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The Lighthouse Keeper

Narrated by: Steven Cree
Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (163 ratings)

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Summary

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

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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!!

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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"

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terrible ending!

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'.

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  • M
  • 05-09-12

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.

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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.

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Ending?!

Ninety percent of the book is amazing and the ending is a total disappointment.I thought this would be a five star listen until the concluding chapters.

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Poor ending

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The majority of the book was good but the ending was poor "The door opened" and then what? - nothing. I wish the current reviews had been available when I purchased the book.

Would you be willing to try another book from Alan K. Baker? Why or why not?

no as I don't want to be let down by another poor ending.

What aspect of Steven Cree’s performance might you have changed?

There was nothing really wrong with his performance.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

no.

Any additional comments?

In my opinion prospective readers time would be better spent reading the poem flannan isle.

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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.

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dreadful narration

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.

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Short Cut Story

I think there are two explanations for the sudden [unnatural] ending to this story.

1. There has been a massive bloomer, in which a more appropriate ending was accidentally left out. Typo errors can be missed within a paperback, which can happen when an author has looking at a large manuscript for months on end.
As an author myself, I know professional Editing services can be unreasonably expensive, but this is different.

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2. The Author is having a good laugh, at the idea of readers wondering what happened at the end.
In this case, the Author may have given us the opportunity of forming our own ideas to an appropriate end.

I would like to think it's the latter reason, but I fear it's the former. I just wish there was a way of telling us eventually.

Otherwise I found it to be an brilliant angle to a tragic and true incident; every bit as interesting as the incident on'The Smalls' Lighthouse (1801)? It was good, how the two time periods were meshed together, without getting lost in the process.

I went through in one session through last night, as it kept me interested from start to [unusual] end. And I would certainly recommend it, albeit with that point above.

Jack.

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  • Oenophile
  • 06-08-12

Lovecraft Redux

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend it for Lovecraft fans, of which I am one. It has many of the same elements.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lighthouse Keeper?

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

What does Steven Cree bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

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.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Kimberly
  • 24-08-12

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.

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  • Sharron
  • 02-05-14

I ADORE this book! Totally creeped out!

This book was my first introduction to Alan K. Baker and I can honestly say this book blew me away and I'll explain why. This book captures all the elements I love in a good scare---a dark, brooding mystery, mounting suspense, realistic characters, superb writing and most importantly, ORIGINALITY.

Baker illustrates the spooky atmosphere of Eilean Mor (a Scottish Isle) using fantastically descriptive Scottish diction and powerful imagery. The story itself features two interwoven narrative threads which depict current events and reveal the supernatural mystery of a missing lighthouse keeper. The story centres on a team of Scientists all working for the Joint Nature Conservation Comittee (JNCC) who set up a camp on the island to research marine life. The crew discover the testament of Alec Dalemore, (the missing lighthouse keeper from 1901) and read of his frightening paranormal encounters as they too, encounter something inexplicable and horrific. The testament lends to the story at the same time a revelation of the past, an anchor in the here and now, and a confession of fear and terror. The pacing between these two threads was done perfectly and I really felt it added to the overall experience.

To offer just a small taste of what to expect in terms of paranormal happenings, I want to make clear that this is NOT a ghost story nor is it anything predictable. Between a ruined chapel, strange weather and a white fox with...."something wrong with its face," you will not be disappointed. This book was really spooky and that fox...what the.....#%@^&?!

Narration was excellent and the Scottish accent really authenticated the story for me.

If you are looking for a spooky mystery with supernatural elements and a Scottish flavour, pick up The Lighthouse Keeper!

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  • james and Lisa tomlin
  • 04-05-20

I could listen a million times

I can listen to this story a million times Stephen Cree performance is amazing it has a great theme would love to see it turned into a movie

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  • Rohan
  • 07-12-19

Disappointing

The reader was great, the story I found intriguing, but the ending was such a huh? What happened moment that I thought initially it wasn’t finished. Big disappointment. I really don’t enjoy endings with so many loose ends.

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  • ML
  • 13-11-17

Good story, great narrator, poor ending

The story was engaging and clever. The narration was beautifully preformed. The narrator's accent was very easy on the ears. The cliffhanger ending was a disappointment and did not match the rest of the story. #audible 20 review sweepstakes entry

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  • Nick
  • 11-06-16

Disappointed. Promising start but...

Started well looking to be an interesting story. But then it turns weird for the sake of it. With a rapid decline into a 'house on the borderlands' /'mountains of madness' pastiche.

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  • Flash MacTavish
  • 08-05-13

Great Narrator, Shame About The Story.

Would you listen to The Lighthouse Keeper again? Why?

No. Can I have the 8 or so hours of my life back

What was most disappointing about Alan K. Baker’s story?

No conclusive end, too many open questions.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

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.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I rarely listen a book in one sitting other than when I am driving a long distance.

Any additional comments?

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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