Google+ Reading Teen: Audiobook Review: This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein by Kenneth Oppel, Narrated by Luke Daniels

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Audiobook Review: This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein by Kenneth Oppel, Narrated by Luke Daniels


Audio CD
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio on CD Value Priced; Unabridged edition (May 22, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1455895040
ISBN-13: 978-1455895045
 In this prequel to Mary Shelley’s gothic classic, Frankenstein, sixteen-year-old Victor Frankenstein begins a dark journey that will change his life forever. Victor’s twin, Konrad, has fallen ill, and no doctor can cure him. Unwilling to give up on his brother, Victor enlists his beautiful cousin Elizabeth and his best friend, Henry, on a treacherous search for the ingredients to create the forbidden Elixir of Life. Impossible odds, dangerous alchemy, and a bitter love triangle threaten their quest at every turn. Victor knows he must not fail. But his success depends on how far he is willing to push the boundaries of nature, science, and love — and how much he is willing to sacrifice.

My Review

The story of Victor Frankenstein and his monster has always been one to fascinate me.  So, one day when I was sick and, naturally, very bored, I decided to pop this audiobook into my CD player. I can say right off the bat that my boredom immediately died away. This prequel of the epic classic was exactly the kind of book that I like to read. Action throughout, mystery, comedy, and a certain level of dark atmosphere. And of course alchemy, an even mixture of science and fantasy, was a great aspect of the plot. I was immediately captivated with this audiobook and spent pretty much an entire day listening to it.

My very first impression when the audiobook started playing was that the narrator, Luke Daniels, was entirely monotonous. It seemed like it at first, and it bugged me, but after continuing to listen, I found that this was not the case. His voice range for characters is great and, while it seems that he's monotonous while narrating, his voice really comes alive when voicing a character.

This is a great book that I recommend to any fans of the classic story or of modern horror. You will not be disappointed. 





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