Necroscope IV: Deadspeak

Narrated by: Michael Troughton
Series: Necroscope, Book 4
Length: 17 hrs and 26 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (220 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Brian Lumley's Necroscope novels are one of the horror genre's most towering achievements. They chronicle the adventures of Necroscope Harry Keogh, his successor, Jake Cutter, and the psychically gifted agents of E-Branch, Britain's super-secret spy organization, and their battles against the malevolent, shape-shifting Wamphyri and their spawn. Their exploits have spanned two worlds, 13 novels, and an infinity of time. The Necroscope novels have sold more than two million copies in English alone. 

Harry Keogh has triumphed over much adversity in his life, from the death of his mother and the discovery of his amazing powers - to talk to the dead and to travel instantaneously to any place via the Möbius Continuum - to the fallout from his war against the vampires. He lost his body, though not his life; his wife and infant son disappeared without a trace; and he had to kill a woman he had come to love. What should have been a joyful reunion with his son was tinged with horror when Harry realized that his boy - now a man-was half - Necroscope and half-vampire, and thus a deadly double threat to all mankind. Father faced son in a terrible battle, and when it was over, Harry awoke safe in his own bed, at home...but his Necroscope powers were gone, locked away in the depths of his mind! 

Now, a new evil rears its head in the Balkan Mountains. Janos Ferenczy, master vampire and black magician, has risen from an ages-long sleep. As the first step in his plans of conquest, he conjures dead men and women into a perverse semblance of life and subjects them to fiendish tortures. But the shrieks of the dead barely begin to satisfy Janos's bloodlusts as he prepares an army of undead warriors to conquer the world. 

The dead try desperately to attract the Necroscope's attention, but Harry Keogh is deaf to their pleas and their screams. As Harry searches for a cure, he learns that to save mankind he must ally himself with the crafty father of vampires, the infamous Faethor Ferenczy. Centuries dead, Faethor lies in his grave and schemes. He will help Harry defeat Janos - but his price will be very high indeed!

©1992 Brian Lumley (P)2019 David N. Wilson

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The narrator apparently needs to read a dictionary

in order to figure out how to pronounce simple english words I found it hard to listen to this story because of the stumbling narration.

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performance just....didn't work for me

I really try to not be overly negative when it's not called for, I can say I wasn't a HUGE fan of the previous 3 books performer, but would happily take him back in a second. The performer wasn't terrible at his job, but his voice and mannerisms didn't fit at ALL with the story or characters. There was obviously overlap in characters from previous books, and to hear them "Speak" now was just jarring... Harry's mom as an example sounded shrill and nagging, a lot like Mrs. Kravitz if you've watched reruns of Bewitched. This is a series of books I have great nostalgia for, and was looking forward to listening to after reading them many years ago, and I nearly couldn't make it through. The added change of vocal effects and sound effects was.. interesting.. not something I hear a lot of in audiobooks, but wasn't actually a negative.

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Great story, but...

A good performance, but the pronunciation let it down. The previous narrator had it right, and there's a guide in the books themselves, so I'm not sure how "Wam-free" made it through.

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Just as good

Ok some points 1. The narrator has been getting complaints. It’s really not that bad guys and girls. He had a pleasant voice. Sure the pronunciations aren’t correct or how we heard them in the previous books but it’s not the end of the world. In the US editions it’s Vamphyri in the UK and rest of the world is Wamphyri (he pronounces it wamfurry) other words like Sigil have that hard G, Thibor is said like it’s spelled with that TH like This and The. But it’s not horrible. You’ll get used to it. Trust me. 2. The story is just as good. Harry loses his Necroscope abilities and has to get them back, the entire book focuses on that 3 the main villain Janos is hit and miss. Great inteoduction and menacing, then disappears then comes back blah blah the ending like all of these books so far is a bit anti climactic for me. Just feels a bit rushed with that ending Otherwise great novel. Book 2 is still my fav though.

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I hate to be harsh, but....

I'm actually just starting the Deadspeak, but felt the need to leave a review. I read these books many moons ago, and loved them, so I was thrilled to see that they had finally made the transition to audio format. I travel quite a bit, and as such, have blazed through the first three! I had forgotten how much I loved the series. Anyway, I really thought the first three were narrated very well, and the stories speak for themselves. Deadspeak, however, leaves a bit to be desired on the narration. I hate to join in on bashing the narrator, but seriously, the pronunciation is outright terrible at times! Extremely distracting. And please, PLEASE leave the sound effects out. It's just not necessary. I love Brian Lumley's writing, and I can't help but think that the sound effects 'cheapen' the experience somehow. Cheers!

