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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.

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  • Kathy Nicholson
  • 04-08-17

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

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  • BAE
  • 13-12-17

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.

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  • Colonelswife
  • 24-04-17

Very disappointing

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

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  • Shauna
  • 13-03-20

We get it, you’re vegan...

What more can I say? Every chapter we are reminded how the leading lady is vegan, vegan, vegan. In Every Book. I’m highly suspicious that the woman who wrote this story is vegan and though I don’t wish to offend all vegans, she seems like the type that can’t help but remind everyone around her every other breath that she is vegan...probly even owns a shirt saying it honestly. It gets redundant. If it wasn’t for two things I would have stopped listening to this series after the first book. Dorian, who is a very interesting character. (Zoe, even though she is a main character, is bland at best. Her three main characteristics are, she’s not really old, she’s an alchemist and of course she’s vegan...not much more than that.) and the second thing keeping me listening was the voice actor. She’s amazing. She can be voicing three characters at once and it sounds like there are separate ppl voicing each one. Very good job on her part and the only redeeming quality of this book. So yeah. If you can handle the constant in your face IM A VEGAN! And the repetition of details that could easily be had in the first two books, then this book is for you. Good luck.

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  • Michelle
  • 19-03-19

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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  • Sandy M
  • 10-03-17

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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  • AnnieS
  • 28-11-17

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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 24-11-20

To repetitive

I thought this writer will get the hang of writing by this third book in the series, but I was wrong. Here we are, reading the third book in a series, and the writer is STIL telling us the same thing she’s explained several times in the two previous books! Every time she mentions Notre Dame she hast to see Notre Dame to Patty, every time she mentions the book, she mentions the full name, every time she talks about alchemy she has to re-explain to us as if we’re stupid that alchemy is all about transformation, she’s mentioned the five different processes several times. Also, her grasp of French is pretty bad. An adult would never use the formal thank you to a child, as Dorian did with Brixton. The one saving grace of this series, is that the narrator is amazing and her French is excellent! I empathize with her having to read the bad French this writer didn’t take the time to research and perfect. Like I said in my last review, a little bit of professional proofreading and editing would have made this book better. As it is, I’ve only listen to these books because they’re free because I would not pay for this shoddy craftsmanship. It’s amazing how a writer can after two books, still repeat the same basic information we’ve been force-fed repeatedly. I can’t explain how frustrating reading we’re listening to this book is for me. Still riddled with grammatical errors and strange turn of phrase P. And my last comment; the writer apparently doesn’t know the word “inhale,“ she always has the protagonist “breathe in.“ I understand riders have their own style, but that’s why we have synonyms. I try to be constructive and my criticism, but I’m taking this very personally. I would look for another rider before I ever tried anything else from this one. If you’re just looking for fun,New spin on this urban paranormal genre, go ahead and try this series, but if you have any interest in proper grammar, and you have more than a basic understanding of French, this series might really annoy you. Thank you and happy reading!

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  • jennine.
  • 04-10-20

Recommended story

l loved book one and somehow started book 3 next, oh well, l picked the story up quickly and was fascinated with the whole tale. Very well narrated.

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  • Darla McCollim
  • 04-09-20

Love my Gargoyle

twists and turns make up a good mystery but interesting and unexpected side characters make this book and series very enjoyable. Highly recommend this cozy series.