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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Beautiful, moving, scary. A great example of how the scariest monsters are the ones we imagine in childhood.
"Wonderful storytelling wonderfully read"
A short tale that I have listened to over and over, never fails to make me cry and my heart leap. A book about memory, regret and old magic. It feels like so much of my real experience, like a dream from childhood. Diolch yn fawr Neil Gaiman.
"A real treat from beginning to end...."
Original storytelling at its best. Wonderful narration from the author as always. He brings his stories to life. Much recommended.
"Children's book for adults"
One of the most original stories I have listened to.
The protagonist, he feels very authentic and relatable.
I would recommend this to fans of Gaiman's other works.
"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...
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