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The Ocean at the End of the Lane Audiobook

The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Narration by the Author or Authors, 2014

Audie Award Finalist, Fiction, 2014

Sussex, England: A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. He hasn't thought of Lettie in decades, and yet sitting by the pond (a pond that she'd claimed was an ocean), the unremembered past comes flooding back. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.

A groundbreaking work from a master, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is told with a rare understanding of all that makes us human, and shows the power of stories to reveal and shelter us from the darkness inside and out. A stirring, terrifying, and elegiac fable as delicate as a butterfly's wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark.

©2013 Neil Gaiman (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    Huckleberry Denver, CO 08-21-16
    Huckleberry Denver, CO 08-21-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Neil Gaiman is an outstanding reader!!!"

    I was incredibly impressed by Neil Gaiman's reading. Really amazing! Fantastic story as well... enchanting.

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    J.Hofmann 08-17-16
    J.Hofmann 08-17-16 Member Since 2014
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    perfect talk woven from our pasts by a master tailor of fantasy. Can't believe I let this book slip through the cracks until now.

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    Jessica Desmond 08-16-16
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    "Another fantastical tale"

    Once again Mr. Gaimen has created a fantastic yet believable world. He's taken us into a place that could possibly be if you believed hard enough.

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    Ruthless 08-15-16
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    "Good for Road Trips, Good for Reconnecting with Childhood"

    I grew up listening to books on tape during road trips with my family. My boyfriend did not. He was wary of my request to try an audibook on our recent, very long drive around the eastern U.S. I knew I needed something good, but that he could follow easily while he drove. This was perfect. We both loved it and Boyfriend not only kept getting excited to get back into the car to continue listening to this book, but asked me to select a second book for the remainder of our road trip.

    Specifically why we enjoyed this audiobook:

    Neil Gaiman is an excellent narrator. He delivered the characters by changing his voice just enough that it added to who the character was and made it easy to follow the pronouns.

    The story was touching and accessible as much as it was exciting and well-written. The little boy's view of his world as a child reminded me so much of what it felt like to be a kid. Neil Gaiman did an astounding job of reminding us what childhood feels like and connected that immensely frustrating feeling succinctly to how we still feel so exposed and lost sometimes as adults. The book, like adulthood and real life, does not contain every answer. It is full of beautiful ideas and lessons though.

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    Emma 08-14-16
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    "Had trouble finishing this book"

    It was just so traumatic. I loved the way it was read, but was simply not a fan of the story.

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    Matthew 08-09-16
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    "such a pleasant and engrossing listen"

    Neil, thank you again for a wonderful work of art. For some reason, you bring out every little thought that I had when I was a boy running around the world trying to figure out life.

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    Hartwell 08-06-16
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    "Spookier than expected coming of age tale"

    Neil performs his most recent novel fantastically. This book has a lot of Coraline echoes, but with the keen eye of an adult looking back on childhood. Creepy, and spooky and magically beautiful all at once, this is the Gaiman you have been looking for.

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    "good performance with a lackluster story"

    Neil was a good performer and his characters seemed rough and hard to get acquainted with.

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    Brent Spokane, WA, United States 08-01-16
    Brent Spokane, WA, United States 08-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Well have not finished yet."

    I have some of Gaiman's books, but this one is a little out there. I still have it on my ipod and will try again later. Try Anazi boys first that one is great!

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    Another great novel by Gaiman! I love his ideas and the eloquent way he puts them into words! A great book!

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    Oslo, Norway
    12/2/13
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    "Beautiful"
    Where does The Ocean at the End of the Lane rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Quite high up!


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

    I'd say it compares to most of what Gaiman writes. If you're a Gaiman fan, you'll most likely enjoy this book. If you're not a Gaiman fan, then I guess you haven't read any of his books... :)


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

    There's something special about authors reading their own books, particularly when they do it as well as Gaiman does.


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

    Yes. I almost did.


    Any additional comments?

    Time and time again Neil Gaiman shows what an good writer he is. This is no exception.

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  • Cam
    1/19/17
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    "In fear of Neil Gaiman's voice"

    I was afraid to hear him read it himself because I already had a voice in my head that I attributed to him and I didn't want to be disappointed and find that my expectations had been too high. I have that fear no more. The story swept me away and his voice was the swell and ebb of the waves. Thank you sir for offering me a safe place of imagination .

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  • Keeps
    10/21/16
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    "Lush"
    What did you like most about The Ocean at the End of the Lane?

    Its an incredible story that could only possibly be improved by being narrated by the author himself.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved that I had not read anything about it beforehand so everything was a total surprise and such a treat. I loved the lush description of food throughout the story. It really brought you inside the story.


    What about Neil Gaiman’s performance did you like?

    Having this narrated by the author seemed to add a richness to the story.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes - no spoilers!


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  • Sharon
    Seigneux, Switzerland
    2/12/15
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    "Neil Gaiman is brilliant"
    What made the experience of listening to The Ocean at the End of the Lane the most enjoyable?

    Neil Gaiman is normally praised for his creative stories, which is deserved, but what I really appreciate is when he narrates them himself. In addition to speaking in his own agreeable voice, he does all manner of Anglophone voices and accents across time and space, which really brings the characters alive. And his timing and phrasing are perfect. I first discovered his narration in the Graveyard Book, which is my favorite of all in terms of narration due to all the different characters represented.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Hempstock women (Lettie, her mother, and her grandmother) are a trio of great characters. They are comforting and make you recall being safe and protected.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Not easy to say which scene was most enjoyable, but what I like is that the main character / narrator seemed to understand, even as a young boy, the limits of the people around him (particularly his father), and realized that even in disappointment, there may be something positive to be found. I keep thinking of the 7th birthday party his mother threw for him which none of his classmates attended; he didn't mind so much, because he got to keep the party game prizes for himself.


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

    How to know and then forget everything.


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  • Amazon Customer
    9/26/14
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    "Couldn't put it down"
    What did you like most about The Ocean at the End of the Lane?

    Great story, well told. Always nice to have the story read by the author too. Listened to this book in one sitting, had to know what was going to happen next. I would highly recommend this book.


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  • Justin Coyne
    8/27/13
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    "Neil Gaiman does it again"

    This book is more in line with The Graveyard Book rather than American God from a Gaiman perspective if you are a fan. It is very well told by Gaiman himself and the story is excellent. His writing is very clever and you won't be let down if you decide to buy/cash in a credit. That said I think that the Graveyard Book is better, but some people may prefer this one for reasons I can't say without giving too much away!

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