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The Ocean at the End of the Lane

A Novel
Lu par : Neil Gaiman
Durée : 5 h et 48 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (14 notations)
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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.

©2013 Neil Gaiman (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers

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Une histoire de passage...

Neil Gaiman m'a emmenée, at the end of the lane, où les contours du monde sont différents. J'ai pris la main du narrateur et j'ai partagé la violence des émotions de l'enfance, loin du conte de fée. Une histoire racontée avec toute la sensibilité de l'auteur.

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  • Talia
  • 07/08/2013

Gaiman delivers an intimate masterpiece

If you're a Neil Gaiman fan, prepare to be surprised by the intimate tone of his latest book. Gaiman's story - magical, remarkable and dark - is perhaps his most revealing work to date.

As I read this book, I felt Gaiman was sharing bits and bobs of his own childhood, skillfully woven into the fictional narrative. The result was the feeling that I was reading a somewhat biographical account of his own life.

I will never be able to do justice to this story. All I can say is go read this book and be prepared to laugh, to cry and be given a glimpse into this amazing man's life.

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  • Cynthia
  • 20/06/2013

Shadows Dissolved in Vinegar

Neil Gaiman's "The Ocean at the End of the Lane" (2013) begins with a quote by Maurice Sendak, "I remember my own childhood vividly. I knew terrible things. But I knew I mustn't let adults know I knew. It would scare them." Sendak's quote is an apt warning.

"The Ocean at the End of the Lane" is about a child, but, as Gaiman has made clear, it is not a book for children. Gaiman takes the worst nightmares of childhood (I had forgotten them myself, but no more) and binds them together into a compelling story.

Remember stepping on something sharp and worrying for days or weeks that it would kill you? But not telling your parents . . . Agonizing about the possibility no one would come to your birthday party? Being locked in an attic? Clothes that come to life and grab you? Worrying that your father will truly get so mad at you he will actually try and kill you? The babysitter who is vicious to you but sweet to your parents? Those fears are all in "The Ocean at the End of the Lane," wrapped up in parental preoccupation, indifference, and bewilderment at the 7 year old boy who finds a savior in the remarkable Lettie Hempstock.

Lettie lives at the end of the lane, with her mother and grandmother, near a pond that is the ocean. The reason the pond is an ocean and the remarkable powers of the Hempstock women are, to some extent, reminiscent of Stephen Hawking's "A Brief History of Time" (1988).

The story is intriguing on many levels, and Gaiman is an excellent narrator. I only wish I'd been able to listen to this curled up in a blanket with a cup of hot tea, instead of in my car, stuck behind a Cooper Mini for an interminable amount of time.

The title of this review is from a trade Lettie makes to get the tokens she needs to save her 7 year old friend. The eerie magic stuck with me.

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  • Angelien
  • 01/07/2013

Feel like a kid again: powerless and terrified

I listened to the first two-thirds of this book while on a long drive, late at night, during a rainstorm. My little black-and-white cat was in her carrier in the passenger seat next to me. If there was ever a perfect environment in which to hear this book, that was it.

I can't give enough praise to Neil Gaiman for his performance here. In my opinion, the only person qualified to narrate Mr. Gaiman's books is himself. It's only fitting here, in any case, because I know the main character (unnamed) is sort-of semi-autobiographical.

Which brings me to my next point: regardless of the fact that the main character is a 7-year-old boy and I am a 29-year-old woman, I see so much of him in me. I was that kid who liked books more than people, believed adults to be both mysterious and all-powerful, and held faith that the world was full of magic and terror in equal proportions. Deep inside, I think I still am that kid, and that is what resonated with me most. We are all terrified 7-year-olds on the inside, hoping that someone is watching out for us because we really don't have as much control as we pretend to.

I cried during the epilogue. I couldn't help it. I was driving again, in the sun this time, on my way back home. There is one final realization the narrator makes at the end that both broke my heart and filled me with joy. I don't want to give away spoilers, but I hope that you'll know it when you hear it.

Please, please read this book. Or listen to it. Or better yet, do both. It's been a long time since I've felt this strongly about any book, but this is a masterpiece. You'll thank yourself at the end.

