In this prequel to Mary Shelley's gothic classic, Frankenstein, sixteen-year-old Victor Frankenstein begins a dark journey that will change his life forever. Victor's twin, Konrad, has fallen ill, and no doctor can cure him. Unwilling to give up on his brother, Victor enlists his beautiful cousin Elizabeth and his best friend, Henry, on a treacherous search for the ingredients to create the forbidden Elixir of Life. Impossible odds, dangerous alchemy, and a bitter love triangle threaten their quest at every turn. Victor knows he must not fail. But his success depends on how far he is willing to push the boundaries of nature, science, and love - and how much he is willing to sacrifice.
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by Kenneth Oppel
"In an original prequel, narrator Luke Daniels brings to life 16-year-old twins Victor and Konrad Frankenstein in much the same way Mary Shelley has the adult Victor bring to life his immortal monster in the classic FRANKENSTEIN. After Konrad falls ill, a fiercely driven Victor sets out with his cousin and a friend to find the elixir of life. Guiding the trio through this gothic quest and an unsettling cast of characters is Daniels's deep but youthful-sounding voice, which also guides the listener's insights into the haunted, determined scientist Victor will become. Although he can sound a bit robotic during lengthy narrative passages, Daniels's performance is engaging. A.R.H. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"
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