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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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    Mary Ellen Manning 10-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    What would have made The Light Between Oceans better?

    I had trouble understanding the reader. A different reader might help


    Would you be willing to try another one of Noah Taylor’s performances?

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    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Light Between Oceans?

    I could not understand the book.


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    I would like to return the book

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    Yasemin 10-12-16
    Yasemin 10-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    I haven't cried listening to a story in a long time...great story with meaningful characters. Well worth your time!!

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    L. Lawson Ohio 10-12-16
    L. Lawson Ohio 10-12-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Fair story, but really hard to listen to."
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    I have been a member of Audible for years and this is about the only narrator I really had a hard time listening to. He always sounded so depressing. I could understand the Irish accent but almost couldn't finish the book because of the narration. I found myself opening the hard copy up to read instead of having to listen to this voice.

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    silvia gonzales 10-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Narration was average."

    The story was so full of emotion and I felt the narrator at those touching moments was unintelligible. Perhaps it was the Australian accent because I don't understand the Australian accent but his words & tone were garbled and the sound went down an octave! I saw the movie too but it seemed to hit the right combination on these touching moments!!

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    J Danbury, CT USA 10-10-16
    J Danbury, CT USA 10-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Captivating, heart-wrenching and brilliantly written"

    So beautifully written, especially for a first novel. I felt such empathy for the main characters and experiences their devastating struggles right along with them. Couldn't stop listening....

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    margaret f roberts 10-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Who could think this up? ?!!"

    could not put the book down! how intriguing it was to experience the struggle between wanting to do bring joy to your soulmate, even when challenged with an ethical dilemma. wow!

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    Patricia 10-06-16
    Patricia 10-06-16 Member Since 2006
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    "Touching story about Hope and Forgiveness"

    This was a wonderful story about life in Australia after the 1st World War
    It is a touching and at times heart wrenching story of hope and forgiveness

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    Louise C. Wilkinson 10-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    I had to read the book - the audible reader was wonderful but the accent was too strong for me to understand everything. I gave up.


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    Debbie Jorde 10-06-16
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    "Narrator is monotone and depressing"
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    I almost didn't keep listening to this because the narrator is so depressing sounding and monotone. I kept listening because of the reviews. It was a good story but not great. One of my less enjoyable reads.


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    It took a while to get into the story, but I'm glad I stuck it out.


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    Cynthia 10-06-16
    Cynthia 10-06-16

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    The narrator is very difficult to understand. Not only does the text include Australian idioms, which take a level of concentration greater than a typical audio book, but the accent of the narrator makes understanding the words spoken a challenge. Every 's' spoken by the narrator goes directly through the ear buds entering my brain painfully. I must have adjusted the volume three times as often as I typically would.

    The author makes every description so melancholy that you almost want to jump from the top of that lighthouse to end it all. Stir in some PTSD from WWI and I can't be sure I'll make it to the end of the book.

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