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The Lighthouse Keeper | [Alan K. Baker]

The Lighthouse Keeper

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Kimberly Ypsilanti, MI, United States 08-24-12
    Kimberly Ypsilanti, MI, United States 08-24-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Wonderful & Spooky"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Oenophile 08-06-12
    Oenophile 08-06-12

    In vino veritas

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

    I would recommend it for Lovecraft fans, of which I am one. It has many of the same elements.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lighthouse Keeper?

    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


    What does Steven Cree bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sharron Hamilton, ON, Canada 05-02-14
    Sharron Hamilton, ON, Canada 05-02-14 Member Since 2011

    I LOVE haunting, atmospheric writing that plays in your head like a movie. I adore books of a mysterious, suspenseful and creepy nature. I am a big fan of Horror/Zombie/Apocalypse and other genres which center on Mystery and strong character development.

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    "I ADORE this book! Totally creeped out!"

    This book was my first introduction to Alan K. Baker and I can honestly say this book blew me away and I'll explain why. This book captures all the elements I love in a good scare---a dark, brooding mystery, mounting suspense, realistic characters, superb writing and most importantly, ORIGINALITY.

    Baker illustrates the spooky atmosphere of Eilean Mor (a Scottish Isle) using fantastically descriptive Scottish diction and powerful imagery. The story itself features two interwoven narrative threads which depict current events and reveal the supernatural mystery of a missing lighthouse keeper. The story centres on a team of Scientists all working for the Joint Nature Conservation Comittee (JNCC) who set up a camp on the island to research marine life. The crew discover the testament of Alec Dalemore, (the missing lighthouse keeper from 1901) and read of his frightening paranormal encounters as they too, encounter something inexplicable and horrific. The testament lends to the story at the same time a revelation of the past, an anchor in the here and now, and a confession of fear and terror. The pacing between these two threads was done perfectly and I really felt it added to the overall experience.

    To offer just a small taste of what to expect in terms of paranormal happenings, I want to make clear that this is NOT a ghost story nor is it anything predictable. Between a ruined chapel, strange weather and a white fox with...."something wrong with its face," you will not be disappointed. This book was really spooky and that fox...what the.....#%@^&?!

    Narration was excellent and the Scottish accent really authenticated the story for me.

    If you are looking for a spooky mystery with supernatural elements and a Scottish flavour, pick up The Lighthouse Keeper!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Rastatt, Germany 05-08-13
    Amazon Customer Rastatt, Germany 05-08-13 Member Since 2010

    Compulsive reader, or listener... Eclectic tastes.

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    "Great Narrator, Shame About The Story."
    Would you listen to The Lighthouse Keeper again? Why?

    No. Can I have the 8 or so hours of my life back


    What was most disappointing about Alan K. Baker’s story?

    No conclusive end, too many open questions.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I rarely listen a book in one sitting other than when I am driving a long distance.


    Any additional comments?

    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

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • Amanda
    9/2/12
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    "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!!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Christine
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates
    10/5/12
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    "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"

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Wirral, United Kingdom
    9/3/12
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    "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.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    LONDON W13, United Kingdom
    10/30/12
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    "terrible ending!"

    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'.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • M
    Bexley, United Kingdom
    9/5/12
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • David
    BELFAST, United Kingdom
    8/27/12
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    "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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Melissa
    Dublin, Ireland
    8/31/12
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    "dreadful narration"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • S. P. Viney
    dorset, england
    8/19/14
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    "Ending?!"

    Ninety percent of the book is amazing and the ending is a total disappointment.I thought this would be a five star listen until the concluding chapters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Karen
    Sheffield, United Kingdom
    4/30/14
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    "Poor ending"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The majority of the book was good but the ending was poor "The door opened" and then what? - nothing. I wish the current reviews had been available when I purchased the book.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Alan K. Baker? Why or why not?

    no as I don't want to be let down by another poor ending.


    What aspect of Steven Cree’s performance might you have changed?

    There was nothing really wrong with his performance.


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    no.


    Any additional comments?

    In my opinion prospective readers time would be better spent reading the poem flannan isle.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jason
    Dublin, Ireland
    3/11/14
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    "Atmospheric, but doesn't deliver."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better explanation of what everything actually meant!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great atmosphere.


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

    Performance good save for curious stretching of the word "and" into "annnnnnnnd"!


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It's not a bad book, just does not deliver on the mysterious occurrences within in.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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