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The crying persisted. The door of the lighthouse clanged in the distance, and Tom's tall frame appeared on the gallery as he scanned the island with the binoculars. 'Izzy!' he yelled, 'a boat!' He vanished and re-emerged at ground level. 'It's a boat all right,' Tom declared. 'And – oh cripes! There's a bloke, but –' The figure was motionless, yet the cries still rang out. He hoisted out a woollen bundle: a woman's soft lavender cardigan wrapped around a tiny, screaming infant.

Tom Sherbourne, released from the horrors of the First World War, is now a lighthouse keeper, cocooned on a remote island with his young wife Izzy, who is content in everything but her failure to have a child.

One April morning, a boat washes ashore carrying a dead man - and a crying baby. Safe from the real world, Tom and Izzy break the rules and follow their hearts.

It is a decision with devastating consequences.

Australian actor NOAH TAYLOR made his name in critically acclaimed films such as The Year My Voice Broke and Shine, and has also appeared in high-profile blockbusters such as the two Lara Croft Tomb Raider films and Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He recently starred in the accomplished British comedy Submarine.

Winner of the Historical Writers' Association/Goldsboro Crown award for Debut Historical Fiction

©2012 M L Stedman (P)2012 Random House AudioGo

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The light between oceans

Beautifully written and read. A gripping', heartwarming story written very sensitively. I couldn't stop listening

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Falls between 2 oceans

I don't know this author, and though I read the reviews about the difficulty hearing the audible reader, it looked good. However, it missed me.

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A special read

A beautifully written story which is read with skill and charm by Noah Taylor. His lovely gentle tone is perfect. This novel is thought provoking and poignant and portrays a past time with such skill that one doesn't want it to end. An absolutely unforgettable read. Ten out of ten.

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  • sue
  • 08-05-14

Love

I have titled this review love because in my view it is such an exploration of love and its many forms,Men and Women, child to parent parents to children and Parents to grown up children.
I loved it it was beautiful I would love it to be made into a film.
Only negative was the narration which I struggled with at first but give it time and its just perfect.....

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Greenfly
  • 09-08-13

Great story, very descriptive & extremely moving!

Noah Taylor's narration, enhances by a mile this audiobook, he captured the emotions so well, I felt he had a tear in his eye @ times by the crack in his voice & I felt obliged to join in! A really great story, well written with very descriptive text, a favourite of mine!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Kate
  • 12-31-13

Tear jerkers

oh boy! The last half of this book nearly killed me - it's so desperately sad. I was a wreck when it finished!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Amelia
  • 05-22-13

Stunning

This is such a wonderful story and so stunningly read I so so enjoyed it and the use of language and prose was so lovely. It will stay with me for a long time. Would highly recommend this book to others

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Bookworm
  • 12-01-13

Gentle but heart wrenching story

If you could sum up The Light Between Oceans in three words, what would they be?

Unusual taxing love story

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

For once a novel with a really good ending , pehaps not what the reader would really hope for in terms of the tale but the story was concluded well so you know how the characters end up.

What about Noah Taylor’s performance did you like?

Noah Taylors peformance was gentle and understated.

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

Books don't often make me cry but this did at several points in the story

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I was very sad when the book finished . The story showed from several points of view was clever and at times heart warming, at times heart wrenching

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Richard
  • 06-27-13

Beautiful and Utterly Moving

You can read plenty of other reviews on Amazon if you want more detail about the plot, characters, writing style, etc, of the book - I would just say that with Noah Taylor's narration, it makes an absolutely stunning audiobook. I felt that his gentle intonation was perfect for the content of the novel. I'm sure that his voice was starting to break as he got to the emotional climax of the story, which left me blubbering like a two-year-old!

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Chris Potter
  • 07-30-14

Very poor narration

What disappointed you about The Light Between Oceans?

The narrator was awful

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

Yes but not if it is narrated by Noah Taylor

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

He spoke too fast, mumbled and had a slight lisp.
Simply the worst narrator I have ever experienced

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The story was okay

Any additional comments?

Should of read it!

13 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Miss S L Plateau
  • 09-23-16

A heart wrenching story of love and desperation

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The Light Between Oceans is a heartbreaking story that captivates you from the very beginning. You really want to believe that Tom, who has been through so much in the war, will find happiness again and it seems that way when he meets the lovable Izzy. However when he is faced with the most difficult decision of his life, to do the right thing or to protect the only person he has ever loved, you know that soon tragedy and heartbreak will be upon them. This story stays with you long after the final chapter, making you question the fine lines between wrong and right and how so much can influence what you decide. This is such a captivating listen and I would certainly recommend this to anyone!

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  • Violetta
  • 08-14-16

heart wrenching

This story paints a vivid picture of life on a remote western Australian lighthouse in the 1920s. The sights and sounds of the era are given clarity through a descriptive narrative. I was supposed to read this book some months ago for my book club but didn't finish the story as I found the subject matter too painful, however , finding myself at a reading loose end a couple of days ago, picked it up again to continue. Well, suffice to say that it is clear fairly early on that this story cannot have a happy ending for everyone. I ended up weeping for all the main characters. I loved the gentle tones of the narration, and the beauty of the description of the land but personally found the whole story to relentlessly sad.

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  • AmyAlice
  • 10-15-13

The Light Between the Oceans

This is a novel about a man and his wife who live on a remote rock/island manning the lighthouse. They have lost several babies and then a boat is swept up with a dead man and a very young baby in it. They keep the baby and pass her off as theirs.
Of course, eventually the truth catches up with them and they discover the story behind the baby coming to them and then they know who the mother is and the impact of her loss on her. But the child now loves them and they her - is it more cruel to give her back or keep her?

This audio book is an excellent story which keeps you gripped. The narrative is at times poetic and lilting, the rendition of the island of the lighthouse is deftly handled so much so that you feel you are there.

My main problem with the story was the narration by Noah Taylor. He reads it with feeling and grace and I think for 75% of the story contributes to the enjoyment of the whole thing, however, at times when the story is at a crucial point he speeds up!! so much so that I would have to replay as I find I cant take in the meaning if the words are coming too fast. This may have been a purely personal thing as others dont seem to have had this problem - and I would still highly recommend this audiobook.

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