The Light We Lost

  • by Jill Santopolo
  • Narrated by Jill Santopolo
  • 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

He was the first person to inspire her, to move her, to truly understand her. Was he meant to be the last?
Lucy is faced with a life-altering choice. But before she can make her decision, she must start her story - their story - at the very beginning.
Lucy and Gabe meet as seniors at Columbia University on a day that changes both of their lives forever. Together they decide they want their lives to mean something, to matter. When they meet again a year later, it seems fated - perhaps they'll find life's meaning in each other. But then Gabe becomes a photojournalist assigned to the Middle East, and Lucy pursues a career in New York. What follows is a 13-year journey of dreams, desires, jealousies, betrayals, and ultimately love. Was it fate that brought them together? Is it choice that has kept them away? Their journey takes Lucy and Gabe continents apart but never out of each other's hearts.
Me Before You meets One Day in this devastatingly romantic debut novel about the enduring power of first love, with a shocking, unforgettable ending. A Love Story for a new generation.


Audible Editor Reviews

"Extraordinary.... An emotional roller coaster." (Delia Ephron)


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Customer Reviews

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I feel like this book got a lot of hype. I was very disappointed. I found the main character to be sort of annoying, causing me to roll my eyes at several points during my listening. I can appreciate a good love story but this one didn't do it for me.
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- carly


What made the experience of listening to The Light We Lost the most enjoyable?

This was on sale, and I decided well let see it was a good story of time passing two people meet again and spark fly. It's short lived and for me it was a confession of regret.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Predictable, because of what Gabe does professionally

Would you listen to another book narrated by Jill Santopolo?

no, she didn't put any passion on the story.

If you could rename The Light We Lost, what would you call it?

Living with regret

Any additional comments?

This was a story that at first was o.k then it was more of a mundane monologue of what not to feel for a selfish man who only thinks of himself. Only at the end he realizes his shortcoming.
He realizes that the one thing he had that was worth holding on to yet time after time he just let it go. Gabe was a dumbass, because he wasn't man enough to admit that his life needed Lucy.

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- julser

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-09-2017
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio