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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

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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.
Authors: Gaiman, Neil
Title: The ocean at the end of the lane
a novel
[sound recording]
Publisher: [New York] :, Harper Audio,, p2013
Edition: Unabridged
Characteristics: 5 sound discs (5 hr., 45 min.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: written and performed by Neil Gaiman
Notes: Compact disc
Duration: 5:45:00
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Summary: 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.
ISBN: 9780062263032
Branch Call Number: CD Fiction GAIMAN
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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.

Report This 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.

Report This 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.

Report This 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.

Neil Gaiman is such an exceptionally skilled storyteller. It's hard to know what else to say because that says it all. When you enter one of his stories you become fully immersed in it. You don't stop to dwell on the wonderful language and phrasing, wisdom and insight, plotting and pacing, or purpose and meaning because you're too busy being part of the story and letting it sink into you. You live it. ----- This story is about a man remembering something from his childhood, an encounter with powers that he has forgotten because it is best forgotten. An encounter that was dark and scary at the same time that it was enchanting and magical. An encounter with powers too big to comprehend. The book is too long to be a short story at the same time that it's too brief to be a proper novel. It's too grounded in the world of a child to be an adult book and too frank about adult concerns to be a children's book. It's not quite any one thing, it just is. ----- Most of all, it is a pleasure.

Report This Sep 20, 2013
  • kesha1123 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This book reads like young adult and I was attempting to branch out and read big girl reads. I was almost tempted to abandon the read as I listened to the novel read by the author and when he narrates the introduction to Ursula I nearly threw the headphones across the room. With those two random statements out of the way I am baffled by my response to the book. I am really indifferent. I don't know that I care to ponder whether the nameless main character truly experienced abuse at the hands of his father or if his father was truly possessed by Ursula during the dreaded incident. I find that when the main character is nameless it makes it harder to relate and buy into the novel wholeheartedly (too impersonal when the author doesn't even name the character).

Something about the title made me apprehensive that this book would be "cute". I shouldn't have worried. The book is astonishingly well-crafted and deeply touching. While some of the story's fantastic elements seem familiar, even these are handled in ways that are fresh, new and very thought-provoking.


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