This story is sweet and tragic, but listening to the book was equally painful as the story moved. so. slowly. Definitely got to know each character and live in their shoes.
I don't have time to read, I travel a lot, so the audiobook is best for me.
The book was ready to listen to. the narration was lovely, but there wasn't a whole lot of substance to the story.
Loved the story once I labored through the beginning. The narrator, although he has a lovely voice, talked low and mumbly, off and on, throughout the reading. I'm sure I missed a lot.
Liked the book and the sequence of events.
Lighthouse workings and history of the wars from downunder interesting.
Narrator was poor, occasionally unintelligible due to speed of reading and tonelessness but improved as he went along.
While well written structurally, I found it to be very depressing and almost unpleasant to read. It wasn't violent just full of sad, flawed characters. The reader never really knows why or how the dingy ends up at the lighthouse island or how the father died. I really did not enjoy it at all.
the language of the writing was rich and thoughtful. there were many great moments but I couldn't rate it higher due to at least one very shallow character.
This book is nothing but devastation upon devastation for almost every single character almost the entire time! I kept holding out for some hope, some silver lining all the way until the very last sentence, but none ever came. I truly love a sad book, but this one never came with any real healing for any of the characters, and it desperately needed that. Sure, you could argue that there was some healing at the very end but it didn't feel that way and a lot of it was implied. I'm sorry, but after that many solid hours of pain I needed some time dedicated to the healing. And it made me so angry that Lucy came 1 week too late! I mean, come on! We persisted through this agony and cried our eyes out, at least let Isabel get her final healing moment! But no, the sadness must go on and I realize now that was the point of the book. I did give it 3 stars for being a lovely and complex story with beautiful depths, but the relentless sadness was too heavy and burdensome for me.
The narrator was difficult for me. It was difficult to understand him at times due to his somewhat slurred speech or lisp and his mumbling. His voice was monotone, which made an already very slow story even harder to get through. I guess I'm one of the minority with whom this book did not resonate. I don't know how so many people loved it. Much too sad.