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.
©2012 Grasshill Communications. (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
“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 didn't believe it when I read other reviews but the narrator was truly terrible. I have enjoyed many books from audible.com and this narration was by far the worst. I could hardly understand the narrator at times because he was mumbling and the volume of his voice changed so much I had to keep adjusting the volume. Very frustrating.
It was a good story but maybe one that would be better to read than listen to.
Too hard to understand the dialect. This is the first time I have ever had this problem. The story sounded like it was going to be very good but I constantly had to keep going back to understand.
Maybe I will try to read it in the printed word!
I could not understand his dialect
Excellent compassionate, heart wrenching story.
The love that was shared.
No. Can't understand the narration. I wound up not being able to listen.
Couldn't understand him. He swallowed words. Whispered. Very difficult. I thought after awhile I would get used to his accent and style but I couldn't. I have listened to other Aussie's read and never had a problem
It was one of the better audiobooks I've listened to. The characters were all very real, and the story one of a real moral dilemma. Each character was tragic and I really felt their pain and wanted things to turn out well for them.
The whole book moved me!
The performance was wonderful. The reader's Australian accent really gave the book a sense of place.
Very frustrating to listen to since the end of most sentences fade to a whisper. Hard to adjust volume and difficult to follow because of poor narration.
Have not finished. As frustrating as the narration is will finish as I like the story.
A good book runined by the reader. I listen to and enjoy many books with accents. The problem is the fading volume and nearly mumbling at the end of sentences.
I simply loved this audiobook. I thought the story was mesmerizing and the narration outstanding. Unlike some of the other reviewers, I loved the narrator's rich, deep voice and found him very easy to listen to for long periods of time. The characters were consistent and believable, even in the most heartbreaking of situations. The novel was very well-written.
No, but I would seriously consider buying the book. The story is beautifully crafted with very real, memorable characters and an almost unthinkable dilemma. The reader's accent was difficult to understand and changes in volume made catching every word, especially with ambient noise, impossible.
Tom He's a very moral man with a way-too-large altruistic streak. He consistently put others' needs and best interests ahead of his own, despite the hardships in his own life. His constant love for and support of his wife was especially touching.
Yes I listened to the book while commuting but ended up listening to the last hour after I got home - "couldn't put it down."
Really, really memorable "read"
I loved the story. It kept our interest for a long road trip! However, we found the narrator hard to understand and often hard to hear. We got used to the accent after a few hours but sorry, not my favorite narrator.
Potential but poor reader.
The story itself.
The way he read the book. He is awful.
Read the book because listening to it is very difficult.
There are no listener reviews for this title yet.
Report Inappropriate Content