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
not really. Beautifully designed book. Happy to have both. Love to listen to Neil Gaiman reading his books.
All the moments that make you realize what it takes to be a child. Courage, strength and helplessness so closely intertwined.
I always marvel at his combination of limitless imagination and clear perception of the world. Never worry about the plot. Just let his creation envelop me.
Great voice - really enjoyed listening to the author, kwew he would put the right stress on things, but had no idea his voice was so english and dramatic! Loved it!
I loved the commonsense of the the characters - like Harry Potter books they are everyday in a magic world
I am a married 53 year old mother of 2 adult kids. I started listening to audiobooks for entertainment while driving to work. I am hooked!
Yes I would, it was a whimsical tale and a delight to listen to.
I loved the character Lettie, she was such a strong person and always in charge.
His narration was really good, He did a good job with all the voices.
I do not want to give anything way, but the part about the kitten was sad.
A great listen!
Absolutely, to hear Neil's voice was like the best story in world being read to me personally by my most favorite person in the world. He created a most intimate bond with the characters and the listener
with a never ending ongoing story
WOW... so much more to say but not sure I could get it down by mere words.
Thank You Neil
Awfully imaginatively quick!
Imagining what we never consider to be possible, the author recounts a grown man's childhood that he cannot remember yet is drawn to for reasons unknown to him.
The protagonist's curiosity and resiliancy makes him my favorite.
I will continue to read Neil Gaiman books.
This was my first Neil Gaiman audiobook and I was not disappointed. I so enjoyed his narration that I didn't want the book to end. It's just one do those story/narration combinations that does the job so well that it puts you in a different world while you're listening.
I would definitely recommend and I really look forward to listening to more of Neil Gaiman.
As a Gaiman fan, I felt that the story was worth listening to, especially because it was narrated by Gaiman. It was hard not to think of the story as his personal story since his voice inflections created the necessary emotional connection.
The story was imaginative overall, but the plot seemed a little light. This may be due to the novel being intended for a younger audience. The imagery was well written and easy to imagine.
My own unique personality and self.
Delightful, entranced, reassured.
It was constantly entertaining and held me with it's ideas and characters and at the end, the possibility of more..... :)
I have not listened to his other books, but I plan on doing so. He is such an amazing story teller and ranks second only to my big brother who read Tolkien to me and my sister as a child.
It made me giggle at times and truly made me feel good to read it. I love that it ended the way it did and didn't make me sad or angry.
The title of this book drew me in and captured me and I knew it was the book for me. Thank you Neil Gaiman for being such an excellent writer and storyteller.
Touching the mysteries of your long lost childhood
"Was it worth it" ( your life, that is)
Highly recommend it. Great story. He captures the subtle elements of childhood I had forgotten. Very touching and inspiring. I don't want to give anything else away.
My collection is too diverse to compare.
Only if they were a Neil fan. I think if they were not familiar with his work this would not be the one I started them with.
It's not epic, but it is a good read. Perfect for a lazy long Sunday with tea.
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