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
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.
Maybe it was one I should have actually read because I never got sucked in listening. I found that after long chunks of time I would realize I had no idea what was going on and I had no desire to go back and listen again to figure it out.
Absolutely worth the time I took hiding so I wouldn't bother my couch potatoes since I dont have ear buds. Thanks for having such a great writer & narrator.
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