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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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    Michele Hudson 06-08-16 Member Since 2017
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    "A fantastic story and narration."
    Would you listen to The Ocean at the End of the Lane again? Why?

    I would, because Neil Gaiman's narration was so intriguing to listen to, compounded with a great story. I absolutely loved this book!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the fairy tale-esqueness of it.


    What about Neil Gaiman’s performance did you like?

    He has a fantastic voice, a lovely accent, and as the writer, no one knows the characters better for performance purposes.


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

    Some things are not as they seem.


    Any additional comments?

    I dare you NOT to love this!

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    "An Enjoyable Read"

    The point-of-view character is, for most of the book, 7 years old. So there's a bit of childish whimsy that makes this book more fun than American Gods and other things Gaiman wrote. He's a fairly good reader, too. I liked this book, a lot more than other works of his.

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    "Well Written and Well Narrated Stupidity"

    This story ranks right up there with the worst of them. It just did not make any sense at all and was completely unbelievable. It was, however, well narrated by the author, who I could tell thought he was reading something very profound and creative. But in reality the story was just ridiculous.

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    MikeTheStone 06-07-16
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    "An utter delight"

    There is simply no better way to spend a day than listening to the incomparable Mr. Gaiman narrate one of his best works.

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    One of the best I've listened to. Loved it so much. Neil is a great reader and his voice really pulls you into the story.

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    "Completely enthralling"

    What a wonderful book. Such an engaging, fantastical story of a remembered childhood. One of the best books I've read in a long time. Very short in comparison to most novels, but really a beautiful escape. If you were an imaginative child (and especially if you still are, no matter your age — after all, as the author says, there really are no adults), this book is for you.

    Read expertly by the author. I normally don't think authors should read their own books because they often don't have the voice or verbal storytelling skills to go with their writing skills. Neil Gaiman has them in spades. He's a very engaging reader with a wonderful voice. He really draws you in.

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    "I hope there is a follow up story."

    This is a charming tale told by a 7 year old, a perfect age for suspending judgement & disbelief. Neil Gaiman's reading was spot on. I found myself assuming it was partially autobiographical.

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    A'Maya Ettien 06-04-16
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    This is a wonderful story. I loved it. I loved listening to the author read it, as well. It was great to hear the owed a spoken in his voice, the way he meant it to be read. It was like having a bedtime story told to me.

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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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    R. Wilson-Shore 06-02-16
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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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