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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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  • Christopher
    MORPETH, United Kingdom
    7/4/13
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    "top notch"

    I've never read any Gaiman before (unless you count Good Omens which was mostly written by Terry Pratchett anyway) so started this with some trepidation as to the style and content.
    I'ts one of the best books I've come across for a long time. I guess the 'weirdness' of it may not appeal to all, but I found it difficult to put down.
    Sometimes an author isn't so good at narrating their own works, but in this case Gaiman does a superb job of narration too. Full marks all round

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Susanna
    London, United Kingdom
    7/4/13
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    "Disturbing mix of fantasy and realism"
    Would you listen to The Ocean at the End of the Lane again? Why?

    I love Neil's stories and his narration, but I could have done with a warning about one particular graphic scene of violent child abuse, which disturbed me on first listening. Because of this I will probably read the physical book before attempting the audiobook again.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Ocean at the End of the Lane?

    The chilling scene when the young narrator realizes exactly who his new nanny is.


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

    Neil's narration brings his characters to full three dimensional life, and his soft spooky tones match the eerie atmosphere of the story perfectly.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Many moments where memories once lost are regained, only to be lost again. A perfect evocation of how our childhood haunts the rest of our lives.


    Any additional comments?

    Neil's introduction does say that the book is dark. I would give a further warning that the darkness is not fantasy-based but starkly real, and some people with unhappy childhood memories may find certain scenes upsetting. Otherwise, a brilliant and compelling listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leonardo
    DURHAM, United Kingdom
    6/26/13
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    "Great grown up fairytale"

    A great little book that moves along at a fast pace. The un-named narrator tells us the story of what happened when he was a child - when he can remember. His adventure with Lotty from the farm at the end of the lane that quickly turns dark. Would love it to be longer!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beccameriel
    London, United Kingdom
    6/26/13
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    "Sad, sometimes terrifying and always beautiful"

    I'm a massive Gaiman fan so will devour anything he writes regardless of subject matter. This short book perfectly captures the terrors and magic of childhood. I found it easy to get completely caught up in the story. At one point I found myself walking much faster and becoming anxious as the protagonist ran from something (I do most of my listening on the hoof).

    I enjoyed Neil Gaiman's narration immensely. The fact that there are autobiographical elements made it all the more poignant.

    It's very Neil Gaiman so if you are a fan you'll enjoy it regardless. If you're not a fan yet, I am very jealous as you've got Stardust, Nevewhere, American Gods and all his short stories to discover.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. G. Bridgeman-clarke
    Rayleigh, United Kingdom
    7/13/13
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    "My worst fears realised!"
    Would you try another book written by Neil Gaiman or narrated by Neil Gaiman?

    I know of Neil Gaiman being an avid comic reader and knowing that his adaption of Sandman is classed as brilliant. However, up until now I had never read one of his books, I had heard several reviews on TV/radio of this book and about 75% approval with one dissenting voice. If your maths isn't that goos thats four reviews. Three women and one man. Funnily enough the three women loved it and the male didn't. was it because teh strongest leads come from teh women in the book. In effect there are only three male characters, George, his dad and a man who commits suicide in a mini. However there are six women in te tale who have stronger characteristics.

    I dont know what I expected...but this wasn't at all what I had envisaged. Its a dark tale completely set in what must be am imaginary world. Its violent, its cruel but at the heart of it is the milk of human kindness. However, its is a deep read and several times I had to retrace my steps to try to recall what was happening.

    It is well written but like so many tales of science fiction, any thing can happen and it does. I am never keen on that. seems to me to be too easy to get out of a difficult situation.

    Would I read Neil Gaiman again. Well I did try Sandman and found that too dark, so probably not. Looks like I am the 25% who isn't into the story I regret.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Seaspirit
    stowmarket, suffolk, United Kingdom
    7/2/13
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    "neil gaiman at his best dark and mysterious"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, it is a very good story,, Neil is brilliant, his imagination is boundless


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

    a new Neverwhere, magic as only Neil can weave


    What about Neil Gaiman’s performance did you like?

    he is a good reader, always best when the author reads the story, as that is how they were meant to be told, all it lacts is evening and firelight


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

    scarey, sad, you can feel the magic being woven


    Any additional comments?

    definitely on my read again list

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Frankieg3
    Walton-on-the-Naze, United Kingdom
    6/26/13
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    "It took me 10 mins to get back to the real world"

    I was doubtful about the shortness of this book but as I am a real Gaiman fan I had to buy it.

    Having made sure I had nothing else to do I listened to the book in one fell swoop. It took me 10 minutes to come back to the normal world. It is stuffed with ideas, actions and half remembered myths. I could remember some of the child's feelings from my own past; the fear and the excitement. It is complete and like life not all the questions are answered. Just right.

    Needless to say the reading by Neil Gaiman is perfect. A real gem.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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