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)
I often had to rewind to make out what the narrator was saying. And that had nothing to do with the Australian accent, which I enjoyed.
I don't usually write full reviews but I felt I should with this particular book. This was an amazing, heart wrenching, story! I probably would have finished it in a day or two if it had been narrated by someone else. I honestly almost gave up on listening after the first couple chapters because the narrator was so frustrating to listen to. He was extremely hard to understand, he sounded like he was mumbling half the time and I would have to strain to hear and try to understand what he was saying. It wasn't his accent, it was the enunciation (or lack there of), and the tone he used was almost like a whisper at times. The story itself was superb, I wish it was narrated by someone who enhanced the words. This narration took away from the story because you had to struggle to understand what he was saying. If your willing to endure the terrible narration it is a great book.
I tried to get through the first 2 chapters listening to this book. I couldn't understand more than a sentence or two and the words were mostly ineligible.. never got into the story because I couldn't understand s word he was saying. Do yourself a favor and skip this one on audio. Or listen to the sample to see if you can understand a word. Buy it to READ...
Loved it. The narration was good but slow. Luckily, that can be sped up. When it was read at a faster pace, it was perfect.
Enjoyed the insight into this period piece, Australia, and ligthouse keeping. Story is engaging and not predictable. Well done.
The story was good, but very slow. It didn't help that the narrator spoke slowly and in very very low tones with the accent. I just couldn't make out much of what he said. He frequently mumbled. I don't know why. I almost gave up on listening several times. Very powerful ending, however. It made up for many of the other weaknesses.
Moving story in a beautiful setting. Very real characters with real response to tragedy. I found the reader to be believable as the main character's voice but sometimes hard to hear as his voice volume trended down at the end of sentences.
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