A terrifying mystery of the sea. In December 1900, three lighthouse keepers vanished without trace from the remote Scottish island of Eilean Mòr. An emergency relief crew was sent to man the lighthouse. At the end of their month-long duty, they resigned from their posts, and never spoke of what they had experienced on the island. The mystery of Eilean Mòr has never been solved. Until now. In the present, a group of environmental researchers arrives on the island to observe the wildlife. While exploring the lighthouse, now automated and deserted, one of the team discovers a manuscript written by one of the relief keepers, a man named Alec Dalemore.
As a sudden storm moves in, cutting off their escape, the researchers come to realise that Dalemore wrote the manuscript as a warning to all the lighthouse keepers who would come after him. A warning of something on Eilean Mòr and in the surrounding ocean - something ancient and powerful, and strange beyond imagining....
The Lighthouse Keeper is a supernatural tale based on the Flannan Isles mystery, one of the greatest unsolved enigmas in maritime history. Blending factual first hand reports with speculative fiction, the novel takes the listener on a journey to the edge of reality, where the greatest of human fears – the fear of the unknown – holds dominion.
©2012 Alan K. Baker (P)2012 Audible Ltd
Very well written novel, harkening back to early horror fiction. I see the comparison to Lovecraft and think it's well founded. I would also compare it to Twilight Zone and Fredrick Brown. The excellent narration only enhances the story. The ending is very abrupt, but I liked that. This is not a blood & guts horror story. For this one, you need a vivid imagination.
In vino veritas
I would recommend it for Lovecraft fans, of which I am one. It has many of the same elements.
Near the end of the book when the author describes the Walkers of the Eternal Night and the effects upon the humans that they were just trying to communicate with
His Scottish accent! I had not listened to a sample because I couldn't get it to play on my phone, so it was a bit of a surprise, though a pleasant and appropriate one.
The way the lighthouse keepers throughout the book understood their vulnerabilities and looked out for each other. The appreciation Alec had for his friend who had saved his life and the lengths he was willing to sacrifice himself to repay that.
The ending was a bit abrupt and I am not certain I understood it. It was meant to let the reader decide what happened, I suppose, but I prefer concrete endings.
Compulsive reader, or listener... Eclectic tastes.
No. Can I have the 8 or so hours of my life back
No conclusive end, too many open questions.
The narrator was the one bright spot and the only reason I held on to the bitter end, I'll definitely consider other books narrated by Mr. Cree.
I rarely listen a book in one sitting other than when I am driving a long distance.
Save your money or credits, don't get this one. I've been a Audible member for some few years now and this is the first book where I felt I had to give a negative review
"I've read over 150 books on audible...."
...and this is the worst. It's a subject I traditionally enjoy, the setting is great, it's builds well, particularly when listening past midnight...but the ending is appalling, the best way I can describe it is using a fishing analogy, you're winding the line onto the spool and everything appears to be going well but in the end, you simply end up with a huge ball of tangled line. The ending of this book is nonsense, it's like the author couldn't be bothered to finish it and just wanted to rush it to market, don't waste your money, it isn't worth £5 let alone £15, scathing I know but I really feel that strongly.
"The Lighthouse Keeper"
I don't normally write reviews but I felt I had to comment on this book. It was BORING!! The first quarter of the book was fine and painted a promising picture and then it was followed by repetitive incidents. Same things over and over and over........ Bored!! Descriptive detail was good but it literally lost the plot! Sorry!!
"Good naration, rubbish ending!"
I thoroughly enjoyed the narration and found myself gripped by the story wanting to hear more. Sadly dissapointed by the ending and thought I must be missing a second book. I agree with David from The Wirral about rushing it out to market. It felt like the author also got bored and decided to "put his pen down"
quite an entertaining listen but the ending is terrible, it just stops & is deeply unsatisfying.
If you want a story with a similar theme, but much better in every respect, with a great ending, listen to 'Dark Matter'.
"really not worth the hassle"
Its one of those books/films that you know is no better than ok and you really want to give up on it but its just not quite bad enough to abandon. Then, when the last word is spoken you realise that your instinct was correct and the time lost listening to it will be gone from you forever.
This could be a really good audiobook if it weren't for the dreadful, hammy narration. I found it impossible to get past the style of narration to the story beneath. I wish I'd read this novel instead but unfortunately it's now been spoilt for me.
"Keeping it light"
This is a well written story which will easily keep your attention and also keep you guessing about the outcome. The quality of descriptive passages is outstanding and the worth a 5 star rating. The switching between time periods adds an extra dimension.
"Finished feeling disappointed"
The story started off brilliantly, there was tension and suspense, the reading of the diary was great all these tantalising snippets kept you guessing, but then the ending came and it was as if the author had run out of ideas, time or paper and just quickly scribbled any old thing down. Such a shame, I was left with the thought "but........"
I think the first three quarters of it would make for very good tv, I don't know if there is enough there to do a long series, but they would definitely have to rethink the ending.
Steven Cree has the sort of voice that is very easy to listen to and I would happily listen to any other story he has narrated
"Not for me"
I found the story predictable in that is sounded like the sort of thing you would hear on an evening when somebody would churn out the old standard Scary Ghost story which were like this anything but, predictable and plodding. If you want an exciting supernatural read or would like some adrenalin kicked into you veins this is not the way to go.
a better story to work on
all of them
not worth the trouble
"overall a page turner."
the whole book was a page turner, with the narrator reallly good, but I found the ending difficult to comprehend
any one of Stephen Kings
Really Really good
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