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The Light Between Oceans

A Novel
Narrated by: Noah Taylor
Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (514 ratings)

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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

Critic Reviews

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

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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.

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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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Powerful

highly recommended this gripping story. Had to hold back the tears at work whilst listening. Once i finished the book i watched the trailer for the movie and cried the whole 5 minutes.

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Ripper

Wonderful story that makes you laugh and cry. Great narration. Worth every minute of your time.

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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.

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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.

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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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heart wrenchingly good

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This was recommended to me and to be honest i didn't know what i was getting into. It's so powerful, I haven't cried like that in such a long time (thank goodness!). This manages to absorb you so much with it's beauty and its tragedy. Noah Taylor is fabulous of course, read this, it is really truly a great book.

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Captivating

I loved the unusual theme of the story. It was touching and at times emotional.

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Noah Taylor's voice work is illuminating

Noah Taylor's performance of this engaging and engrossing work by M. L. Stedman brings a real lyric to the typically Australian dialogue - something Australian readers or those who appreciate the Australian vernacular and it's oft-denigrated accent will revel in. His voicing of the various characters, each of whom has much to say, is brilliantly executed. His rendition of the child Lucy/Grace brings the character to life most believably. With angst and anguish so central to this story, Taylor's slightly laid back approach to the narrative passages adds a crisp dryness to the otherwise quite juicy story.

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  • Kate
  • 09-12-2017

Great story, disappointing narration.

I loved this book. It was a very heartbreaking story on so many levels and I found myself very involved with the characters. I found Noah Taylor’s performance disappointing, primarily because so often he would swallow the ends of sentences and it was really difficult to decipher the words even at the highest volume.

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  • deborah
  • 14-06-2017

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
  • 21-02-2017

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
  • 02-02-2015

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.

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