Plot: The Lightkeepers takes place throughout one year. A group of scientists settle on a desolate island off the coast of California – it is wild, remote, and full of aggressive birds protecting their territory, seals, and the resulting guava. The group studies the island’s fauna, sharks, sea life, etc., living in a house built by lightkeepers long since replaced by automation. The Lightkeepers is poetic at times; there is death and injury that appear to be accidents. The story is told to us via letters written to the deceased mother of a nature photographer. Are they accidents? There is the mystery!
Liked: The story is very ethereal – a ghost occasionally appears, but we’re never quite sure who she is – but there is more. The tale is deep and thought-provocing. Very descriptive – you can smell the salt air. Narration by Xe Sands is terrific and an excellent choice for The Lightkeepers. Xe could read a phone book and make it interesting. No objectionable language.
Not so hot: Well, more of a warning – there is a rape scene some might find diffiicult to read.
Written by Abby Geni, narrated by Xe Sands, about nine hours of listening in unabridged audiobook format, released in January 2016 by Blackstone Audio, Inc.