After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast.
To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.
Tom, who keeps meticulous records and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel insists the baby is a 'gift from God,' and against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.
©2012 M. L. Stedman (P)2014 Audible Studios
“irresistible…seductive…with a high concept plot that keeps you riveted from the first page” (O, The Oprah Magazine)
Narrated by a most tender voice, I cried and couldn't stop wanting to hear more of this story. a young family caught up in a tragedy ,in a small Australian country town. It's a powerful story written and read in a gentle yet thought provoking way. Be warned tissues are a must.
Avid reader. Drawn to the endless varieties of human experience - fiction or other, but truth is more often stranger than fiction!
Many novel writers rely constructing and weaving stories of perhaps 'extraordinary' characters living/acting within circumstances of fear, heroism and surprise that grip and hold the reader so that there is no option but to ride with the story to the end. Many do this very well and long may they continue... But to me, the most appealing/touching characters and tales are those told closer to the realities of more subtle human emotions and frailties. This tale has a lot to offer the reader: the whiff of a distant war and its hero, the stark loneliness of a distant lighthouse, loving relationships tested by an evolving dilemma of how to separate right from wrong...and the vivid reality of the love that parents have for their children. Stedman has captured 'real' humanity in this tale and in doing so has captured me, by making me 'feel' this story more than just hearing it. Taylor's rendition is deftly done. I like the real but non-harsh Australian accent which matches the characters, the tale and the times very nicely. I think of this story often...If it were me...what would I do?
Loved this story and loved the narration. It bought it all to life vividly for me. I wept and laughed with my he characters. Sorry to get to the end.
I loved this book - it is so hauntingly beautiful. When I listened to a sample of the book I thought Noah Taylor's narration dull. More fool me, his narration had a wonderful soft, melancholy tone that so suited the book. I found myself only listening to a chapter or two each day, then let the wonderful writing and characters resonate with me for the rest of the day. By the end I was a complete mess - crying like a baby. Highly recommended.
Having listened to many audiobooks always searching for a book that moves me (and often being disappointed), this novel delivered. The prose, while simplistic at times, was detailed and rich.
Noah Taylor was wonderful and made the book come alive for me.
The truly Australian story of love, yearning and trauma ended beautifully, though with a surprise.
I just loved it
Perhaps after awhile it became a bit predictable and tedious. But beautifully written about the characters and the environment
"A tragedy waiting to happen."
The idea that 'ordinary' people could do something so out of the ordinary.
Tom, he was such a tortured man in so many ways.
Noah Taylor is a great actor. He should stick to acting. As a narrator I found him frustrating...he would speed up the narration at the beginning of a new paragraph...then slow down and fade at the end of a sentence. And I swear I heard him yawn at one stage! If not for the engrossing story I would have given up after the first hour...but I had heard it was a good tale so I kept going. But his narration annoyed me right to the end. Sorry Noah...but stick to what you do best :)
Audible...please re record this fabulous story with a different narrator.
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