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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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    Jacquelyne 07-01-15
    Jacquelyne 07-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Slow to start...but a great read"
    If you could sum up The Light Between Oceans in three words, what would they be?

    Sad, thought provoking, detailed


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way Lucy brought Tom and Isabelle's relationship alive.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Lucy gives Tom his birthday present and writes in the atlas "I love you forever forever forever forever!


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

    The last chapter made me cry, it was all so sad about not being able to have a child of their own and what Isabelle had resorted too to achieve that dream. It could have all been avoided if they had done the right thing in the first place. Their lives were forever dramatically changed😢 But on the flip side I could understand their reasons for keeping Lucy!


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    Amazon Customer 06-28-15
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    "Great story, but difficult narration"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I love this book and have recommended it to many people, but not on audio. This is one of the very few times I've had trouble understanding the narrator and I've heard the same comment from other avid audiobooks listeners. This is a beautiful book, well written and full of hear-breaking moral decisions, but one that is better read from the book.


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    Sailnfast 06-24-15
    Sailnfast 06-24-15
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    "Mesmerizing story and the best narration performance ever."

    Mesmerizing story and the best narration performance ever. I'm so glad I read this book it was an unforgettable story of love and heartache and a fabulous performance.

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    Lynn K. Cooper 06-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful flow of the story"

    The descriptions of emotions and their progression played against the seascape is done very well
    Good characters
    Good reading

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    carol a zocchi Petaluma, Ca United States 06-22-15
    carol a zocchi Petaluma, Ca United States 06-22-15
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    "Good story, terrible narrator"

    I liked the book, but the narrator is awful! He pauses in between his sentences which is quite annoying. I also think this book would have been better if read by a female narrator. I would have related more to the women in the novel.

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    Frederick C DeMarco 06-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "the voice..."
    Would you try another book from M. L. Stedman and/or Noah Taylor?

    From the author, yes, from the performer, hell no.


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

    Imagine filling your mouth with cotton then reciting the book. That's what listening to it was like. I had to keep all my car windows up and put the volume almost to max to comprehend what I was hearing, and no, I don't have hearing loss!


    Was The Light Between Oceans worth the listening time?

    Yes. The story is well written and thought provoking.


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    Carol Moore DOYLESTOWN, PA, US 06-18-15
    Carol Moore DOYLESTOWN, PA, US 06-18-15
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    "Spellbinding"

    In no time at all you are hopelessly caught up in this story about choices.
    Sometimes it might seem best to leave the past be, but for our main character he just couldn't get right with it. It 's a bit of a roller coaster but worth the ride. Keep the kleenex nearby for the end.

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    barbara 06-16-15
    barbara 06-16-15 Member Since 2010

    I'm a forensic chemist,

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    "Good story but hard to listen to"

    Was very hard to understand almost like he was too close to the mike. Still the story is heartbreaking and so honest both at the same time.

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    Mike 06-03-15
    Mike 06-03-15
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    "Boring narrator"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Kind of. The story is good but the narrator is boring and unemotional. I tried listening to this book on three different occasions without ever getting through more than three-quarters of the book.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Noah Taylor?

    I really like Steven Weber. He was great in Stephen King's It.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes


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    Moe & Co 05-21-15
    Moe & Co 05-21-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Moving story, narration well done"

    I would highly recommend this book, but if you're a sap like me you'll go through an emotional roller coaster ride as the narrator guides you through a really heartbreaking story where it's hard to determine who is the bad guy.

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