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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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    Angie Kahle 10-18-16
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    The story was great. It was difficult to hear or understand the narrator while listening to the audio version of this book. At times his voice was dull, too quiet (even with the volume up) and he tended to mumble at times.

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    Jeanice 10-18-16
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    Diannak 10-18-16
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    I enjoyed the book but it was such a sad story. my heart broke time and again for this family.

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    Marjorie Curtsinger 10-16-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Loved the story"

    The only drawback was the way the narrator's voice dropped off at the end of sentences. A lovely speaking voice but frustrating to have to change the volume so often.

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    The struggle to build a life and learning how not to regret. The story of all our lives. Fantastic. ( wish I could learn Aussie.)

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    What disappointed you about The Light Between Oceans?

    It was a very sad, depressing story. I definitely will not see the movie which was made based on this book. Did not like the ending at all. I could envision an alternative ending which the author might have used in order to redeem the actions of the characters.


    Would you ever listen to anything by M. L. Stedman again?

    No.


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

    His voice was too soft & I had difficulty hearing some of the words even though my IPad (or sometimes phone) was at full volume.


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    sara Wood Dale, IL, United States 10-14-16
    sara Wood Dale, IL, United States 10-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Horrible narration"

    Beautiful sad story, but I think I would have gotten more out of had I read it instead. The narrator was so hard to understand, I missed quite a lot of the story because I couldn't understand what he was saying. Maybe it was his accent which is quite thick Australian, but I will not listen to this narrator again.

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    Selma 10-13-16
    Selma 10-13-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved this book!"

    I loved this book because of the love stories, heartbreak, compassion, and wisdom of the author. There were many lessons to be learned from this story.

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    "Heartbreaking"

    Overall a lovely story. If you're looking for a good cry you may want to give it a try.

    The narrators voice is beautiful but I found the narration to be monotonous at times and the editing wasn't done very well. At times his voice would get very loud, you can tell where the editing and cutting was done.

    The other part I found confusing was that at times the stories seemed to switch tenses. Overall a nice story that makes you wonder what you may do faced with that situation

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    Meg Monahan 10-13-16
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    "Beautifully written, beautifully preformed"
    What made the experience of listening to The Light Between Oceans the most enjoyable?

    I loved the way the words were formed and preformed.


    What about Noah Taylor’s performance did you like?

    I could listen to him all day.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I listened to this work while filed papers


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