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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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Fantastic

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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One of the best

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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Whimsical!

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

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Yes

Do this. It's beautiful and hard and worth every minute. Find a tree to sit under and do this.

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Very Neil Gaiman

Would you consider the audio edition of The Ocean at the End of the Lane to be better than the print version?

Never read the print. But Gaiman writes in a very visual and mental fashion. Kind of how Stephen King is one of the most skilled visual writiers. Niel is one of the most skilled mental/emotional writers. You feel like a back seat passenger in side their head. You fear what they fear, you feel what they feel.

What other book might you compare The Ocean at the End of the Lane to and why?

None. Niel is a one of a kind writer who never plagiarizes.

Which character – as performed by Neil Gaiman – was your favorite?

so hard to choose, everyone was so creepy and discomforting in their own way

If you could rename The Ocean at the End of the Lane, what would you call it?

The Girl who Believed In Me.

Any additional comments?

Solid Job. As Always. Wasnt my favorite cause im not too into horror esk stuff.. and this book got very disgusting and kind of shook me with its inappropriate nature. Really wish i could forget one of the scenes outside the window to the study..

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A great Fairy Tale

What disappointed you about The Ocean at the End of the Lane?

I know there are soooo many of his fans. My own literature daughter loves Gaiman. For that reason I will try another of his books. The only reason I continued with this audiobook is because I was driving.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I am looking for something new, I haven't found very many good books lately. Thinking about going to podcasts.

What aspect of Neil Gaiman’s performance would you have changed?

He is a good story teller. It was like me telling a story to my kids. It wasn't a story to become part of or get enveloped in. The characters didn't come to life. Partly because of Gaiman's not convincing performance of the females.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Yes, I am sure it is my lack of .............. whatever.

Any additional comments?

It was a scarey story for kids.

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  • Tina
  • Nibley, UT, United States
  • 05-28-16

The perfect narrator!

I enjoyed this story as a trip down memory lane. I don't believe any other person could narrate this with the same skill. I have felt like my imagination grew during this audio book and I feel so much more in awe of the world around me.

I want to write. I want to explore. I want to picnic in fairy rings. Such joy of being a big kid.

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Lovely

I couldn't wait to find out what happened, but I didn't want the story to end. it's so bittersweet and wonderful. highly recommended!

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Enchanting

This story is not what I was expecting. But was delightfully imaginative and enchanting. Being narrated by the author allows the story to come alive exactly as it was intended to when written.

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Great narration

I guess this story is a little too whimsical and magical for my taste. The descriptions are amazing and create vivid images for the reader which is why it's hard for me to come up with a fair rating. The author obviously has a vivid imagination and based on other reviews it's a wonderful story. I can't not recommend it… I think each reader has to decide for themselves whether it's something they love or not.