The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman audiobook

The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel

By Neil Gaiman
Read by Neil Gaiman

HarperAudio
5.81 Hours Unabridged
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A brilliantly imaginative and poignant fairy tale from the modern master of wonder and terror, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is Neil Gaiman’s first new novel for adults since his #1 New York Times bestseller Anansi Boys. This bewitching and harrowing tale of mystery and survival, and memory and magic, makes the impossible all too real...

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times bestseller

A 2014 Audie Award Finalist for Fiction

A 2014 Audie Award Finalist for Author's Narration

Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Winner of the 2013 Specsavers National Book Award

Winner of the 2014 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel

Winner of the 2013 GoodReads Readers’ Choice Awards

A #1 Los Angeles Times bestseller

A 2013 Time Magazine Best Book for Fiction

A 2013 New York Times Editor’s Choice

A USA Today bestseller

A Wall Street Journal bestseller

A Washington Post bestseller

A San Francisco Chronicle bestseller

An NPR bestseller

Finalist for the 2014 Mythopoeic Award

Nominated for the 2013 Nebula Award for Best Novel

A Barnes & Noble Best Book, June 2013

An AudioFile Editors’ Pick, June 2013

Selected for the July 2013 Indie Next List

A Publishers Weekly bestseller

A BookPage Best Book of 2013

A 2013 Booklist Editors’ Choice for Young Adult Books

Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books, Best Fiction 2013

An Amazon Top 100 Book of 2013

A brilliantly imaginative and poignant fairy tale from the modern master of wonder and terror, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is Neil Gaiman’s first new novel for adults since his #1 New York Times bestseller Anansi Boys.

This bewitching and harrowing tale of mystery and survival, and memory and magic, makes the impossible all too real...

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“An evocative, lyrical fantasy by a master of the craft.” Barnes & Noble, editorial review
“In Gaiman’s latest romp through otherworldly adventure, a young boy discovers a neighboring family’s supernatural secret. Soon his innocence is tested by ancient, magical forces, and he learns the power of true friendship. The result is a captivating read, equal parts sweet, sad, and spooky.” Parade
“Gaiman is especially accomplished in navigating the cruel, uncertain dreamscape of childhood…His mind is a dark, fathomless ocean, and every time I sink into it, this world fades, replaced by one far more terrible and beautiful in which I will happily drown.” New York Times Book Review
“[This] marks the return of one of the fantastic mythmakers of our time…Gaiman is a magpie, a maker of collages, creating something new and original out of the bits and pieces of his wide reading of myth and folklore…The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a small thing with much joy and heartache, sacrifice and friendship, beautifully crafted and as lonesome as the ocean.” Washington Post
“Wry and freaky and finally sad…This is how Gaiman works his charms…He crafts his stories with one eye on the old world, on Irish folktales and Robin Hood and Camelot, and the other on particle physics and dark matter.” Chicago Tribune
“His prose is simple but poetic, his world strange but utterly believable—if he was South American we would call this magic realism rather than fantasy.” Times (London)
“Poignant and heartbreaking, eloquent and frightening, impeccably rendered, it’s a fable that reminds us how our lives are shaped by childhood experiences, what we gain from them and the price we pay.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Gaiman has crafted a fresh story of magic, humanity, loyalty, and memories ‘waiting at the edges of things,’ where lost innocence can still be restored as long as someone is willing to bear the cost.” Publishers Weekly
“A slim and magical feat of meaningful storytelling genius.” Library Journal
“Gaiman mines mythological typology—the three-fold goddess, the water of life (the pond, actually an ocean)—and his own childhood milieu to build the cosmology and theater of a story he tells more gracefully than any he’s told since Stardust...[A] lovely yarn.” Booklist

Reviews

Reviews

by Elliotts12 9/13/2017
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Not quite as awful a reading as Scott Brick

Having an author read his own work is always a questionable act. Gaiman is a superb writer, but he should leave the reading of his books to the pros, excluding Scott Brick. Still, since this is the only version out there, unless you read it out loud yourself, it's worth a listen.
by Lauren M 9/13/2017
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Strange and Fascinating

This story is really beautifully written with a haunting, other-worldly quality that makes it stay with you long after reading. I’ve seen it classified as a fable, and that really seems to fit. It’s a strange book in a lot of ways and not what I was expecting at all. It very much skews into fantasy and fairytale territory, and has a darkness that’s a bit unsettling, but that only adds to its arresting and absorbing style. I haven’t read anything else from Neil Gaiman, but definitely plan to now. I can’t imagine this not in audio as it was so well done. Neil Gaiman reads it and does a fantastic job. Highly recommend if you’re looking for something a little out of the ordinary!
by Holly 9/13/2017
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Love his stories!

What does one say about a Neil Gaiman book? The worlds he creates are always interesting, always unique, always absorbing. Whether writing to an adult audience or a younger audience, he knows how to entertain, how to grab your attention and suck you into a story. And often, his stories can cross age lines, appealing to both young and old. “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” is one such book. Though hailed as an adult novel, the protagonist is a seven year old. Younger readers would certainly be able to jump into this story.

I love it when Gaiman reads his own stories. He’s got a great voice for audio, and since he knows his own story intimately, his delivery is spot on. He’s able to do different voices, even if they’re only slightly different, so you can distinguish fairly easily between characters. He had to tackle a lot of female characters in this novel, and he did just fine.

Author

Author Bio: Neil Gaiman

Author Bio: Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman is the author of several #1 New York Times bestsellers, including Norse Mythogy, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and Anansi Boys, and others, as well as the Sandman series of graphic novels. His fiction has received Newbery, Carnegie, Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, and Will Eisner awards. His novel American Gods aired as a TV series in 2017. Originally from England, he lives in the United States, where he is a professor at Bard College.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 5.81
Audience: Adult
Language: English