The Light Between Oceans

  • by M. L. Stedman
  • Narrated by Noah Taylor
  • 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A captivating, beautiful, and stunningly accomplished debut novel - the story of a lighthouse keeper and his wife who make one devastating choice that forever changes two worlds.
In 1918, after four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia to take a job as the lighthouse keeper on remote Janus Rock. 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 stillbirth, 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…and one of them is desperate to find her lost baby.
M.L. Stedman’s 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.


What the Critics Say

“M.L. Stedman’s The Light Between Oceans is a beautiful novel about isolation and courage in the face of enormous loss. It gets into your heart stealthily, until you stop hoping the characters will make different choices and find you can only watch, transfixed, as every conceivable choice becomes an impossible one. I couldn’t look away from the page and then I couldn’t see it, through tears. It’s a stunning debut.” (Maile Meloy, author of Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Wonderful story.....terrible narrator.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Loved, loved the story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Light Between Oceans?

The decision........

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The reader spoke too loudly at the beginning of each sentence and ended in a whisper. I could never get my sound adjusted to listen to the book. It absolutely drove me crazy!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?


Any additional comments?

Remake with a different narrator.

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- Sandra

Worst narration I have ever heard on any audiobook

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I will edit this review if I actually make it through the first few hours. It has been tedious straining to hear the narrator, who trials off at the end of his sentences.

Would you be willing to try another book from M. L. Stedman? Why or why not?

I would probably buy another book by this author. From what I catch of the story, it seems good. I know the book got great reviews.

How could the performance have been better?

Get a new narrator. This readers voice is completely monotone and hard to listen to.

Any additional comments?

I read the other reviews about the narration but I don't usually notice other books that have bad "performance" reviews. This one is rough. I hope as I get more involved in the story, the poor narration is less noticeable.

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- Karla C. Gravitt "Karla"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-31-2012
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio