The Ocean at the End of the Lane

  • by Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by Neil Gaiman
  • 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Narration by the Author or Authors, 2014
Audie Award Finalist, Fiction, 2014
Sussex, England: A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. He hasn't thought of Lettie in decades, and yet sitting by the pond (a pond that she'd claimed was an ocean), the unremembered past comes flooding back. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.
A groundbreaking work from a master, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is told with a rare understanding of all that makes us human, and shows the power of stories to reveal and shelter us from the darkness inside and out. A stirring, terrifying, and elegiac fable as delicate as a butterfly's wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark.

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Where does The Ocean at the End of the Lane rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Quite high up!


What other book might you compare The Ocean at the End of the Lane to, and why?

I'd say it compares to most of what Gaiman writes. If you're a Gaiman fan, you'll most likely enjoy this book. If you're not a Gaiman fan, then I guess you haven't read any of his books... :)


What does Neil Gaiman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

There's something special about authors reading their own books, particularly when they do it as well as Gaiman does.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. I almost did.


Any additional comments?

Time and time again Neil Gaiman shows what an good writer he is. This is no exception.

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- Amazon Customer

In fear of Neil Gaiman's voice

I was afraid to hear him read it himself because I already had a voice in my head that I attributed to him and I didn't want to be disappointed and find that my expectations had been too high. I have that fear no more. The story swept me away and his voice was the swell and ebb of the waves. Thank you sir for offering me a safe place of imagination .
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- Cam

Book Details

  • Release Date: 18-06-2013
  • Publisher: HarperAudio