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Necroscope V: Deadspawn

By: Brian Lumley
Narrated by: Michael Troughton
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Summary

There's a maniacal murderer on the loose, brutally slaughtering young women with a ferocity that rivals that of vampires Harry Koegh has spent his life combatting. The Necroscope's been asked to solve the crimes...asked by the dead spirits of the madman's victims.

Harry cannot turn down a request from the dead...even if it costs him his soul. In the climactic battle with the vampires, mankind prevailed and purged the vampires from earth - thanks to Harry, his team of psychically-gifted spies, and Faethor Ferenczy, long-dead "father" of the world's vampires, who betrayed his own kind.

But Harry's alliance with Faethor has a terrible cost - Harry's very humanity is under attack from the vampire evil coiled in his mind!

©2003 Brian Lumley (P)2019 David N. Wilson

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Awful narration.

The voice acting really really lets this book down. Some of the narrators pronunciation of normal English words is extremely bizzare, and the overall high pitched camp tones to the Whamphryi breaks all illusion of a sci fi\horror story. May have well been listening to a carry on adaption, first narrator I will now actively avoid.

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terrible narration

I had to finish the series even though I knew it was the same narrator as book 4, but once again the awful and inconsistent accents and voices have spoiled it for me. although the narrator HAS at least learned how to pronounce WAMPHYRI, these are evil despicable creatures who are portrayed as pompous buffoons. Apart from that there are so many mispronounced words it is difficult to concentrate on the narrative. having read all the Necroscope books many years ago, I was really looking forward to the Blood Wars books, but as it is the same narrator I'm afraid I will give them a miss. Such a shame because the stories as always are incredible!

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Comedy Narration for a Macabre Classic

I must say, I have a lot of time for narrator Michael Troughton and have enjoyed quite a few of his on-screen performances over the years.It must be also be said, though - he's not at all a comfortable fit for narrating the Necroscope series. Some of the performance is just plain sloppy - mispronunciation abounds, suggesting that neither narrator nor editor had listened to the previous books in the series for even 10 minutes. How anybody could pronounce 'Wamphyri' as 'Wamfry' beggars belief, and to be honest could be construed as disdainful of the tremendous source material. Almost as distracting is Mr. Troughton's voice - it's too high-pitched and excitable, almost as if his 'New Statesman' character Piers Fletcher-Dervish had found a sideline, then messed it up, as was his wont.

Very disappointing, particularly as the first three books featured excellent narration from James Langton. If I didn't love Brian Lumley's work so much (hence the four stars overall) I'd be giving the 5th book a miss - please find a new narrator for future Necroworld releases !

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The narrator doesnt know words apparently

There are so many words which this narrator apparently cant pronounce... at first it was mildly amusing, but after a while i have to ask why they gave the job to someone who can barely read.

Here are a few examples. He pronounces sigil as “sigull”, omniscience as “omni-science” and spectre as “sceptre”... those are just the ones i made a mental note of in the past hour of listening, but there are many, many others.
If it wasnt for the context I would have no idea what he is talking about half the time.
Aside from that, it is a fantastic book.

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Awful narration,Again

I was extremely disappointed with the performance from the last book and yet again the narrator hasn't done his character homework. Giving a clipped Chinese accent to a man that is clearly described as a cockney thought out the series is a joke. His hi pitched tinny approach makes what are supposed to be the most evil of beings sound like something from CBBC.... Totally inconsistent and a complete lack of understanding of the source material. I hope they find a better voice actor for the vampire world series.. story is great..

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This Should Be a Great Audiobook But…..

Once again this audiobook is let down by the narration. Brian Lumley’s story is excellent so it’s a shame that it’s spoiled by such poor narration.

At least Michael Troughton has now learned how to pronounce Vamphyri correctly, otherwise I’d have given up listening.

Michael still makes the vampires sound effeminate though. Which is really distracting as they are supposed to be evil creatures.

If it wasn’t for the fact that I’m enjoying the storylines I would not bother listening to future audiobooks in the series.

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Terrible choice of narrator. Good book.

Please rerecord these books, Toby Longworth would be incredible narrating this series.

Troughton is a legend, but not for this, menacing moments are ruined, vampires of this narrative need to be dark, deep throated, serious. Troughton portrays them with his high pitch, comedic tone that carries no weight or threat.

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It's a bit of a struggle...

Found this so hard to listen to... And that's a real shame as I absolutely love this series of books...

Fantastic story and written so well... Narrated so badly!!

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The end(?)

Harry Keogh's story concludes with a special twist to the myth. Not best, but good.

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Wamphyri !!

