I have not read the print version, but expect that it is better that the audio one due to the difficulties of understanding this narrator.
While the first half of the book is rather slow, the second half is difficult to tear yourself away from, with one memorable moment after another as Tom and Isabelle are forced to admit the truth about what they have done and confront the painful consequences that unfold. The emotional suffering experineced by all of the characters, particularly the little girl Lucy/Grace, will haunt me for a very long time.
This narrator is very difficult to understand, not only because of his accent, but because he often speaks so softly that you cannot hear what he is saying. Because of this I almost returned the book, but wasn't able to (I had returned another title earlier this month because I also didn't like the narrator, so I gues I had reached my return limit!) so decided to keep going and found that I loved the story. I do, however, think that I missed a lot of the finer nuances due to the poor narration.
A story of love, loss, and survival that you will never forget.
Read the print version if you can. However if you can't, and are able to tolerate the narration through the first half of the book, the second half is sure to draw you in.
It ranks among the highest.
This was just so damn depressing. Nothing ended well for anyone. It was a good story but man it was just plan sad.
Talked louder and clearer. I had the volume at blasting loud and I could barely understand him because he spoke so softly.
CRY CRY CRY!
I am sorry that life is so hard for people. It was a tragedy what happened to these poor people. Love is supposed to mend holes in people's lives and in this book it just ripped them apart.
This book had a unique plot and great characters. What appears to be a blessing soon turns into a night mare for those hiding their secret. I love books that keep me asking how I would have handled ethical dilemma's. In this book there seems to be no good answers to this small blessing.
I just can't for the life of me understand how this guy was picked above all others to narrate this story. He wishes he was as good as awful. He trails off at the end of each sentence, mumbles and, as a bonus for us listeners, has a speech impediment.
Heck no. Run screaming from anything he has ever recorded.
Yes, great story.
It is an intriguing story with good characters. The struggle is heart-wrenching.
This is a book that I really wanted to hear and the gentleman who read it sounds totally bored with it and reads in a monotone voice! Love the story but almost couldn't finish because of the poor narration.
Yes. Not only is The Light Between Oceans beautifully written, but Noah Taylor did an excellent job of bringing the story to life. The subtle changes in his voice as he becomes different characters is perfectly performed. I felt like I was watching/listening to a movie that I didn't want to end!
I can't decide between Tom and Isabel. They both become so real and are such complex characters.
Yes and no. Yes because the novel kept me in suspense, wanting to know what happens next but no because of how long it is.
This was my first audio book and I am sure it will not be my last!
Right in the middle
The emotional involvement of the charactors.
Maybe not, but with this book it he worked ok as it was set in Austrialla.
I found myself totally wrapped up in the emotions of the individual charactors. I thought it was very well written.
The nuances of the landscape and how it elevated the characters and story. The writing was lovely, with beautiful turns of phrase and descriptions that were wonderfully evocative. The story and characters were neither exceptional nor cliched. The story unfolded as expected, but was still very compelling.
I'm not sure what the issues are with the narration. Noah Taylor captured the cadence and tone of the book, and did a wonderful job of distinguishing the voices of the different characters.
I probably would not listen to this story again. The narrator did such a great job at making you feel the mood of the story that I would find myself wanting to drift off in the middle of listening.
The story was filled with so much emotion. My heart was aching for these people. Such heart ache for all involved, and I can see this happening so very easily. Great story!
Narration was spot on, but very difficult to listen to for any length of time.
I'm glad to have taken the opportunity to listen to this story.
The story is way up there, but the narration was difficult. The story was so good, however, that it was worth struggling through the listening experience.
The way the author described the moral dilemmas and grief of the characters. So well done. I also loved Tom--he was such a loving and special person.
Very hard to hear at times, even at full volume. Continued this way through the book. Frustrating.