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The Light Between Oceans: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: M.L. Stedman

Narrated By: Noah Taylor

Date: July 2012

Duration: 10 hours 21 minutes


The years-long New York Times bestseller and Goodreads Best Historical Novel that is “irresistible…seductive…with a high concept plot that keeps you riveted from the first page” (O, The Oprah Magazine)—soon to be a major motion picture from Spielberg’s Dreamworks starring Michael Fassbender, Rachel Weisz, and Alicia Vikander, and directed by Derek Cianfrance.

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.

“Elegantly rendered…heart-wrenching…beautifully drawn” (USA TODAY), The Light Between Oceans is a gorgeous debut novel, not soon to be forgotten.


  • Jess F.

    A beautifully written, heartbreaking story. Felt very authentic and held true to the follies of human nature, right to the very end. Audio quality, however, was not great and narrator was difficult to understand at times, but overall, a very enjoyable listen.

  • Janice G.

    Really liked the plot as it was complicated. Began the hardback and switched to this audio book and enjoyed it

  • Emily W

    Interesting storyline. The historical period and context is not something I would typically read or listen to but I decided to try something new. There were points where I lost interest but it is hard to know whether it was just the storyline or if it was more to do with the narrator. I think the main character was meant to come off as kind of dry and that was expressed via the narrator. I would maybe recommend this book to someone who likes period, crime, love stories.

  • sarac

    Oh, my, this was painful. The grief we cause ourselves by choices we make. The heartache of love turned ugly by not accepting reality. It makes me explore the questions: Is having a child more important than your own happiness? Can one be happy and childless? Age old questions. To have a child ripped away from you is one of the most painful experiences in life, I agree. How we handle the situation is what is important to our quality of life. Superb book.

  • Ann G

    I liked the story, in fact I selected it for our bookclub. I listen to audiobooks, during my work commute. I found the narrator very difficult to listen to. He constantly speaks loud and then super quiet, so you have to quickly adjust the volume, over and over. It was very annoying.

  • Peg K

    Enjoyed the book but did not like the reading style of narrator. I had to constantly turn up the volume. He lowered his voice so much at the end of a sentence I couldn't hear or understand him. Then when he read normal, I'd have to turn volume down.

  • kylin f

    This was a great book! It just took awhile for me to realize that. I had a hard time understanding the narrator's voice at the beginning so I almost quit the book. Strong accent and fluctuates the words to a whisper at times. I'm so glad I stuck with it though! It was a beautiful and painful story to listen to and when it was over I was so sad. Heartbreaking and gut wrenching and so special. I can't wait to see the movie play out in front of me. Once the story started turning and you could see the main plot form the narrator's voice fit perfectly. Tender and loving and you could tell the strength the main male character had through the narrator's voice.

  • 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.

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