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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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    Carolyn 03-04-16
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    "I loved this !"

    this was a wonderful imaginative story. I really enjoyed it! I'm not sure what made me decide to pick it up but I'm glad I did. Excellent

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    Joan E. Kitterman Seattle, WA, US 03-02-16
    Joan E. Kitterman Seattle, WA, US 03-02-16 Member Since 2014
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    "A mystical story"

    loved it. a beautiful mystical story of life, sacrifice, ancient wisdom, and the thread of time that binds us all to the beginning and together

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    H2OJunkie College Park, MD 02-18-16
    H2OJunkie College Park, MD 02-18-16

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    "Another home run"

    As an avid Neil Gaiman fan, I now only listen to his books if he is also the narrator. His quirky writing is only amplified and better brought to life by his velvety and rich voice reminiscent of a young Alan Rickman.

    Gaiman is a true literary artist, a wordsmith, and this book is honestly one of his best. Every time he sets out to write a book, I believe it is a children's book that is written for adults. Like He Graveyard Book, The Ocean at the End of the Lane evokes childish innocence and a textural beauty that can only be seen through a child's eyes. The struggle of fantasy and reality and the juxtaposition of what imagination is to an adult versus a child is the true artistry here and in most of Gaiman's darker works.

    I loved the premise here. The tangled mess of memories and the knowledge of imagination and reality being completely intertwined make this fascinating and haunting. Gaiman doesn't shy away from dark topics and terror. He allows his characters to describe their fear and their shortcomings unabashedly and without apology. It makes them easily relatable.

    This book was another that I had trouble walking away from even to go to work! I just loved the story and wanted to hear what came next. I would recommend this to anyone of any age, as long as they are past the point of overactive imagination that leads to nightmares. So for most people, around twelve or so, but for avid readers and artists with their heads in the clouds, twenty two. Or thirty depending...

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    Tiffany T. Trinity, TX 02-17-16
    Tiffany T. Trinity, TX 02-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Conjured Images of Studio Ghibli"

    I could easily imagine this book being retold as a Studio Ghibli film. Fantastic!

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    Matthew 02-12-16
    Matthew 02-12-16 Member Since 2011
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    "It just makes you think"

    I love Neil Gaiman, and particularly in audio book
    His themes are similar, with often the outsider or innocent hero.
    The hero is often somehow at the threshold, I loved the children's view of adults and I love that there are Hemstocks loose in the world
    Having been through a view I find they often strike a chord at the right time for me

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    Avery Milieu 02-12-16
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    "Anything by Mr Gaiman..."

    Is likely to become a favorite. This book, in his own voice, goes with me when I travel. He spins an absorbing tale, summoning that Magic we wish we remembered from our own childhoods.
    A note. Stories ABOUT children are not always FOR children. This one might give younglings some spooky dreams, so let the kids find it on their own... Is not a bedtime story for the very young.

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    Cyndi 02-07-16
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    "Another Masterpiece"

    I have not been a fan of writers reading their own works on Audible, but I was excited to give this book a try. I adore Neil Gaiman's writing and absolutely feel in love with his reading. His passion for the story drew me in and immersed me alongside the characters. I felt the terror of the main character and wished for my own "Lettie" to help me battle the monsters under my bed.

    This is a book I will revisit simply for the pleasure of hanging out in the Hempstock kitchen or sitting near the ancient ocean in their backyard.

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    CLM Cleveland 01-29-16
    CLM Cleveland 01-29-16 Member Since 2009

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    "Ocean of Imaginings"

    Neil Gaiman narrates the story like no one else could. One of my favorite stories.

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    Pastor J 01-29-16
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    "Vividly Imaginative, Hauntingly Beautiful"

    Vividly imaginative story. Wonderfully written and performed by the author. Magical, terrifying, haunting, beautiful, and reminiscent of childhood.

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

    In a heartbeat! There's more to this book, I do believe, than I could hear in the first listening ~ more magic.


    What about Neil Gaiman’s performance did you like?

    Neil Gaiman's performance was absolutely perfect. If he didn't have a pretty good career going with the book-writing thing, he'd do just fine as a narrator; and when he is narrating his own books, nothing could be better!


    Any additional comments?

    I'd so lo more about the Hempstock women - there's a whole world to explore there!

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