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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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    Blair CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA, United States 07-28-13
    Blair CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA, United States 07-28-13 Member Since 2012

    I can't seem to stop reading, so Audible is perfect. Now I can "read" at times that were previously impossible. Walking, cleaning, cooking..

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    "Must-listen!"
    Would you listen to The Ocean at the End of the Lane again? Why?

    I would listen to this recording over and over again. It's magical and haunting and just creepy enough that it will scare you a little in the dark.


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

    Yes, and everything he does is amazing.


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    William R. Brandon Texas 07-27-13
    William R. Brandon Texas 07-27-13 Member Since 2011

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    "A really good choice for a summer read"
    Where does The Ocean at the End of the Lane rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    On a scale of one to ten, ten being the best, this would rank about 7.


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

    This is the first performance by Neil Gaiman that I have listened to. I really enjoyed his voice and his presence.


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    Daniel MYSTIC, CT, United States 07-23-13
    Daniel MYSTIC, CT, United States 07-23-13
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    "Possibly better than Stardust"

    What I love about Neil Gaiman is his talent for stealing you away into a beautiful narrative that challenges your heart to dream again. My favorite of his books had always been Stardust. I always enjoyed that best, because it was never muddled with awkward sexual scenes that can color his other books, such as American Gods.
    The Ocean at the End of the Lane recaptured that same childlike, innocent narrative which I so enjoyed in Stardust. There is only one somewhat adult scene, and it does not distract at all from the story.
    At the heart of it, this is a fairy tale appreciated and loved best by adults.

    What I love most is Neil Gaiman's narration. I'm always fascinated to hear the author's own rendition of voices and meter. Gaiman's performance is excellent and pleasant to hear.

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    Karoliina Helsinki, Finland 07-23-13
    Karoliina Helsinki, Finland 07-23-13
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    "A real pleasure"
    Where does The Ocean at the End of the Lane rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The perfection in this audio book is that it's the author himself narrating the thing. And accordingly the whole thing is lively, beliavable and appropriate.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    K. Cyr Vermont, USA 07-23-13
    K. Cyr Vermont, USA 07-23-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Perfection"
    If you could sum up The Ocean at the End of the Lane in three words, what would they be?

    Thrilling, mystical, magical


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

    Some of its childlike qualities remind me of the Sword in the Stone, where the story focuses on a young protagonist but carries much of the wisdom of an adult.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The protagonist's reprieve at the old farm.


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

    Was there one that wasn't?


    Any additional comments?

    This book is spectacular from beginning to end. There's nothing that can truly express it's magic without listening to it. Give it a try - it's well worth your time.

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    C. Speranza Louisiana 07-22-13
    C. Speranza Louisiana 07-22-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Gaiman Delivers as usual."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Wonderful read.


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

    Does anyone compare to Neil?


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

    Yes. Fantastic. Every word is written and read with a love of the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shauna Seattle, wa, United States 07-21-13
    Shauna Seattle, wa, United States 07-21-13 Member Since 2013
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    "An odd and whimsical fairytale for all ages."
    Would you listen to The Ocean at the End of the Lane again? Why?

    I enjoyed listening to The Ocean at the End of the Lane for all of its surprises. I would not listen to it again as the story would not be as enjoyable without its surprises. In addition, I would prefer to read one of Gaiman's other fairy tale novels than to read this a second time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Gaiman's creativity never fails to seep into my brain and fill my imagination.


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

    My favorite characters in this book were the varmints or the cleaners. Creepy, complex, mysterious and a nice comic relief... with a bloody appetite.


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

    I felt most intensely when listening to the piece of the story which involved the main character trying to escape the house (from the very suspicious nanny, Ursula) and get to the Hempstock's house and his only friend Lettie for protection and explanation.


    Any additional comments?

    The epilogue pulled the novel together for me. I would not have gotten as much from the story without this to explain what exactly happened in the end of the story.

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    pamela Los Angeles 07-20-13
    pamela Los Angeles 07-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Mysterious and fun"
    What made the experience of listening to The Ocean at the End of the Lane the most enjoyable?

    This is an excellent book to listen to and the author's voice, melodic and even a bit dreamy, is the perfect choice for the reading. The book is an easy book to visualize with both tangible and intangible events coming to life.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this book as a great summer read. The author takes you on an other world journey, mysterious and sometimes whimsical. The story takes place in a world very real with all of it's boring details and characters with mixed up, good and bad intentions, matched with a world where what we know to be true is suspended and twisted with characters who are genuine and consistent in goodness and evil. I found myself wanting to hear more of the story in the end.

    Great book by Neil Gaiman.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jessie Raleigh, New Caledonia 07-19-13
    Jessie Raleigh, New Caledonia 07-19-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Maybe just not my thing..."

    I'm clearly in the minority here, but this book just didn't do it for me. Not that it didn't have some great aspects, and good moments. But most of my audiobooks get me looking forward to my commute so I can listen. For this one, it was more a matter of getting it over with so I can move on to my next book. Felt longer than 5 hours!

    I hadn't heard of Neil Gaiman before I heard an interview with him on NPR. It's possible I was biased by that interview- he spoke with great confidence about how writers should be able to write any style, with the implication that he does, and does so very well. So I went in with very high hopes. (Always a mistake.)

    He does do a good job capturing some of the mystery, wonder, magic, and confusion of childhood. And I always like it when authors narrate their own work- you know they're conveying what they meant. But i just never felt myself rooting for the character. It occurs to me only now what the problem might have been- I had heard the radio interview and knew that voice as a confident, internationally recognized writer. Maybe that's why i couldn't connect with it/him as a 7-year-old protagonist?

    I may still seek out his other works- he's clearly a very talented writer. Maybe I'll just read the next one, instead of listening to the audiobook.

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    Mary Simpsonville, SC, United States 07-19-13
    Mary Simpsonville, SC, United States 07-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Magic, melancholy, inventive story."
    Would you listen to The Ocean at the End of the Lane again? Why?

    Already listened to it twice. Loved the aura of the story


    What did you like best about this story?

    Unique


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Meeting the women in the farm kitchen.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Where imagination and reality meet, heroes come in unexpected guises.


    Any additional comments?

    Modern adult fairytale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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