Wow, after listening/reading hundreds of books I have to say this one taught me a lesson. And that is that the expression "a lump in my throat" is not just an expression but a real thing! I really don't think any book has even done that to me, I don't know that anything has! The feelings protrayed in these writings are real, being a mother, you get the raw emotions. I would reccommend getting this book, but perhaps not if you have ever lost a child!
In the end, I dare you to pick a side. I like that the ups and downs have you battling with and then defending the main characters. There really is no right and wrong, no way to choose a side when you can see both of them. The write does an excellent job of portraying the joy and sadness through this long journey and getting you to see the "light" at the end.
I enjoyed the accent.
I feel like the title fits. It's as compelling as the story.
Someone who can understand the readers heavy accent
I could not understand him at all. After about 2 hours of listening, I gave up on trying to understand what he was saying. The accent was so heavy.
Very disappointed that this performer would be chosen to read this.
I love books, but I particularly love audio books. What a luxury to have someone like Campbell Scott read you to sleep.
It's an interesting story of a crossroads in the lives of two people and the consequences of an action. I loved the story being set at a lighthouse, the isolation, the dynamic between the husband and wife. I didn't feel as strongly about the narration as many other reviewers. Listen to a sample and decide for yourself.
I probably wouldn't read/listen to the book again, but I might go to a movie--right director, right actors...
I enjoyed the description of the place and how the little island affected the family that lived there. Also the memories that people had throughout the story and how their past affected their decisions now.
How Lucy came to be found and discovered from both her adopted family and the biological one.
Perhaps especially towards the end I didn't want to stop listening. But I listen when doing other things so when those tasks are done so is my listening.
The story line is just so great. We think a lot about how much people are affected during a war not after. Or rather how the community is affected by so much loss and how that impacts their decisions. The light that this little girl brought into the extended family after having lost 2 sons in the war it was understood why her adopted mother didn't want to give her up. I thought it was an amazing inventive tale of love and how honesty can be blurred and affect the choices we make.
I'm an English teacher at a midwest high school. I'm a mother of four, a singer, and a string bass player.
I was struck how many adults commit atrocities in this book with the justification of "this is what's best for the child." To an outsider, it is clear that these women are acting in their own best interests, not Lucy/Grace's.
Say something about yourself!
The Light Between Oceans is one of the most beautifully written stories I've read in a long time. I was immediately and completely drawn into Tom Sherbournes's world. It was a joy to read a modern novel of such outstanting literary quality. Characters were complex and well-drawn, including the lighthouse and island which were characters in and of themselves. I was struck by the wonderful metaphors and symbolism within the story and the challenging themes the novel tackled. Be prepared, however, this is not a light read.
The narrator's delightful Australian accent was enchanting and wonderful to listen to.
Conflict of emotions
Characters in the story were well-developed. I understood the conflict between the two main characters.
I enjoy listening to audio books while doing activities that I don't particularly enjoy. His pleasant voice gave the story authenticity.
The story created an emotional struggle within me as I pondered what I might do if I had experienced what the characters in the story experienced.
A good read.
Noah Taylor has an Australian accent and a lisp. I had to back up parts of the book several times to understand what he was saying
Captivating love story
Read as a book club pick and usually not my kind of read/listen. Noah Taylor got my attention from the start and did such a great job! Grabbed my heart and never let go. I am so happy I didn't miss out on this book!