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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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    Kru Juice 06-15-16
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    "Great listen!"

    As usual, Gaiman has a gripping and intelligent performance and story!
    It's at once real and ethereal, a story that travels in both worlds.

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    Helen 06-15-16
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    "Gorgeous, eerie, through the provoking, and gripping"

    This is perhaps the most incredible with of literature I have ever had the pleasure of being exposed to. Neil reads this masterpiece wonderfully with exquisite emotion and endless mystery. Once I've let the doorway this book has created in my mind close, I can almost guarantee I'll be back to swim in the ocean once more.

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    Andrew K. 06-15-16
    Andrew K. 06-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Neil Gaiman is magical"

    The story is heart breaking and heart building. The reading by the author is heart felt and I shall keep this experience in my heart, always.

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    Sunshine 06-15-16
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    "A beautiful escape"

    An enchanting story, that softly but securely pulled me in. The cadence of the narrator's voice (who is also the author) was amazing and perfect. A wonderful experience.

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    David Burke Grenfell 06-13-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Thoroughly charmed"

    This is not one of those grand stories like Dune or The Lord of the Rings. This is the kind of story that has keeps you curious the whole way through about where the story is going. It also reminds me of a question Stephen King has asked about whether or not the telling of the story is enough or whether it really has to be about something or have an answer at the end. This is a book in which the telling of the story is enough. It is a fairy tale. It is about life. Full of wonder and imagination. Well developed characters that you bond with.

    I picked this book because I wanted something shorter to read between heavy books. It was perfect. A balance of light and heavy without a load of sequels.

    This was my first Neil Gaiman and I get why he is a phenomenon. He is also an excellent narrator. My opinion is that a book should be narrated by the author or a single, very talented, professional narrator. Mr. Gaiman's narration is a wonderful example in support of my argument.

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    Mary 06-12-16
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    "The wonderful escape."

    I listened, relaxed and allowed my mind to venture to the ocean at the end of the lane right alongside Mr. Gaiman! He has the perfect voice to read this book, it's only natural!!

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    Camille Annandale, VA 06-12-16
    Camille Annandale, VA 06-12-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Captured my attention!"
    If you could sum up The Ocean at the End of the Lane in three words, what would they be?

    Fantasy meets reality and makes you want more!


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

    I thought Neil Gaiman narrating his own book was outstanding........my most memorable moments are the lessons Lettie taught the nameless boy


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Lettie brought the ocean to the nameless boy in the bucket


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The past can never truly be forgotten


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    Tracey Ventzek 06-11-16
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    l thoroughly enjoyed this book . It was wonderfully woven tale and beautifully read .

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    BookwormNJ 06-09-16
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    "loved it"

    I have never read anything by this author and bought this on a whim. I normally don't like when authors read their own work however I loved this one and loved the narration. highly recommend.

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    S. Shelton 06-09-16
    S. Shelton 06-09-16
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    "I did not want it to end"

    Neil was a fabulous narrator. I loved the Graveyard and this has the same feel, a creepy premise. In fact, now I want to listen to the Graveyard again.

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