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3.99994573327907 out of 53.99994573327907 out of 53.99994573327907 out of 53.99994573327907 out of 53.99994573327907 out of 5 4.00 (36,855 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: M. L. Stedman Narrator: Noah Taylor Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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—and one of them is desperate to find her lost baby.

In this mesmerizing, beautifully written novel, 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An extraordinary and heartrending book about good people, tragic decisions, and the beauty found in each of them.”

    Markus Zusak, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Book Thief

  • “M. L. Stedman, a spectacularly sure storyteller, swept me to a remote island nearly a century ago, where a lighthouse keeper and his wife make a choice that shatters many lives, including their own. This is a novel in which justice for one character means another’s tragic loss, and we care desperately for both. Reading The Light between Oceans is a total-immersion experience, extraordinarily moving.”

    Monica Ali, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Irresistible…seductive…A high-concept plot that keeps you riveted from the first page.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine 

  • “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, award-winning author

  • “This heartbreaking debut from M. L. Stedman is a gem of a book that you’ll have trouble putting down.”

    Good Housekeeping

  • “[Stedman sets] the stage beautifully to allow for a heart-wrenching moral dilemma to play out…Most impressive is the subtle yet profound maturation of Isabel and Tom as characters.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “M. L. Stedman’s vivid characters and gorgeous descriptions of the solitude of Janus Rock and of the unpredictable Australian frontier create a perfect backdrop for the tale of longing, loss, and the overwhelming love for a child that is The Light between Oceans.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review (Amazon Best Books of the Month, August 2012)

  • “Haunting…Stedman draws the reader into her emotionally complex story right from the beginning, with lush descriptions of this savage and beautiful landscape, and vivid characters with whom we can readily empathize. Hers is a stunning and memorable debut.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “This fine, suspenseful debut explores desperation, morality, and loss, and considers the damaging ways in which we store our private sorrows, and the consequences of such terrible secrets.”

    Martha Stewart Whole Living

  • “Moral dilemmas don’t come more exquisite than the one around which Australian novelist Stedman constructs her debut.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • A Barnes & Noble Recommends Selection
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month, August 2012
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Selected for the August 2012 Indie Next List
  • A Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2012
  • Kirkus Reviews Top 25 Book, August 2012
  • A BookPage Best Book of 2012
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
  • An NPR Bestseller
  • A San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller
  • A 2013 Women's Prize for Fiction Nominee
  • Winner of the 2012 GoodReads Readers’ Choice for Historical Ficiton
  • A Pop Sugar Pick for 9 Audiobooks to Listen to on Your Next Long Road Trip

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Heather Marie | 11/18/2016

    " Disappointing ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Krista Malmberg | 2/20/2014

    " An easy read with a great moral dilemma and food for thought...I read for 4 hours straight until I reached the conclusion! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Caroline | 2/15/2014

    " I liked this book a lot, not quite 4 stars but more than 3 stars. I have to admit the ending surprised me. I am glad I read it but it won't go down in my personal library history as a "must read". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mahlor | 2/4/2014

    " Turn of the century melodrama. Way more about the rearing of babies than I expected. "

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