A Hidden Fire : Elemental Mysteries

  • by Elizabeth Hunter
  • Narrated by Dina Pearlman
  • Series: Elemental Mysteries
  • 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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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.
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- bluestategirl "I need more ears!"

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.

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- Lisa

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-10-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios