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This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein | [Kenneth Oppel]

This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein

Victor and Konrad are the twin brothers Frankenstein. They are nearly inseparable. Growing up, their lives are filled with imaginary adventures... until the day their adventures turn all too real. They stumble upon The Dark Library, and secret books of alchemy and ancient remedies are discovered. Father forbids that they ever enter the room again, but this only peaks Victor's curiosity more. When Konrad falls gravely ill, Victor is not be satisfied with the various doctors his parents have called in to help. He is drawn back to The Dark Library....
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Victor and Konrad are the twin brothers Frankenstein. They are nearly inseparable. Growing up, their lives are filled with imaginary adventures... until the day their adventures turn all too real.

They stumble upon The Dark Library, and secret books of alchemy and ancient remedies are discovered. Father forbids that they ever enter the room again, but this only peaks Victor's curiosity more. When Konrad falls gravely ill, Victor is not be satisfied with the various doctors his parents have called in to help. He is drawn back to The Dark Library where he uncovers an ancient formula for the Elixir of Life. Elizabeth, Henry, and Victor immediately set out to find assistance in a man who was once known for his alchemical works to help create the formula.

Determination and the unthinkable outcome of losing his brother spur Victor on in the quest for the three ingredients that will save Konrads life. After scaling the highest trees in the Strumwald, diving into the deepest lake caves, and sacrificing one's own body part, the three fearless friends risk their lives to save another.

©2011 Kenenth Opel (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Kendra Danville, PA, United States 08-06-12
    Kendra Danville, PA, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great twist on an old classic"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I loved the original Frankenstein. This "prequel" gripped me from the first chapter and I couldn't stop listening. I couldn't wait to see what else this author had on audio and I immediately downloaded the rest of his books.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Every character is richly developed and you find yourself caring deeply about what happens to each one of them.


    Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

    The narrator does a great job depicting each character and his voice is wonderful to listen to.


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

    It was hard to turn the book off! I listened whenever I could. I didn't want it to end, yet I didn't want to pause the story either.


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    Michael Maple Grove, MN, United States 08-02-12
    Michael Maple Grove, MN, United States 08-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great prequel"

    I enjoyed the story and the narration (one of my favorite narrators). My only complaint is I was left wanting more.

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    Larry Ammon, ID, United States 07-30-12
    Larry Ammon, ID, United States 07-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "How it all began."

    I bought this one because it was on sale. It turned out to be a good buy. This is a fun book that helps one understand Dr. Frankenstein and his motivation in the future. There are parts of the book that are gripping and keep you listening to see what happens next.

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    Peter Prince George, BC, Canada 07-23-12
    Peter Prince George, BC, Canada 07-23-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent narration!"
    Would you try another book from Kenneth Oppel and/or Luke Daniels?

    Yes, but not specificaly because of them.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It snuck up on me.


    Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

    Luke Daniels did an excellent job with many of the characters. If ever I were on the fence about a book, Luke would make up my mind to buy it.


    Any additional comments?

    Not quite the noir book I expected it to be. Would be appropriate for young teens. I kept thinking of the Scooby Doo gang. Not a waste of money at $5.

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    Dennis Arlington, VT, United States 07-23-12
    Dennis Arlington, VT, United States 07-23-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Not enough for me"

    It wasn't dark and thrilling enough for me - it seemed more like a Harry Potter adventure than a horror story.
    The flavor of it was just not right in my opinion

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    Troy Brandon, FL, United States 07-13-12
    Troy Brandon, FL, United States 07-13-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Average at best."

    Good writing but less than suspenseful. It seemed more like a young adult novel. Luke Daniels does an excellent job, but I found myself wishing I was reading the Iron Druid Chronicles.

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    Jim Scotts, MI, United States 07-03-12
    Jim Scotts, MI, United States 07-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Good story for all ages"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I Recommend this book!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story teller makes or breaks an audiobook. This one is done very well!


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    Stephanie wimberly, TX, United States 07-30-12
    Stephanie wimberly, TX, United States 07-30-12 Member Since 2006

    I am a farrier and audiobooks really help time go by working alone. Audible makes it so much easier than using CD's!

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    "Wish I had more info before purchasing."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I did not give a fig about any of the characters even by the end. The only saving grace was seeing the flashes of anger in Victor.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None


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

    Nope, not now.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Kitto Townsville 10-16-12
    Michael Kitto Townsville 10-16-12 Member Since 2010

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    "This Dark Disappointment"

    Most people know my obsession with Frankenstein so I wanted to give This Dark Endeavour a go; since the author Kenneth Oppel calls this a prequel. Victor’s brother, Konrad, has fallen ill and no doctor has been able to cure him. Victor’s determination to save his brother has turned to alchemy to find the forbidden Elixir of Life and save his twin brother. With the help of his beautiful cousin Elizabeth and best friend Henry, Victor pushes the boundaries of nature and science in a treacherous search for the ingredients to help Konrad.

    This is book one in The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein series which I believe is being made into a trilogy. My first thoughts were that a YA novel about Victor Frankenstein was never going to work, but then after a bit of a look at the book I decided to give it a go anyway. I thought maybe if his research of Frankenstein is in-depth enough and he keeps to the dark and gothic elements of the original classic it might work. I really should have stuck to my first thoughts because from the very start I hated this book.

    First of all this book follows the same old paranormal young adult formula which means not so much dark and gothic elements but lots and lots to do with a love triangle. I really hate love triangles in books and this novel felt like the entire plot was centred around the love triangle. Sure, they search for the Elixir of Life but there was more to do with Victor’s feelings toward Elizabeth than the actual alchemy.

    Personally I wish I never read this book, it really did nothing for the Frankenstein story and love triangles are always annoying. There is a small steampunk element in this book but that felt like the author was jumping on the bandwagon to help market this book to the readers that want Steampunk, Paranormal, Love Triangle filled Young Adult romance. If you want gothic and dark YA like I do, then this book is not for you. But if you like the idea of a romance with paranormal elements in it, then maybe give this book a go.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Nowra, Australia 09-03-12
    Tim Nowra, Australia 09-03-12 Member Since 2010
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    It was a very captivating story, very entertaining


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    That kid just dose a good job


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