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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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    Mackenzie Webster Alabama,USA 05-21-15
    Mackenzie Webster Alabama,USA 05-21-15
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    "Wonderful story "

    I feel like it just ended but I was entirely captivated by it until it started wrapping up, the narrator is great. Author is very descriptive

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    laptop user 05-18-15
    laptop user 05-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "great story, poor narration"
    What made the experience of listening to The Light Between Oceans the most enjoyable?

    loved the story


    How could the performance have been better?

    the narrator had inflections in his voice where he dropped words and vowels and droned on in parts. made it difficult to understand. he did not sound like he was interested in the book..


    If you could take any character from The Light Between Oceans out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Tom - his honesty and high moral code, caring nature, and gentle sense of humor


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    Jared 05-13-15
    Jared 05-13-15
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    "This is a very good book"

    This is a very good book - full of lots of emotions and a very good story - it keeps your interest through the entire book

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    Misty Wieging 05-12-15
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    "Picturesque story"

    Loved the narrator and the story kept my interest the whole way through! The characters were thoughtfully created. I would highly recommend this book.

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    Trini New Jersey, USA 05-11-15
    Trini New Jersey, USA 05-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting story"

    The story was well written with an interesting plot and characters. However, the author had a pronounced Australian accent that made the story difficult to follow. At times, it affected my overall enjoyment of the text.

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    Jacquie 05-11-15
    Jacquie 05-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Narrator is unlistenable"
    Would you try another book from M. L. Stedman and/or Noah Taylor?

    Stedman yes--though I have not been able to get beyond the first chapter, because Taylor is UNLISTENABLE.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Light Between Oceans?

    Well, finding the baby is only one I got to. So I will go with that.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Taylor's voice trails off at the end of each sentence. When you can hear him, he is using a lilting sing-song, as if he is not reading the meaning of what he is saying. It is impossible to follow.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Light Between Oceans?

    No comment.


    Any additional comments?

    I will not get another book narrated by Taylor. I am going to find another medium to read Stedman's book--I have heard it is outstanding.

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    MLN63 North Syracuse, NY USA 05-10-15
    MLN63 North Syracuse, NY USA 05-10-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Great story, horrible performance."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. I couldn't understand the performer at all. I ended up buying the physical book so I could make sense of the story, which turns out was an amazing story.


    What didn’t you like about Noah Taylor’s performance?

    His sentences fell off at the end which made it difficult to listen to. Very disappointing.


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    Amazon Customer Kamloops, BC. Canada 04-29-15
    Amazon Customer Kamloops, BC. Canada 04-29-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Book club worthy"

    Wonderful read and beautifully written
    So many layers
    Great for book clubs
    Loved this story
    Will read more books by this author

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    anthrax and you Texas 04-24-15
    anthrax and you Texas 04-24-15
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    "Great read but the narrator is hard to follow "

    The story was really good but the narrator definitely made it hard to understand and follow.

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    Sandra Elder Taunton, MA United States 04-18-15
    Sandra Elder Taunton, MA United States 04-18-15 Member Since 2012
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    "So good on so many levels."

    I loved this book. I could relate to all the characters and my heart ached for each of them. I have recommended it to many people. The narrator was great too.

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