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The Ocean at the End of the Lane Audiobook

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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  • 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
  • Lisa Kelly
    1/16/15
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    "im crying"

    really good story... although im sat here crying... I lost hours very quickly.. give it a go...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mel
    United Kingdom
    12/7/14
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    "A deep personal story with added magic"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Ocean at the End of the Lane to be better than the print version?

    Unfortunately I never read the print edition. I tend to like Neil Gaiman's narration though and it's his characters so I expect them to be more accurate than what I could come up with in my head if I were reading the book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the fact that Neil Gaiman has added a fringe of magic around what was clearly a very personal and emotional period in his life.


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

    I just really enjoy listening to Neil Gaiman's narration. He brings his characters to life in a way that others couldn't without going over the top.


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

    I was really able to relate the personal elements of the story which is surprisingly close to things that happened around me when I was a child. However, whereas Gaiman is able to come to terms with his story by writing about them and adding the extra magic that only he can it was still a story that touched a few raw nerves with my own history.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd recommend this book as part of the Neil Gaiman collection but it would have to be placed further down the list. It's still a wonderful book, it's just no American Gods.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • joe
    UK
    11/25/14
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    "Like a childrens bed time story.."

    Honestly, i was very disappointed. I've loved every other Gaiman book i've read (Neverwhere, American Gods) and usually he deals with very dark themes. This, however, felt like the warped ramblings of an imaginative child put into a novel with no real plot.

    I tried to like this book, but i just couldnt.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. L. Jackson
    London
    11/9/14
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    "This should be on the reading list for schools"
    What made the experience of listening to The Ocean at the End of the Lane the most enjoyable?

    This was a brilliant book with a lot of depth and meaning that I feel like I should be writing some kind of essay to figure it all out! This should be on the reading list of students at schools - would have loved to have my English teacher go through this one with me as a kid! Great stuff!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mikey
    poole, United Kingdom
    10/22/14
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    "Enchanting..magical..serene.. perfect escapism!"
    Would you listen to The Ocean at the End of the Lane again? Why?

    Yes! It was so relaxing to listen to. The narrator's soothing voice helped with this also.


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

    Narnia.


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

    His amazing tone of voice! O.K, so he's prob not the best narrator in the world, he is a writer by occupation. But I thoroughly enjoyed his narration throughout this. I will even be looking for more of the same from him from now on.


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

    It made me feel warm.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story, loved the narration. Magic and mayhem, I just loved the combination and escapism i brought. I am really impressed and will now look for some more audiobooks by Gaiman, his writing style ticked all the boxes for me.

    Great audiobook, for children or adult. Ultimately, I urge you to buy this book. Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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