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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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    Kelli 11-01-16
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    "Accent difficult to understand"

    I understand why a lot of audiobooks are narrated in the same dialect of the characters in them - it makes the story feel like you're right there in it. But sometimes the wording was difficult for me to understand. I'd have to rewind bits to listen again and try to guess what the narrator had said.

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    Charles N. 10-31-16
    Charles N. 10-31-16 Member Since 2011
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    "A tender thought provoking tale."

    This is a wonderful story of deep love, wistful regret and redemption. Anyone who is lucky enough to be a parent and fortunate enough to have married a soulmate will enjoy this story. It will make you shed a tear I guarantee you and this from a devotee of the Jack Reacher genre !
    Don't let the comments regarding the reader keep you from experiencing this story.

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    amanda ragon 10-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Don't understand the bad reviews"

    I loved this book. I was quite surprised by the bad reviews it received: yes, you could see the consequences of the main characters' decisions coming from a mile away, but that was the whole point of the story! To me, this novel was about how each of us lives with our pasts (good & bad) and copes with our futures (also good & bad). I don't think you have to be a mother to understand Isabelle's desperate yearning for a child or a veteran to understand Tom's desire to repent for what he believes are his sins. How they moved forward together was what engrossed me. All the characters are flawed, but that only made them human to me-it didn't make them unlikeable.

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    Susan Stricker 10-30-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Fabulous Book"
    If you could sum up The Light Between Oceans in three words, what would they be?

    Beyond a Good Read


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

    Great story with poignant moments. Superb writing with metaphors that paint vivid mind pictures of the beautiful but stark location of the setting. Highly recommend


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

    I have not but this was an excellent performance. It was as though he became the characters


    If you could rename The Light Between Oceans, what would you call it?

    I would not!


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    Amazon Customer 10-30-16
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    "Super story, the reading not good"

    The story of the book is excellant, but i didn't like the reader. It was too much australian and not all people understand australian english. I lost some parts because of the reading but as i also use kindle parallel, i managed to return to parts and undestand them. Otherwise you must read the book it's great, now i want to see the movie

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    L. Jackson WY, USA 10-30-16
    L. Jackson WY, USA 10-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "I tried..."

    I couldn't follow the reader. His voice was too choppy and faded in and out. I missed too much. I tried.... I followed along in the book and words and parts were not there. I'll just have to read the book on my own.

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    myfriendbarley 10-29-16
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    "Loved this book, can't wait to see moving"
    If you could sum up The Light Between Oceans in three words, what would they be?

    Thought-provoking. What would you do?


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the husband.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the end rather startling: the wife gone before her daughter returned. Left me empty feeling and disappointed. Both of their lives were shattered by this experience, but there was no resolution.

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    tony 10-28-16
    tony 10-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome"

    This is an awesome story. You laugh you cry and then you can't wait to get to the end. The performance was very good doing all of the characters. His delivery was right on the money. Definitely an excellent storyline no wonder they made a movie. I highly recommend.

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    KristiBooks 10-28-16
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    "Brilliant!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Such a beautiful story of love and loss and tragedy and hope. I was captivated by each character and the story and scenery were deliciously written.

    At times, I had a hard time understanding the narrator with his thick accent, but over time I got used to his speech pattern.

    I highly recommend this as a book and as an audiobook.

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    janine cantalupo 10-28-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Performance not good at all"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It was really hard to listen to. There was really no emotion behind the reading at all.


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