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The Light Between Oceans: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

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Narrated By: Noah Taylor

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: July 2012

Duration: 10 hours 24 minutes


In 1918, after four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia to take a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day's journey from the Western coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes only four times a year and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold and loving wife, Isabel. Three years later, after two miscarriages and one still birth, the grieving Isabel is tending the grave of her newly lost infant when she hears a baby's cries on the wind. A boat has washed up on shore carrying a dead man and a living baby. Tom, whose records as a lighthouse keeper are meticulous and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the dead man and the infant immediately. But Isabel has taken the tiny baby to her breast. Against Tom's judgment, they claim the child as their own and name her Lucy, but a rift begins to grow between them. When Lucy is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. One of them is desperate to find her lost baby. M. L. Stedman's mesmerizing, beautifully-written novel seduces the listener into accommodating Isabel's decision to keep this "gift from God." But only until the moment we meet the grief-stricken Hannah Potts, mother of an infant named Grace, lost at sea with her father. And then we are swept into a story where there is no right answer, no path that does not lead to unfathomable loss for someone about whom we have come to care intensely. M. L. Stedman's portrayal of time and place is exquisite. Her extraordinarily compelling characters, still trying to make sense of life in the wake of so much death in the war, are imperfect people seeking to find their north star in a world of incomprehensible complexity. The end of this novel is both heartbreaking and transcendent.


  • Shonna Dudar

    I found the first 2/3's pretty slow, until the plot development nearer to the end, that's when it finally gripped me.

  • ER nurse

    Can't really review the book. I couldn't get passed the narrator. This score is for him.

  • Jennifer Ferguson

    I thought I was safe picking a book that was being made into a movie. It was just okay. But I enjoy more plot twists and not so much sad realism.

  • Chris B

    I agree the narrator is difficult to listen to. He's very hard to hear at times and not an exciting voice to listen to. However, if you can stick it out and try to pay attention, the last few chapters are very worth the effort. I imagine the movie will be wonderful.

  • Hilary Sheaves

    I cannot get used to the narrator. His sentences fall off at the end. It is really hard to get into. I need to read this with my own eyes.

  • Janet Flores

    I have tried to get into this book repeatedly, but I cannot! The narrator has a heavy accent and really puts me to sleep. I love listening to books, but with this one I find my mind wandering. I have to stop and replay only to find myself again thinking about other random things simply because it is not captivating.

  • Francisca Sandoval

    This was a really good story. However the narrator had a heavy Australian accent and I had to listen very carefully, but still worth it.

  • Carol Vaneman

    I enjoyed this story of love, basic emotions and commitment.

  • Ann Masullo

    What a beautiful, well written story. However I did not care for the narrator. He was difficult to understand at times, mumbling, slow and monotone.

  • Beth Olson

    Loved the story. I couldn't stop listening! The readers voice was hard to get used to, and at times i had to rewind to hear what he said. Can't wait to see the movie!