This audio book was very good as is the saga of the Necroscope himself !! If you enjoy the story you’ll enjoy this !!

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  • bowlgouge
  • 10-10-19

Best series ever

Finally audible has this series. Love these books.
Keep them coming. Can’t wait for the next one

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  • Stathis K
  • 08-10-19

5 out of 5 stars

one of the best books in series loved these books waiting for next book in series dont keep us waiting

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-11-19

please get next in series

Loved it. Please continue to add to this series. One of my favorites of all time

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 29-10-19

A rushed entry in the series and poor narration

I remember this particular book in a better light. When I read it the first time in '91 I thought it rivaled book one for best in the series. Listening to it now brings some of Lumley's more annoying writing habits into glaring focus. Every character uses the same slang and terms and phrases, he repeats himself a LOT and feels the need to rehash details over and over, and he over-explains every tiny insignificant detail. "As you know, I'm a Telepath, so..." and "I'm Wamphyri, so...." This tends to just get on your nerves after hearing characters tell each other this bit over and over. If Shaithis is talking to the Ferenc, why does he feel the need to remind him that he is Wamphyri and then explain the lusts and emotions of being such? I think he knows, already.

All in all it feels like Lumley was just trying to get to the end of the Harry Keogh saga. The ending feels rushed and there is way too much filler (the over-explaining and repeating himself, flashbacks, and recapping what has happened before). We've had 4 books of E-Branch's escapades, and each time he brings back a character we all know about, he has to go back and explain what that character's powers are and how they work. David Chung: "As you know, I'm a sympathetic locator, so I can take an item owned by the blah blah blah blah...." Seriously, we know already. We don't need 4 paragraphs of him explaining it to the people he has worked with for years!

Those are my complaints. You know, though, I still love this series, and I adore Harry and the ESPers. The Wamphyri are suitably terrifying and I'd love to see this series made into a movie but I doubt that will ever happen. It's time has passed I guess. I'm still going to buy the "Vampire World" books when they release on audio. I actually enjoyed those a great deal more than the original series.

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The narrator was very inconsistent with accents and character vocalizations. Shaithis was at first all gurgling and clotted sounding, but then in the last chapter he sounds like the Ferenc. Harry's voicings were just all over the place, and Karen did NOT sound like a Wamphyri lord should sound. She came across as a sniveling cowardly little girl. I did not like the narration at all. Also, I doubt a Hell's Angel from Detroit has a cockney accent, and some dude working in a Harley shop in Detroit most definitely does not have a British accent. Those were the most egregious violations to me. His Russian accents were pretty poor as well.

I've listened to books narrated by Michael Troughton before and they weren't this bad. I don't know if he was just trying to get it over with or was distracted or whatever. I was just very disappointed with the performance.

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  • Darrell L. Martin
  • 13-10-20

The perfect ENDING...to the BEGINNING

So much heart pounding action in this conclusion (or is it?) of Harry Keogh's Necroscope journey.

Brian Lumley first 5 Necroscope novels changed my vision of vampires...FOREVER!
And to think...these first 5 tales SPAWNED 8 more colossal adventures still to be told.

Michael Troughton's performance was very well done.

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  • mrsmurry
  • 13-11-19

like the others...

Great story and and good narrating. ALMOST as good as the first narrator. Good job to all, again.

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  • Billy Mitro
  • 25-08-22

Rushed?

A much improved performance from the narrator, goofy sound effects are mostly gone, pronunciations are mostly on point and it is overall enjoyable to listen. If you struggled with necro 4 due to narration, 5 is a vast improvement.

The story however, now being able to hear it at my leisure seems rushed. The Johnny found arc is contrived and goes on for far too long, especially considering the previous villains' abilities compared to Johnny's, he should have been a 2 chapter toady buddy at best. The wamphyry are developed, albeit they find God and Jesus in this book which is a bit of a crutch on BL's part but there is some loose justification to the concept. Nitpicking withstanding, a fine listen and a grand improvement on necro 4.

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  • Mike
  • 31-12-21

How Freaking Clever

Love this series. How the hell does the author come up with such fantastic imagery? The epilogue...wow!!!

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  • patrick boggs
  • 20-07-21

Not the best in series, but still good

There were some great parts, and this definitely an important addition to the series, but some of it felt forced. That won't stop from reading the next book in the series, though.

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  • Joshua E. Young
  • 24-02-20

Great Series

I had a good friend suggest this author and book series to me. I can say it is one of my favorites, interesting take on one of the "big questions" what happens after? and I like the different perspective on ESP, and vampirism. Just a great book series, and a great book in general.