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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"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...
What a horrible whingy child. I disliked this from the beginning to the end. Something recommended by Audible.
A wonderful book. Part fantasy, but more a study of the connection between childhood and adulthood, memory and loss. Poignant and achingly sad, but also hopeful and reassuring.
"what an amazing story!!!"
About 69% out of 100. I would quote higher but have several new books to peruse over the next week or so.
This is well worth reading!!!
I think his inventiveness in character description tops the list!!!
I would have loved to but it was too long and there we're, as always, interruptions.
I look forward to the next book!!!
"I was sucked in from the first paragraph"
Like a lot of Neil Gaiman stories they start off normally then slowly twist themselves into something not normal at all. This story is just beautiful and I was sorry when it ended. I will certainly be listening to this again
Neil gets the voices right, of course he wrote the book but much more than that he can tell a story.... brings back memories of Jackanory
"GAIMAN IS A GENIUS"
If you like fantasy supernatural type stories you will love this. Very inventive yet plausible (with a bit of imagination!!). So far, I have thoroughly enjoyed all his books and can wait for his next. My only gripe it that this one is far too short!
"Neil Gaiman at his best"
Unexpected, mesmerising and scary
I wouldn't change a thing
I liked his performance-the author reading his own work lends a lot to the listening experience
Stand aside Tolkein
"Magical but real..."
A very nearly believable fable with odd characters flitting between times and actions, being young and very very old, in this world and another. It's almost mythic with a almost logical narrative which requires some suspension of belief in order to immerse yourself in the ocean and figure out for yourself what is happening to the main character. Not sure that's meant for children, but I had to move my mind into a child's mind to connect and link some actions.
forgotten childhood memories
I think this book is a highly unusual combination of childhood memoir and magic fairy tale. I cannot think of any other book that is comparable.
Hm, I'm not sure about that. I notice there were lots of positive comments about the author reading his own work, but at times I felt that an actor would have done a better job. I focused too much on his voice and accent and sometimes found it a little hard to listen to.
Neither, but it was very absorbing and enjoyable.
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