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Download This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,081 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kenneth Oppel Narrator: Luke Daniels Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2011 ISBN:
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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.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy Karls | 2/14/2014

    " The new part of the story is fine - problem is once you get 60% of the way through this book actually ends. The rest of the content is the original Frankenstein by Mary Shelly. I wouldn't have wasted my money if I knew almost half the book was one that I already owned. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Crystal Johnston | 2/12/2014

    " Loved it. As a fan of Mary Shelley's book and a twin myself Kenneth portrayed both Victor Frankenstein and the dynamic between twins extremely well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jams | 2/10/2014

    " Kenneth Oppel rarely disappoints, and he certainly didn't this time. I love young Victor! He made a really creepy man sexy. Weird but true. Please say there will be a sequel!!!! This was fascinating and his best book since the amazing Matt Cruse. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samantha Boyette | 1/19/2014

    " A pretty good book, worth a read, just didn't love it enough to do a full out review of it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Penny Peck | 1/15/2014

    " Using language evocative of the Victorian era, Oppel has created a "prequel" to Mary Shelley's FRANKENSTEIN. Told from the point of view of Victor when he is sixteen years of age, this describes the illness of his twin brother Konrad. Other characters include their parents, friend Henry, and distant cousin Elizabeth. Polidori also figures into the story, which is very cinematic. The descriptions of swordfights, escapes, and other action sequences would make this a wonderful film. The writing is somewhat elevated, which is to the author's credit, giving it a real feel of the time period and perhaps enriching the vocabulary of older tweens and teens who will enjoy this. I can't wait for the next episode. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krystal | 1/11/2014

    " Review to come via Fresh Fiction "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roxanne | 1/10/2014

    " This was a fabulous book! I really took my time reading it, but it picked up near the end and had some definite twists. The writing was wonderful, and I loved reading a book with such a flawed main character. I will absolutely be reading the second! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica Schira | 1/9/2014

    " Extremely smooth writing style. Engaging, though not always likeable characters. Great prequel to the much loved Frankenstein. Everyone should read this book. I do prefer the other cover. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bubbles | 12/12/2013

    " It was amazing. It really helped me think of the scientist's (Victor Frankenstein's) past. Thoughtfully written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krissy Backhaus | 10/19/2013

    " okay - It was a slow start for me but halfway through it really picked up and I enjoyed the book. There is some adventure and science fiction in here. Good start to the prequel series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 10/12/2013

    " Loved this book - you don't have to be a fan of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein to enjoy this, but it is a fun "prequel" if you are. This story is well written and has good suspense. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margarita Norment | 2/18/2013

    " This book was ok. It was a very easy read. I dislike the ending it was underdeveloped in my opinion. I also felt it was a little to juvenile to be considered YA. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lenmeo | 12/28/2012

    " Very different from other books that have crossed my path recently. I am not one for period verbage, so it took me a bit to get into the story. After I was able to get past that, the story was very addictive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah Morgan | 10/2/2012

    " A great book for at-risk readers or anyone who loves a good adventure book. It was too gruesome for me in some parts, but kids would love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sabrina | 10/2/2012

    " Gives insight to the motives behind the making of "Frankenstein". "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alex | 11/15/2011

    " As a big fan of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley I was really disappointed in this book. I do not believe it catched the slightly gothic and mysterious aura that Shelley's Frankenstein has. Also, the book was pretty forgettable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josie | 11/5/2011

    " This was a very good, well-written book with a DEVASTATINGLY abrupt ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 11/4/2011

    " It is a tall order to write a prequel to Mary Shelley's masterpiece. The literature does not even come close. Still, a fun look back into the young mind on the cusp of twisted thinking, belonging to one Victor Frankenstein. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 11/4/2011

    " Audio version grows on you. story moves fairly quick. interesting take on how Frankenstein came to be. good for guys "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samantha | 10/30/2011

    " A pretty good book, worth a read, just didn't love it enough to do a full out review of it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Austin | 10/24/2011

    " Awesome! Loved this story. Can't wait for the next one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 10/22/2011

    " A story of Victor Frankenstein and events in his youth that lead to his obsessions in Frankenstein. Oppel really knows how to write a good story which appeal to both boys and girls. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 10/21/2011

    " I think Oppel has done an interesting and very successful job of establishing a passionate and believable young
    Victor Frankenstein. And, I think it hits the spot for his target audience! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eilishk | 10/19/2011

    " FUN! this book made me want to pack my bags and go on a journey to find the most impossible things!
    i loved the bond between the characters and i thought Victor was great! this book was such good fun and was so easy to read!
    loved it!! "

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About the Author
Author Kenneth Oppel

Kenneth Oppel is the author of numerous books for young readers. His award-winning Silverwing trilogy has sold over a million copies worldwide and been adapted as an animated TV series and stage play. Airborn won a Michael L. Printz Honor Book Award and the Canadian Governor General’s Literary Award for children’s literature; its sequel, Skybreaker, was a New York Times bestseller and was named Children’s Novel of the Year by the Times. Born on Canada’s Vancouver Island, he now resides in Toronto with his wife and children.

About the Narrator

Luke Daniels is a narrator whose many audiobook credits range from action and suspense to young-adult fiction, including works by Philip Roth and John Updike. He has been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award in 2012 and 2014 and has earned thirteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actor, he has performed at various repertory theaters around the country, with an emphasis on Shakespeare.