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The Lighthouse Land

The Lighthouse Trilogy, Book 1
Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
Series: Lighthouse, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
Categories: Teens, Ages 11-13
3.5 out of 5 stars (359 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Introducing the first young-adult novel from crime fiction writer Adrian McKinty—whose adult books have been called “unputdownable” (Washington Post), “exceptional” (San Francisco Chronicle), and “profoundly satisfying” (Booklist)—this is the start of an epic sci-fi trilogy with an unforgettable hero.

When Jamie’s mother inherits a small island and moves her little family from Harlem to Ireland, her troubled son sees a chance to start over, far away from the bullies and the pitying stares. Cancer has left Jamie without an arm or the will to speak. But Muck Island is no sanctuary, and it offers more than solitude and sea views. Jamie learns that he is heir to an ancient title—Laird of Muck, Guardian of the Passage—and certain otherworldly responsibilities. With the help of a mysterious object he discovers in the island’s old lighthouse, Jamie sets out on a dangerous interstellar mission that could change the course of his life—and the universe—forever.

Tautly paced and brilliantly imagined, this novel will thrill sci-fi fans eager for new heroes and new worlds to explore.

©2006 Adrian McKinty (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

“McKinty, previously known for adult crime novels, brings an attuned ear for dialogue and a taut pacing to his first YA outing, the launch title in the Lighthouse Trilogy.” ( Publishers Weekly)
“This thought-provoking sci-fi adventure offers universal appeal, excitement, and a one-of-a-kind hero whose courage and compassion will inspire any reader.” ( Children’s Literature)
“Few readers will be able to resist…Teens will enjoy this first book in a planned trilogy.” ( VOYA)

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Brilliant!

McKinty is a wonderful storyteller and he has really written something special in this Lighthouse series. I was more familiar with his gritty, gory crime novels but Lighthouse series is completely different. I loved the vivid imagination and that the main characters were teens who have to work together, use history lessons, physics, trigonometry and other sciences to problems solve. McKinty also throws in large helpings of humor that truly made me laugh out loud. Gerald Doyle is a wonderful narrator -- young, old , male, female, Irish, American -- he can do it all.
If you have a youngster who can't quite focus on school, these books may help with that. After all, if you would like to be a valued person during an Intergalactic War, you need to know math, chemistry, history etc, etc, not to mention what to do if you fall in love with an alien ,,, a bit of a sticky wicket that.

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Wating for the next book

Although I am 61 years old I still enjoy a good novel. Adrian McKinty has written a very good one. I will be waiting for the next book.

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Not Quite Harry Potter

What disappointed you about The Lighthouse Land?

I know that it is intended for pre-teens but while the plot is okay, the action is really implausible. I could not help comparing it to the early books in the Harry Potter series. The kids' characters are just not consistent.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Probably the next Jo Nesbit book.

What does Gerard Doyle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Gerard Doyle in the Sean Duffy, Michael Forsythe series, makes listening to excellent books much much much more enjoyable since use of the Irish expressions are so effective delivered in an Irish accent. I much prefer listening to these books than reading them imagining an Irish accent. Mr. Doyle manages to enhance the experience without being obtrusive. He is my favorite narrator.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Lighthouse Land?

I don't think that cutting scenes would fix this book for me.

Any additional comments?

none.

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  • GemInI1963
  • FLOODWOOD, MN, United States
  • 05-08-13

Pleasant Surprise!

I was looking for something new to listen to. This is a great listen! Action, adventure, laugh out loud funny! The narrator is very nice to listen to and that can really make or break a book on Audible for me! Can't go wrong with this one! Can't wait to listen to the next one!

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More YA than I had anticipated

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No, because I don't recommend books to children, and this is a children's book.

Would you be willing to try another book from Adrian McKinty? Why or why not?

I own all of McKinty's books and will continue to buy them, just not the kid ones,.

Have you listened to any of Gerard Doyle’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

He's the Bono of the audiobook world. Who hasn't heard of him.

Do you think The Lighthouse Land needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Nope. One and done. Mic drop. Leave it be.

Any additional comments?

Mckinty is a great writer and storyteller. His style just doesn't translate to children's books. If anyone ever read his Michael Forsythe novels, the'd know why.

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Get your Facts Straight

Deeply flawed effort for younger children by a favorite noire author. Has multiple errors of basic fact - one doesn't cure chicken pox with a vaccine, one prevents it, etc. Gerrard Doyle still a favorite narrator; his voice is a joy - listening to him do an older, black New Yorker is rather entertaining :)

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A children's book

Starts off well and plunges into absurdity unless you're 12. Can't image this a trilogy!

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Who is this book meant for?

What disappointed you about The Lighthouse Land?

Narnia like story, but just really bad. Can't really recommend this book to anyone.

Would you ever listen to anything by Adrian McKinty again?

Well the next book because i bought these two in 2 for 1 sale.
And I have listened to Sean Duffy series and will listen to more of McKintys Crime/Thrillers.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Narrator was ok, but maybe not suitable for this kind of book.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Utter Dissapointment

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  • dfalls
  • URBANA, IL, United States
  • 12-18-14

Ackward

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The point of view this writer had was ackward for me. It felt choppy, I just couldn't get into it and gave up before the first chapter was done.

Has The Lighthouse Land turned you off from other books in this genre?

No.

Would you be willing to try another one of Gerard Doyle’s performances?

No.

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

No.

Any additional comments?

I liked the premise. But I never felt engaged or transported to the time and place, it felt like I was being forced to read something in my childhood when I hated reading.

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  • M.
  • Chesapeake, VA, United States
  • 12-05-13

great escapism

wonderful imaginative story. good narration recognized his accent from Eragon; enjoyed him then also. suspend belief and enjoy the story; makes me smile to remember the story. Enjoyed it so much I purchased 2 right away and then had to hear the conclusion of number 3!!!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Clare
  • 04-07-11

found a trilogy to love

Bought because of who narrated it and found a trilogy to love

Loved this book it is definitely a young adult book but I am 21 and really enjoyed it as did my aunt who is 50. Jamie is a well written character and the love story between him and Wishaway is sweet.

You would like this book if you liked the looking glass wars, but it is worth getting just to listen to Gerald Doyle’s voice.

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  • FAP
  • 04-09-13

Great story

Downloaded this to listen to in the car on journeys with my teenage daughter - a really good listen. looking forward to listening to the next installment in the trilogy. Recommend if you like a good yarn that stirs your imagination.



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  • sue
  • 12-23-12

Very enjoyable

This story begins with a young, american boy - Jamie - whose protective Mum makes him isolated and vulnerable to the local 'bullies'. He then inherits a title and island in Ireland. To his Mum's relief they move away from everything he has known. The story is slow to start (for a young persons book) but becomes more interesting as the story moves on. By the end one is left wanting more, which is good as this is the first in a trilogy.

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  • Marsbub
  • 12-12-17

OK but not great.

Was OK but a bit boring. I struggled to finish it, but at least it was short.