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'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!!
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'.
"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"
"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.
"Are you a West Highland listener? If so, be warned"
It always feels like such churlish pedantry to complain about details of pronunciation, especially in a case like this when the reader's performance is actually really good, however if you KNOW how Gaelic place names should be pronounced it becomes really hard to suspend disbelief when a character claiming to be a native Lewisman is constantly in your ear in an urban Scottish grate referring to the story's main location Eilean Mhor, as Aileen More, this will probably not bother you at all if you don't know the difference but if you do it will drive you nuts! He doesn't know how to say other gaelic words or place names either. Such a shame because it spoils a great story and a great performance. If you're reading this and don't know what I'm on about please excuse the apparent nit picking, it will honestly not affect your enjoyment unless you know the difference.
"Keeps you interest up"
There are some audio books out there that you wonder "When's it going to end?" but not this one. It's written in such a way that you can't wait for the next event to happen... It builds and builds then leaves you wondering what's going to happen next, when you have to hit pause.
If you like suspense especially in relation to the "Unknown", you'll enjoy this book.
"The lighthouse keeper"
This novel demonstrates a successful syntheis of historical information with an interesting surreal speculation about resolving the mystery. Do not expect a historical analysis alone but sometimes the enjoyment of a novel is in the surreal and the atmosphere....Excellent narration.... well worth a listern , enjoyed it immemsley.
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