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The Ocean at the End of the Lane Audiobook

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

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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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  • Lisa Kelly
    1/16/15
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    "im crying"

    really good story... although im sat here crying... I lost hours very quickly.. give it a go...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mel
    United Kingdom
    12/7/14
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    "A deep personal story with added magic"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Ocean at the End of the Lane to be better than the print version?

    Unfortunately I never read the print edition. I tend to like Neil Gaiman's narration though and it's his characters so I expect them to be more accurate than what I could come up with in my head if I were reading the book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the fact that Neil Gaiman has added a fringe of magic around what was clearly a very personal and emotional period in his life.


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

    I just really enjoy listening to Neil Gaiman's narration. He brings his characters to life in a way that others couldn't without going over the top.


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

    I was really able to relate the personal elements of the story which is surprisingly close to things that happened around me when I was a child. However, whereas Gaiman is able to come to terms with his story by writing about them and adding the extra magic that only he can it was still a story that touched a few raw nerves with my own history.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd recommend this book as part of the Neil Gaiman collection but it would have to be placed further down the list. It's still a wonderful book, it's just no American Gods.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • joe
    UK
    11/25/14
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    "Like a childrens bed time story.."

    Honestly, i was very disappointed. I've loved every other Gaiman book i've read (Neverwhere, American Gods) and usually he deals with very dark themes. This, however, felt like the warped ramblings of an imaginative child put into a novel with no real plot.

    I tried to like this book, but i just couldnt.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. L. Jackson
    London
    11/9/14
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    "This should be on the reading list for schools"
    What made the experience of listening to The Ocean at the End of the Lane the most enjoyable?

    This was a brilliant book with a lot of depth and meaning that I feel like I should be writing some kind of essay to figure it all out! This should be on the reading list of students at schools - would have loved to have my English teacher go through this one with me as a kid! Great stuff!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mikey
    poole, United Kingdom
    10/22/14
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    "Enchanting..magical..serene.. perfect escapism!"
    Would you listen to The Ocean at the End of the Lane again? Why?

    Yes! It was so relaxing to listen to. The narrator's soothing voice helped with this also.


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

    Narnia.


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

    His amazing tone of voice! O.K, so he's prob not the best narrator in the world, he is a writer by occupation. But I thoroughly enjoyed his narration throughout this. I will even be looking for more of the same from him from now on.


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

    It made me feel warm.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story, loved the narration. Magic and mayhem, I just loved the combination and escapism i brought. I am really impressed and will now look for some more audiobooks by Gaiman, his writing style ticked all the boxes for me.

    Great audiobook, for children or adult. Ultimately, I urge you to buy this book. Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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

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