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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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    James Beverly Hills, CA, United States 07-09-13
    James Beverly Hills, CA, United States 07-09-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Amazing story. Chilling and warm. Credit worthy"
    If you could sum up The Ocean at the End of the Lane in three words, what would they be?

    Mystical Childhood Journey


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Ocean at the End of the Lane?

    As a father, Neil's description of the argument between the father and son was difficult to listen to, and yet, was so smoothly told, it was like a calming hug after a nightmare.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The foot worm


    Any additional comments?

    It is read by Neil Gaiman.... seriously... you should need no other reason to lilsten to this book.

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    Julie Seattle, WA, United States 07-08-13
    Julie Seattle, WA, United States 07-08-13
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    "A wonderful, enthralling, beautiful fairy tale"
    Any additional comments?

    This book was fantastic. Neil Gaiman is amazing reading it. If you like "Howl's Moving Castle" or "Summerland" or are just looking for an enchanting and well-crafted story, do yourself a favor and get this audiobook.

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    Josh Alwitt Newton, MA USA 07-07-13
    Josh Alwitt Newton, MA USA 07-07-13 Member Since 2005
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    "More Genius from Neil Gaiman"
    Would you listen to The Ocean at the End of the Lane again? Why?

    If you like Neil Gaiman you will like this story. Gaiman finds a way to tell the hero myth story in a new way with fascinating characters every time. You will still be pondering the mysteries of some of these characters long after you've finished the book. And he has the unusual gift of great writing and great narration, with different characters and nothing short of fine acting.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Old Mrs. Hempstock is a fantastic character.


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    L. Dimen Pasadena, CA United States 07-07-13
    L. Dimen Pasadena, CA United States 07-07-13 Member Since 2012

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    "It's just about Life, the Universe and Everything"
    What did you love best about The Ocean at the End of the Lane?

    Neil Gaiman is able to tie the ordinary and commonplace to the fantastic and mind boggling.


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

    In some ways it is similar in tone with Coraline.


    What about Neil Gaiman’s performance did you like?

    His voice is made for reading stories, comforting and sometimes ominous.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Ocean at the End of the Lane and why?

    Old Mrs. Hempstock was by far the character I wanted to know more about. There are hints of who she may be (or what?), but like the narrator we can only guess.


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    John Jackson Roanoke, VA 07-07-13
    John Jackson Roanoke, VA 07-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantastic work by a gifted storyteller"

    Much has been written already about Neil Gaiman's work. It was well written and narrated by an author who is clearly passionate about his work.

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    Susan Waco, TX, United States 07-06-13
    Susan Waco, TX, United States 07-06-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Gaiman does not disappoint"
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    Why are you asking me these stupid questions?

    Ocean is a great book. May be my favorite Gaiman book to date. His narration pulls you into the story.

    Highly recommend.

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    Jenny Greenville, SC USA 07-05-13
    Jenny Greenville, SC USA 07-05-13 Member Since 2011
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    "It's a dangerous thing to be a door"

    This book was an immediate audiobook download for me the very day it came out, because I love Neil Gaiman's storytelling voice. I did not have any preconceived notions, but was still a bit surprised by the turns taken in this book. He describes it as a book for adults, but it isn't because of the brief moments of gore or horror (not even close to approaching the gore and horror in some of his other works!), but because children and YA readers might not appreciate the sentiment and framework of the larger story - a man returning to his childhood home for a funeral, and going down memory lane (quiet literally.)

    The author doesn't make the book longer than it needs to be, and it is definitely nostalgic and a bit sad. I follow the author too closely in social media, perhaps, because I kept thinking of his own life and grief in the past few years (even just the loss of pets) and how that may have impacted the book. There is that theme of the separation between children and parents, and how parents can be used by evil forces without warning, that is also found in Coraline.

    It did make me think - What do you remember about your childhood, and how do you know which part was "true?" Do you suspect that you might not remember the most important parts?

    To me, I enjoyed reading it very much, but it isn't my favorite of his works.

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    Ryan CA, United States 07-04-13
    Ryan CA, United States 07-04-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Good, but you gotta know and love Gaiman"

    I adore Neil Gaiman. To my mind, he's a master wordsmith and storyteller. He can distill wonder from the seminal & archaic: historical events, dated language, orphaned mythoi, places with memory...you name it.

    As a stand-alone book, this one isn't the most engaging, so I wouldn't recommend it to anyone unfamiliar with Gaiman's body of work. Even I admit that he's got far more powerful pieces in his repertoire. For the rest of us who are familiar though, the operative word here is 'nostalgia'. Listen to this for the nostalgia...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    debra BEL AIR, MD, United States 07-04-13
    debra BEL AIR, MD, United States 07-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Simply Enchanting"

    The story along with the narrator took me to all the places it meant to. Not my typical read, but was engrossed, all in. I was captivated by the simple innocence of the characters such a refreshing escape.

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    Lisa Jyväskylä, Finland 07-04-13
    Lisa Jyväskylä, Finland 07-04-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Beautifully written and read"

    This was my first Neil Gaiman novel. I love his writing - it's vivid and real and magical. It really causes you to see the world through a child's eyes again. It's not exactly a book for children, as there are some pretty adult elements in the plot and themes. But the adults who enjoy it will be those who still love a good adventure story or fairytale, and who are happy to revisit childhood along with the main character.

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