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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.

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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
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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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    Jenny Le Noel 07/08/2017
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    "just get on with it!"

    I feel a great story was just dragged ought to a long ending. the characters annoyed me and the narrator irrated

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    Aldona Brown 15/07/2017
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    "Great story"

    I loved this story with it's sadness telling the reader about heart wrenching lives. Interesting.

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    Sandra 26/06/2017
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    "Loved it!"

    I totally enjoyed this story. It was easy to follow. It was beautifully narrated. I highly recommend it.

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    Ruth Brisbane, Australia 17/06/2017
    Ruth Brisbane, Australia 17/06/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful story"

    A wonderful beautifully written story that captivated and enthralled. The descriptions are superb and the characters engaging and believable. Unfortunately Noah Taylor was absolutely the wrong person to read this story. His performance is wooden and bland and does not in any way make the most of a beautiful story. He does not bring characters to life and often sounds bored. I very nearly gave up on this and returned it because I was so disappointed but I did enjoy the story itself despite Noah's efforts to ruin it for me. Please redo this one with a much better reader- Humphrey Bower springs to mind!!

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    Carolyn Field Melbourne, Australia 29/04/2017
    Carolyn Field Melbourne, Australia 29/04/2017 Member Since 2016

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    "I loved this book"

    I loved this book. The story was interesting and kept me engaged, and I loved watching the characters develop as things progressed. The author obviously has a great mastery of language, and enjoyed playing with words. I 'read' this audio book as I was driving in my car, and wished that I could have rewound and replayed some parts- partly because I enjoyed the rich language, but also because sometimes Noah Taylor's voice was too low or soft for me to hear the words properly. As an actor, he used dramatic dynamics in his reading of the book, which would have been great if I didn't have the road noise competing with the sound of the book. I had to turn up the volume quite high, but still I missed bits, which was a bit disappointing, but not enough to spoil my enjoyment of hte book overall.

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    "Connect Only Connect!"

    This book is a fabulously engaging read, well written & satisfyingly executed. The main setting for the story is an island lighthouse off the south west coast of Western Australia. The physical elements of sea, sky and isolation are integral to the telling of the tale which explores the nature of love relationships and their impact for a lifetime. Against this backdrop of unusual physical isolation the author sets up the occurrence of events to illustrate the profound significance of human attachment.

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  • Amy
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    "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!

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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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