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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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    Avery Milieu 02-12-16
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    "Anything by Mr Gaiman..."

    Is likely to become a favorite. This book, in his own voice, goes with me when I travel. He spins an absorbing tale, summoning that Magic we wish we remembered from our own childhoods.
    A note. Stories ABOUT children are not always FOR children. This one might give younglings some spooky dreams, so let the kids find it on their own... Is not a bedtime story for the very young.

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    Cyndi 02-07-16
    Cyndi 02-07-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Another Masterpiece"

    I have not been a fan of writers reading their own works on Audible, but I was excited to give this book a try. I adore Neil Gaiman's writing and absolutely feel in love with his reading. His passion for the story drew me in and immersed me alongside the characters. I felt the terror of the main character and wished for my own "Lettie" to help me battle the monsters under my bed.

    This is a book I will revisit simply for the pleasure of hanging out in the Hempstock kitchen or sitting near the ancient ocean in their backyard.

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    CLM Cleveland 01-29-16
    CLM Cleveland 01-29-16 Member Since 2009

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    "Ocean of Imaginings"

    Neil Gaiman narrates the story like no one else could. One of my favorite stories.

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    Pastor J 01-29-16
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    "Vividly Imaginative, Hauntingly Beautiful"

    Vividly imaginative story. Wonderfully written and performed by the author. Magical, terrifying, haunting, beautiful, and reminiscent of childhood.

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    "Absolutely perfect!"
    Would you listen to The Ocean at the End of the Lane again? Why?

    In a heartbeat! There's more to this book, I do believe, than I could hear in the first listening ~ more magic.


    What about Neil Gaiman’s performance did you like?

    Neil Gaiman's performance was absolutely perfect. If he didn't have a pretty good career going with the book-writing thing, he'd do just fine as a narrator; and when he is narrating his own books, nothing could be better!


    Any additional comments?

    I'd so lo more about the Hempstock women - there's a whole world to explore there!

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    Rachel K Maddox 01-25-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Same Brilliant Storyteller, Magical Imagination"

    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.

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    Lori 01-21-16
    Lori 01-21-16
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    "Beautiful"

    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.

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    JoLynn 01-21-16
    JoLynn 01-21-16 Member Since 2015
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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?

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    What did you like best about this story?

    It's transporting.


    Have you listened to any of Neil Gaiman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't. I will definitely be listening to more.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    in Wilmington 01-21-16 Member Since 2014
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    couldnt get through it- it was so boring- i feel like i wasted that credit for sure.

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    MugenAkabane 01-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    I enjoyed the book immensely. It was like curling up by the fire with an old friend and a hot cup of tea, and two moons in the window view.

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