The Light Between Oceans

  • by M L Stedman
  • Narrated by Noah Taylor
  • 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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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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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- Susannah

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-25-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios