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
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really good story... although im sat here crying... I lost hours very quickly.. give it a go...
"A deep personal story with added magic"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
"This should be on the reading list for schools"
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!
"Enchanting..magical..serene.. perfect escapism!"
Yes! It was so relaxing to listen to. The narrator's soothing voice helped with this also.
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.
It made me feel warm.
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!
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.
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.
My first Neil Gaiman and not my last.
"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.
I simply didnt want to listen to it
Yes I love him usually
I like his narrator ability .....Just the story didnt appeal
"A non-fairytale for adults"
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.
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.
I felt horror at times, particularly the worm scene - it brought back childhood squeemishness!
A thoroughly enjoyable listen.
"Not for me"
Although I had researched Gaiman's work, I was not prepared for the standard of the text and content.
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.
A professional, experienced voice actor.
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