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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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    kajo50 jax, fl 12-20-16
    kajo50 jax, fl 12-20-16 Member Since 2010
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    "I enjoyed this book, mostly."

    The story was very good but I wish in this case I'd actually read the book instead of listening to it. The narrator wasn't the best. I understand he was trying to keep to the tone of the book but his mumbling combined with the Aussie accent made it difficult for me to hear/understand sometimes.

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    Amazon Customer 12-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    I highly recommend this book. It is a far reaching story that analyzes the motives behind decisions that are made. The story unravels to show how rationalizing and/ or justifying our actions can hurt others at Thier deepest core. It also gives pause to examine how a person's conscience can become thier own worse enemy.

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    Kate 12-15-16
    Kate 12-15-16 Member Since 2017
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    "it was "ok""
    Would you ever listen to anything by M. L. Stedman again?

    Likely not. I found the beginning to be slow. From about a third of the way through, to about 7/8 of the way through, it held me well enough, but the ending was both blandly predictable and blunt.


    Have you listened to any of Noah Taylor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I thought Noah Taylor did a good job with his narration, in fact it was the only reaso to continue listening through.


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

    I would have re written the ending!


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    Kate Ca 12-11-16
    Kate Ca 12-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Horrible Narration - I stopped listening."
    Would you try another book from M. L. Stedman and/or Noah Taylor?

    I had to stop listening to this book because the narration was so difficult to understand.


    What could M. L. Stedman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    New narrator


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

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    Any additional comments?

    I will ask a friend to borrow the book.
    I have listened to numerous books on Audible. This was awful.
    Sadly - a waste of my monthly credit......

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    Cyndi 12-09-16
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    "makes you question what you might have done."

    it was easy to get drawn into the story. a little hard to follow in the beginning, but once the baby arrives. it's clear and embracing.

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    Mary Kathryn Flynt NY, NY USA 12-08-16
    Mary Kathryn Flynt NY, NY USA 12-08-16 Member Since 2006
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    "So beautiful"

    The story is truly original and so surprising throughout. I couldn't stop listening. And then crying! What a great book. And the narrator is one of the best I've heard so far. Each character was distinct and clear. And never heavy handed. Can't recommend highly enough

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    Julie H. Garritty Sarasota, FL, USA 12-07-16
    Julie H. Garritty Sarasota, FL, USA 12-07-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Beautiful - don't listen to any review that says otherwise!"

    I almost chose not to listen to this book based on other reviews that criticized the narrator. I'm glad that I took a chance and chose to make up my own mind. It was a little jumbled in the first couple of chapters. I had to get used to the rhythm of his voice. Now after listening I can't imagine it could have been any better with someone else narrating. His voice perfectly captured Tom and yet still brought life to the other characters. The story was heart wrenching. One minute I would feel one way about the events and just as quickly I would agree with the other side of the argument.
    It's a beautiful story told in a beautiful way. Don't miss out.

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    tenifa 12-06-16
    tenifa 12-06-16
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    "Amazing!"

    Amazing! I can't wait to see the movie, although I'm pretty sure it won't do it justice. I have been searching for a really good book for a while. It didn't take long to get through this one. It was really hard to put down. Sad thing is, it's hard for me to decide who to side with still. I will definitely keep this one in my library!

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    K. Grasty Nottingham, PA United States 12-06-16
    K. Grasty Nottingham, PA United States 12-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Accent is too much!"
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    The narrator's accent is far too much for this story - I had trouble listening to it and never made it past the first hour of the book. Wishing I could return it.

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    A.Morris 12-04-16
    A.Morris 12-04-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Beautiful well narrated story"

    An emotional rollercoaster that pulls at your heart strings and your sad when it ends

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