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
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!!
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"
...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.
I am Rainbow Owl.
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'.
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 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.
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.
A better explanation of what everything actually meant!
Performance good save for curious stretching of the word "and" into "annnnnnnnd"!
It's not a bad book, just does not deliver on the mysterious occurrences within in.
No I would not recommend this book to a friend - does not have a good enough ending.
The ending - left you hanging - the author obviously couldn't think how to finish it so
The narration was good, built up the tension well.
The only way this could be made into a series or a movie is to have a satisfactory ending to it - not the way the book finishes.
I liked the book well enough, but the ending is such a disappointment, predictable in a way.
Not happy that I wasted a credit on this book .
The story was gripping and terrifying.
The way the story unfolded.
The first sighting of the five eyed fox.
"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.
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.
"Great Narrator, Shame About The Story."
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
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