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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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    That was just amazing! Another wonderful book for the whole family. His performance was mind blowing! A perfect experience all around.

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    "Synopsis of this book lead to reading confusion"

    I purchased this book because it popped up as a recommended read. The synopsis led me to believe that it was an ordinary story, perhaps a coming-of-age story, or perhaps the tale of a man revisiting his childhood past. When the tale started to spin off the rails into a supernatural story, it lost me. At times the book seemed more interested in making sweeping supernatural commentary on perception of reality than in actually telling a cohesive story. The plot was too meandering, The character development worth thin, and nothing truly pulled me forward other than a general desire to just finish the book. There were a few nice pieces of imagery but on the whole this one just didn't grab me

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    Great story & performance. If in the fence, get this. You won't be disappointed. Gaiman delivers fiction with suspense, mystery, horror, drama & fantasy all together.

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    "would listen to anything if Neil were reading"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Ocean at the End of the Lane to be better than the print version?

    Just to listen to Neil's voice then yes.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I enjoyed the Grandmother who loved the full moon.


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

    Yes definitely


    Any additional comments?

    The story stayed with me and I found myself thinking about it for a long time after and I enjoyed it. But it was Neil Gaiman's voice that is addictive.

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    "An amazing story, even if it ends early."

    The story was gripping and emotionally draining at times and I loved every second of it. My only complaint is that the ended felt too early, like we were hitting a turning point and another connected adventure would begin. Then it ends. Still, well worth the price of admission.

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    Louise 05-31-16
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    This was such a treat to listen to. It's a fairytale written for adults beautifully crafted and read by the author. Definitely one audiobook I will listen to again!

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    A Science Fantasy writer, ever on the quest for the one book that will sweep her off her feet.

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Gaiman doesn't just write beautifully, he reads just as well, and the story itself, though short, is one that will stick with you after it ends.


    Have you listened to any of Neil Gaiman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have, and the quality of his reading is consistently good. He does the voices perfectly, and he conveys emotion with every word.


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

    I listened to it all in one sitting (way past my bedtime), and it's short, so...


    Any additional comments?

    Ocean at the End of the Lane will tug at your heartstrings, and it will make you wonder if maybe, just maybe, you too have met the Hempstocks.

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    Susan 05-30-16
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    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The story was so different and new. The narration was great. I definitely recommend it. I'm looking forward to more by Neil Gaman.

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    Patricia 05-29-16
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    This is one of the best books ever written! So creatively written this fantasy story using the literary device of flashback is for any age.

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    This read keeps the imagination alive and reminds you there is still peace in the world.

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