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The Ocean at the End of the Lane | [Neil Gaiman]

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

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 forty years ago when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed.
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Publisher's Summary

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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  • Nicola Kealy
    7/28/15
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    "Delightfully moving tale of childhood and magic"

    A lovely story of how it feels to be different and need of escape during childhood narrated beautifully be Neil Gaiman himself

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    6/10/15
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    "A corker"

    Beautiful, moving, scary. A great example of how the scariest monsters are the ones we imagine in childhood.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • pixieglas
    cardiff, wales
    6/1/15
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    "Wonderful storytelling wonderfully read"

    A short tale that I have listened to over and over, never fails to make me cry and my heart leap. A book about memory, regret and old magic. It feels like so much of my real experience, like a dream from childhood. Diolch yn fawr Neil Gaiman.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deborah
    UK
    5/27/15
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    "A real treat from beginning to end...."

    Original storytelling at its best. Wonderful narration from the author as always. He brings his stories to life. Much recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jo
    London
    3/26/15
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    "Children's book for adults"
    Where does The Ocean at the End of the Lane rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the most original stories I have listened to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The protagonist, he feels very authentic and relatable.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this to fans of Gaiman's other works.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    2/27/15
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    "A perfectly dark return to childhood"

    It's been many years since I read Gerald Durrell's My Family and Other Animals" but the way in which it stirred memories of what childhood feels like was a rare thing.

    So rare, in fact, that I don't recall a book that does so as well until this one. It is magical, and enchanting and mesmerising. The confusion at the adult world, the powerlessness in the face of the injustice of being sent to your bedroom are so perfect that it's like being seven years old again.

    But while the hallmarks of "My Family and Other Animals" are the hilarity and freedom, "The Ocean at the End of the Lane" is deep. It is dark. It feels as endless as Lettie's ocean.

    And then it ends. And I was not ready for it to be over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • jimmmy
    2/23/15
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    "My childhood reimagined"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Ocean at the End of the Lane to be better than the print version?

    Not read the book but this had a great rhythm


    What other book might you compare The Ocean at the End of the Lane to, and why?

    Allan Garner books the same mix of ordinary and myistisisum.


    Which character – as performed by Neil Gaiman – was your favourite?

    All of them had good points apart from the mum and dad.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Took me back to the magic of childhood when you could imagine anything was real and it was.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sophie
    London, United Kingdom
    2/21/15
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    "Very unusual"

    I didn't actually finish this book because it wasn't the right kind of novel for me but I found the narration excellent and I could see why Neil Gaiman is so popular. I wanted so much to like it but I couldn't quite allow myself to enter the fantasy side.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dave
    1/23/15
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    "pleasant surprise."

    I have always enjoyed Gaiman's books, being one of the most original writers around. Though when I read the synonymous I was unconvinced this was my sort of story.

    For a while now I have kept returning to it on Audible and thought why not!

    This story has to be one of the best Gaiman's. It starts of at a soft pace, introducing you to idealistic family and young boy that I could very easily relate.

    Though during a summer in his seventh year, life turns very dark and he is introduced to a world that I older that time. In this world is his only real friend a young girl that will fight the darkness that his haunting his family.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas Whitworth
    1/17/15
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    "haunting"

    Can not get enough of Neil Gaiman reading his own work. beautiful. have recently re listened to Neverwhere, American Gods & StarDust. They have all delighted me 💖

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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