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Necroscope IV: Deadspeak

Narrated by: Michael Troughton
Series: Necroscope, Book 4
Length: 17 hrs and 26 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)

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Summary

Brian Lumley's Necroscope novels are one of the horror genre's most towering achievements. They chronicle the adventures of Necroscope Harry Keogh, his successor, Jake Cutter, and the psychically gifted agents of E-Branch, Britain's super-secret spy organization, and their battles against the malevolent, shape-shifting Wamphyri and their spawn. Their exploits have spanned two worlds, 13 novels, and an infinity of time. The Necroscope novels have sold more than two million copies in English alone. 

Harry Keogh has triumphed over much adversity in his life, from the death of his mother and the discovery of his amazing powers - to talk to the dead and to travel instantaneously to any place via the Möbius Continuum - to the fallout from his war against the vampires. He lost his body, though not his life; his wife and infant son disappeared without a trace; and he had to kill a woman he had come to love. What should have been a joyful reunion with his son was tinged with horror when Harry realized that his boy - now a man-was half - Necroscope and half-vampire, and thus a deadly double threat to all mankind. Father faced son in a terrible battle, and when it was over, Harry awoke safe in his own bed, at home...but his Necroscope powers were gone, locked away in the depths of his mind! 

Now, a new evil rears its head in the Balkan Mountains. Janos Ferenczy, master vampire and black magician, has risen from an ages-long sleep. As the first step in his plans of conquest, he conjures dead men and women into a perverse semblance of life and subjects them to fiendish tortures. But the shrieks of the dead barely begin to satisfy Janos's bloodlusts as he prepares an army of undead warriors to conquer the world. 

The dead try desperately to attract the Necroscope's attention, but Harry Keogh is deaf to their pleas and their screams. As Harry searches for a cure, he learns that to save mankind he must ally himself with the crafty father of vampires, the infamous Faethor Ferenczy. Centuries dead, Faethor lies in his grave and schemes. He will help Harry defeat Janos - but his price will be very high indeed!

©1992 Brian Lumley (P)2019 David N. Wilson

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Great story but...

Enjoyed the story as I am a fan of the books , however the narration was poor with terrible pronunciation. Shame they didn't use the same narrator as the other necroscope books.

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A great book, ruined in large part by poor voice acting and inability of the narrator to read the words put in front of him Both narrator and producer should hang their heads in shame

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Why !!

The narration has changed from the previous books. This has a big impact on what are already established characters. There is also added effects that are completely unnecessary,I feel like it's been done due to the lack of depth In the voice actor. On current form I doubt I will move forward with the next book/books..

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  • Michael
  • Chatham, United Kingdom
  • 19-04-19

Having a hard time with this one!

Firt of all I should say it's not because of the story because thats great! As other reviews have said, the new narrotor is totally unsuitable for this title, the voices are all wrong and the pronounciation of many words such as Wamphyri is completley wrong which really distracts you from the story. The original narrator for the series was a 1000 times better, please audible suggest to the publishers that they bring him back for the remaining titles or at least get someone more suited, as another reviwer sugested Simon Vance would be good I think.

Heres a little tip for Michael Toughton: HOW DO YOU PRONOUNCE WAMPHYRI?

"Vam" as in vampire – "phyr" as in fear – and "i" as in eek! Vam-fear-ee, with a hissed, slightly extended emphasis on the fear bit!

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Oh Dear, what have they done!

As a long-term fan of Brian Lumley, I really felt I needed to write a review for this one.

Firstly, the good: This is another great story, the whole series of Necroscope books are truly exceptional and well worth a read, or listen (in the case of the prior 3 books).

The bad: This is the 4th in the series and brings in a new publisher and with it a new narrator. It's never good when narrator changes part way through a series, but in this case, it is a total disaster. I quite like Michael Troughton as an actor, but his voice is completely wrong for a book as dark as this. The whole tone of voice, inflection etc really just doesn't fit. At times I thought I was listening to the narration of a famous 5 book. Trust me, Necroscope books are not Famous 5! If this was a lighter book or a “youth fiction” book he’d be great.

