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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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  • Ellie
    Somerset, United Kingdom
    3/13/14
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    "Fantastic fantasy"
    What made the experience of listening to The Ocean at the End of the Lane the most enjoyable?

    Neil Gaiman's narration was smooth and easy to listen to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Ocean at the End of the Lane?

    The end


    Have you listened to any of Neil Gaiman’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    not listened to any other-YET!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dominic
    Bethnal Green, United Kingdom
    1/31/14
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    "Simply beautiful..."
    What did you like most about The Ocean at the End of the Lane?

    A wonderful book. Part fantasy, but more a study of the connection between childhood and adulthood, memory and loss. Poignant and achingly sad, but also hopeful and reassuring.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Barry
    Tiptree, United Kingdom
    1/26/14
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    "what an amazing story!!!"
    Where does The Ocean at the End of the Lane rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    About 69% out of 100. I would quote higher but have several new books to peruse over the next week or so.
    This is well worth reading!!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Ocean at the End of the Lane?

    Beginning it!!!


    What about Neil Gaiman’s performance did you like?

    I think his inventiveness in character description tops the list!!!


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

    I would have loved to but it was too long and there we're, as always, interruptions.


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to the next book!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • N. Cosh
    Essex, UK
    1/26/14
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    "I was sucked in from the first paragraph"
    What did you like most about The Ocean at the End of the Lane?

    Like a lot of Neil Gaiman stories they start off normally then slowly twist themselves into something not normal at all. This story is just beautiful and I was sorry when it ended. I will certainly be listening to this again


    What about Neil Gaiman’s performance did you like?

    Neil gets the voices right, of course he wrote the book but much more than that he can tell a story.... brings back memories of Jackanory


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lesleyboyd
    scarborough, United Kingdom
    1/26/14
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    "GAIMAN IS A GENIUS"

    If you like fantasy supernatural type stories you will love this. Very inventive yet plausible (with a bit of imagination!!). So far, I have thoroughly enjoyed all his books and can wait for his next. My only gripe it that this one is far too short!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ingrid
    Worcester, United Kingdom
    1/13/14
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    "Neil Gaiman at his best"
    What made the experience of listening to The Ocean at the End of the Lane the most enjoyable?

    Unexpected, mesmerising and scary


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I wouldn't change a thing


    What didn’t you like about Neil Gaiman’s performance?

    I liked his performance-the author reading his own work lends a lot to the listening experience


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Stand aside Tolkein


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Susan
    Woking, United Kingdom
    12/6/13
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    "Magical but real..."

    A very nearly believable fable with odd characters flitting between times and actions, being young and very very old, in this world and another. It's almost mythic with a almost logical narrative which requires some suspension of belief in order to immerse yourself in the ocean and figure out for yourself what is happening to the main character. Not sure that's meant for children, but I had to move my mind into a child's mind to connect and link some actions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Julia
    Oxford, United Kingdom
    12/5/13
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    "Enjoyed it"
    If you could sum up The Ocean at the End of the Lane in three words, what would they be?

    forgotten childhood memories


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

    I think this book is a highly unusual combination of childhood memoir and magic fairy tale. I cannot think of any other book that is comparable.


    What does Neil Gaiman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Hm, I'm not sure about that. I notice there were lots of positive comments about the author reading his own work, but at times I felt that an actor would have done a better job. I focused too much on his voice and accent and sometimes found it a little hard to listen to.


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

    Neither, but it was very absorbing and enjoyable.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Al
    Coventry, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "Possibly my favourite book ever!"
    If you could sum up The Ocean at the End of the Lane in three words, what would they be?

    Powerful, moving, remarkable


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the unnamed narrator. I identify with him, and, strangely, have had some similar experiences.


    Have you listened to any of Neil Gaiman’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to An Evening with Neil and Amanda, his speech to art graduates and I am currently listening to American Gods. If they gave Oscars for voice acting on Audio-books Neil's performance on The Ocean at the end of the Lane, would be the winner!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the narrator realizes that all three women are one and the same.


    Any additional comments?

    This is easily one of the best books I have read in my 53 years. Magical, poignant and profound. I can't recommend it highly enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew
    Esher, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "A lovely story and wonderfully read"
    Have you listened to any of Neil Gaiman’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    As usual this is an outstanding performance by Neil Gaiman. There is something to be said about an author reading their own work, and I think that it makes it so much more engaging.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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