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The Ocean At The End of The Lane by Neil Gaiman

The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel - Neil Gaiman, Neil Gaiman
I listened to this on audiobook, read by the author, and even though it's a fairly short story, it felt so much longer and I struggled so much to finish it.
The story itself was strange and slow, and really didn't go anywhere at all!
Neil Gaiman as the narrator has a nice, smooth sounding voice, however, the way he read it sounded quite pretentious. He described EVERYTHING with rich enthusiasm, even if it was the most basic thing happening. Everytime his voice became overly expressive, I thought something was going to be revealed or something amazing was going to happen, and then... nothing happened!
I really wanted to like this story because it seems so well loved, but I simply don't understand what's so wonderful about it.