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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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    Morgan 01-30-17
    Morgan 01-30-17 Member Since 2016
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    as a new mom of a little girl the storyline was especially touching. have your tissues ready!

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

    No.


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    I was unable to get through more than a couple of chapters, because I could not stand the performance. The narrator is so monotone and he speaks so quietly that I could not hear the end of his sentences. Would NOT recommend this book solely because of that.

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    Kari D'Acquisto 01-28-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Incredible read!"

    I absolutely LOVED this book. It is so beautifully written. I want to read more by this author. Noah Taylor also did an incredible job reading. He gives the written words justice.

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    Kelly 01-26-17
    Kelly 01-26-17
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    "Story was great - narration not so much"
    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I liked that fact that the book, set in Australia, was read by someone with an Australian accent; however; at times, I found him difficult to understand and the volume was not consistent. He started sentences strong and then at times he was almost whispering so quietly that I had to adjust my volume. Also, I didn't care for the subtle lisp.


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    DOA somnambulate 01-22-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Bad reader"

    I could even finish the story because I couldn't understand what the reader was saying half the time. He seemed to be mumbling the words. I was excited about the book and maybe I'll try to tough it out but I don't know.

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    Scott sister bay, WI, USA 01-20-17
    Scott sister bay, WI, USA 01-20-17 Member Since 2008
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    "Beautiful book & wonderful narration"

    I almost passed on downloading this book due to the negative reviews about the narration. I don't know what they were talking about. This is a beautiful and tragic story that had me empathizing with all the main characters. Everyone one of them doing the best they could. The narration was spot on. I was so lost in this story that I listen to the whole thing in a day!

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    sweett588 Florida 01-19-17
    sweett588 Florida 01-19-17

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    "Great Book!!"
    Where does The Light Between Oceans rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is my first audio book from Audible. I truly enjoyed the readers tones and reading. Great inflections. Highly recommend.


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

    One was when the lifeboat came adrift on the lighthouse shore and they rushed to see who or what it was.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Lucy was alone up in the light tower of the lighthouse with Tom. Their conversations and affection.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the regular boatsman to supply them at the lighthouse realizes he recognized the baby's silver rattle.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an interesting, heartwarming, loving, intriguing, heartbreaking, and wonderful book for anyone who loves a good story.

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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
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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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