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The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Neil Gaiman

Narrated By: Neil Gaiman

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Date: June 2013

Duration: 5 hours 50 minutes


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.


  • Ernest H

    This is the first of Neil Gaiman's books I've experienced but it definitely won't be the last. We were entirely engrossed in the story. We became interested in Neil Gaiman after hearing him read a prompt copy of "A Christmas Carol". After that, we were interested in learning more about him and his work so, considering the research, I wasn't surprised, like others seemed to have been, by the fantasy. A well written story and pleasant narration.

  • Desiree K

    I absolutely love this book! I was completely enthralled and could not wait to read more!

  • Julia L

    If you like that sense of magical surrealism and mild sense of displacement (similar to Daniel Handler's A Series of Unfortunate Events) then you'll like this. Gaiman has the great ability of making everything seem perfectly natural all while being a touch off. I see most of the reviews give it such a low score because they went in expecting a non-fiction coming of age story (they're obviously not familiar with Gaiman's work). It is loosely based on the author's upbringing in Sussex and the sights and things he experienced as a child, but that is more the setting for the story than the actual story itself.

  • Josie Olson

    I could not get into this book at all. It started off good but it lost me when I realized it was fantasy, as I really don't care for that type of fiction. I wish the description had mentioned it or the book had been put in a different category. Disappointment.

  • Ann VanVleck

    Horrible and boring after a nice start. I thought this would be a coming of age book with some meaning to it instead of this rambling about WHAT!

  • Katie Crane

    I really wish that in book synopsis they would explain or tell you that there is a fantastical element in the story. I thought this was gonna be a really nice life-changing story but it was a disappointment.

  • Kirsten Miller

    Fantastic story! Usually I don't like these sort of stories, fantastical type stuff, but this was absolutely enthralling. Personally, I found the descriptions to be very enjoyable. I'm not sure if it was the setting itself or the descriptive style, but there was a certain James Herriot vibe to the writing. No Tricky-Woos, but the human characters were spun out similarly.

  • Tamara Wilson

    Drug on. You would forget what was happening. Too much said about nothing. Elaborate descriptions about a piece of honey comb or a vase. His voice was a bit monotone a would put me to sleep. The persons in the story became a bit silly .

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