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Summary

Necroscope®: The Last of the Lost Years, Volume 1, the 19th in Brian Lumley's Necroscope® series, contains two short novels, one long novella, and one short story. Each of these feature the Necroscope, Harry Keogh, during this final period of his life known as “The Lost Years”. Look for the second volume of The Last of the Lost Years, the 20th in the Necroscope series, which contains two short novels, one long novella, one short story, and a closing piece entitled Resurrection.

Stories included in this collection:

  • In Dublin's Fair City
  • Dinosaur Dreams
  • The Plague-Bearer
  • Harry and the Pirates
©2020 Brian Lumley (P)2020 David N. Wilson

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Strong Collection of Necroscope Stories

The Last of the Lost Years: Vol. 1 is a collection of stories that take place in-between Necroscope II: Wampyri! and Necroscope III: The Source. The stories are enjoyable on their own, though a knowledge of the Necroscope series (particularly I & II) will help you get the most out of them.
The stories are quite varied, featuring ghosts, vampires, pirates, aliens and Vikings, but they're still quintessentially Necroscope adventures.
Joshua Saxon has quickly become one of my favourite audiobook narrators. His work on previous Lumley collections like The Taint and Haggopian is outstanding. He doesn't disappoint this time either, handling the British, American and Eastern European accents with ease. Saxon is the perfect fit for Lumley's writing.
Necroscope is one of the best horror series of all time and these stories retain the high standard Lumley has already set.
Highly recommended.

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Finally Saxon gets his Teeth into Necroscope!

I've recently become a big fan of Brian Lumley's work and as a professional illustrator Audiobooks are my main way of absorbing it. There's a lot to enjoy, especially in his beautifully macabre and horrific Necroscope series. As any regular audiobook listener will know; your narrator can make or break the experience.

Whilst I love the Necroscope series I've had trouble garnering as much enthusiasm for them since the narration duties were passed from James Langton (Necroscope Books 1 and 2) to Michael Troughton (Books 3, 4 and 5).

There's nothing massively wrong with Troughton's reading, apart from an unwillingness to even attempt accents which turns growling sinister brooding eastern european vampires into thin piping prep school english teachers between books. The main problem is Tone. His voice is light and his accent is immovable, which would be fine if I'd been introduced to the series with his voice. But sadly after Langton's deeply dramatic reading of the characters, his excellent grasp of different accents and his breadth of character delivery Troughton's readings sound anaemic and lacking in depth.

I've watched and listened with great pleasure as Joshua Saxon's deep earthy tones took us through a selection of Lumley short stories and novellas, (his reading of the short story Haggopian in particular is stunning) and through the recent Kai Of Khem and I've been wondering for a while now why he wasn't narrating the long overdue audiobook chronicles of the main necroscope series. And FINALLY the Audible Gods have worked out that this is the guy we need as our guide and interpreter for the adventures of Harry Keogh. Here once more is the depth, the delivery and the breath of character needed to properly delivery a Necroscope story and it made a huge difference to my own personal enjoyment. The scottish accent wobbles a little bit, but in the story the character is putting it on so that's far from a game ruiner. Overall his character, style and tone are the perfect fit for the multinational (sometimes multidimensional) cast of Harry Keogh's frankly insane adventures.

If this was Saxon's "Test Run" to see how he handled the Necroscope series? Consider the test passed with flying colours. Give this man the reins of the main Necroscope audiobooks and let him go at them.

Story wise it's a mixed bag like any anthology. But the main tale of The Plague Bringer was worth the cover price alone for my money. I'm looking forward to more.

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What a read

There is nothing in this book that I didn't enjoy. Narrated beautifully the voice tone and inflections were perfect. The mind of the author is just wow.

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  • Mistsofjade
  • 24-05-20

A Good One

This book was given to me for free at my request and I am providing this review voluntarily.

1st, I REALLY LOVE Joshua's narration. His voice is very clear with no mistakes (that I caught at least). His voice is even relaxing & calming, very easy on the ears & mind. He'd be perfect for sleep stories & meditations.

The story was a bit long winded at times & lagged in places for me, making it hard to keep going at times. However, so are some of Stephen Kings books, so it doesn't mean it's bad at all. I liked all the characters in the book & the development of each one.

Yes, I would recommend this one!! Yes, I recommend the narrator as well!!

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  • G C
  • 23-05-20

GREAT READ!

I enjoyed it! The narration was great and kept me entertained! The author did a great job with the characters and plot. I look forward to reading Volume II! I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Michael McCLain
  • 13-05-20

excellent

Joshua Saxon again takes Master Lumley's works out for a stroll with his unique narration and we, the listening audience only need close our eyes and let his voice transport us to the people and places that we've come to love on the Lumley world's.


I can listen to Joshua read anything but his rendition of Brian Lumley's books are a special treat because he treats them as if they were his own.

closing your eyes and just enjoying the narration is the best part of any audiobook and Joshua as you can tell takes pride in his pronunciation and enunciation of the very complex world that Brian Lumley has created

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  • James
  • 10-11-21

The Magic Continues…

Lumley+Saxon=Magic…Another great entry in the Necroscope saga…Started kind of slow for me, but by the end of the last story I was all in…Now, on to the next volume…

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  • BrandyDalton
  • 07-12-20

An Old Favorite And a New Love

I've been a fan of Brian Lumley since at least 1992. He's always been to my mind anyway an underrated and overlooked leader in horror. The narrator Joshua Saxon was new to me. I'm not sure if I can adequately describe just how impressed I am after listening to this book. His talents go beyond narration because he does a better job singing an old irish ditty acapella than some professional singers I've heard. If you are new to either the author or the narrator then I can honestly say it is worth your time and money to check this book out!

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  • Deedra
  • 04-12-20

Necroscope

I totally enjoyed this book!My favorite was meeting Miss Molly Malone.Finding out about her life was a treat,especially since she's been dead these many years.I have no idea how this man became a necromancer.This was my first book in the series!I will look for more.Joshua Saxon was a terrific narrator. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.' 

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  • Darrell L. Martin
  • 15-09-20

Talking to the dead has never been so grand

Having been a fan of Brian Lumley's work for decades now, Im thrilled to finally hear his stories come to life via audio.
Moreover...that the talented JOSHUA SAXON is finally merging his vocal mastery within Lumley's NECROSCOPE saga.

You cant begin to understand this perfect union...well?..that is...until you press play.

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  • Jesse petrowski
  • 02-09-20

so fun to read and or listen to.

I read this book years ago and forgot about it. I got the Audible version and really enjoyed it ☺

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  • scott
  • 22-07-20

i enjoyed it

i really liked the book up until the end, it was lack luster at the end.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-07-20

Pirates!

Half of this was Plague Bearer the other half was new to me, a Pseudo vampire story, which i really liked.

Joshua Saxon does a great job as with all of Lumley's books,

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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