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The Ocean at the End of the Lane Audiobook

The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel

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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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    Louise 05-31-16
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    "So thoroughly enjoyable!"

    This was such a treat to listen to. It's a fairytale written for adults beautifully crafted and read by the author. Definitely one audiobook I will listen to again!

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    GracefulDemon 05-31-16 Member Since 2016

    A Science Fantasy writer, ever on the quest for the one book that will sweep her off her feet.

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    "Heartbreaking and Magical!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


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

    I have, and the quality of his reading is consistently good. He does the voices perfectly, and he conveys emotion with every word.


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

    I listened to it all in one sitting (way past my bedtime), and it's short, so...


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Susan 05-30-16
    Susan 05-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic"

    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.

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    Patricia 05-29-16
    Patricia 05-29-16
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    "One of the best"

    This is one of the best books ever written! So creatively written this fantasy story using the literary device of flashback is for any age.

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    Kia993 05-29-16
    Kia993 05-29-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Whimsical!"

    This read keeps the imagination alive and reminds you there is still peace in the world.

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    Bianca Weeda Colorado, USA 05-29-16
    Bianca Weeda Colorado, USA 05-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    Do this. It's beautiful and hard and worth every minute. Find a tree to sit under and do this.

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    Ian 05-28-16
    Ian 05-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Very Neil Gaiman"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Ocean at the End of the Lane to be better than the print version?

    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.


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

    None. Niel is a one of a kind writer who never plagiarizes.


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

    so hard to choose, everyone was so creepy and discomforting in their own way


    If you could rename The Ocean at the End of the Lane, what would you call it?

    The Girl who Believed In Me.


    Any additional comments?

    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..

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    LaurelOlivia Carlsbad, ca, United States 05-28-16
    LaurelOlivia Carlsbad, ca, United States 05-28-16 Member Since 2013

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    "A great Fairy Tale"
    What disappointed you about The Ocean at the End of the Lane?

    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.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I am looking for something new, I haven't found very many good books lately. Thinking about going to podcasts.


    What aspect of Neil Gaiman’s performance would you have changed?

    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.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes, I am sure it is my lack of .............. whatever.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a scarey story for kids.

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    Tina Nibley, UT, United States 05-28-16
    Tina Nibley, UT, United States 05-28-16 Member Since 2016

    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.

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    "The perfect narrator!"

    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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    Melanie E. McCullough 05-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Lovely"

    I couldn't wait to find out what happened, but I didn't want the story to end. it's so bittersweet and wonderful. highly recommended!

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