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  • Ryan
  • 14/08/2013

The ocean we come from, and return to

This short novel will undoubtedly stand as one of Neil Gaiman's more beautifully written, poignant books. The protagonist is a middle-aged man leaving his father’s funeral for a visit to his childhood home, where the memories of his seven year old self still linger. There, he recalls strange, dark adventures -- a friend who seemed much older than her eleven years, travels between worlds, a kindly grandmother who is more than she seems, a babysitter who turns out to be a monster in disguise, and that the kind of monsters who remove monsters can be even more dangerous.

The dark fairy tale aspects, which won't be a surprise to readers of Gaiman's other books, feel both vividly original and hauntingly familiar, the stuff of universal childhood pretend worlds and nightmares. In this novel, though, it seems, he's intentionally blurring the lines between the fantastical and the real. One could easily read this story as an allegory for childhood imagination and the way it shapes the rest of our lives, even after we outgrow it. If so, I found a lovely sadness in that interpretation. As kids, we are both tormented and protected by things in our inner worlds, which give shape to an adult world that we don't yet understand, until we ourselves are pulled into that world's trials and temptations. Will our adult lives be worthy of our original selves? Will we remember the light of our inner friends, the cruelty and deception of our inner enemies? Will we ever again meet what we left behind?

I found the gentle, bittersweet way Gaiman reflects on these questions touching. The things we remember from childhood may, in one sense, only be a small, weedy duck pond, but, in another sense, they’re as big as an ocean, our foundational experience of being human.

And, of course, I can't neglect to mention how good Gaiman's reading of his own audiobook is. His throaty, enunciative voice is, well... him.

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  • M. Spencer
  • 06/08/2013

Brilliant

It’s hard to put into words just how much I loved this novel. Neil Gaiman has an exceptional talent for writing what I like to think of as fairy tales for adults. He writes these stories that are so deeply imaginative and yet are so real, they just resonate with me like few other stories.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane was a simple, yet incredibly moving story. It was simply elegant storytelling. It took me back to my childhood and made me appreciate it in ways I never have before. It also made me insanely jealous of people that got to grow up in big, old houses on quite country lanes.

I listened to the audio of this novel and I have to believe that was the best way to experience it. Neil Gaiman is not only an amazing writer, but he really is a great narrator as well. I had hear him narrate The Graveyard Books so I knew what to expect, but I was still incredibly pleased with the result.

Honestly, this novel was just excellent. I would recommend it to anyone, not just science fiction or fantasy fans. Brilliant.

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  • Dave
  • 03/07/2013

Oh, the Wondrous Ocean!

The Ocean at the End of the Lane feels like none of Gaiman’s previous novels. It’s easily the most personal of his novels, tightly focused, and brief – like childhood remembered by an adult. It’s a story of memories as tangible as the sea – we know they happened, we even swam in it, but the waves continue to roll, and the landscape is seemingly ever changing. It’s memories as mythology, and it’d be cynical not to fall under it’s haunting spell.

It’s also a meditation on mortality, as told by a nameless narrator who has returned to England for his father’s funeral. Because of that, it’s impossible not to divorce our image of the narrator as Neil himself, giving this book a fantastical yet autobiographical sense – even moreso as an audiobook – which is part of the point. Readers and fans familiar with Gaiman via Twitter and his blog may remember reading about similar familiar events referenced in this book, although their memories will be distinctly different from what occurs in the story.

As one character says: “That’s the trouble with living things. Don’t last very long. Kittens on day, old cats next. And then just memories. And the memories fade and blend and smudge together.”

Memories should be cherished and treasured, like dreams, but perhaps they shouldn’t be completely trusted. And it’s what we do with those memories that count.

In spinning this story, Gaiman has woven himself into a new mythology all his own. The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a reminder to adults of the wonders and mysteries of childhood, and encourages us to find those same pleasures as adults. It reminds us that just because we’re grown up, doesn’t mean it’s over, and we may still witness wondrous and mysterious things.

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  • Julie W. Capell
  • 29/10/2013

Fantasy for readers of "certain age"

I was immediately captivated upon hearing the first few pages of “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” tacked on as a promo at the end of “Shoggoth’s Old Peculiar.” The tale of a man, back in his childhood hometown on the occasion of a funeral, re-discovering something fantastic and magical at the end of the lane made me feel wistful, like I wanted some of my mother’s chocolate chip cookies. So I immediately ordered “The Ocean” and waited for those cookie-scented childhood memories to waft my way.

