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
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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.
"My childhood reimagined"
Not read the book but this had a great rhythm
Allan Garner books the same mix of ordinary and myistisisum.
All of them had good points apart from the mum and dad.
Took me back to the magic of childhood when you could imagine anything was real and it was.
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.
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.
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 💖
really good story... although im sat here crying... I lost hours very quickly.. give it a go...
"A deep personal story with added magic"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
"This should be on the reading list for schools"
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!
"Enchanting..magical..serene.. perfect escapism!"
Yes! It was so relaxing to listen to. The narrator's soothing voice helped with this also.
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.
It made me feel warm.
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!
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