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A Hidden Fire Audiobook

A Hidden Fire: Elemental Mysteries, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Semi-finalist - The Kindle Book Review, Best Indie Books of 2012

"The first book in the best-selling Elemental Mysteries series by Elizabeth Hunter, Elemental Mysteries has turned into one of the best paranormal series I've read this year. It's sharp, elegant, clever, evenly paced without dragging its feet, and at the same time emotionally intense."
—Nocturnal Book Reviews

No secret stays hidden forever. A phone call from an old friend sets mysterious book researcher Giovanni Vecchio back on the path of a mystery that has eluded him for centuries. Little does he suspect a young librarian holds the key to an ancient secret, nor could he expect the danger Beatrice De Novo would attract. Now both will follow a twisted maze leading from the archives of a university library, through the fires of Renaissance Florence, and toward a passion that could destroy them both.

©2011 Elizabeth Hunter (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Cheri 02-14-15
    Cheri 02-14-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Not bad....."

    I was surprised on how much I liked the story. I bought this book several months back and finally listened to it because a friend advise me on how much she liked it. I don't want spoil the story but the book kinda reminded me of "A Discovery of Witches" by Deborh Harkness only no witches but with vampires who posses one of the four elemetal powers. The story was slow in the beginning but did pickup. I would recommend this book and plan on reading the others in the series.

    It's worth a credit.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Think about this 05-27-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Start of something very interesting"

    Giovanni is on assignment of translating texts in a campus library, when he meets Beatrice. She may be a link to an old mystery of lost books, but that can lead them in to danger from other sources including their hearts. A very good start for a series, but as with all series books, the ending is a bit of a disappointment, compelling you to read on to the next book.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa United States 09-21-14
    Lisa United States 09-21-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantastic Story, Horrid Narration"
    How could the performance have been better?

    The only way to improve the performance would be to have hired a completely different


    Any additional comments?

    I read the book first and loved it and was so excited when it came out on audio. But the narration was so terrible that I could barely listen to it. This is one of the few audiobooks I've listened to where the narrator truly ruined it for me. The voices she creates for each character are completely off and the various accents she attempts to use are beyond cringe worthy. And really annoying when she mispronounces Spanish words considering the main character is of Mexican/Spanish decent and speaks Spanish. I would skip getting this audio book, but definitely read it! The story itself and the characters created are fabulous.

    22 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Wisconsin 05-08-14
    Amazon Customer Wisconsin 05-08-14
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    "Decent story, kind of bad narration"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed the story and went on to listen to the others.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was...I feel like she just didn't have an idea who these characters were. Her voice for Beatrice was just baaaad. She sounded very trashy, and ill-bred. It was horribly jarring. Some of the accents were ok, and others were strange. The Italian was pretty overdone I thought, to the point of being distracting. The villain's voice was goofy rather than menacing and when I went to the kindle copy to read it, the voices in my head made the characters and even the story so much more appealing that even though I love the convenience of the audiobook, I kind of think the narrator wrecked the story a little for me.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    bluestategirl Vermont 04-03-14
    bluestategirl Vermont 04-03-14 Member Since 2011
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    "What's happened to Dina Pearlman?"

    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 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.

    What a shame.

    35 of 40 people found this review helpful
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    H.L.Smith 01-08-15
    H.L.Smith 01-08-15
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    "just ok"

    Narrator did not do characters accents justice. I have read all the series and none of them sounded right to me.





    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Donna 10-20-13
    Donna 10-20-13
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    "I'm hooked!"
    What other book might you compare A Hidden Fire to and why?

    A Discovery of Witches. Stories and characters are quite similar and just as enjoyable.


    Which character – as performed by Dina Pearlman – was your favorite?

    Beatrice. Love her sarcasm!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Made me laugh out loud a few times.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    marzywild 02-23-15
    marzywild 02-23-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Fantastic book, HORRIBLE narration."
    What did you like best about A Hidden Fire? What did you like least?

