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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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©2012 Grasshill Communications. (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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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    vckitty28 04-24-16
    vckitty28 04-24-16
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    "Well written!"
    Where does The Light Between Oceans rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Light Between Oceans is one of the better audiobooks I have listended to as an audiobooks. The accents were great and transitions were smooth.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Tom because he was the most relatable. A good person carrying the world on his shoulders.


    Have you listened to any of Noah Taylor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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    Any additional comments?

    This is a well written book. The story is captivating, but so very sad. I would recommend it to anyone. I am excited to see what Stedman writes next.

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    bwm 04-20-16
    bwm 04-20-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Nice read"

    I enjoyed the story. The performance was lacking in that while using voice fluctuations for effect, it often went too low, making it difficult to hear, and got frustrating by the end.

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    Adrian 04-20-16
    Adrian 04-20-16 Member Since 2011

    Author of "Turned Wrong at Ding Dong."

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    Would you listen to The Light Between Oceans again? Why?

    It was a beautiful story. I enjoyed it twice. After I enjoyed it the first time, I was able to savor the storytelling the second time.


    What other book might you compare The Light Between Oceans to and why?

    I've heard a comparison to All the Light We Cannot See, but I didn't enjoy that book, so it doesn't seem like a fair comparison to me.


    What about Noah Taylor’s performance did you like?

    The narrative was fantastic!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    At it's core, this book is about right versus wrong. The way it unfolds is compelling.


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    Meghan 04-15-16
    Meghan 04-15-16
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    "Would Not Recommend the Audiobook"
    What didn’t you like about Noah Taylor’s performance?

    I found it very difficult to understand what the narrator is saying--not due to his Australian accent but because he mumbles and doesn't enunciate words. I tried turning up the volume but it didn't help. I only got about three chapters in before I gave up.


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    L. Piazza 04-11-16
    L. Piazza 04-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Seemed a bit more politically correct"

    . . . just than true to life. it read a lot like a hypothesis: what if an upstanding, strong willed, deeply moral person made the absolute wrong choice . . . there needs to be a reason for that to happen. The author makes a point of describing loss, from all sides but especially as a parent, and each character's understanding of that specific kind of loss. Then she seems to choose one character to act irrational while constraining the others to tolerate--and worse--to justify the irrational behavior. At this point the narrative began to sound more like a lecture about empathy vs morality. The worse part is that she chooses to make all the women act crazy. Every female character displays emotional weakness and it's all based on being or not being a mother. I found this incredibly juvenile. I felt like this was a missed opportunity because I liked the writing and the premise of this story has such a strong truth to it. The characters just seemed to follow direction, like puppets, instead of being fleshed out to perform from their own will.

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    Marcia Wilkinson minneapolis 04-09-16
    Marcia Wilkinson minneapolis 04-09-16 Member Since 2013

    book lover

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    "Very sad!"

    Not sure I'd recommend. Very sad story with no good ending. Hard to understand because the narrator had a very heavy Australian accent which made it hard to understand to this American listener. Took me a long while to get through because it was so heart wrenching.

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    WilliamHSIII 04-08-16
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    "Great sorry, horrible narrator"

    Great story, very well-written. Narrator regularly spoke way too softly to be heard--words garbled. But, overall, a very great read.

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    Melissa Henson 04-07-16
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    "Listen again and again"

    Captivating narrative that I didn't want to end. The narrator does a very nice job giving each character a voice and is very expressive.

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    Hannah Schuster 04-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Light Between Oceans to be better than the print version?

    The story was very nice. The narration was awful.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Noah Taylor’s performances?

    No. I could hardly hear him, I had the volume all the way up. His whispering and poor enunciation. I couldn't not run and listen to this book because I was unable to follow the story with any background noise.


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    Thomas Orr Corona, CA 04-05-16
    Thomas Orr Corona, CA 04-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Breathtaking!"

    This is a beautifully written story of such scope and depth that it completely enchanted me. It was so touchingly powerful that I shall always remember it. I loved the characters and places that described and never wanted it to end.

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