The Ocean at the End of the Lane

A Novel

Gaiman, Neil

(Audiobook CD - 2013)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
A man returns to the site of his childhood home where, years before, he knew a girl named Lettie Hempstock who showed him the most marvelous, dangerous, and outrageous things, but when he gets there he learns that nothing is as he remembered.
Publisher: [New York] : Harper Audio, p2013
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780062263032
Branch Call Number: CD Fiction GAIMAN
Characteristics: 5 sound discs (5 hr., 45 min.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in


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Sep 22, 2014
  • VRMurphy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

It's a terrific story, an all-ages book with different levels of meaning. And it's a real treat to hear it read by the author.

Jul 17, 2014
  • JCLHopeH rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

While I've enjoyed some of Gaiman's prior books more, this is still a great example of his fantastical storytelling for adults. It was short, satisfying, and kind of made me wish I had a magical, other-worldly place to escape to when I need reassurance...or maybe I do and I just don't remember once I've left.

Jul 08, 2014
  • goodcooker rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Eccentric, but interesting!

Jul 02, 2014
  • librarylizzard rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I love Neil Gaiman, and I especially love that Neil Gaiman narrates this audiobook. It's quite a short novel, but very interesting. I think it had the potential to be a much bigger book as a lot of fascinating details are never delved into. Still, a wonderful work of Sci-Fi/Fantasy from a true master of his craft. Need a quick escape into unreality? Look no further!

Jun 30, 2014
  • JCLAmyF rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is a lovely "fairy tale" for adults, told as a long flashback. It's simple and yet very deep. The most common sentences and images ring in your ears long after hearing them, standing in for complex feelings and memories that you can't articulate.

Jun 25, 2014
  • JCLBarbaraL rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Creepy, yes, but beautifully written. Made of mystery, magic and memories of childhood and the hint that memories may not always be complete. A child's book for an adult, I suppose, which is why I enjoyed it so much. And Neil Gaiman narrates it beautifully and perfectly.

If you've never heard Gaiman narrate, you are in for a treat! At the risk of sounding just like everyone else who's heard this audio, it's amazing. Gaiman's voice lends itself very well to the innocence and fears of the child narrator and brings the listener right into the story, which is truly scary and wonderfully imaginative. This audio won the Listen List Award for best narration.

Jan 31, 2014
  • Apape rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Finished the book in two sittings, quick read. Not as dark as some of his other work. I would compare this book with R. Bradbury's 'Something Wicked this Way Comes.' as its similar in that there are some psychological elements that are not overtly harrowing making it a nice fit for younger readers branching out into new genre.

Jan 31, 2014
  • mvanzuylen13 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a very short story, only 5 discs. And what a lot is packed in the telling! The story is set in England, and uses some English magical elements, but many are of the Author's imaginings. The story is engaging, creative and beautiful. The story is read by the author himself in a rich baritone. I enjoyed the whole thing, and plan to read the author's whole works.

Nov 07, 2013
  • ITC rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Neil Gaiman has a vivid imagination. This is not the type of book I usual read, but I enjoyed it.

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Jun 18, 2014
  • roropan rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Adults are content to walk the same way, hundreds of times, or thousands; perhaps it never occurs to adults to step off the paths, to creep beneath rhododendrons, to find the spaces between fences.


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