I am enjoying this book very much.however having an extremely difficult time listening to the reader. He is very difficult to understand with his accent.
I wish I had another choice to listen to as I would never purchase another book by Noah Taylor.
If I could have understood the narrator.
Say something about yourself!
This book had slow points, but the reading was beautiful and the story was lovely.
The descriptions were vivid, and the heartbreak was real.
This is one of my top books thus far. Well done all the way around.
Having the Australian dialect for the story had a great way of transporting me out of my own American residence and every day moment. It was great to be so drawn into a book!
What can I say except I love reading either by listening to books when am exercising or reading an e book when I have time to sit and relax.There are so many wonderful stories out there and never seem to have enough hours to listen to or read them!
Really enjoyed the story but disliked the narrator as found he mumbled a great deal and sometimes had to go back and listen again to parts of the book.
It is a unique story somewhat improbable and yet believable..it could happen and it is a tragedy of of two people in conflict about doing "the right thing for the wrong reasons".
Don't really know too many names of narrators although have listened to hundreds of books pay little attention who narrates them unless really dislike the voice. Unfortunately I noted Noah Taylor and ascertain that I never listen to a book that is narrated by him...that is how bad I thought he was!
The dilemma of making the right choices in life!
Enjoyed it because the characters were so well defined. It was interesting to feel the depth of the isolation of being on the island when Tom was alone and then to see the terrible decisions made because of their remoteness from civilization...could they have gotten away with keeping Lucy had the letter never been written, had the rattle not been discovered - you wonder and you feel so sad for them.
That is why it is such a touching story because although you know what they did was wrong you can only feel sadness for Tom, Isabelle, Hannah and Lucy. As a reader you realize there is no possible solution to a tragic misjudgement all in the name of love and you can never judge them....
If anyone is wanting to listen to this novel but is concerned at all of the poor narrator reviews (as I was), I would like to add my opinion having just finished this captivating, emotional and authentic book. Noah Taylor is Australian, and the natural cadence of his voice is at first quite difficult to relax into. He drops syllables and speaks quietly, as any true Australian speaker would do when reading to an audience. You may have to turn the volume up to hear him clearly, especially in the quieter moments of the novel. At first, I found that I struggled to understand him, but as I was drawn into the story, I couldn't imagine any other voice telling me this tale of loss, love, and the passage of time.
I feel very strongly that Mr. Taylor was the right narrator for the book--though this does not mean that his narration was the easiest to listen to! Please, take a chance on this story and allow yourself to be absorbed in the lullaby-rhythm of Mr. Taylor's authentic narration. These characters will work their way into your heart and mind long after the story has finished.
The Light Between Oceans is the story of how two good people can make a wrong decision, and the consequences of their error in judgment. The narrative is simple, uncomplicated, and gently flowing (somewhat in the tradition of Pearl Buck's The Good Earth), but underneath the surface it explores in forceful terms some basic flaws of the human condition: how easily we seek to rationalize what we know to be wrong; the temptations of selfishness; our overwhelming dependence on others for happiness; the fickleness of destiny. Tom, the light-keeper who survived WW1, confronts the core moral dilemma much differently from his wife Isabelle, a survivor of a string of still births and miscarriages, and the contrast between their mentalities is, in my view, extremely compelling. Due to an ipod fumble, I unwittingly skipped over 10 or 12 chapters in Part 2 and ended up listening to the last chapter of the book. If that had happened with most other audiobooks, I likely would have said, nah, I won't bother to listen to what I missed since now I know how it ends. In this case, however, I went back to listen to the skipped chapters, and enjoyed them none the less for knowing how it would all end -- which I think is a testament to M.L. Stedman's beautiful writing and a great story. A book, after all, shouldn't be just about getting to the denouement on the last page, but about enjoying an entire experience, page by page (or digital bit by bit). And Light Between Oceans more than measures up to that basic standard. The only reason I didn't give the audiobook 5 stars is that narrator Noah Taylor has a habit of whispering/mumbling the ends of his sentences, which hinders comprehension.
Stunning. Just a gorgeous, a beautifully written, finely crafted, moving piece of work. The characters so finely drawn you could hear and feel them breathe, as you in turn suspend your own breath as the unforeseen unfolds. I stayed up nights, not wanting to leave the three of them alone for a moment. Even after i'd finished the book, angst, sorrow, grief, hope, expectant joy and terrible sadness would wash over me in quiet moments while contemplating the consequences of the character's decisions. Reminiscent of Ahab's Wife in its personal intensity, I would recommend this to anyone looking to read a book addressing moral ambiguity, and results of choices made out of desire, need, want. Also about the power of love longed for, received and ultimately lost in a moment, when conversations overheard are misinterpreted, or misplaced desire is allowed to determine choices made,
All, Tom and Isobel of course but even the minor players were so well developed and believable that I had many favorite likes and dislikes amongst them.
Fabulous narrator. Can't begin to understand how anyone could give the narrator a poor review.
Absolutely, although I couldn't begin to interpret how someone as skillful as he achieves this. He just does.
I've always been interested in ethics, moral choice and the power of desire to lead one into magical thinking, so immediately went in search of more work by M.L. Stedman. Have recommended and praised this book to high heaven to all who cross my path, to the point where friends have found it easier to go get the book then listen to me going on about it!
Can't wait to hear more from this author
Great listen! This novel is well-plotted and well-paced with characters who make a very far-fetched concept seem believable. The second half of the book was gripping, kept me listening late into the night. The reader is also excellent.
The story was great, leads to much discussion.
However, the audio was extremely difficult to understand. The main character Tom, had a very heavy accent and swallowed his words. I had to guess quite often what was being said and it took from the pleasure of the story.
His accent was heavy and a lot of his words were unintelligible.
I would never again knowingly purchase an audio that he narrated.
Noah Taylor should never be allowed to do an audible again.
This must come close to the worst narration ever on audible. In fact it's money out of the window. I can't understand this lisping narration, faltering over words and not pronouncing it properly.
I can't comment on the story as I've bought an ebook in stead and are reading it now. I find it so far very interesting. I had to rate it to be able to write this warning to anyone who is going to buy this version.