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)
The narrator's accent was not a problem for me. It was his lack of pronunciation. I had to turn the volume up very high. The first word of the sentence was like a jolt of lightning, but I could barely hear the end of each sentence. The narrator was also very depressing. Even though the book has a melancholy feel, every sentence was like a man taking his last breath. I did love the story and it was definitely worth suffering through the narration!
Loved it from the beginning to end...was hesitant to read it because of the comments about the narrator .. he was the perfect voice for the story...was able to convey the point of view of all three main characters..he "got" them..read before movie is released!
Here's a piece of great writing that will leave you so depressed that you'll barely be able to lift your head. Although the story at the performance are compelling, it was just a little too much for this boy.
this book is a slow read. it takes forever (at least 10 chapters to get interesting) & the readers a accent along with the monotonous pace he keeps makes it terribly difficult to even want to listen
The story, the writing, the characters are all compelling and beautiful. The ending or epilogue was somewhat predictable, even trite, but the rest was so very good.
A beautiful, nostalgic, haunting story of love, loss and consequence as rhythmic as the sea itself. Plot driven and well defined characters draw the reader in, sweeping us away to the Australian coast to a bygone era. The narrators voice is quite beautiful yet oftentimes very difficult to understand. I constantly had to rewind in order to figure out what was said and even then I was unsure.
The accent was very strong
For an American listener. I kept having to replay parts to understand what he was saying. Too much of a monotone and words seemed to drop off at the end of a sentence. Great story, however would not recommend audible version.
I read all reviews and honestly thought the comments on narrator were "surely" exaggerated. I listened to first 5 chapters and could not follow, become interested or FORCE myself into listening to one more word.
Bless his heart, the narrator couldn't hold my attention. He sounded as board as I was.
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