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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"Exciting little story beautifully delivered."
It's always a treat to listen to Neil Gaiman bring his own works to life.
It's one of the best things about being an Audible member.
The story is short and dark as Neil warns but it's also fun and enthralling. The hero's innocence as he is tricked and taunted by antagonist is shattered in one of the most painful ways possible.
His saviour is a small girl with extraordinary powers from an extraordinary family.
Neil has created an exciting tale made doubly difficult as we're seeing most things as a flash-back.
I simply didnt want to listen to it
Yes I love him usually
I like his narrator ability .....Just the story didnt appeal
"A non-fairytale for adults"
That I was never quite sure what was going to happen next, the plot was far from predictable. Also that Neil's narration brought the characters to life, at times uncomfortably so.
I would compare it to The Graveyard Book (also by Neil Gaiman). They have a similar feeling of otherworldliness about them, but whereas TGB made me feel safe, TOATEOTL had a feel of nerviness, and a darker edge to it.
I felt horror at times, particularly the worm scene - it brought back childhood squeemishness!
A thoroughly enjoyable listen.
"Not for me"
Although I had researched Gaiman's work, I was not prepared for the standard of the text and content.
I agree with several of the reviewers who said that it is not a good idea, necessarily, for the author to read his own work. Good advice. What strange intonation, overacting and more often than not, melodramatic emphasis where even " normal" text was made strange. It was impossible to suspend disbelief because the voice distracted the listener at all times. The unfamiliar sound of sharp inhalations of breath became the last straw for me.
A professional, experienced voice actor.
"Magical and exraordinary"
Near the top
The unexpected. And the fact that all this takes place in just a couple of days
Loved it. Sometimes the author isn't the best narrator but he was.
Neil Gaiman has done a marvelous job narrating his own book.
The story is one of great creativity and sensitivity.
Nothing special, badly organised book.
Yes I would give it a try!
Needed more passion.
Maybe a bit more work needed to make something really worthwhile.
"Very Neil Gaiman"
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.
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.
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.
I will be listening to the Graveyard book soon inspired by this performance
"quirky but in a good way"
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.
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.
It seemed natural, and I liked the way he performed Letty and her mum and grandmother. Seemed just right
I have no idea, whats a tag line?
"Enjoyable story, needs another narrator"
An engaging listen, a really enjoyable story... Not surprising though; Neil Gaiman wrote it!
The main character; he makes mistakes and is vulnerable without being totally helpless
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.
The world of nightmares may be only a short walk away...
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