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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Sooooooooooo much better hearing the author read his own work to you. He is able to push the energy into the flow of words to aid in weaving the progression of images in ones own mind.
I listened to this audiobook while driving to and from patient houses. This is one of the most beautiful sounding books I've listened to/read. I went back and read it again. It's very lyrical, almost like a song. I have enjoyed all of the books I've read by Neil Gaiman. So far, this is my favorite.
I can't put my finger on why. I highly recommend this one.
I haven't. I will definitely be listening to more.
Just a beautiful story. It's fantasy, so will not be for everyone, but I found it magical. Having read other reviews, lots of people like to put heavy analysis into it as symbolic of childhood fears and loss and blah blah blah. I just liked it as a story, plain and simple.
Neil Gaiman does a marvelous job reading his own work, which certainly adds character to the story.
The plot however, cannot compare to that of his other works, such as Coraline or American Gods. It is, in my opinion, all too ambitious; attempting to convey magnificent and mysterious events. However, the story falls flat and loses itself in grand, but ultimately empty words.
It should be noted that I consider myself a Gaiman-fan, but this novel did not impress.
Neil Gaiman should narrate every audiobook. What a fantastic story.
It was perfection, start to finish.
He IS the book.
Oh yes, Neil Gaiman's voice is so hypnotic and wonderful, so perfectly suited to a magical story such as this.
The pivotal scene between father and son. It's both thrilling and terrifying and it's a turning point for our main character to fight for his life and for who he is.
This is the first Gaiman performance I've listened to but I'm going to go back and listen to the others as I find his writing and his performances incredibly entertaining.
Maybe "The Fog of Memories"
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