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The Ocean at the End of the Lane Audiobook

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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  • Kevin Scott
    9/6/14
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    "Good Listen"
    What made the experience of listening to The Ocean at the End of the Lane the most enjoyable?

    I downloaded this for a drive from Newcastle to Plymouth. And this made the journey very enjoyable. Not knowing what to expect from this contemporary fantasy novel made it very enjoyable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was hard to say really, was enjoyable from start to finish. The feeling of something just below the the thin sheet of reality we live on and the possibilities beyond.


    Have you listened to any of Neil Gaiman’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    My first Neil Gaiman and not my last.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lee
    Huddersfield, United Kingdom
    8/9/14
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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.

    Quality stuff.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Glor
    7/27/14
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    "Yuk Disappointing"
    What would have made The Ocean at the End of the Lane better?

    I simply didnt want to listen to it


    Would you ever listen to anything by Neil Gaiman again?

    Yes I love him usually


    What didn’t you like about Neil Gaiman’s performance?

    I like his narrator ability .....Just the story didnt appeal


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S. Robins-Hobden
    UK
    7/7/14
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    "A non-fairytale for adults"
    What did you like most about The Ocean at the End of the Lane?

    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.


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

    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.


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

    I felt horror at times, particularly the worm scene - it brought back childhood squeemishness!


    Any additional comments?

    A thoroughly enjoyable listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Earnest
    6/24/14
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    "Not for me"
    What disappointed you about The Ocean at the End of the Lane?

    Although I had researched Gaiman's work, I was not prepared for the standard of the text and content.


    What could Neil Gaiman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    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.


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Neil Gaiman?

    A professional, experienced voice actor.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
    coventry, United Kingdom
    6/9/14
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    "Magical and exraordinary"
    Where does The Ocean at the End of the Lane rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top


    What did you like best about this story?

    The unexpected. And the fact that all this takes place in just a couple of days


    What about Neil Gaiman’s performance did you like?

    Loved it. Sometimes the author isn't the best narrator but he was.


    Any additional comments?

    Awesome.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Wittersham, United Kingdom
    5/23/14
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    "Brilliant"

    Neil Gaiman has done a marvelous job narrating his own book.
    The story is one of great creativity and sensitivity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • jessica
    4/29/14
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    "Plain"
    What disappointed you about The Ocean at the End of the Lane?

    Nothing special, badly organised book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Neil Gaiman again?

    Yes I would give it a try!


    How could the performance have been better?

    Needed more passion.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Maybe a bit more work needed to make something really worthwhile.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    4/22/14
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    "Very Neil Gaiman"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


    If you’ve listened to books by Neil Gaiman before, how does this one compare?

    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.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    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.


    Could you see The Ocean at the End of the Lane being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    No thanks


    Any additional comments?

    I will be listening to the Graveyard book soon inspired by this performance

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fiona
    Buntingford, United Kingdom
    4/8/14
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    "quirky but in a good way"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


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

    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.


    What about Neil Gaiman’s performance did you like?

    It seemed natural, and I liked the way he performed Letty and her mum and grandmother. Seemed just right


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I have no idea, whats a tag line?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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