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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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Strange but really good.

What made the experience of listening to The Ocean at the End of the Lane the most enjoyable?

The story was too short. But at the same time it was long enough. I wanted more from the story, but I am happy the author didn't start adding boring things to the story to make it longer. It was an odd story. Very wonderful, but I was not expecting it based on the description. I don't know. The one thing I have is that I couldn't really believe the age of the main character. The entire time, even though the narrator repeatedly mentioned that he was 7, I kept thinking of him as being 9 or 10 or maybe even 11. His character was just... not like any 7 year old I am familiar with. I don't know. I am happy to live with my delusion that he was 9-11 years old.

Any additional comments?

The one thing is that the story kept leaving questions in my mind. It was sometimes hard to follow. Like when characters switched and so forth. I don't know if it is the author's fault or the narrator (wait... the author is the narrator). Sometimes I wished I had had the book so I could read the written word to see what was being said.

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Fantastic book

OMG! Neil Gaiman, has a soothing voice. I love to hear him read. The story was as beautiful as a love story and as frightening as a mildly spooky book. I constantly wait for, "what's next?" And couldn't wait to find out. Wow!

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Practically Perfect in Every Way

I am a big NG fan, but I have avoided this book because it is relatively short (I like long, epic tales). I'm glad that I chose this book despite that.
The story itself is quite good, but the writing is that of a practiced master, and is wonderfully immersive. NG has also been doing a great job of narrating his work, which isn't always the best choice for some authors.
I enjoyed the imagery and the state of mind that I was put into by the way the story was told, which is exactly what I like when diving into a novel.
I highly recommend this book.

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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.

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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.