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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
    Debra 20/11/2016 Member Since 2014
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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

    Bookworm

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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Phillip 13/12/2015
    Phillip 13/12/2015 Member Since 2014

    Avid reader. Drawn to the endless varieties of human experience - fiction or other, but truth is more often stranger than fiction!

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    "'Human-ness'...beautifully told."

    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?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda 21/07/2015
    Amanda 21/07/2015 Member Since 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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    Suzanne 21/11/2016
    Suzanne 21/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Good story"

    I didn't get very far in to the story.
    Found the narrators voice irritating
    unfortunately.

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    Tatiana Brusyanina 11/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "good read"

    Quite emotional story; could not rid of a feeling that it's probably somebody's true story.
    a bit slow in the beginning, and the narrator was a bit difficult to listen and understand as the speech was a bit mumbling the words.

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    Vicki 09/11/2016
    Vicki 09/11/2016
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    "Good story - poor narration"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Enjoyed the story line but found it very difficult to listen to as the narrator was constantly changing the level of his voice.


    What didn’t you like about Noah Taylor’s performance?

    Narrator was constantly changing the level of his voice making it difficult to hear and understand what was being read. It was disruptive having to keep adjusting the volume up and down every couple of minutes to be able to follow the story. Was not comfortable to listen to and wouldn't have persisted on a lesser storyline.
    I was disappointed in the quality of this narration.


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    Goodiejen 09/09/2016
    Goodiejen 09/09/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful Australian literature"

    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

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  • Susannah
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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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