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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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    Alfredo Rodriguez Guadalajara, Jalisco Mexico 07-30-13
    Alfredo Rodriguez Guadalajara, Jalisco Mexico 07-30-13

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    "Two times in a row and cant wait to get the book!"
    Would you listen to The Ocean at the End of the Lane again? Why?

    i simply couldnt put it down!... i usually listen while driving, but the story was so facinating that i took to work, and passed the whole day listening to it!... i red Coraline before a few years ago, and althought i find a few similarities with this book its a wonderful adventure, kinda cried with the first chapters and was literaly on the edge of my seat with the rest!...

    i had to listen to it again just to see what i was missing the first time... Neil Gaiman narration is amazing, a true and modern story teller!.. i will defenetly buy this as a gift!


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

    no, first time and i love it! couldnt stop tweeting about it!


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

    yes.. but wont tell!.. you need to listen to it!


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    Tim Toluca Lake, CA, United States 07-30-13
    Tim Toluca Lake, CA, United States 07-30-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Like a fine bottle of wine"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Ocean at the End of the Lane to be better than the print version?

    Like a fine bottle of wine, this book is simple while complex. Fun while addictive. Joyful at the same time being squinted-eyes scary. Not to be read or drank all at once; rather set for a while and remembered fondly so that it begs you back for more. Neil Gaiman performs wonderfully with both his pen and his voice at presenting a door to a dream; or rather a fantasy that many around the world have been taught for centuries.


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    R. Keighron Mt. Holly, NC 07-30-13
    R. Keighron Mt. Holly, NC 07-30-13

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    "I REALLY wanted to like this book ..."

    I don't know what I was expecting after reading the glowing views, but this wasn't it. So many directions this book could have gone after the first few chapters and can't imagine in going in a less satisfying way. Felt that the author was able to do a good job in the reading, adding emphasis and drama where it needed to be. Dark and disturbing; not my cup of tea.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ben 07-29-13
    Ben 07-29-13 Member Since 2014

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Not Gaiman's best work"

    I have loved a number of other books by Gaiman (American Gods, Anansi Boys, Graveyard Book), but I thought this one fell flat. The plot isn't very compelling and doesn't move along like his others and I was not really invested in the characters. I think this would have worked better as a short story and it feels stretched as a novel.

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    Thomas M. Corrigan Dayton, MD USA 07-29-13
    Thomas M. Corrigan Dayton, MD USA 07-29-13 Member Since 2006

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    "2nd Wow! Yes, this really was GREAT"

    Just finished this and it makes me wonder if I should have given some of my other books reviewed 5 stars, as then this should be 6. A remarkable, if difficult to describe, story. And Neil Gaiman does a wonderful job at reading his work. Even the "acknowledgments" at the end were interesting and worth the listen.

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    Blair 07-28-13
    Blair 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.


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    K. Cyr 07-23-13
    K. Cyr 07-23-13

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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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