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Necroscope

The Last of the Lost Years, Vol. I
Narrated by: Joshua Saxon
Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
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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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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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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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  • Terri
  • 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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  • 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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  • A No
  • 09-07-20

Excellent Narration

I'll start off by saying that Joshua Saxon is an excellent narrator. His voice is perfectly suited to this sort of material, and he avoids the common genre fiction narration pitfalls of emotionless delivery and its reverse, overacting. He does a great job and it's honestly a crime that he's not a more prolific and well known narrator than he is.

As for the stories themselves, they are one short story, one novella, and two stories somewhere in between, all starring Lumley's most well known creation, the Necroscope. I'll admit that I have not yet read anything else in the lengthy Necroscope series, so this was my first. I suspect that this book is not the ideal starting place, however it was not by any means a *bad* one. I never found myself confused or unable to follow things, which is impressive considering how far along in the series these stories apparently are.

There are two types of potential buyer for this collection: One, those already familiar with the series, no doubt know what to expect. If they liked previous stories starring this character, I suspect they will likely enjoy these ones as well. For the second group, people like me new to the series, I would say that these stories are enjoyable and easy to follow despite this lack of knowledge, but that due to potential for spoilers they should consider whether they'd rather start here with the benefit of excellent narration and 'taster size' stories, or from the original novel for the benefits of publication order. Which is most important will be a matter of personal priorities.

This audiobook was provided to me for free at my request in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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  • Michael Smith
  • 04-07-20

Great Book,

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
Reading the description, and finding that it was considered book 19 of the series, I was skeptical about starting it, fortunately, it was unnecessary to have read the previous material. The narration was done with clear and vibrant voices, with very few errors. I found only one or two spots where the audio appeared to be patched or corrected. Otherwise, it was a great narration.
As far as the story goes, I could imagine it being the inspiration for the movie "The Sixth Sense", Great concept, and was truly interested in Harry Koegh's story that I purchased the first 3 books or the Necroscope series. Truly an awesome book to listen to and Mr. Lumley has a talent for horror, able to incorporate new ideas, in worlds of his own and that of H.P. Lovecraft's. Next to Clive Barker and Stephen King, Brian Lumley has become one of my favorite writers.

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  • John Alexander
  • 15-06-20

Excellent story!

I loved this book! It took me a chapter or so to really get into it but once I did I didn’t want to stop listening! The narrator did an excellent job bringing it to life! I definitely recommend this book!


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