Descriptive, heartbreaking, captivating
It felt very real. Although fiction, I felt as if the story really happened. I could identify with the main characters and understand their feelings and reasons for doing what they did.
A sense of remorse and longing.
No, but the ending was sad.
I often had to rewind to make out what the narrator was saying. And that had nothing to do with the Australian accent, which I enjoyed.
I don't usually write full reviews but I felt I should with this particular book. This was an amazing, heart wrenching, story! I probably would have finished it in a day or two if it had been narrated by someone else. I honestly almost gave up on listening after the first couple chapters because the narrator was so frustrating to listen to. He was extremely hard to understand, he sounded like he was mumbling half the time and I would have to strain to hear and try to understand what he was saying. It wasn't his accent, it was the enunciation (or lack there of), and the tone he used was almost like a whisper at times. The story itself was superb, I wish it was narrated by someone who enhanced the words. This narration took away from the story because you had to struggle to understand what he was saying. If your willing to endure the terrible narration it is a great book.
I don't think I would try another book from M. L. Stedman and especially not if it was read by Noah Taylor
I would nok recommend the Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman and especially not if it was read by Noah Taylor
the Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman was not a compelling and interesting book, I think because it was read by Noah Taylor. His voice is flat and completely monotonous - his sleepy voice does not change regardless of any event in the plot and regardless of how dramatic the text may have been at times.
I would cut the reader Noah Taylor first from the Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman - then I would add a few more characters to make the book a little more dynamic - there are too few characters/persons. The narrator should change more and not just be the husband. He is a dull character - they are all a little dull - or a lot
the Light Between Oceans is dissapointing mainly because of the reader Noah Taylor but also because the plot sounds interesting but somehow it is utterly boring. Somehow that narrator, reader and author manage to make an interesting plot into a really uninteresting read.
I tried to get through the first 2 chapters listening to this book. I couldn't understand more than a sentence or two and the words were mostly ineligible.. never got into the story because I couldn't understand s word he was saying. Do yourself a favor and skip this one on audio. Or listen to the sample to see if you can understand a word. Buy it to READ...
Loved it. The narration was good but slow. Luckily, that can be sped up. When it was read at a faster pace, it was perfect.
Enjoyed the insight into this period piece, Australia, and ligthouse keeping. Story is engaging and not predictable. Well done.
The story was good, but very slow. It didn't help that the narrator spoke slowly and in very very low tones with the accent. I just couldn't make out much of what he said. He frequently mumbled. I don't know why. I almost gave up on listening several times. Very powerful ending, however. It made up for many of the other weaknesses.