and he conveys emotion with every word.
I listened to it all in one sitting (way past my bedtime), and it's short, so...
Ocean at the End of the Lane will tug at your heartstrings, and it will make you wonder if maybe, just maybe, you too have met the Hempstocks.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The story was so different and new. The narration was great. I definitely recommend it. I'm looking forward to more by Neil Gaman.
Never read the print. But Gaiman writes in a very visual and mental fashion. Kind of how Stephen King is one of the most skilled visual writiers. Niel is one of the most skilled mental/emotional writers. You feel like a back seat passenger in side their head. You fear what they fear, you feel what they feel.
None. Niel is a one of a kind writer who never plagiarizes.
so hard to choose, everyone was so creepy and discomforting in their own way
The Girl who Believed In Me.
Solid Job. As Always. Wasnt my favorite cause im not too into horror esk stuff.. and this book got very disgusting and kind of shook me with its inappropriate nature. Really wish i could forget one of the scenes outside the window to the study..
I know there are soooo many of his fans. My own literature daughter loves Gaiman. For that reason I will try another of his books. The only reason I continued with this audiobook is because I was driving.
I am looking for something new, I haven't found very many good books lately. Thinking about going to podcasts.
He is a good story teller. It was like me telling a story to my kids. It wasn't a story to become part of or get enveloped in. The characters didn't come to life. Partly because of Gaiman's not convincing performance of the females.
Yes, I am sure it is my lack of .............. whatever.
It was a scarey story for kids.
I'm a mom. I have drama in my life. I don't want books with the F-bomb, nor graphic violence. I read for fun and to bring my family together. I read for reducing stress levels. We have never had a television in our home and our children are now mid twenties to 19. We listen together and look for belly-wrenching laughter. So what is it like to live without a TV? Awesomely educational and inspirational. Each new book is a marvel.
I enjoyed this story as a trip down memory lane. I don't believe any other person could narrate this with the same skill. I have felt like my imagination grew during this audio book and I feel so much more in awe of the world around me.
I want to write. I want to explore. I want to picnic in fairy rings. Such joy of being a big kid.
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