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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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  • Rob S.
  • 07-01-16

Perfect

A story told the old fashioned way, pure delight from start to finish. I was transported back in time and was able to relive the experience of hearing a new fairy tale for the first time.

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  • abbie fodor
  • 06-28-16

A great read!

I Was recommended this book due to my love of fantasy fiction and it didn't disappoint. Off to download my next Gaiman book now!

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  • TrickstersDaughter
  • 06-06-16

Outstanding and original story - as expected from Neil Gaimon

likes and dislikes:
Not often I can say I liked everything, but I did. I liked the narrative, the characters, the originality, the fact that it was exactly the right length for my journey from South England to the North and kept me entertained the whole way without even minor irritation at traffic jams and hold-ups!
Did I dislike anything... Just that there wasn't more of it. My kids were in the car and they were enthralled the whole journey, not one fight broke out. Now that really is magic!

Who would I recommend this to?
Any fan of Neil Gaimon or anyone who likes a good story that doesn't spend 20 minutes describing the colour of the sky. You could get right into this and love it from the beginning.

Why is rated 5*
Because it was, for me, a five star listen. So often I find myself drifting out and needing to whizz back 10 minutes here and there but not with this. Simply loved listening to a book told as it was meant to be by the author

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  • Anthony Kennedy
  • 04-27-16

Fourth listen

This book is an absolute favourite. One of the best stories I have ever been told.

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  • Rajinder Kaur Atwal
  • 04-12-16

hauntingly beautiful

a bittersweet tale that had me hooked. it's desperately sad in places, scary in others, and hauntingly beautiful.

thd story and narration is fantastic.

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  • angela scott
  • 04-08-16

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Dark & troubling but beautiful & reassuring at the same time. Reaches deep into life and existence and evil and innocence in a remarkable and profound story of childhood discovery. Loved it and will revisit!

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  • P G Jeffery
  • 03-23-16

Neil Gaiman at his best

Sublime in its personal view of extraordinary events beautifully written excellent narration and wonderful imagination

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  • Eleanor
  • 02-10-16

Exciting!

Very exciting and dark story, even better to have it read by the man himself!

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  • Michael
  • 02-08-16

entertaining

Wonderful as always. Thank you , Neil. I loved imaging this as you as a child.

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  • KERM
  • 02-08-16

Loved it!

Lived the story and loved the narration. Will be looking for more by Neil Gaiman