    I have read all four of the Elemental Mysteries books, and some of the Elemental World books. They are fantastic. The characters are layered and interesting, the story engaging and very enjoyable. Elizabeth Hunter is a gem. I'd love to spend a day in her brain!


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dina Pearlman?

    Anyone. This narrator did not fit well with this series, at all. I really can't think of anything good to say about her performance, and I hate saying that, because I really don't want to be mean. But, her voice/style/bad accents just do not fit with these characters. Not a single one.


    Any additional comments?

    This could be a truly excellent listen, if they re-record with a different narrator.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl 10-27-15
    Cheryl 10-27-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Reading was better than listening"

    I love all of the books in the elemental mysteries series. Elizabeth Hunter is an amazing author. But i was not happy with the audio version. I didn't like the accent of Giovanni. He came off as harsh and old. Even though he is a 500 year old vampire, he was turned when he was very young. When he spoke to B, most of the time it was tender. Not abrupt and condescending. He needed a softer side to his voice to make me believe it was really Giovanni. Beatrice on the other hand had an annoying voice. She is portrayed as an intelligent woman but her voice reminded me of a very dense and flighty girl. I suggest not using less accents on the characters and add more emotion instead.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica R.V. Rick 07-30-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Good book"

    I really enjoyed the story but was not fond of the narrator. I found her voice to be odd and distracting

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "Refreshing..."

    I was skeptical at first, I thought I was over the vampire paranormal genre, I am a sucker for a good PNR,and shame on me I missed it, a guilty pleasure I wanted assuaged.

    Not holding out much hope this book pleasantly surprised me. One it has a great story line and individual characters and two there's no instantaneous love at first sight , there's drama, a very delicious vampire with an unusual power, who actually does not dare scratch that itch, I understand why. Though when he does fall foul of his feelings or has to put up a front, sparks fly.

    The story and relationship unfolds slowly without losing any pace, glad this independent author decided to publish, EH has put my faith back into the genre. Mystery, romance and drama I found this PNR refreshing and will definitely read more.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Firecracker
    10/28/15
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    "Awful narration."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I love this series and feel that this story has been ruined by poor narration. Gio is Italian not Transylvanian and Carwyn is Welsh not a plummy Englishman. l managed about an hour before giving up. I'll stick to dead tree format and enjoy this slow burn love story in all it's nuanced, sassy layered glory.


    What other book might you compare A Hidden Fire to, and why?

    Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews, this series also has a strong female lead, brilliant world building and interesting characters. Shifters and magic rather than vampires but still sexy, funny and not too fluffy.


    What didn’t you like about Dina Pearlman’s performance?

    I want my audio books to allow me to enjoy the story without being distracted constantly by the narrators performance. Regional accents must be right or at least neutral if the performer cannot imitate them accurately. This laboured rendition made me regret purchasing the audiobook version of a well loved story.


    Did A Hidden Fire inspire you to do anything?

    To not listen to the rest of it and be grateful I didn't pay full price for it!


    Any additional comments?

    Buy the paper or e-book, settle down and enjoy the slow build up, this does take more than one book. The characters grow into themselves and the stories are definately not fluffy or sparkly. Beatrice is an amazing protagonist who really blossoms as the series moves on.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dr
    Crewe, United Kingdom
    1/22/15
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    "Great story bad narration"

    I loved this book when I read it but am really disappointed by the performance. The narrator does the most awful accents I have ever heard. Very disappointing as I love the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • CHRISIE
    BRISTOL, United Kingdom
    9/26/13
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    "My series of this year year"
    Where does A Hidden Fire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    top five and i've heard many


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Hidden Fire?

    Well they say "absence makes the heart grow fonder" !! and only when you read you will understand what i mean Besides the the mystery around gio and the humour between B & G I loved the way Elizabeth set out the history.


    What does Dina Pearlman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Dinas character voice changes were excellent. Her voice for Beatrice and Gio were just as I imagined when i read the books earlier in the year .


