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The Light Between Oceans Audiobook

The Light Between Oceans: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

A captivating, beautiful, and stunningly accomplished debut novel - the story of a lighthouse keeper and his wife who make one devastating choice that forever changes two worlds.

In 1918, after four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia to take a job as the lighthouse keeper on remote Janus Rock. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes only four times a year and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Three years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel is tending the grave of her newly lost infant when she hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up on shore carrying a dead man and a living baby. Tom, whose records as a lighthouse keeper are meticulous and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the dead man and the infant immediately. But Isabel has taken the tiny baby to her breast. Against Tom’s judgment, they claim the child as their own and name her Lucy, but a rift begins to grow between them. When Lucy is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world…and one of them is desperate to find her lost baby.

M.L. Stedman’s extraordinarily compelling characters, still trying to make sense of life in the wake of so much death in the war, are imperfect people seeking to find their north star in a world of incomprehensible complexity.

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What the Critics Say

“M.L. Stedman’s The Light Between Oceans is a beautiful novel about isolation and courage in the face of enormous loss. It gets into your heart stealthily, until you stop hoping the characters will make different choices and find you can only watch, transfixed, as every conceivable choice becomes an impossible one. I couldn’t look away from the page and then I couldn’t see it, through tears. It’s a stunning debut.” (Maile Meloy, author of Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It)

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    M. Torrero 09-12-16
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    "voice is not very clear"

    The narrator's voice is very difficult to understand. sounds like he has a lisp. I definitely recommend the book version rather than the audio.

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    daniele boglivi weehawken, nj USA 09-11-16
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    A beautiful yet heart breaking story of true love and loss. I do agree that the narrator was difficult to understand however, once I got used to his accent, I felt it added to the telling of the story.

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    Kathryn Houston, TX 09-11-16
    Kathryn Houston, TX 09-11-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Great Book - An Emotional Read"

    I love the overall storyline. They say there's nothing new under the sun, but this emotional tale took me down a traveled path, but with great characters that made me struggle with the push and pull of right and wrong. I wasn't at all sure how it would turn out. I refuse to give away endings, but this was a very heart wrenching book, thankfully not from beginning to end., pleasant beginning. The narration was very well done. No over the top crazy voices, which I truly appreciate!

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    I fell in love with all the characters in this book. I love the way the author told the story from both points of view of Isabella and Hannah. I enjoyed Tom's character. I felt real happiness and sadness throughout this book. Such a range of emotions....keep a Kleenex handy. I've read so many negative comments on the narration. My only thought was that it needed the addition of a female voice for Isabella. Other than that no complaints.

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    The story started out slow, but soon you fell in love with the characters. Amazing!

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    The story is well written and the narrator sounds like your listening to a friend, his task done well. However, I prefer a more upbeat story, one that leaves you feeling joyful, not melancholy.

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    Loved the story even though it made me cry. My only complaint was the narrator. His sentences would trail off at the end making it difficult to understand and requiring the sound to be turned up louder than I would have liked.

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    Such a touching story. Loved this book from beginning to end. Beautiful story. Beautifully written.

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    Much like the other reviewers, I wasn't sure about the reader's accent. But his tone and cadence I grew to enjoy. It's a story that takes place in Australia, and he fits the bill.

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    "Good story!! Can't wait to see the movie!"
    Where does The Light Between Oceans rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks pretty high on the list. The writer did an excellent job of character identification and time period setting.


    What about Noah Taylor’s performance did you like?

    He did an excellent job.


    If you could rename The Light Between Oceans, what would you call it?

    Hope on the Ocean.


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