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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Oct 06, 2014
  • artemishi rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane is yet another Neil Gaiman dark fairytale contemporary novel. This man does it well, and it's why we love him. So what can I tell you about it that you haven't already guessed? It's charming and eerie, mysterious and magical, frightening as hell and immersive.

I'm labeling it horror in addition to dark fairytale, because a few of the scenes actually caused me physical distress. Not because they're gory, but because Gaiman is SO good at slipping you into the shoes of the protagonist, and feeling like a powerless 7 year old made things so, so terribly scary.

Also, I listened to the audiobook of this, which was narrated by the fantastic Mr. Gaiman himself. If you didn't know, he has a voice like Alan Rickman's- that amazing British purr that could read the phone book and would sound enchanting.

I highly recommend it for fans of Gaiman's previous work, dark fairytale-type contemporaries, old magic of that mysterious fae-like quality, nostalgia, and sensory-explored, character-driven stories that feel like truth.

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 08, 2014

Love listening to Neil Gaiman tell his story! Short, sweet, magical, haunting, childhood, scary, fairytale.

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.

May 19, 2014
  • jclCristaA rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Again, Gaiman has delivered a haunting, and sometimes raw, otherworldly tale.

Feb 18, 2014
  • Natillez rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I thoroughly enjoyed this young adult fictional story. At first it seemed odd that the writer was reading his own book but he has a lovely British accent that fit well with the tale of a young boy. Beautifully written and nostalgic as it reminds you of the fears and impressions you had as a child. Alice in wonderland meets a lonely boy in rural England. Realistically imaginative literature that kept me turning pages and wanting more when it was done.

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

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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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