The book is for the most part a flashback, as the man of the first chapter recalls an adventure he had—or may not have had—as a young boy. As much as I liked the first chapter, much of the middle section of the book was just too icky for my taste. Intellectually, I understand the purpose of the scary parts but they were a bit graphic for my taste and jarred with other parts that were beautifully whimsical.

The end of the book did a nice job of bringing everything back full circle, and made several allusions to the author’s own life as an expatriate and (at one time) struggling artist. I got the idea that this book was more autobiographical than others I have read by Gaiman. The long view of life that the novel’s structure allows resonated with me as I believe it will for many other readers of a “certain age.”

I listened to this as an audio book read by Gaiman. He does a marvelous job here as with other readings I have heard from him.

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  • Derek B.
  • 25/07/2013

Gaiman might be the best reader I've ever heard

The ONLY thing that disappoints me with Neil Gaiman's writing is that he does not do enough of it to satisfy me. I was so happy to find that he wrote a new book and couldn't wait to put it in my short stack of must reads. Not only is he a great writter, but he might have the most pleasing voice that I have ever heard read an audiobook. As you can see, I had high hopes for this book and I'm happy to tell you that it didn't take long before I was assured of it's greatness. WOW, was that a great read! There are GREAT characters, a GREAT plot, the story was level-fluid smooth, and the ending is genuinly worth remembering. Here's a person that knows how to escape reality with a worth while tale and he has the skill to share it with others. He does it without dipping into the swearing, sex, and violence pool, that main stream writting usually swims in. What a gift Gaiman has! "The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel" was well worth my time and now has a place in my stack of books that I am saving to one day pass down to my children. That is a special stack to me, and yes, the book is that good.

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  • Gregory
  • 14/07/2013

WOW!! This was GREAT!!

I have listened to Audible for many years, yet never been moved to write a review. This book was so good that I have listened to it twice within one week. It starts off in the real world and then slowly takes us into a fantasy world that I did not want to leave. Well done!

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  • Bonny
  • 23/06/2013

Good, evil, power, powerlessness, family, & more..

How I wish I was enough of a wordsmith to craft the review that The Ocean at the End of the Lane deserves. I won’t do it a disservice and recount the plot; just do yourself a favor and read it – right now. It’s full of good, evil, power, powerlessness, family, and extraordinary friends.

A small taste: “Nobody actually looks like what they really are on the inside,” Lettie tells the boy. “Grown-ups don’t look like grown-ups on the inside either. Outside, they’re big and thoughtless and they always know what they’re doing. Inside, they look just like they always have. Like they did when they were your age. The truth is, there aren’t any grown-ups. Not one, in the whole wide world … Except for Granny, of course.”

I’ve always thought of audiobooks as equivalent to “real books”; they are just being read to me. Some narrators add to my enjoyment of the story, some detract, and some should not be allowed to read books out loud to anyone. Neil Gaiman is in a class by himself, both as an author and an audiobook narrator. His brilliant narration of his books is just that – brilliant. I was surprised to read this on his blog, “I'm more nervous about the audiobooks than I am about anything else.” No need to be nervous, Neil! When I next encounter a magical being willing to grant me three wishes, one of my wishes is going to be for Neil Gaiman to read me stories as good as The Ocean at the End of the Lane every night.

