A busy lady, just tryin' to fit her reading in where she can!
I would have changed alot about this book, the story was incredibly sad. Every turn of the page was just about experiencing loss and being alone.
This was my first listen to one of his books, I am not sure i would read another.
He was very authentic, but he just seemed to drag on.
I got completely confused when listening to this book. The premise sounded good but so difficult to listen to due to the accent and I got so lost in the storyline. Don't waste your money.
Having read the harsh reviews of the narrator I feel compelled to strongly disagree. The narrator captures the spirit of Tom's essence brilliantly. The mild drop at the end of a sentence only increased the attention required to glean what he was so subtly offering. I felt it was a wonderful rendition of the complexities of a character reflecting traumas beyond his or anyone's understanding. Well done!
I enjoyed the narrator, and can only imagine the ratings are low for his performance b/c the people rating him have little tolerance for accents.
I started this with ear buds but lost so many words I got lost and then switched to Bose ear phones and that made a huge difference. The story was heart breaking and full of compromising of values. Good story and was glad when I could hear it!
Nothing as he swallowed his words and I lost so much and had to start over.
I would have not opted to listen to this one. I ended up purchasing it for my Nook and reading it there. Wonderful story but very,very sad. I tried repeatedly to listen to it in my car but every "s" or "th" just came through as a buzz-like sound and I could not understand what he was saying. Maybe it is my device but I am able to listen to other narrators without a problem. Sorry.
I enjoyed the story line of The Light Between Oceans very much. It was a little slow at the beginning, but got very interesting by part 2 and kept my attention until the end. It is an emotional story that is well told with complex characters.
The issue I had was with the narrator of the audiobook. Between his accent and the fact that he mumbled and swallowed the end of his sentences it was extremely hard to understand. I had to listen to the book at a very loud volume in order to catch enough words to completely understand what was being said.
I saw a lot of comments about the narrator. I liked his voice very much, but driving in a car with road noise, it was hard to hear the ends of his sentences. His voice tended to drop at the end, but after turning up the volume up a little and getting used to his accent, he had a great voice to match the story.
I could hear the narrator's voice sound as if he were getting choked up during the final scenes. Understandable.
Ethan Frome is the first book that comes to mind for a tragic character loving under tragic circumstances. Any Ian McEwan.
My favorite scene is the reveal of Isabel's true nature toward the middle-end in a flashback to her passion (stormy nature) connecting her to Janus Island's weather and showing a contrast to Tom's steady, eternal sense of duty, connecting him to the island and the lighthouse's reliability. The perfect placement for that scene.
If I could have, I would have listened to this in one sitting. I did listen to six hours at a stretch, does that count?
Between the elemental imagery and the superbly crisp, sparse prose, there is nothing I can find at fault with this book. It should become a classic. The themes of 'following the rules' and weather are beautifully woven into the characters and all the supporting characters. A perfectly crafted novel.
Avid audiobook listener and reader. I work in the tech industry, but like to go outside my comfort zone with fiction and non-fiction.
I have not listened to any of Noah Taylor's other performances. As a non-Aussie, it was difficult at first to understand him clearly, due to his accent.
Not entirely. At times it was.
One of the main characters was likeable at first, but I grew to dislike them and their actions. Without giving away anything from the story, it's hard to describe, but it nearly ruined the story for me.
The book was well written with deep character development that made me appreciate the story to a point, but some things are impossible to get past.