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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Specsavers National Book Award for The Audible Audiobook of the Year

The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a fable that reshapes modern fantasy: moving, terrifying, and elegiac - as pure as a dream, as delicate as a butterfly's wing, as dangerous as a knife in the dark - from storytelling genius Neil Gaiman.

It's about memory and magic and survival, about the power of stories and the darkness inside each of us. It began for our narrator 40 years ago, when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed.

Dark creatures from beyond this world are on the loose, and it will take everything our narrator has just to stay alive: there is primal horror here, and a menace unleashed - within his family and from the forces that have gathered to destroy it.

Contains a special introduction from Neil Gaiman

©2013 Neil Gaiman (P)2013 Headline Digital

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  • Sarah Fallon
  • 06-18-17

Wow!

Oh wow, written and read by Mr Gaiman, I loved it and would highly recommend it :)

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  • Bobby Bawbaggins
  • 06-08-17

Lovely magical story

I really enjoyed this, although I always do with Neil Gaiman books. It's quite a short story truth be told but I found it satisfying and engaging throughout. It's very charming, not too complex and, in a way, quite relaxing. It has a nice pace to it and feels very nostalgic, no doubt because of the main character remembering the events of the book when he is a lot older.

Neil Gaimans narration is excellent, his voice is like honey to the ears in my opinion. He has a soft soothing style I think. All in all its a great audiobook/novel and I'd recommend it to anyone and everyone.

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  • Emma
  • 04-15-17

Adore this book!

I didn't think I 'did' fantasy, not my bag. Until I read this book. My first fantasy book and my god I didn't want it to end. What a treat for all who read. Neil Gaiman, l love you! I will be now looking for more of your stuff - thank you

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  • The Picklepea
  • 04-13-17

A great short story

I just adore Mr Gamains storytelling... A nice little fantasy story with great characters... A nice book to fit inbetween some of the mammoth books I have been listening to recently :)

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  • Anna Allford
  • 04-10-17

Small but not lightweight

A dramatic and dark story told through the eyes of a 7 year old boy. Any childishness is reflected only with the honesty as to how a young child feels the world revolves around them. Prepare to hear about real fear as the tale of old creatures, creation and mysterious beasts hurtles through to the conclusion of this novella.
I would recommend this for adults as well as older children.
I actually like the author narrating this book as I do believe he has a personal investment in the experiences and treatment of the protagonist.

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  • Rebecca
  • 03-16-17

Enchanted childhoods

Gaiman just gets better and better. A gripping and frightening magical story, but the strongest aspect is the brilliant evocation of what it is like to be a little child, as opposed to the older children who are the usual bold, adventurous heroes of children's fiction. Little kids are still reliant on the adults around them, still aware of their own vulnerability, so that when a beloved parent behaves violently or uncharacteristically, this is terrifying. He also describes so well the dependency of a bookish child on its books as a source of information about what it's like to be a child. I too climbed trees, attempted to climb down drainpipes, looked for Narnia round every corner because kids in books did these things.
Have now read it a few times since its initial publication and as usual Neil Gaiman reads his own work brilliantly.

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  • A.
  • 03-10-17

A captivating cosmos in your pocket...

Gaiman expresses questions surrounding the sheer vastness of our very existence and perception of reality in language as familiar and comforting as the farmhouse-table fare he conjures.

But there is terror here too, in all its visceral glory...

Evocative, appealing, frightening, and cosmically universal in its scope, this book wove its spell around me, making it hard to concentrate on anything else: I've not read a book that has captivated me so completely in a very long time.

I am 8 years old again - mirroring the narrator - content to spend a rainy day reading by the window. 8 years old: when your mind is still open to the incomprehensible vastness of possibility, imagination unfettered as you lose yourself in other worlds.

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  • Michael Smith
  • 02-02-17

Great book, well read.

I like Neil Gaiman's work. It nice to hear how he wanted his book read.

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  • Rob
  • 01-13-17

Interesting fantasy story

This story was made far more interesting and engaging by being narrated by the author.

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  • G. C. Hopkins
  • 01-09-17

A nice book

What made the experience of listening to The Ocean at the End of the Lane the most enjoyable?

I did like this book and the narration by Neil presents the story well. The fantasy is well told and hangs together pretty well on the whole. There are some slightly odd moments but nothing to detract from the tale.