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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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  • Helen
    coventry, United Kingdom
    6/9/14
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    "Magical and exraordinary"
    Where does The Ocean at the End of the Lane rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top


    What did you like best about this story?

    The unexpected. And the fact that all this takes place in just a couple of days


    What about Neil Gaiman’s performance did you like?

    Loved it. Sometimes the author isn't the best narrator but he was.


    Any additional comments?

    Awesome.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Wittersham, United Kingdom
    5/23/14
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    "Brilliant"

    Neil Gaiman has done a marvelous job narrating his own book.
    The story is one of great creativity and sensitivity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • jessica
    4/29/14
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    "Plain"
    What disappointed you about The Ocean at the End of the Lane?

    Nothing special, badly organised book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Neil Gaiman again?

    Yes I would give it a try!


    How could the performance have been better?

    Needed more passion.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Maybe a bit more work needed to make something really worthwhile.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    4/22/14
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    "Very Neil Gaiman"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, mostly. The premise is generally good but it descends into Neil's usual realms of fantasy. I was very keen on this book when I first started probably about half way through. The beginnning was fantastic and I was touched by very similar feelings about childhood memories but it unfortunately switched to a run of the mill fantasy story. If only he could maintain the magic he manged in the earlier parts of the story. The big sacrifice at the climax and the eventual implications were very affecting but the middle portion didnt really work for me.


    If you’ve listened to books by Neil Gaiman before, how does this one compare?

    I love Neil as a comic book writer. I have read/listened to most of his output but find him very variable. Personally, I love Anansi Boys (what an ending!) and will always have a special place in my heart for Stardust but don't love American Gods, Coraline or his short stories as much as others seem to.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I love the fact that Neil reads his own stuff. Nothing is quite the same as the author expressing his own work but you can really tell he is not a professional performer. It is a catch 22. My ideal was Lenny Henry reading Anansi Boys which added dimensions. I am torn.


    Could you see The Ocean at the End of the Lane being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    No thanks


    Any additional comments?

    I will be listening to the Graveyard book soon inspired by this performance

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fiona
    Buntingford, United Kingdom
    4/8/14
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    "quirky but in a good way"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to a friend. Its short and so it draws you into the story very quickly. I think the 7 year old boy is pictured so well it reminds you very quickly of what being a 7 year old was like again. The story is odd, but there is something in the characters that is charming.


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

    Trying to think of a book you might compare this too is hard. It is quite unique, maybe its closest is Narnia. that mix of normal and fantasy by stepping over a boundary.


    What about Neil Gaiman’s performance did you like?

    It seemed natural, and I liked the way he performed Letty and her mum and grandmother. Seemed just right


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

    I have no idea, whats a tag line?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Isleworth, United Kingdom
    4/5/14
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    "Enjoyable story, needs another narrator"
    What did you like most about The Ocean at the End of the Lane?

    An engaging listen, a really enjoyable story... Not surprising though; Neil Gaiman wrote it!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character; he makes mistakes and is vulnerable without being totally helpless


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

    Yes, Neil narrates lots of his own books and whilst he is a master storyteller, his softly spoken narration doesn't always suit his books.


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

    The world of nightmares may be only a short walk away...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Craig J. M. Thomson
    United Kingdom
    3/22/14
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    "Hated it"
    Would you try another book written by Neil Gaiman or narrated by Neil Gaiman?

    What a horrible whingy child. I disliked this from the beginning to the end. Something recommended by Audible.


    Has The Ocean at the End of the Lane put you off other books in this genre?

    Yup


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bella
    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

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