I loved this series when I read it on my Kindle and couldn't wait for it to come out on Audible.
Then I bought it. What the heck has happened..Show More » to Dina Pearlman? Her reading of this is so awful that it's un-listenable. Normally I enjoy her performances in series like Anna Strong and Vampire Moon, but in this one she flops spectacularly.
Why make a character like Beatrice, a young, sheltered academic, sound like a coarse ranch hand with boundary issues? What reads as simple curiosity in the material, Pearlman turns into a suspicious interrogation in her interpretation. She usually doesn't have a tin ear for nuance, but her accents for a Welshman and an Italian are so horrific it sounds like she has square marbles in her mouth. Her voice also sounds overworked and aging. I almost wonder if she's been ill.
What a bummer. I guess I'll clear the whole series off my iPod and reread it on my kindle.
Beatrice and Gio are on a quest to find her Father, Steven and the book of alchemy. It takes them to China where both are in safekeeping, or so they t..Show More »hink, when Lorenzo makes yet another appearance to destroy everyone's peace of mind. Beatrice is wanting to change to become a vampire, Gio wants her to wait, while other allies have their own ideas for her. Another interesting installment of the elemental world.
After losing her father and becoming a vampire, this story has a slow start with Beatrice adjusting to her new existence. It does get better though, w..Show More »hen Gio gets a summons to go to Rome. All heck breaks loose when Lorenzo makes another appearance and the ultimate evil step mother joins the story. Gio and Beatrice's love story grows stronger and stronger, as all the allies from previous books and some new ones join forces to put an end to mystery of the secret formula, that could kill them all.