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
Al of Spears
Gaiman's storytelling has always been top notch, and this novel balances brilliantly the ephemeral nature of memory with the passage of time, and hearing the whole thing rendered by Gaiman's voice just added to the beauty of the whole piece. This is the first audio book I listened to more than once, and I can see myself playing this one again in a few years.
I am a writer who loves reading.
If you love gorgeous descriptions of English countryside and mouthwatering depictions of farm food, this book is for you. The action/adventure aspects of this story felt like they were overpowered by the gorgeous descriptions and the excellent characterization of the main character and his companion. It has only a small portion of the darkness contained by Gaiman's earlier works, along with the childish optimism encapsulated by The Graveyard Book. I really enjoyed this combination - I couldn't stop listening.
Not only was the story wonderful, Gaiman's mellifluous voice is the perfect accompaniment to this very British story. All in all, it was a great experience.
I really enjoyed the infantile struggle between the antagonist and protagonist.
Ursula Munkton because she was evil, but sounded hot.
This is such a dreamy yet odd story. It is a strange reality and I would often wonder if it was a child imagination or an altered reality. The very best part of this book is listening to Gaiman voice reading. Wow! It is such a great part of the story. I liked this and it was definitely worth the purchase.I feel Gaiman's books have parts that I really want to contemplate. I would find myself pulled into his descriptions and thinking about them for awhile. I will listen to this book again. As for a recommend, I would buy this one. It is worth the story.
From A to Z, this book was strange. You want to make sense of it all, and that's what keeps you going to the end. The whole experience is like a complex, vivid and pleasant dream, after which you wake up and have a good feeling.
I like fiction, sci-fi, fantasy and magic-realism.
Oh geez, I just love Neil Gaiman's books. And, though I've said it many times before, he is such a great narrator!
This book is a perfect blend of fantasy from a child's point of view, told by a sort of morose, introspective adult. The dark elements of the story are tempered by a lighthearted innocence that just wrenched my heart a little bit.
Definitely enjoyed this one.
This performance had no energy. Neil, unfortunately to me, was very monotone. He read it lazily with no voices, no inflections and no enthusiasm.
I was very disappointed in this book after reading the rave reviews. I'm still wondering how I missed its magic.
I might have enjoyed the book a bit more had I read the print version. I feel like I read with much more energy and imagination. Yawn.
eccentric, imaginative and perplexing. i loved the book! it did leave me with many questions unanswered. i understand that its all about embracing imagination but i still would have loved to go more into the lives and histories of the characters.
the inventiveness of the hempstock family.
i loved old mrs hempstock.
i loved it! being a fairly short book ill recommend it to anyone looking to escape the mundane.
This story has an interesting mix of magic and fantasy, but is really about friendship. The author narrates and does a superb job. It gets off to a slightly slow start, but within the first hour I was entranced and listened to it all the way through in about 2 days. If you are mildly intrigued by the publishers description and not quite sure .... go for it. This book is a real pleasure and ends in a very satisfying way
I love everything Neil Gaiman has written (at least the adult books plus The Graveyard Book - haven't tried the younger stuff yet, but I will) and it's infinitely wonderful to hear him read them himself. I think he's one of those authors that, once you know him you will buy and read (listen to - whatever) everything of his that you can - his imagination is so much broader than mine, soooo good...
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