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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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This is in my top 5

This is human and beautiful and brutal and magic and has tons of wisdom. I finished this yesterday and I am still broken by it. Broken in the best possible way, broken open, broken soft, broken into tears into pure joy. My other four on my top 5 is Crime and punishment, House of the spirits, Lolita and The world according to Garp. Right now this book is top.
To be a bit mysterious; this book is made from the stuff that brings things into existance. Pure life force (love)

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Beautifully Read

The words were a poem, melodic like a song. I enjoyed the supernatural topic and the development of the characters. Letty was my favorite!!

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Excellent Mind Bender

Incredibly imaginative story, somewhat slow start but makes up for it with a spectacular finish!

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My favorite read in years!

Where does The Ocean at the End of the Lane rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Within the top five.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Ocean at the End of the Lane?

Lettie's self-sacrifice to protect the narrator from the hunger birds.

What about Neil Gaiman’s performance did you like?

It's always a special treat when an author reads the book. There is no doubting that the inflection is exactly where it was intended. Plus, Gaiman has a lovely reading voice.

If you could take any character from The Ocean at the End of the Lane out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Lettie, of course.

Any additional comments?

This was simply a magical book that I will never forget.

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Another great Gaiman book

I have read a lot of Neil Gaiman's books and always enjoy them. This one was no exception. The story and characters are quirky and interesting and just enough on the edge of fantasy to make it believable.
I love that the book is performed by Neil Gaiman. Makes it even better.
If you like this author you won't be disappointed and if you don't know anything about this author you will be enchanted.

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The Neil Gaiman we all know and love

This is pretty straightforward Neil Gaiman writing, which of course makes it enchanting and magical. Worth while in every way

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Remember it's a Fable.

Interesting and different storyline. Took me a while to get into it but I enjoyed it more after I figured out it was more of a fable than fiction novel.

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We would always end up here

... You start with sandman, ok amazing but it's a comic. Then American gods, talented but you write it off as genre and wish him the best. Then you read this one and think ... Crap. This is one of the truest works of fiction I have ever read.

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Very Charming and Nostalgic

I really loved this book. It really takes you away to the Hempstocks farm where anything is possible! Beautifully written and narrated by Mr. Gaiman himself, I really enjoyed hearing the book as read by the author!

My only drawback was that the end really sneaks up on you! I thought I was just getting to the good part when all the sudden, the Epilogue began. I feel like there was too much left unsaid or unexplained. However I suppose that the mark of a good book is one that you don't want to end.

Nevertheless, I highly recommend the Ocean at the End of the Lane to anyone who still believes in Magic or who likes to be taken away to far off lands without ever taking a step! Hopefully the great Neil Gaiman will write a sequel someday...

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Beautiful As Always

Gaiman is a master of both nuances turns of phrase, and performing his own work in a grounded, authentic, way; one cannot help but be swept away into his world's, which are so often filled with the dreamlike quality of our own memories.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a coming or age story as well as a tribute to those who help shape us in our formative years, and the incredible ability of our own minds to reshape our experiences again and again.

And of course, it wouldn't be Gaiman without some good old fashioned fantasy and myth thrown in.