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
Magical. Special. Whimsical.
This is one of these stories that you hug after reading. Gaiman already has a special place in my heart for characters like Death (from his Sandman series) and Coraline and Good Omen's. But this book is special I can't explain it, but it is. It's a must read. And the performance is of course perfect, with the writer reading it how could it not be.
I listened to this in the evenings before going to bed. The story was absolutely incredible, the characters are so colorful and vivid, I followed this book as if I were actually present to experience the character's journey right along with them. Neil Gaiman is a badass author, narrator. loved every bit of this one!
Yes, I think I would listen to it again it can be a tad confusing at some points so it'd be nice to go over it again. It was also a good enough book to be re-read!
As with any Neil Gaiman book, it's hard to pick "the most memorable moment" because his books are always filled with surprises and strange bits. For me, the main point was when supernatural aspects began. Even though I should've known things were going to get strange, for some reason, the calm and peaceful beginning of the book made any sudden changes even more memorable and engaging.
There was definitely enthusiasm as he spoke that added to the enjoyment of the story. It's hard to put in the right words just how perfect the performance was for this story.
I want to say the main character but I think Old Mrs. Hemstock is actually the most memorable to me because of her humor and calm in every situation.
This book could be mistaken by the first chapter or two as an almost-boring book about someone's childhood a few decades ago but it's definitely quite a bit more than that!
I've had this in my library for quite some time now, and I'm glad I finally listened to it.
In a style that evoked fond memories of reading A Wrinkle in Time as a child, while remaining distinctly different in style, I enjoyed every minute of binge listening.
Gaiman's voice is well suited to the narrative and narrating character.
Highly recommended for any fan of realistic fantasy adventure.
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.
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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