I considered getting a refund 1/4 of the way into the book because the narrator could not perform the voices properly. Not only did the teenagers sound like they were very old, they all sounded alike many times and it was very confusing. I suggest to buy the book, read it, then try listening to the other books. Avoid the torture.
This is a book I read for a book club. I'll be honest I didn't think I would like it at all. I'm not a fan of historical books and I thought that's what this would be.... but it wasn't. It was written with modern speech & mannerisms but with morals & obligations that were prominent in the Victorian era.
I liked the book enough that I'm going to listen to the next one as well. There were warlocks, automatons, demons, demon hunters, people with the sight, vampires and a shape changer. But despite how dark and foreboding all that sounds... it really wasn't. There was one very dark scene in the whole book. The rest was far more adventure, romance, self discovery, betrayal, loyalty, mirth, wit and kindness.
A moment on kindness... it isn't something I often see/read/hear in books these days. Mostly books are all about love and triumph and perseverance or are intense and sad and thought provoking... but they lack the simple concept of kindness. This book has that in spades and I have a very deep appreciation for the book because of that.
So while it wasn't a book I thought I would like...I did and if you like kindness, YA, fantasy, and imaginative writing.... then this book is for you.
This story is pretty fun, the steampunk setting is cool and London is very atmospherically described. The characters are interesting and the story is less histrionically teenage than Cassandra Clare's other series. Jennifer Ehle's narration however, drove me crazy. From mispronounciations (how hard it is to google how to say Boudicea?) to the off-sounding male characters, yeah I'm not a fan. The constant literary quotations at the beginning of each chapter are quite pretentious, but I still think it's worth a listen.
I love to read. I enjoy Jane Austen, and more.
I enjoyed this prequel, and at different times had wished I read it first before the Mortal Instruments. The narrator did a wonderful job!
I really liked it. it was clever and interesting. I really like how traits from Jace (The Mortal instrument ) was similar to his ancestor Will. I can't wait to see where the story goes.
The only thing is, the people who are performing this book and other, I wish they were more of voice actors. when you don't have the book in front of you, it is easy to mix up who is "talking". Ed W. who performed one of the Mortal Instrument books was awesome. He did different voice / tones for each character. The performer for this book tried, but ...
Anyway, that is nit picky.
Great Book!! Must read for fan of the series.
I have listened to this series about six times now. The story is beautiful and intelligently written. Characters are complex and loveable. Jennifer Ehle's narration gives the story a graceful feel. Cassandra is talented in writing stories that go beyond what I would consider YA, highlighting very grown up issues. She's amazing and has me addicted to all things Shadowhunter!