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)
I'm a little more than one hour into the story and I hardly know what's going on. The accent fits the story but I cannot understand what the narrator is saying. I can't comment on the story because I don't know what it is. I'm tempted to buy the book instead because this audio book is a waste of money.
I would love to listen to the story, but with a different speaker. Even with a complete silenced environment I could't get half the sentences! And I have listened to more than 50 audiobooks!
Sure. With another speaker
The speaker doesn't speak clearly. It was not a problem of accents it was a problem of speaking clearly.
Story of Love
In areas of the narration, the narrator whispers and it's very hard to follow the story. Other than the whispering areas, I think he did a good job.
It starts out very slow. I wasn't even sure I would like it. However, I'm glad I waited it through. Because it does get better. Then in the last chapter I cried, the emotion was overwhelming. You really felt the love.
although I saw the movie...I expected a little more from the book. the book has the same qualities as the movie. empathy..hope fullness, anger, pain....but I didn't feel a type of blissful love that I expected. I mean ...I guess the Era was dismal. the isolation would have killed me.
Beautiful but heartbreaking story about doing the right thing. Sadness offset by the thoughts it causes you to contemplate. Narrator was a bit difficult to understand, but authentic. Try .75x speed.
I enjoyed the story although sad. It made me appreciate motherhood , a gift squandered by too many. I had difficulty with the accent at times, that was the only drawback.
Will have to see movie instead of listening to it. Not sure what they were thinking. This guy sounds like he is on speed with mush I. His mouth!
I started by being irritated by the narration of this story partly because of the reviews I had read - a style that I would consider to be unusually festinant: But I eventually became accustomed to it and it took on the character of the central subject with his lugubrious way of storytelling. - the loner, the misunderstood, the villain that never was, the constant husband. His suppressed passion coming from an austere childhood and memories of the trenches in France. It was such a deeply sad story especially for anyone who has lost a child will relate to this. Little Lucy reminds us all that we have little control of our destiny whether or not we are loved greatly. But there was a resolution of sorts. Time healed something if this solution came in a parallel world. Unusually, I may go to this film to see if 'Tom' is re-created or totally remodelled. If he is, I may indeed now be disappointed. He (the narrator) seemed in the end to be an integral part of this book. A different Aussie than the stereotype. But whether you listen or read this book, although not literary, this is quite a special story you might not forget in a hurry.
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