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Neil Gaiman: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Neil Gaiman: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Written by Neil Gaiman

Narrated by Erin Morgenstern


Neil Gaiman: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Written by Neil Gaiman

Narrated by Erin Morgenstern

ratings:
4/5 (4,961 ratings)
Length:
1 hour
Released:
Jun 19, 2013
ISBN:
9781467664318
Format:
Audiobook

Description

The superstar author makes a stop on his last official book tour to read from and discuss his first adult novel in eight years. In conversation with Erin Morgenstern (The Night Circus).
Released:
Jun 19, 2013
ISBN:
9781467664318
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

Neil Gaiman is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of books for children and adults whose award-winning titles include Norse Mythology, American Gods, The Graveyard Book, Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett), Coraline, and The Sandman graphic novels. Neil Gaiman is a Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR and Professor in the Arts at Bard College.



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  • (4/5)
    Read for a book club - really glad I did, because I probably wouldn’t have picked it up on my own! It’s not the type of book I usually read, which makes me like it more. The old world magic/paranormal elements were easy to accept as I read, and I got sucked into the story so much I had to finish it the same day I started. I had previously read Coraline, before it was a graphic novel and movie, and enjoyed it, but never read any more Gaiman. Now I think I’ll be seeking out more of his books.
  • (3/5)
    A little bit creepy. It was interesting as an audiobook.
  • (4/5)
    I liked this one better than the last Gaiman I read (Stardust), but I am still not all too much into Gaiman. I can understand why people would like his style, but it is just not for me. I think I'll live and let live and just read another author instead of trying to find a Gaiman I really like (unless someone can recommend a specific Gaiman book that they think I would like).
  • (4/5)
    I read this book because someone in one of my bookclubs on Goodreads rated it the best book they read in 2014. I picked it up and was not quite sure about it at first. Once I got into it, I could not stop. A man in his forties goes home for a funeral. He is drawn to the house at the end of the lane where his friend Lettie Hempstock lived when he was 7 years old. Once there, her mother, who still lives in the house directs him to the pond out back. He sits on a bench and gazes into the pond where he remembers a peculiar incident that happened when he was 7 years old. First, no one attends his birthday party. His parents who are having financial problems rent out his room and he now has to share a room with his sister. An opal miner comes to live with them and runs over his kitten that his dad gave him for his birthday. A while later, the opal miner kills himself in their car at the end of the lane. When he and his father get taken to the car by the police, he meets 11 year old Hettie and his weird adventure begins. They come face to face with monsters, evil, lust and selfishness. While on the journey his life is endangered several times and he is saved by Hettie. One quote from the book that sticks with me is:

    Lettie shrugged. “Nobody actually looks like what they really are on the inside. You don’t. I don’t. People are much more complicated than that. It’s true of everybody.”

    It's a relatively short read, and engrossing, magical, charming, and endearing are all terms that come to mind. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
  • (5/5)
    I am not normally much of a fan of fantasy novels, and over the years, I've read very few of them. But I've been curious about the work of Neil Gaiman for a long time, and that curiosity finally got the best of me. Thank goodness."The Ocean at the End of the Lane" hooked me from the start, and I couldn't wait to find out what had happened to the story's lead character all those years ago - even though he wasn't entirely sure himself what drew him back to visit his old childhood neighbors after so many years. Eventually, all is revealed even though the young man leaves the "ocean" at the end of the lane perhaps not much wiser about his past than he was when he arrived. I really enjoyed this story of one little boy who managed to survive everything thrown at him by the monsters, fleas, and varmits that wished him harm. But my big discovery about Neil Gaiman is that he is one of the most entertaining audiobook readers that I've ever experienced. This man can tell a story like few others in the business, and I'm going to be listening to him read more of his work soon.(In fact, I just started listening to his short story collection titled "Trigger Warning." Can't wait.)
  • (5/5)
    Oh goodness, I loved my first experience with Neil Gaiman. This is a magical realism short story that somehow clocks in at novel length and had me staying up late at night and sneaking away for a few minutes here and there at work in order to start and finish it in under 24 hours. I will read more of Gaiman. Feels a lot like Haruki Murakami with more of a fantasy tale spin.