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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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    diane 05-19-16
    diane 05-19-16

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    unexpected, mysterious and beautifully written. Not my cup of tea - but I can recognize talent when I read it. Great narration, strong story.

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    KTP Buffalo Gap, TX United States 05-19-16
    KTP Buffalo Gap, TX United States 05-19-16 Member Since 2016

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    "A Wonderful Short Listen"

    I'm starting to love "Deal of the Day" because so often it introduces me to authors and books I would never have found otherwise.

    This book is no where within the realm of anything I would have searched for, but it is a delightful little journey. It reminds you of the magical world you lived in when you were young. Was all that magic real and you just forgot all about it when you reached adulthood? Or, was it all fantasy in your child's mind? You be the judge.

    I choose to believe in magic, even as an adult.

    Give this book a listen.
    Although it's narrated by the author (not usually a good thing in my opinion), he does a great job with the narration and it's easy to listen to. You connect easily with the main characters and are quickly drawn into their world. It's a great story, very well put together and very well drawn back together at the end. I was sad when it was over. Found myself wishing it was longer, and will definitely look into what else this author has written.

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    Amazon Customer 05-19-16
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    "imaginative and exciting"

    I loved this book. It was like a fairy tale for adults. It leaves you thinking of the possibilities.

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    Colleen 05-18-16
    Colleen 05-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "If only"

    Neil Gaiman does not disappoint with this lullaby dream of a novel. Between the story and the lilt of his own voice, this is amongst my favorite of audio books. Listening to Neil read always brings tears to my eyes. This is a novel you listen to when the rest of the world requires pause, and you feel that much more understood, if only that makes sense.

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    What an awesome fairytale! So enchanting and I found it difficult to stop listening. I will be listening to this one again.

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    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 05-18-16 Member Since 2001
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    Any additional comments?

    The Ocean at the End of the Lane is written and narrated by Neil Gaiman. The unabridged audiobook is a short one, just over 5.5 hours of listening. The book was released several years ago, ergo there are thousands of reviews. It is, after all, a Neil Gaiman novel. I purchased as an Audible Daily Deal because … well, it is, after all, a Neil Gaiman novel.

    Not much I can add to the mix, so some brief opinions. I liked this book. It is typical of Gaiman’s excellent writing - lyrical, poetic in places. Gaiman also simply tells a story - not paying much attention to current publisher conventions or mantras regarding the use of particular parts of speech - like adverbs. He writes from the heart, says what he wants to say … and readers are sucked in. I particularly liked the fact that Neil Gaiman is the narrator. The story is presented in the way he intended, no guessing regarding the reading or inflections.

    This is a coming age, fable, fairy tale. But also a perspective of friendship, loyalty … the ability of a child to interpret and wonder - and the distant view of an adult reminiscing. I’m sure young adults would like, but The Ocean is also something a seasoned writer or adult reader would enjoy.

    What I didn’t like? Nothing that I can think of…..

    Like all Gaiman books, be prepared to let your imagination stretch and enjoy the ride.

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    This is something I had not expected and was utterly wonderful!! It is well worth the time to listen.

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    RI in Canada 05-17-16
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    "Marvellous bit of magic"

    This story recounts the experience of a seven year-old boy who encounters beings from a parallel world and the magic of the Hempstock women who are able to hold the universe in order. Or, it is an example of magical thinking as a little boy tries to cope with his father's affair with the baby sitter. Or, a lonely little boy who reads too many books tries to understand when life changes as you grow. Or, it is just a trick of memory, since as Old Mrs. Hempstock reminds no two people remember the same way. Especially from the unreliable perspective of adults.
    Great story. Well narrated.

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    Rebecca 05-17-16
    Rebecca 05-17-16

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    "Fantastic as usual!"

    I love everything written by Neil Gaiman, and everything narrated by Neil Gaiman, and this was no exception.

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    Melinda 04-28-16
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    "Neil Gaiman is a delightful genius!!!"

    The story is so unique and enjoyable! Love it! Neil Gaiman is a true genius!

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