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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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    Was looking forward to it. Not my cup of tea. Did not finish. Barely started.

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    This is the first audiobook version of any of Me. Gaiman's stories that I've listened to. I'm not sure which I enjoyed more, the story itself or his reading. truly wonderful.

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    "A twisted childhood tale"

    Author's narration fit the story like a glove. Was a great, calming bed-time story and a welcome distraction during long walks.

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    "Childhood nightmares revisited... In the most amazingly enjoyable way"

    A well written blend of fantasy, horror, and great literature. I'll look for more from this author.

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    A unique and magical story that captivates. The author did an outstanding job as narrator; making the story seem positively organic!

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    Karen 07-01-15
    Karen 07-01-15 Member Since 2015

    I have been a book junky my whole life. When I listened to my first audiobook, I fell instantly in love! I have quite eclectic tastes.

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    "Neil Gaiman never disappoints!"

    Beautifully written. I love when the authors narrators. You enjoy the book through the eyes of the author. Wonderful story.

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    "Reminds me of childhood"

    This audiobook reminded me of childhood, though I can't put my finger on just why it reminded me of mine. I loved every minute of it, and was so impressed with Gaiman's narration of his own work. It was a completely magical story, yet so relatable, whether I thought about it allegorical terms about common childhood pain or when I just stopped trying to do that and just let myself get absorbed in the fantasy.

    I had read only one Neil Gaiman book prior to this one and I was annoyed by it more than I was charmed by it. After reading this one, I realize it might be that I enjoy his work more when audible rather than on page.

    In any case, I highly recommend this to anyone who used to listen to grow ups tell tall tales while being simultaneously entranced and dubious. It was a lovely 5 or so hours.

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    I kept on finding excuses to listen to this wonderful story of what happens when the thin wall between this world and others is breached and things that don't belong come into our world. Magical , scary and puzzling at times.

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    My experience with this book has been memorable. Having the author reading is, almost always, the best. This has been 5 stars all the way.

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    "Must read."
    If you could sum up The Ocean at the End of the Lane in three words, what would they be?

    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.


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