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    If life were this exciting you would want to live forever


    Any additional comments?

    This isn't a teenage " Vampire Diarie"s or Twighlight. this is an adult story (not as in rudeness more in terms of maturity) I actually didn't know it was based on human and vampire world until a few chapters in. Beatrice (or B in early parts) found out stuff the same time as we did, very clever how that was writing in a slow reveal of information. I probably wouldn't have read it otherwise thinking it was going to be a teen goth book lolIt is worth joining

    Elizabeth Hunters facebook page.she is a newish author with a building fan bass and answers most posts. its amazing the research Elizabeth goes into while preparing for her books. in the summer she was blogging to us all from istanbul where she was researching for another book series.

    The whole series needs to be heard/read not just this book.

    There are 4 elemental mysteries books followed by a onward series called elemental world that explores the characters more and uncovers more of the mystery of vampire politics crime and drug situation as well as further character development. This series is still expanding I believe.

    A Hidden Fire (Elemental Mysteries Book One)This Same Earth (Elemental Mysteries Book Two)The Force of Wind (Elemental Mysteries Book Three)

    A Fall of Water (Elemental Mysteries Book Four)Building From Ashes (Elemental World Book One) Waterlocked (An Elemental World Novella)Blood and Sand (Elemental World Book Two)

    Blood and Sand (Elemental World 3) was my favorite in the second series and explored the character of Boajia

    Extract: From BLOOD AND SAND...

    Natalie was trying to take her first tai chi lesson seriously. Really. She was. But the feel of Baojia moving her arms and legs into various positions, then standing really close to move her from form to form was more than a little distracting. "You should really put on a shirt if you want me to concentrate." He moved in front of her and tilted her chin up as she stood with arms stretched out and legs half-bent. "I don't have many clothes here, and I'm not going to ruin my nice shirts practicing. Now focus." She muttered, "Kind of hard to do after that thing you did an hour ago." A lift at the corner of his mouth was the only reaction she got.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • L
    1/22/16
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    "Couldn't stand the narrator"

    I'm not sure if this book is good or not as I couldn't get past the first hour of it. The narrator is terrible. Her voice is horrible, her accent is just plain weird - something between New York, Midwest and Southern - and very off putting. Her attempts at foreign accents are equally bad and her reading style is unpleasant. Will stick to the to the Kindle version.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Colette
    Gorebridge, United Kingdom
    11/29/13
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    "Predictable and disappointing"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think this is more aimed at teenage girls...very Twilighty.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Elizabeth Hunter again?

    No, it has put me off completely.


    Have you listened to any of Dina Pearlman’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    This was my first and she did a good job. It was the story that couldn't hold my interest, not her performance.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. From the reviews it sounded like it bucked the trend but I waswrong.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Twilite
    11/19/17
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    "Accents?"

    After ready the kindle edition of this book I thought I would enjoy it more having it read to me. Unfortunately the narrator let it down, her accents were terrible.. her Welsh accent sounded more English and her Scottish and Italian accents were questionable. The story itself was great and left me wondering what would happen next but I have to say the narrator spoiled the whole book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
    8/5/17
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    "Good story, worth while listen"

    Enjoyable listen we follow Giovanni Vecchio a vampire book researcher who although living in the modern world, is unable to use any computer or mobile shone.
    Beatrice De Novo a young student librarian befriends Giovanni and assists him with his research. As their relationship develops Beatrice's life is put in danger. This is an elegant story not full of explicit sex but strength of emotion.
    I will checking out the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tony
    10/30/16
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    "A very enjoyable listen."

    I was very supprised at how this this book is. o will seek out the next one in the series as soon as possible. the narration was very good and didn't leave me wanting to sleep, but rather I wanted to listen longer. thank you very much

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • HC900
    9/21/16
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    "great book"

    loved it. lots. of interesting characters and a great plot. I look forward to the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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