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not fond of this narrator.

the narrator of the first three books in this series seemed to have a grasp on the characters and who they were, there were no weird sound effects or anything like that, however for some reason they switched to a new narrator for this book and added in weird sound effects which made it less pleasant to listen to. I don't think that he did a bad job, but it was the sound effects that ruined it for me. Also he made Harry sound a bit like an immature boy, not a man who has seen and done the things that Harry has. I love this Series of books and have been waiting for years for them to he available in audio format and look forward to the rest.

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A stepping stone to stronger story lines

I loved this series when I read them in my youth and am now enjoying revisiting them thanks to Audible. This is not the best story in the series, but is an essential stepping stone to better and darker things.

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Wtf seriously!?

Is this some sort of a joke? The narrator is terrible, and with the sound effects, the vampires sound like they are house ghosts from Harry Potter. This would have been better if they used text to speech on an Adobe pdf. The Texans accent and wolf howls sound like they're from a 1980s comedy. I haven't checked but if the narrator is the same for the following books, I'll not be purchasing them.

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AWFUL AWFUL AWFUL NARRATION!!

I only finished listening to this book because the story is great. However the narrator turned all the characters into whiny sheepish individuals. The men sounded like scared little boys who would be afraid of their own shadows and the women sounded like super nagging harpies. They all sounded like they belonged in a skit on an episode of the Monty Python Show. I absolutely loved this book when I read it in high school 25 years ago but this narrator almost ruined it for me.

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Meh

Great story and the narrator is not the worst- but bad enough that I won’t be listening to the next book in the series. I would rather read it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-15-19

Great story but...

Enjoyed the story as I am a fan of the books , however the narration was poor with terrible pronunciation. Shame they didn't use the same narrator as the other necroscope books.

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  • Graham Kennedy
  • 04-17-19

Oh Dear, what have they done!

As a long-term fan of Brian Lumley, I really felt I needed to write a review for this one. Firstly, the good: This is another great story, the whole series of Necroscope books are truly exceptional and well worth a read, or listen (in the case of the prior 3 books). The bad: This is the 4th in the series and brings in a new publisher and with it a new narrator. It's never good when narrator changes part way through a series, but in this case, it is a total disaster. I quite like Michael Troughton as an actor, but his voice is completely wrong for a book as dark as this. The whole tone of voice, inflection etc really just doesn't fit. At times I thought I was listening to the narration of a famous 5 book. Trust me, Necroscope books are not Famous 5! If this was a lighter book or a “youth fiction” book he’d be great. Pronunciation: The narrator really has some issues here, I get it for some things but when you are mispronouncing the name of the main protagonists (Wamphyri) of the book you have a problem (surely you would check with the author). 5 minutes on the Brian Lumley web site would show how it is pronounced (it is in the FAQ!), and it certainly isn’t “wamfry”, which sounds (and was pronounced) more like something you’d call your cute pet goat, rather than the most evil, blood thirsty race in creation! Voices: Some truly horrible ones here, which really don’t fit the book (probably partly down to the narrator’s tone of voice). Starts on a low with some gypsy women which sound like bad Yoda impressions. Most of the ‘female’ voices end up as the worst ‘comedy old lady’ you’ve heard, and the main vampire (remember, evil blood sucking demons) sounding more like a kindly Gandalf. Sound effects: Wow, were these overused. Less annoying that the above issues, but again they didn’t fit or where of poor quality. Wolf calls that sound like someone shouting “owwwwww” into a tin can, echo on some things being "thought" (but not all!), the list goes on. I hope the publisher takes this, and other reviews on board and switches narrator for the future books in the series (and re-record this one… PLEASE!). They have some good narrators reading other Brian Lumley books (such as Simon Vance), so why not use one of those, at least they’ll be familiar which the style. I can’t see myself purchasing others if they don’t.

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  • mr andrew d james
  • 04-12-19

Why

A great book, ruined in large part by poor voice acting and inability of the narrator to read the words put in front of him Both narrator and producer should hang their heads in shame

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  • sam Horgan
  • 04-07-19

Why !!

The narration has changed from the previous books. This has a big impact on what are already established characters. There is also added effects that are completely unnecessary,I feel like it's been done due to the lack of depth In the voice actor. On current form I doubt I will move forward with the next book/books..

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  • Michael
  • 04-19-19

Having a hard time with this one!

Firt of all I should say it's not because of the story because thats great! As other reviews have said, the new narrotor is totally unsuitable for this title, the voices are all wrong and the pronounciation of many words such as Wamphyri is completley wrong which really distracts you from the story. The original narrator for the series was a 1000 times better, please audible suggest to the publishers that they bring him back for the remaining titles or at least get someone more suited, as another reviwer sugested Simon Vance would be good I think. Heres a little tip for Michael Toughton: HOW DO YOU PRONOUNCE WAMPHYRI? "Vam" as in vampire – "phyr" as in fear – and "i" as in eek! Vam-fear-ee, with a hissed, slightly extended emphasis on the fear bit!

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  • Craigie
  • 07-05-19

Great story however the narration let's it down.

If you can put up with ancient evil vampires sounding like Father Christmas then this books for you!!

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  • Emse
  • 06-15-19

At this point not sure I’ll finish

I read this book long ago so I know the story is as great as the previous however the narrator is so bad along with the awful sound effects that has been added at this point I’m not sure I’ll finish this book and I’m only on chapter 2!

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  • Michael
  • 09-20-20

Disappointing

I have been following the Necroscope saga on audible and loving every book. Unfortunately, I was left very disappointed after finishing this one. My disappointed started in the first chapter and it's all due to the narrator. This is an excellent story that is exceptionally well written (though someone should point out to Brian Lumley that Bram Stoker was Irish not English!). The story is, however, let down by poor narration. I know that it is difficult for any narrator to take over half way through a project when characters have already been developed. I do think that Michael Troughton had a tough job taking over from the amazing work James Langdon has done with this series. So, I may excuse him for getting Harry's mother's accent wrong and a few other inconsistencies but getting key words wrong in the narrative that form part of the bedrock of the author's world is inexcusable. Who on earth are the Wam-Free??? It's Vam-Fear-E. I know it is spelt with a "w" but there is a ton of sources that clearly point out it's pronounced as a "v" - as in Vampire. And even if the narrator was excused for pronouncing it with a "w" why on earth has he changed the rest of the word from "phyri" (fear-e) to "phri" (free)? The mispronunciation of what are, arguably, the most important characters in the series is unbelievable. It is such a glaring and annoying error that it distracts the listener from the story every time it is said. Michael Troughton is a truly excellent actor, I doubt anyone would debate that. However, he has failed to do even the smallest amount of research into this book series before embarking on this project - very unprofessional in my opinion. I doubt if he would be so lackadaisical with a character he was portraying on tv. Asking a few simple questions before starting this project, going online for just 10 minutes or simply listening to a previous audio would have given the narrator all the information he needed to complete this project successfully. I should also add that his portrayal of many of the characters is simply not dark enough. Rather than a wamphyri (Vam-Fear-E) talking it sounds like a "baddie" from a kid's program. Unfortunately, this book has left me considering whether I want to continue with the series or not as I did not get to enjoy the story as much as I should have due to the irritating narration. I won't even go into the totally unnecessary sound effects. This book needs recorded again with a different narrator more suited to dark nature of the story. Or, maybe it is simply time to switch to paper format.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-10-20

Bad voice acting

The narrator on the first 3 books is much better. Only buy if you’re really into this series.

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  • john
  • 07-10-20

too camp

sorry but I didn't enjoy the narrator's camp vampires and KGB agents and gypsies and just about everyone!, He should have listened to the 3 preceding books to gain a better idea of how terrifying are the WAMPHYRI!! or at least learned the pronunciation. Throughout the entire book he pronounced it WHAMfree. Hard to finish the book, hope there is a new narrator for the final one.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-11-19

A fine story ruined by a terrible narration.

Certainly the worst reading of any audiobook I've experienced. It is replete with mispronunciations and voices that are little more than twee caricatures. The vampire, Janos, lacks any semblance of the silky menace conveyed by the narrator of the previous three volumes, sounding instead like a juvenile bovver boy, while Harry's mother reminded me of Alf Garnett's "silly old moo". In short, this is one audiobook I have no intention of ever revisiting.

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  • Patrick Mason
  • 07-22-20

great novel, not sure on the narration.

great novel, not sure on the narration. that could just be me though, i just didn't some of the voices he gave characters, especially Harry's mum and Fathor

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  • Luke
  • 05-15-19

Hell yes... bring on the rest of the series!

Love the Necroscope series. Can wait for the vampire world books. Or even the lost years. Whatever just bring more on.

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  • GT8
  • 09-09-19

unfinished business

Great story, the disappointing thing is that book 5 Deadspawn is not available on audible.