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
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.
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.
Vividly imaginative story. Wonderfully written and performed by the author. Magical, terrifying, haunting, beautiful, and reminiscent of childhood.
In a heartbeat! There's more to this book, I do believe, than I could hear in the first listening ~ more magic.
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!
I'd so lo more about the Hempstock women - there's a whole world to explore there!
Say something about yourself!
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.
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.
I haven't. I will definitely be listening to more.
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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