• The Lighthouse Keeper

  • By: Alan K. Baker
  • Narrated by: Steven Cree
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 30-07-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.4 (155 ratings)

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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1 out of 5 stars
By Amanda on 02-09-12

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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10 of 10 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Chrissie on 05-10-12

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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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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4 out of 5 stars
By Oenophile on 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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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Kimberly on 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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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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