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Author: Neil Gaiman Narrator: Neil Gaiman Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2013 ISBN: 9780062255686
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “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.”


  • “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.”


  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A Barnes & Noble Best Book, June 2013
  • An AudioFile Editors’ Pick, June 2013
  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A USA Today bestseller
  • Selected for the July 2013 Indie Next List
  • A 2014 Audie Award Finalist for Author's Narration
  • Winner of the 2013 Specsavers National Book Award
  • A 2013 Time Magazine Best Book for Fiction
  • Winner of the 2014 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel
  • Finalist for the 2014 Mythopoeic Award
  • Nominated for the 2013 Nebula Award for Best Novel
  • A 2014 Audie Award Finalist for Fiction
  • An NPR bestseller
  • A San Francisco Chronicle bestseller
  • A 2013 Booklist Editors’ Choice for Young Adult Books
  • A BookPage Best Book of 2013
  • Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books, Best Fiction 2013
  • Winner of the 2013 GoodReads Readers’ Choice Awards
  • A Publishers Weekly bestseller
  • A Washington Post bestseller
  • A #1 Los Angeles Times bestseller
  • An Amazon Top 100 Book of 2013
  • A 2013 New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • A Wall Street Journal bestseller

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About the Author

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.