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  • Simone
  • 20/08/2013

Großartig, eben Gaiman

Er ist ein erwachsener Mann und kehrt nach langer Zeit für eine Beerdigung zurück an den Ort seiner Kindheit. Und beginnt sich zu erinnern. Auch an die Hempstocks, die auf einer Farm am Ende der Straße lebten. Seine Freundin Lettie Hempstock und ihren Ozean, der eigentlich ein Teich ist. Dann erinnert er sich plötzlich wieder an alles, was er lange verdrängt hatte. Den Untermieter, der sich das Leben nahm. Das unheimliche Wesen, das er mit Lettie im Wald fand und das einen Weg in ihre Welt suchte. Und in seinem Fuß fand. Das seltsame Kindermädchen Ursula Monkton, von dem nur er und Lettie wussten, was sie wirklich war. Das furchtbare Ende ihres Abenteuers.
„The Ocean at the End of the Lane“ ist eine lange Kurzgeschichte. Das merkt man auch an einigen Stellen, zum Beispiel werden kaum Personen näher beschrieben oder gar länger eingeführt. Der Leser landet sofort in der Geschichte. Was mich überhaupt nicht störte. Die Zielgruppe ist auch eindeutig ein jüngeres Publikum, obwohl einige gruselige Elemente für junge Leser nicht ganz ohne sind, ganz zu schweigen vom Ende. Es gibt einige Stellen, an denen ich sehr mit dem siebenjährigen Jungen mitlitt.
Wie gewohnt entführt Neil Gaiman seine Leser und Hörer mit einer wunderbaren Sprache in eine Welt die unsere ist und auch wieder nicht. Denn es gibt so vieles, was hinter dem Vorhang lauert und nur von wenigen wahrgenommen wird. Das macht die besondere Atmosphäre auch dieses Buches aus.
Als ganz besonderes Schmankerl liest Neil Gaiman die englische Version dieses Hörbuchs selbst. Er gehört zu den wenigen Autoren, die tatsächlich beides können, schreiben und lesen. Stimme, Betonung, Geschwindigkeit, hier passt einfach alles und lässt einen innerhalb von Sekunden in dieser unheimlichen Welt versinken.
Ein großartiges Hörbuch, das ich jedem empfehlen kann, der leicht fantastisch angehauchte Versionen unserer Welt mag.

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  • querbeet
  • 04/07/2013

Dunkles Märchen für Erwachsene

Der 1960 geborene Brite Neil Gaiman lässt sich nur in eine Schublade pressen: Er ist irgendwie anders. Als Comic-Schreiber hat er begonnen, und dazu kommen inzwischen nicht nur preisgekrönte Romane, sondern auch Graphic Novels, Essays, Kurzgeschichten und Drehbücher. Seine Geschichten sind meist Grenzgänger zwischen Realität und Phantasie, oft in Form von parallelen Welten, die sich berühren.

So war das im GRAVEYARD BOOK, meiner ersten Begegnung mit Neil Gaiman. Und so ist das auch mit THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE. In der Straße, wo sich die gesamte Geschichte ereignet, wohnen ganz reale Menschen: unser namenloser Erzähler mit seinen Eltern und seiner Schwester. Es geschehen ganz reale Dinge: Das Geld ist in finanziell schwierigen Zeiten knapp, Untermieter gehen deswegen im Haus ein und aus, und hinter der Farm ganz am Ende der Straße gibt es einen ganz realen Ententeich, den Lettie immer ihren ‘Ozean’ nennt.

Aber dann findet man in der Straße eine Leiche, Alpträume plagen den kleinen Jungen, und er landet auf Lettie’s Farm. In ihrer Küche sitzend, bei frischer Kuhmilch und einem Stück Honigwabe, erzählt Lettie’s Großmutter ganz selbstverständlich, dass sie schon lebte, als der Mond entstand. Das Erstaunliche: Man glaubt ihr sofort und findet das kein bisschen seltsam! Ohne den geringsten Zweifel und ohne damit hinter dem Berg zu halten, tritt neben dem Bösen das Magische, Übernatürliche, Alte und Gute in diese Geschichte. Ach was. Es tritt nicht ein – es ist einfach schon immer dagewesen.

Der Siebenjährige erfährt, dass es das Böse wirklich gibt. Und dass die Erwachsenen – sogar seine eigenen Eltern! – es nicht erkennen können und auch nicht in der Lage sind, ihn davor zu beschützen. Viel, viel Gänsehaut schleicht sich auf die Haut des Hörers. Alles kommt wieder zurück aus der eigenen Kindheit, aus er überbordenden Vorstellung und den Alpträumen. Aber hier ist es real!

Gaiman’s Geschichte ist aus der Sicht eines erwachsen gewordenen Kindes geschrieben, aber sie ist nicht FÜR Kinder. Zu beängstigend und dunkel ist das, was er da auffährt. Zu dicht geht das an die eigenen Gespenster der Kindheit heran.

