Winner of the Specsavers National Book Award for The Audible Audiobook of the Year
The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a fable that reshapes modern fantasy: moving, terrifying, and elegiac - as pure as a dream, as delicate as a butterfly's wing, as dangerous as a knife in the dark - from storytelling genius Neil Gaiman.
It's about memory and magic and survival, about the power of stories and the darkness inside each of us. It began for our narrator 40 years ago, when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed.
Dark creatures from beyond this world are on the loose, and it will take everything our narrator has just to stay alive: there is primal horror here, and a menace unleashed - within his family and from the forces that have gathered to destroy it.
Contains a special introduction from Neil Gaiman
©2013 Neil Gaiman (P)2013 Headline Digital
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This is a clever story, told through the eyes of a child and leaning on the premise of a child's imagination it draws into a dark, dreamlike tale. I think the publisher's blurb perhaps goes a little bit too far and for me the brevity of the story didn't allow it to develop the depth it otherwise might have done. For this reason I didn't enjoy it as much as others seem to have done. It is definitely a quality piece of writing, well narrated and something just a bit different to the norm so it's worth a go. It just didn't quite rock my world.
"Not up to his usual standard"
I would probably recommend this but with the proviso that it is not as good as his other work.
I will certainly read Gaiman's work again. I normally find his work very enjoyable.
Good story teller.
I'm glad I listened to this book but I found myself wanting MUCH more from it - more depth and more of the adult character coming through.
I had been looking forward to this book but I came away disappointed. This was supposed to be Gaiman's return to adult fiction but I found the wonderful Graveyard Book more adult than this. It felt like he was retreading very familiar ground and I felt there was no sense of the adult narrator. It may as well have been told throughout from the child's point of view because the adult point of view was never really explored. I know I am in the minority with this opinion because most of Gaiman's fans seem to love this book and I feel I have missed something along the way. I think I'd better get out his wonderful Hellblazer story 'Hold Me' to remind myself what a true talent he is because this book just didn't do it for me.
Neil Gaiman demonstrates his artistry with words in this beautiful story. His narration adds to the magic of the piece. So glad that I discovered this gem.
"Nothing's better than Neil narrating his own work"
Scary, beautiful, enthralling
When the narrator finds himself back at the farm after all these years, not remembering he has been there before.
Everything. The way the words tumble out of him so deliberate in thier tone and pacing but so gently spoken. I wish I could just listen to him narrate everything
Neither, but it did make my heart race. I was honestly scared by some parts
"Took some getting into"
I nearly gave up on this book. As Neil Gaiman said in his intro - it is dark. I expected there to be some humour as in his collaborative work with Terry Pratchett, but there was none. However, I am glad that I persevered, yes, it was dark, but I do like the way that Neil Gaiman writes, his phraseology and construction is pleasing. I was also keen to know what happened in the end. So all in all I enjoyed it.
"Childhood tale but not for children"
Neil Gaiman is one of those rare authors who is as enjoyable a narrator as he is a writer. The Ocean at the End of the Lane amalgamates ancient British mythology with a tale of modern childhood, and the end result is a fantasy horror story that keeps the listener enthralled. As Gaiman says at the start of the book, it's a dark tale, and for me it is one that I will probably return to in the future for a second listen.
"Beautiful tale of childhood memories"
Lovely to have it read by the author, a fascinating look at memory and wonder. Really emotive story and such a lovely if lonely character. Thoroughly enjoyable.
I like it when an author reads their own book for the audiobook but when the author is Neil Gaiman, it's fantastic. I'd definitely recommend it to a friend.
I only wish the book was a little longer.
"Too dark for me!"
Very griping. Great writing and ending but a little too dark and a bit scary!
"Warm and magical like all the best memories"
This was a wonderful fable, which resonated on after I finished it. The Hempstocks reminded me of Granny Weatherwax and Tiffany Aching if they lived here rather than in the Discworld. Neil Gaiman's reading was great, and I will invest in more of his books.
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