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
Wasn't too impressed with this one. The main character was 7 years old through most of the book, but the language used, reading vocabulary, and overall life experience was well advanced for that age. I kept thinking, this isn't a seven year old's perception. Then, it would revert back to a small child's view of happenings. I almost quit on this one, but struggled through.
It's so wonderful that this book is read by the author. He is such a an amazing writer. I get lost in his stories. I loved this one very much.
I finished the book but never really understood it's purpose. That still remains my thought. It was intriguing at points; so not a complete failure. But there was never really a pay-off of any kind. In the end I just didn't really understand why I invested the time.
everything. This was a light, fantasy/horror story. The author read his own work an has a very calm, soothing voice. I was entertained from start to finish.
Is it an Ocean, a pond, or a wet spot on the grass?
I feel like a broken record in reviewing Neil Gaiman books, but once again, he's transported me to a world that I think we all wished we could live in together. pair that with the pleasure of being able to hear him narrate this story and hear it from his point of view as the author, and my gosh, it's incredible. few books have made me cry. this is one of them, and not just at the ending, but throughout.
I think I might start it over and listen again. then maybe one more time.
thank you, Mr. Gaiman, for creating such a world and letting us have a glimpse. this book changed me.
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