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The Light Between Oceans Audiobook

The Light Between Oceans: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

“irresistible…seductive…with a high concept plot that keeps you riveted from the first page” (O, The Oprah Magazine)

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    Stargirl456 15/03/2016
    Stargirl456 15/03/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "hauntingly beautiful never forgotten"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Debra 20/11/2016
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    "Beautifully Read"
    What made the experience of listening to The Light Between Oceans the most enjoyable?

    Heart wrenching tale beautifully read. A tale of loss, love and loneliness set against the magnificence of nature and the hardiness of the human spirit.


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

    Noah Taylor brings an authentic Australian voice.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    BookwormDownUnder Queensland, Australia 16/10/2016
    BookwormDownUnder Queensland, Australia 16/10/2016 Member Since 2016

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    "A fantastic listen"

    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.
    Brilliant book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mari Erskineville, Australia 07/10/2016
    Mari Erskineville, Australia 07/10/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Absolutely Beautiful Read"

    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.

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    Amanda 21/07/2015
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    "Captivating"

    Caught between the person you love and doing right...portrayed perfectly. Read so well. A great listen!

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    Margy K 15/01/2017
    Margy K 15/01/2017
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    "The Light Between Oceans"

    This was the best book I've read/listened to in a very long time. It's just so beautifully written, putting the reader right there with the characters. It was, written with an understanding of the period it was set in, and of the emotions of the characters, now will watch the movie when I can

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    Amazon Customer 08/01/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Really enjoyed story"

    Well worth the read! Lots of twists and turns and kept you interested all the time! Enjoy!

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    Lea 05/01/2017
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    "Loved my first Audible read"

    Wasn't convinced that Audible was for me, so I chose a novel I'd heard lots of good reports about - what a story. Noah Taylor made this novel all the more enjoyable, thanks to fantastic narration. He made the characters come alive.

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    deborah 01/01/2017
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    "beautifully told post war love story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes would recommend this well written story


    What did you like best about this story?

    The isolated life of a lighthouse keeper and his wife and their way of life


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

    No but this story was very well narrated and I would seek out others by Noah taylor


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This story was sad with loss a mothers greiving for her lost child


    Any additional comments?

    Strong male character who loved and stood by his wife through all of her mistakes and illnesses

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Julie V. Purdey Australia 29/12/2016
    Julie V. Purdey Australia 29/12/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Beyond Sad"

    I loved the story but it was very sad for all parties. It certainly brought home the immense grief of losing a baby.

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  • Susannah
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    2/02/15
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    "A tragedy waiting to happen."
    What did you love best about The Light Between Oceans?

    The idea that 'ordinary' people could do something so out of the ordinary.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tom, he was such a tortured man in so many ways.


    How could the performance have been better?

    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 :)


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

    Janus.


    Any additional comments?

    Audible...please re record this fabulous story with a different narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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