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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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  • 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
  • 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
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