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
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.
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.
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.
Already listened to it twice. Loved the aura of the story
Meeting the women in the farm kitchen.
Where imagination and reality meet, heroes come in unexpected guises.
Modern adult fairytale.
Has their ever been a Neil Gaiman story that hasn't been magical, opening the doors to the reality that is behind the nundane surface world we think we inhabit? If so, I haven't found it yet. Ocean is another work of word magic and imagination that transforms the world and makes it exciting and mysterious. My biggest frustration with the book is that it comes to an end eventually.
It is the story of a seven year old boy who stumbles into contact with the world behind the world as a result of the foolishness of a wandering spirit who finds its way into rural 1960's England. It is a story of magic, memories, nightmares, buried fears and wonder. It is similar in some respects to Coraline but then not...
The book is narrated by Gaiman who does a fine job as the teller of his own story. His reading of the tale helps to draw you into it. It adds to the experience, a talent that is rare in many authors who attempt to narrate stories they have written.
Chicagoan. Natural redhead. Happy mama of a corgi and a blue crown conure.
So happy that Neil Gaiman decided to narrate this novel himself. His creepy tone emphasized just the right parts that you know he was thinking when he wrote it. The story keeps you intrigued and I really liked the ending. At under six hours, it's a super easy "read", but one that keeps you thinking about it long after you are done listening.
An absolutely spellbinding book read by the author himself, which means all the emphasis, timbre, and rhythm of the story is right where it should be when read out loud! Gaiman tells a tale that is straight out of a child's head, where fantasy and reality blend into a fog. Sometimes it gets hard to tell where one begins and the other ends, but the emotions remain as crisp and raw as my own memories, something Gaiman definitely excels at capturing in his prose. He shapes these moments of absolute terror and dark whimsy that make up the world of the child, then reveals terrible truths understood from the point of view of young innocence. It transforms chaotic events that would send the story's adults screaming into the night into dissociative dream-like apparitions, and seemingly innocuous moments into ones that tear at the heart with the weight of the world.
Along with American Gods, Anansi Boys, and the Graveyard Book, it just goes to show that Gaiman, intentionally or not, manages to turn tales which are obviously fiction into something a little too close to home that hit the innermost mark of reality without flinching. If you aren't having a bit of nostalgia by the end-- smiling through the tears and aching to bleed through into the country where an ocean exists at the end of the lane-- then it's no doubt Miss Monkton got to you! This book is exceptionally crafted and one I will return to again and again for different meanings as I continue to "grow up."
Hearing Neal Gaiman narrate - I love (love!) hearing a talented author narrate his own work. It's like you get to tap straight into the characters.
Lettie, of course. Who doesn't want to be a magic girl godling queen forever?
Grandmother - she's got to have some stories to tell!
Graphic designer and University professor. I love comics and to be always learning something new!
I have already recomend it to everyone who loves novels that won't let you go!
the girl and her Ocean... amazing don't want to spoiler anything
his amazing narrative, so visual, so intense, the characters are always unique...
This story was very dull. I got it because it was on the bestseller list. Won't trust that again.
Performance was fine.
Yes, it was lovely. It's magical, it's not necessarily a happy book but it was so well written and the story was just charming.
Reminiscent of Harry Potter, Narnia Books,
I'm not sure that I can say, but I did so enjoy the ending. which is a ery big deal for me.
No extreme reaction but it was a very good take you away from your troubles book
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