Feb 072015
Review: The Ocean at the End of the LaneThe Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
Published by William Morrow on Jun 18, 2013
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Format: Audiobook from Library
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Sussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, 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, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn't thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she'd claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.

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.

This was a very imaginative story. It wasn’t very long, but it was complete and quite captivating. There was a magical quality to it that made it easy to follow and enjoy.

I listened to the audiobook and found it was a very pleasant experience. It was narrated by the author, so there is obviously a familiarity and understanding of the story already, which came through in the narration.

This was a quick and enjoyable story, and I’d highly recommend the audio version.

  2 Responses to “Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane”

  1. I don’t really do audio, but I do have the ebook, and I’m hoping to fit it in soon. Glad you enjoyed it, and yeah, if I did do audio, I can see how a book narrated by the author would enrich the experience.

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