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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“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)
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.
It ranks pretty high on the list. The writer did an excellent job of character identification and time period setting.
He did an excellent job.
Hope on the Ocean.
This story was wonderful but nearly ruined because of the narrator's performance. He is very hard to understand with a extremely thick accent , irregular volume, and excessive mumbling/poor diction. the habit of drifting off at the end of a sentence to barely Audible is very frustrating. His character portrayal is bland without specific differentiation between the characters. Nor does his tone or acting match the inferred personality of whichever character he is portraying . (such as "she said excitedly".... but then he reads sentence with absolutely no emotion and the same dull drawl) A big disappointment for this remarkable story to say the least, especially when the narrator makes or breaks an audible book
A different narrator would make this book a 4 or 5-star listening experience, I can't understand more than half of what he's saying. I tried to continue listening thinking it would get better and maybe I would just get an idea of what's going on, but I can't take it anymore! I stopped at 30 something minutes.
I would like a refund!
I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good emotional roller coaster. I loved the characters and how the author made you ache for both women. I caught myself torn between the two mothers throughout the story. This story has so much heart it's impossible not to fall in love with the town, the characters, and the lighthouse.
I didn't like the narration. I almost stopped listening because he was difficult to hear and understand. I stayed with it because of the cost involved. The story deeply moving so I was glad I continued to listen.
Really liked this book! The author did a great job creating atmosphere and developing characters. My only disappointment was the narrator. Wonderful emotion, accents, and voices. However, he drops his voice at the end of many phrases to the point of being almost inaudible. I kept having to rewind to listen.
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