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
everything. This was a light, fantasy/horror story. The author read his own work an has a very calm, soothing voice. I was entertained from start to finish.
Is it an Ocean, a pond, or a wet spot on the grass?
I feel like a broken record in reviewing Neil Gaiman books, but once again, he's transported me to a world that I think we all wished we could live in together. pair that with the pleasure of being able to hear him narrate this story and hear it from his point of view as the author, and my gosh, it's incredible. few books have made me cry. this is one of them, and not just at the ending, but throughout.
I think I might start it over and listen again. then maybe one more time.
thank you, Mr. Gaiman, for creating such a world and letting us have a glimpse. this book changed me.
I'm starting to love "Deal of the Day" because so often it introduces me to authors and books I would never have found otherwise.
This book is no where within the realm of anything I would have searched for, but it is a delightful little journey. It reminds you of the magical world you lived in when you were young. Was all that magic real and you just forgot all about it when you reached adulthood? Or, was it all fantasy in your child's mind? You be the judge.
I choose to believe in magic, even as an adult.
Give this book a listen.
Although it's narrated by the author (not usually a good thing in my opinion), he does a great job with the narration and it's easy to listen to. You connect easily with the main characters and are quickly drawn into their world. It's a great story, very well put together and very well drawn back together at the end. I was sad when it was over. Found myself wishing it was longer, and will definitely look into what else this author has written.
Neil Gaiman does not disappoint with this lullaby dream of a novel. Between the story and the lilt of his own voice, this is amongst my favorite of audio books. Listening to Neil read always brings tears to my eyes. This is a novel you listen to when the rest of the world requires pause, and you feel that much more understood, if only that makes sense.
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