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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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©2012 Grasshill Communications. (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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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    Nina and Stephen Schafer Kennett Square, PA, US 08-29-15
    Nina and Stephen Schafer Kennett Square, PA, US 08-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fabulous story beautifully written."

    Wow. I am overcome at the power & poignancy of this book and its exquisite reading. I am sorry Stedman did not have another story to tell.

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    Ethan 08-26-15
    Ethan 08-26-15
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    "Changed my life."
    Where does The Light Between Oceans rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was one of the single most painful things I've ever experienced...finishing this book.


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

    Love. The trillions upon trillions of tons of heart-aching love. From both the Sherbornes and Hannah and Frank.


    Have you listened to any of Noah Taylor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Never heard anything read so eloquently. Don't listen to anyone else about the "terrible" narrator. He brought life to the faces Steadman describes, and Hell follows every sentence if you don't prepare yourself.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I am a manly man. I am also a father. This book changed my life; several viewpoints or morals, what have you; and I smiled so much. I held back titanic tears, and am currently drowning in them as I write this review.


    Any additional comments?

    Do yourself a favor and never finish this book. If you do, God have mercy on you. The second trouble rears its ugly head, put the book down and never pick it back up.

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    Christy 08-20-15
    Christy 08-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    I picked this book as it was highly recommended to me by many people. I also see it got many favorable reviews. I did not have a problem with the narrator at all. I just flat out did not like the story. Especially the character of Isabel and how things played out. I found the last 10 chapters to drag and couldn't wait for the book to be over.

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    julie 08-17-15
    julie 08-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    "loved the narrarator!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Light Between Oceans the most enjoyable?

    the narrarator, Noah, made the book experience EXCELLENT! I would love to know other books that he has narrarated.


    What other book might you compare The Light Between Oceans to and why?

    The story was so detailed that I thought...what exactly has happened? BUT BY THE END OF THE BOOK, I WAS CRYING SO HARD! EXCELLENT story and very well written.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    my favorite? the most moving was when the true mother came to talk to the mother about taking the little girl back. wow, how hard!!


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

    the wife- to discuss her feelings about her decision and her feelings toward her husband.


    Any additional comments?

    loved this book and especially the narrator-please tell him!!

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    D. L. L. 08-10-15
    D. L. L. 08-10-15

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    "I enjoyed the story. it was bleak though."

    As soon as Izzy is introduced I immediately knew that the story was heading in a direction of unhappiness. it was heavy hearted.

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    MerrieMe philly 08-07-15
    MerrieMe philly 08-07-15 Member Since 2012

    Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift that's why it's called the present

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    "Liked book but not narrator"

    I liked the book it had an interesting turn. I did not like the narrator. His voice constantly dropped off at the end of each sentence. He was not clear in speech. I felt I would have enjoyed the book more if I read it.

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    Cat Hicks 07-29-15
    Cat Hicks 07-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Didn't have a problem with the narration."
    Where does The Light Between Oceans rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Really great story! Can't wait for the film. I didn't have a problem with the narrator at all as other people have. I am a native English speaker, however.


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    R. Black Nashville, TN 07-25-15
    R. Black Nashville, TN 07-25-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Wow! Great book!!"

    What a fantastic read! Loved the imagery in this book. The author does a wonderful job painting visual and emotional pictures.

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    Lisa 07-22-15
    Lisa 07-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story, crappy narrator"

    Loved the story, needs a new narrator though. Narrators voice started each sentence loud but trailed off so I could barely hear or understand him by the end of every sentence.

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    D. Nash Northville, MI United States 07-14-15
    D. Nash Northville, MI United States 07-14-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Mumble soft MUMBLE LOUD"
    What disappointed you about The Light Between Oceans?

    Angst ridden and sad, the voice of the narrator was too muffled and soft to hear him over traffic noise at times.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    This book felt like I was watching a train wreck about to happen - you could see the problem from a long way off, but there was nothing you could do to prevent calamity.


    Any additional comments?

    Depressing book, and I'm tired of depressing books at our book club. If there are recommendations for books with at least one likable character that has an actual plot and doesn't involve: drug use, cheating spouses, constant angst - please by all means, let me know.

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