Nicht, dass man sich dauernd hinter einem Kissen verstecken möchte, nein. In Gaiman’s märchenartiger Erzählung liegt neben viel Dunkelheit auch viel Nostalgie. Rituale, magische Worte, Bücher (!), Freundschaft, wie sie nur Kinder kennen – es keimt auch viel Wehmut auf. Nicht nur die Angst, sondern auch alles, was dagegen hilft, spielen mit. Voller Phantasie und auch voller Humor steckt diese Zeitreise in die Erinnerung. Nur wird das Sichere und Geborgene immer durchzogen von Unheil, gegen das es kein wirkliches Gegenmittel zu geben scheint.

Manchmal scheint es mit Gaiman etwas durchzugehen. Manchmal wird es so phantastisch, dass es nicht mehr wirklich erschreckend ist. Tatsächlich ist eine der beängstigendsten Szenen des Hörbuchs eine sehr realistische, eiskalte Eskalation erwachsener Autorität. So beängstigend, dass man sich fragt, was passieren würde, würde Gaiman einen komplett in der realen Welt angesiedelten Thriller schreiben – man hätte danach wohl weiße Haare.

Aber es bleibt dabei: düstere, mysthische Realo-Märchen schreibt Gaiman wie niemand sonst zur Zeit. Beim Hören fühle ich mich an meinen (leider kürzlich verstorbenen) Lieblingsschriftsteller erinnert: Ray Bradbury. Wie Bradbury ist Gaiman jemand, der kindliche Ängste und dunkle Phantasien nehmen und sie Erwachsenen kalt den Rücken hoch kriechen lassen kann. Wie Bradbury gibt es eine natürliche Koexistenz verschiedener Welten. Beide sind gesegnet mit einem spielerischer Fantasie, die trotzdem weise ist.

Gaiman beendet seine Geschichte mit der Botschaft, dass man das Böse in seine Schranken weisen kann, aber einen Preis dafür bezahlt. Und lässt uns mit dem Gefühl zurück, dass wir tief in uns drin immer noch sieben Jahre alt sind. Und uns – wie der Erzähler – an viel mehr und viel Erschreckenderes erinnern könnten, würde uns nicht jemand davor beschützen.

Zum Sprecher:

Es ist selten eine gute Idee, wenn Autoren ihr Werk selbst als Hörbuch einlesen. Die große Ausnahme: Neil Gaiman! Sein dunkles Timbre und die langsame, dennoch eindringliche Vortragsart mit wunderbar zu verstehender britischer Aussprache machen ihn schon rein technisch zu einem Hörvergnügen.

Dazu kommt ein Talent für verschiedene Stimmfarben, für Akkzente und ungeheuer sympathisch vorgelesene Dialoge. Neil Gaiman hat einen einzigartigen Stil, in dem sich Nachdenklichkeit und Bedeutungsschwere mit Humor und Charme paaren. Dunkelheit und Licht liegen dicht nebeneinander, wenn er spricht – eine Dichotomie, die ganz perfekt zu seinen Geschichten passt.

Neil Gaiman weiß, wie er seinen Worten mit seiner Stimme Ausdruck und Nachhall verleiht. Das kann man auch sehr gut hören, wenn man sich Videos einer seiner vielen Reden anschaut, zu denen er gerne eingeladen wird. Der Mann benutzt seine Stimme und Sprechweise als Instrument. Und das gilt ebenso und umso mehr, wenn er seine Bücher selbst vorträgt.

Ein absoluter Genuß.

Fazit:

Ein dunkles Märchen über die Kindheit, geschrieben für Erwachsene. Eine Reise in verborgene Erinnerungen. Gaiman nimmt uns an die Hand und zeigt uns, wie das Böse in die Welt kommt, und was man tun kann, damit es wieder verschwindet. Dabei helfen urmütterliche Wesen und eine unerschütterliche 11jährige, die schon sehr, sehr lange 11 ist.

Was hilft gegen die Dunkelheit? Wie beschützt man sich als Kind, wenn selbst die Erwachsenen es nicht können? Wie begegnet man der Angst?

Ein ebenso düsterer wie humorvoller kleiner Roman voller Mystik und phantastischer Ideen. Am Ende ist man versucht, die eigenen Erinnerungslücken in Frage zu stellen und sieht Kindermädchen und Ententeiche in einem völlig neuen Licht.

