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.
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“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.
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.
Noah Taylor brings an authentic Australian voice.
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.
This is one of the best books I've ever listened to. I didn't know anything about the story before I started but it was absolutely engrossing. The narration was perfect although different to what I expected/ am used to with audiobooks. This is a book that will stay with me for years to come.
Sometimes fate deals a cruel hand. Sometimes the small decisions you make grow bigger and the consequences seem insurmountable. This is a story about living through all of that and coming out the other side. We watched in suspense as the characters teeter on the edge of the cliff, with no way back and only heartache ahead, and then we see them fall and witness the long journey they have to pull all the pieces back together again. I wanted them to at least get one lucky break. A great story exploring the deeper dilemmas of life.
I loved this book, though it's affected me so much, I think I'm going to need some time before I can feel happy again! (Oh, and the narration is great - well paced, expressive, and no silly fake accents!)
Noah Taylor did an exceptional job as narrator. I hadn't been able to get into the book & found it a bit slow at the start but this audible version was compelling & I found myself listening to it during even the shortest of car trips.
"Beautiful story about love"
This is a such beautifully written story about love for your partner and love for your children. I really enjoyed the scenery and all the characters. The story developed organically and I really enjoyed it!
"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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