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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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    Larissa 01-18-17
    Larissa 01-18-17 Member Since 2015

    I enjoy many different genres, including historical fiction (especially WW2), thrillers & suspense, and any book recommended by a friend.

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    "Emotional story, poor narration"

    This book hits close to home for me since I have a little boy. Because of this, I enjoyed the story very much. Some parts were hard to read since you could feel the pain of the characters vividly.
    Apart from the narrator, I'd recommend this book to anyone looking for a story of love and redemption.

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    Ginger 01-17-17
    Ginger 01-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    Beginning very slow and the narration made it worse. Story was captivating and disturbing. Made it through, but not sure it will stick out in my memory. Looking forward to the movie since I didn't have strong feelings about the book.

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    Ross Smillie Lacombe, Alberta 01-15-17
    Ross Smillie Lacombe, Alberta 01-15-17 Member Since 2015
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    "heart-rending story"

    a beautifully told story of loss and longing, the love that binds us in couples and families, the conflicts between our own desires and our moral obligations, and how we can, if we choose, find the grace to survive and forgive betrayal and heartbreak.

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    J C Moore 01-13-17
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    "The primal power of the parent-child connection"
    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Smiles in the beginning, turn to tears. Astounding power in a laid back performance. The human condition's wonders and dismal failures.


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    Narci J. Drossos 01-12-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent narrator!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Light Between Oceans the most enjoyable?

    I loved this narrator's accent - it was beautiful and lilting without being overwhelming. The pauses and emotion were all elegant. At no time did it "get on my nerves"


    What other book might you compare The Light Between Oceans to and why?

    Beautiful Ruins - beautiful, mesmerizing reader! Touching story that transcends time!


    What does Noah Taylor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    That voice!!! The best since The Goldfinch!


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    Jennifer Crowley 01-12-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Inaudible performance."

    The narrator spoke so softly so often I could not figure out what he was saying. The story

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    Amazon Customer 01-09-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Good story, disappointed in audio performance"

    I had been wanted to read this book for a while now, but regret buying the audio book. I felt like I missed a third of the story because the reader trailed off at the end of sentences and at time mumbled through words. I've listened to many books with Australian or British accents, but never struggled to understand what they were saying as much as this book. While I liked the story overall, I can't help feeling I missed things in the audio version. Disappointing.

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    Ash 01-09-17
    Ash 01-09-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Don't let the bad reviews scare you"

    at least about the narrator, I had zero trouble understanding or listening to him. I did find myself kind of wandering away from the story at times though as it gets very lengthy and doesn't necessarily add to the story. overall it's a worthy listen but I probably would have preferred to read it myself

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    Nicole 01-04-17
    Nicole 01-04-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Ugh. Sad and difficult to understand"

    The narrator was very difficult to understand at first. I finally felt comfortable listening to the story about halfway through. I understand he is authentic but might be difficult for some readers to listen to for extended periods. Overall the story is sad and then sadder and finally saddest. Personally not one of my favorites.

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    moon light 01-03-17
    moon light 01-03-17
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    "bad bad bad narration"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I had a headache while listening to the book. The narrator is horrible, I was straining to understand what he is saying, mumbling and tracing off at the end of sentences. I really hated the experience.


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

    EVERYTHING. A man should not be performing at all. First, he sounds like he haven't eaten for a week, too soft-spoken and mumbling. As he gets to the end of a sentence, I can barely catch what he's saying, leaving me very frustrated. As a narrator, one has to be speaking in a clear and engaging voice, not something that I found in this audio book. Most of the time I listen to books while driving, it leaves me 10-25 uninterrupted minutes 3-4 times a day. Today I absolutely hated my commute, the book was playing on the loudest setting and it seemed like words where lost in a background.


    Any additional comments?

    Can I return this audible? I lasted 1.5 hrs and I can't take anymore of this horrible narration.

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