Wundervoll!

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  • Hector Entwicklungs GmbH
  • 19/01/2014

Beautiful story beautifully read by the author

We talk about "suspension of disbelief" when in the theatre and "immersing ourselves" in a book. This book is so beautifully written and read that I was taken to a new world, immersed in it, and all disbelief, even for a skeptic like myself, in anything fantastical in the story was banished with a friendly wave of the author's hand(ywork)

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  • BikerJoe
  • 18/09/2014

Memory Lane with a Scary Twist

Neil Gaiman did not disappoint me, this is a great story. The only negative comment I could come up with, is that the story is way too short. It had the potential to grow into a real novel, but it basically is a short story.
The story starts as a harmless stroll down memory lane, when a guy returns to his home town after a funeral to revisit the places of his childhood. Everything comes back to him, when he gets to the farmhouse at the end of the lane.
He was a bookish seven year old, not really happy, but content with the way things were until all at once the suicide of an opal miner changed everything. The following events are a skillful mix of typical childhood phantasies and fears, the pain and anxiety of growing up and some real myth and horror. Lettie, an 11 year old girl, living at the end of the lane with her mother and grandmother becomes his friend and savior.


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  • hsteinbo
  • 05/11/2018

Eine weitere feine Neil Gaiman Geschichte

Gut gelesen vom Autor selbst. Kurzweilig, mysteriös und interessant. Leider eher kurz, aber dennoch in sich abgeschlossen.

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  • Diana von Lindenthal
  • 31/10/2018

Simply beautiful

I love Neil Gaiman, his voice and his stories and I will read and listen to him for as long as my eyes and ears will work.

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  • Tony Mara
  • 15/11/2016

marvellous

what an amazing, wonderful story. told even more amazingly. neil gaiman at his very best.

  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Mrs & Mr Smith
  • 09/09/2015

Super Gaiman Geschichte - aber als Sprecher...

Würden Sie The Ocean at the End of the Lane noch mal anhören? Warum?

Ja, aber wahrscheinlich nur wenn jemand anderes die Geschichte liest. Ich liebe Neil Gaiman und kenne alle sein Bücher. The Ocean at the End of the Lane ist meine 1. Begegnung mit ihm als Sprecher und ich bin leider enttäuscht.

Welcher Moment von The Ocean at the End of the Lane ist Ihnen besonders im Gedächtnis geblieben?

Das ganze "Märchen" bleibt in Erinnerung, da es ein Flaschback in die Vergangenheit des Erzählers ist. Der Moment den der kleine Junge das absolute Wissen erkennt:

“You wouldn't die in here, nothing ever dies in here, but if you stayed here for too long, after a while just a little of you would exist everywhere, all spread out. And that's not a good thing. Never enough of you all together in one place, so t here wouldn't be anything left that would think of itself as an 'I.' No point of view any longer, because you'd be an infinite sequence of views and of points...”

Wie hätte das Hörbuch besser vorgetragen werden können?

Es ist so wie es ist... und vielleicht gibt es keinen besseren Sprecher als der Author :)

Hätten Sie das Hörbuch am liebsten in einem Rutsch durchgehört?

Ja!

Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

Am Schluss des Buches sagt Mr. Gaiman: "it is for anyone who has ever been seven years old."

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    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • Birte
  • 02/03/2014

So ein Schrott!

Die Geschichte ist erstens mal totlangweilig. Die Charaktere sind so blass, dass man nicht mit ihnen warm wird und darum interessert es mich auch nicht die Bohne, wie es mit ihnen weitergeht. Der ganze Zauberkram und die Zauberwesen wirken auch m.E. keineswegs natürlich oder selbstverständlich, wie ein Rezensent hier schreibt, sondern verstörend und störend. Ich habe ca. eine Stunde gehört, vielleicht auch 1 1/2 und keinerlei Interesse, es weiterzuhören. Ich finde, die bisherigen Beschreibungen passen überhaupt nicht zu der flachen, schmalzigen, langweiligen und haarsträubigen Story. Ich ärgere mich sehr, Geld dafür ausgegeben zu haben.

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