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The Elusive Elixir

Narrated by: Julia Motyka
Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,037 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Dorian Robert-Houdin, the three-and-a-half-foot gargoyle chef who fancies himself a modern-day Poirot, is slowly turning into stone, and it's up to Zoe Faust to unravel the alchemical secrets that can save him. When they discover that a long-lost stone gargoyle with a connection to Dorian has reappeared in Europe, the stakes are even higher. From Portland to Paris, Zoe searches for the hidden knowledge she needs, but a cold case that harkens back to 1942 throws her off course. With an ailing friend desperately trying to discover his own elixir of life and a new romantic interest offering the first chance at love she's had in nearly a century, Zoe is torn between a dangerous form of alchemy and her desire for a safer life.

©2017 Gigi Pandian (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Very disappointing

This was the most annoying trilogy.
Poor plot , weak story . Stupid characters . Very stupid main character.

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Repetive and whiny

What would have made The Elusive Elixir better?

By the third book, it would be nice if the main character would quit whining so much! And to repeat the same info again and again in the same book. We got it the first time you mentioned it, enough!

What do you think your next listen will be?

not this author

What about Julia Motyka’s performance did you like?

She does the accents and different characters really well. A pleasure to listen to.

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

disappointment, I don't know why I kept reading the the series. After book 2, I shoudl ahve realized it. Sad

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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I’m quite fond of the gargoyle, but...

The “sidekick” character, a gargoyle, is engaging and perfectly read by the narrator. The protagonist has an annoying tendency towards false modesty and a serious lack of insight. The author sidesteps challenges presented by her plot missing opportunities for her protagonist to mature. Frustrating read.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Sandy M
  • Nebraska, United States
  • 03-10-17

Good but not Great

What did you like best about The Elusive Elixir? What did you like least?
I love Dorian and Zoe, but she seemed off her game in this book. Ending seemed rushed

Did the narration match the pace of the story?
Julia Motyka does a great job with Dorian and all French.

Any additional comments?
No way to tell if this is the last in the series. Some things left open, but unfortunately nothing so interesting that I would continue with this series.

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The Elusive Elixir

After I finished, The Elusive Elixir I felt mixed emotions. I was heartbroken for Zoe, elated for Dorian and anxious about where the next book in the series would lead. It also left me thinking of a Chinese proverb that I heard as a child, “You give a poor man a fish and you feed him for a day. You teach him to fish and you give him an occupation that will feed him for a lifetime.”

I was on pins and needles during the story because Zoe's past and present collided in a very unexpected way. She was lied to and betrayed by people from both her past and present.

What I loved most about this story is that Zoe's and Dorian's unusual friendship taught them both valuable lessons. Dorian's acceptance of his fate and his refusal to give in to evil to save himself, and Zoe's willingness to make the ultimate sacrifice to save her friend was beautifully written.

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So repetitive

I liked the first book pretty well but the second book repeats everything from book 1 - sometimes more than once. For example, how many times does alchemy need to be defined? Once as good for me. Same with the vegan recipes. I get it, it must be hard to find good vegan recipes, but I have no interest in vegan cooking and it wasn't necessary for the story. It was hard to listen to over and over and over again.

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other than....

Other than the constant mispronunciation of the word salve, I really have enjoyed this series. I just wish I didn't have to wait another 18 days for a credit to get the next book!

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Dorian should win best fictional character of the year!

I love Ms. Pandian’s books, and the Accidental Alchemist series is my favorite. Dorian, the loveable, loyal, occasionally sniffy, gourmet chef is one of literature’s most richly drawn and attractI’ve characters. I look forward to what I hope will be many more volumes in this series.

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The best of the series!

If you are new to this series: go to book 1 and start there! You will otherwise be very confused. This series is meant to be read in order.
With that being said, this was the BEST book of the series. Things really came full circle in many ways, we get answers for old questions & meet a new cast of characters who play a huge role. Not everyone is how they seem, and I was constantly being surprised by what happened next.
The end of this book is very satisfying.. finally! There is some closure on things with Dorian, but it leaves the door open for more ... I hope there is a book 4!

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love the characters excellent narrator

the characters are well developed and it is a good story line. Hope you enjoy it too.

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  • Lerae
  • 05-10-17

So disappointing

What disappointed you about The Elusive Elixir?

Like many subsequent novels in a series (and here I'm thinking specifically of Benedict Jacka's Alex Verus series and Ben Aaronovitch's Rivers of London books), the charm, originality and humour of the first book decreases with each new installment. I was disappointed with the second books in each of these series but hoped for a return to form in the third. Sadly, this optimism was not rewarded. In the case of The Elusive Elixer, much of the book consisted of the main character's (Zoe Faust) internal monologue. I thought Gigi Pandian was literally losing the plot with the second book but this third book is just so boring. Isn't one of the most basic rules of writing fiction that the author must show, not simply tell? Also, the repetition of information and explanations (for example, Zoe's diet and her inability to stay up late) was grating.

Would you ever listen to anything by Gigi Pandian again?

Not sure. Not in this series.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narration was fine per se, but the fact that so much of the book comprised the thoughts of the main character meant it was in that character's voice for long periods - very boring and monotonous.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No