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The Ocean at the End of the Lane Audiobook
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Written by: 
Neil Gaiman
Narrated by: 
Neil Gaiman
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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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    Becky6624 Stoughton, MA United States 06-01-15
    Becky6624 Stoughton, MA United States 06-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A great story"

    A great story in the tradition of a fairy tale/ fable, with creative yet believable characters. One of, if not the, most favorite of the Neil Gaiman books.

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    D. Sidwell 05-28-15
    D. Sidwell 05-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Fascinating and Fun"

    This was a fun book about a boy who encounters danger and odd magic. Neil Gaiman reads his own work very effectively. This does have some "adult" parts in it very briefly and though about a boy the book is probably for older kids and adults.

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    Charlie 05-28-15
    Charlie 05-28-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Wow"

    Neil Gaiman is a true storyteller, not just a writer. He really bring his stories to life when you listen to them.

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    RICHARD 05-22-15
    RICHARD 05-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A great trip"

    This book was a great trip to a place we don't know we know... but have always suspected. Neil is an excellent orator and a pleasure to listen to.

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    Jennifer D. Baumgarten 05-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Bummer"

    Maybe it was one I should have actually read because I never got sucked in listening. I found that after long chunks of time I would realize I had no idea what was going on and I had no desire to go back and listen again to figure it out.

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    Abigail F Donnelly 05-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Scary & comforting"

    Beautiful! Neither a child's fable nor an adult's story but just a myth. It glows.

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    Margaret Mikula 05-20-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Not to be missed."

    Absolutely worth the time I took hiding so I wouldn't bother my couch potatoes since I dont have ear buds. Thanks for having such a great writer & narrator.

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    Erik 05-18-15
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    "Gaiman keeps turning out gold"

    This reminded me of American Gods with its just-under-the-surface-of-reality magic setting. Lots of little references to themes the author is fond of, without seeming recycled. There are some genuinely tense moments, and the choice of a first-person narrator remembering his childhood was brilliant, as he was able to access his youthfully innocent viewpoint without sacrificing any complexity of language or storytelling.

    As always, Mr. Gaiman's reading of his own work was warm and wonderful, with some very subtle character voices aiding my immersion in the story.

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    Amazon Customer 05-17-15
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    "kind of boring"

    seems like the story was all over the place. kind of boring. I wouldn't read this again.

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    Kindle Customer 05-17-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Loved it"

    Story was encompassing. Narrator couldn't have been better! I can't wait to read another of his books. Truly wonderful story.

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    Oslo, Norway
    12/2/13
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    Where does The Ocean at the End of the Lane rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Quite high up!


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

    I'd say it compares to most of what Gaiman writes. If you're a Gaiman fan, you'll most likely enjoy this book. If you're not a Gaiman fan, then I guess you haven't read any of his books... :)


    What does Neil Gaiman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    There's something special about authors reading their own books, particularly when they do it as well as Gaiman does.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I almost did.


    Any additional comments?

    Time and time again Neil Gaiman shows what an good writer he is. This is no exception.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sharon
    Seigneux, Switzerland
    2/12/15
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    "Neil Gaiman is brilliant"
    What made the experience of listening to The Ocean at the End of the Lane the most enjoyable?

    Neil Gaiman is normally praised for his creative stories, which is deserved, but what I really appreciate is when he narrates them himself. In addition to speaking in his own agreeable voice, he does all manner of Anglophone voices and accents across time and space, which really brings the characters alive. And his timing and phrasing are perfect. I first discovered his narration in the Graveyard Book, which is my favorite of all in terms of narration due to all the different characters represented.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Hempstock women (Lettie, her mother, and her grandmother) are a trio of great characters. They are comforting and make you recall being safe and protected.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Not easy to say which scene was most enjoyable, but what I like is that the main character / narrator seemed to understand, even as a young boy, the limits of the people around him (particularly his father), and realized that even in disappointment, there may be something positive to be found. I keep thinking of the 7th birthday party his mother threw for him which none of his classmates attended; he didn't mind so much, because he got to keep the party game prizes for himself.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    How to know and then forget everything.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    9/26/14
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    "Couldn't put it down"
    What did you like most about The Ocean at the End of the Lane?

    Great story, well told. Always nice to have the story read by the author too. Listened to this book in one sitting, had to know what was going to happen next. I would highly recommend this book.


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  • Justin Coyne
    8/27/13
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    "Neil Gaiman does it again"

    This book is more in line with The Graveyard Book rather than American God from a Gaiman perspective if you are a fan. It is very well told by Gaiman himself and the story is excellent. His writing is very clever and you won't be let down if you decide to buy/cash in a credit. That said I think that the Graveyard Book is better, but some people may prefer this one for reasons I can't say without giving too much away!

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