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 was initially reluctant to use my one credit on this because the narrator had gotten such poor reviews here. But I decided to take a chance and AM SO HAPPY I DID. The narrator was absolutely amazing and the way his voice trailed down at the end of some sentences was an artistic touch that he used (amongst others) to give more meaning to the story. The story itself is so much more than the basic story of baby being found in a lost boat and wrongly kept by the couple. It uses the metaphors of oceans and light and navigation to relate to human experience and emotion and life-choices. It is an amazing book all around and a really wonderful audiobook. At the end, I bawled my eyes out as I drove to work and everyone asked me why I looked so awful. Get this audiobook. (I didn't see movie yet, I wanted to listen first.)
This story tugged at my heart. I know a lot of people didn't like the narration, but I thought it was spot on. It was so tender and somber, like the story.
This is now one of my favorite books. I don't understand some of the complaints about the narrative - I thought it was perfect for the setting and sadness of the story. I loved everything about this audible choice and wish all books I read hooked me like this one.
the story itself is wonderful! But the narrator was a bit of a mumbler so his voice would go up and then down in volume which made it hard to keep my volume steady. the story itself was interesting and kept good pace... The narrator made it so difficult that I almost stopped listening.
I already knew the summary of this when I read it. I was looking forward to finding out something new other than what was in the summary. Besides the character building and history of situations around the character comma I already knew what was going to happen. I still have lots of Tears and at the end I was hoping something different would happen, but it didn't. I liked it a lot.
Such a lovely, lovely, engaging story. Why in God's name didn't the publisher find a better narrator?! He speaks with an impediment and speech pattern of blowing out the sound at the top of each sentence then fading off at the end of every single sentence. I had to raise the volume all the way up to the highest level to hear what he was saying, and even then, it was impossible to understand him. Noah Taylor needs to stick to acting on stage and screen, and forget narrating an audible book where you can't read his lips! Seriously, it was the most frustrating Audible Book I've ever listened to, but pushed myself to the end because I insist on reading/listening to an unabridged book before I see the film Oy.
See above. Terrible speech empidement, volume was too low, speech pattern dropping the end of each sentence. Absoltuely the worst narration I have ever heard in all the 100's of audible books I've listened to.
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