Pronunciation: The narrator really has some issues here, I get it for some things but when you are mispronouncing the name of the main protagonists (Wamphyri) of the book you have a problem (surely you would check with the author). 5 minutes on the Brian Lumley web site would show how it is pronounced (it is in the FAQ!), and it certainly isn’t “wamfry”, which sounds (and was pronounced) more like something you’d call your cute pet goat, rather than the most evil, blood thirsty race in creation!

Voices: Some truly horrible ones here, which really don’t fit the book (probably partly down to the narrator’s tone of voice). Starts on a low with some gypsy women which sound like bad Yoda impressions. Most of the ‘female’ voices end up as the worst ‘comedy old lady’ you’ve heard, and the main vampire (remember, evil blood sucking demons) sounding more like a kindly Gandalf.

Sound effects: Wow, were these overused. Less annoying that the above issues, but again they didn’t fit or where of poor quality. Wolf calls that sound like someone shouting “owwwwww” into a tin can, echo on some things being "thought" (but not all!), the list goes on.

I hope the publisher takes this, and other reviews on board and switches narrator for the future books in the series (and re-record this one… PLEASE!). They have some good narrators reading other Brian Lumley books (such as Simon Vance), so why not use one of those, at least they’ll be familiar which the style.

I can’t see myself purchasing others if they don’t.

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deadspeak

as awesome as when I read it 24 years ago can't wait for the next book.

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  • 08-05-19

The narrator apparently needs to read a dictionary

in order to figure out how to pronounce simple english words I found it hard to listen to this story because of the stumbling narration.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-05-19

Wtf seriously!?

Is this some sort of a joke? The narrator is terrible, and with the sound effects, the vampires sound like they are house ghosts from Harry Potter. This would have been better if they used text to speech on an Adobe pdf. The Texans accent and wolf howls sound like they're from a 1980s comedy. I haven't checked but if the narrator is the same for the following books, I'll not be purchasing them.

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  • Eric S.
  • 20-05-19

performance just....didn't work for me

I really try to not be overly negative when it's not called for, I can say I wasn't a HUGE fan of the previous 3 books performer, but would happily take him back in a second. The performer wasn't terrible at his job, but his voice and mannerisms didn't fit at ALL with the story or characters. There was obviously overlap in characters from previous books, and to hear them "Speak" now was just jarring... Harry's mom as an example sounded shrill and nagging, a lot like Mrs. Kravitz if you've watched reruns of Bewitched. This is a series of books I have great nostalgia for, and was looking forward to listening to after reading them many years ago, and I nearly couldn't make it through. The added change of vocal effects and sound effects was.. interesting.. not something I hear a lot of in audiobooks, but wasn't actually a negative.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-05-19

4.5 stars great book

loved this audio book cant waite for 5th book in series to be available on audible
Michael Troughton did an okay job as narrator see if you can get James Langton back for fifth book
looking forward to deadspawn keep bringing out these books and i'll keep buying

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  • Brooks1024
  • 26-04-19

AWFUL AWFUL AWFUL NARRATION!!

I only finished listening to this book because the story is great. However the narrator turned all the characters into whiny sheepish individuals. The men sounded like scared little boys who would be afraid of their own shadows and the women sounded like super nagging harpies. They all sounded like they belonged in a skit on an episode of the Monty Python Show. I absolutely loved this book when I read it in high school 25 years ago but this narrator almost ruined it for me.

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  • bowlgouge
  • 03-05-19

Keep them coming

Another great addition to my audible library. LOVE these books. They are my all time favorites.
Keep them coming.

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  • Lawrence Monfils
  • 22-04-19

Taking audio books to a new level ...

Truly sensational. What a delivery - absolutely eerie and riveting. it's been great to see Audible bringing Lumley's stories to life this way. keep churning them out. Janos delivery is everything a Lumley wamphyre was meant to be. KUDOS Audible!

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