I knew the reviews were good but after reading the first few pages I thought, eh... I'll save it. I am so glad I finally made the leap - the story is fantastic and the narration was wonderfully fitting for the characters and tone of the story. It's hard to mix these kinds of characters into a story that feels worthwhile but it's been done here. I cannot wait to finish the series.
I wouldn't listen again. Not only is Victorian/Steampunk genre fiction not my favorite and I have no real interest in reading the rest of the series, the performance of this book was so bad I was tempted to stop before it was over. For what limited range of British accent the narrator does have, she did not execute them well. It seems that she only has two to three accents, and used them inconsistently at best. Sometimes I had a difficult time recognizing the respective characters. That was enough to prevent me from checking out the rest.
Because it was the first of a series, I was expecting the end to be abrupt and incomplete. I was not surprised by it.
I honestly couldn't say. A different narrator.
I like Casandra Clare as an author, but I don't love her. This book, like her others, is a slow start. I understand that new characters require development, but she drags it out more than necessary and tries too hard to leave an air of mystery about them. There were a few moments in this book I was tempted to stop listening due to lulls in the story. I am glad I persisted, as the storyline is unique and was a good mystery on top of it. It does involve vampires and other immortal beings, but they aren't the main focus, rather the group of angel descendants responsible for guarding humans from all of those nasties are the focus. Overall worth the listen, but expect some slow spots. Hopefully the second one rolls more smoothly since most characters should be known.
No. I am having to force myself to finish this one. I just think that the "romance" is taking over the story. Mush Mush Mush. I want something to happen. I just don't care about Tessa or her feelings.
This was my first attempt to at listening to an audio book and it was a great one to start with. The story is intriguing and detailed. You fall in love with the characters and their stories. It was a great story to keep me entertained while doing other various activities, like house work, exercising, and course work.
Will was my favorite character. He's so mysterious and you can't tell if you should hate him or love him. He brings a nice twist to things and you never really know what he's going to do next. As you find out more about the character it makes you even more determined to find out what else motivates and drives his decisions.
No I think the great thing about this book is that you can take it a little at a time. I usually listened about an hour or two everyday. This gave me the opportunity to not only digest what was happening with the story but get excited about what was coming next. Although I must admit one particular night I listened to the book for about 4 1/2 hours and was perfectly content with life. However since it is such a long audio book I wouldn't not suggest attempting to go at it in one sitting.
I would highly recommend this book. I plan on getting the next in the series and starting the partner series as well. I think it's called Mortal Devices
I feel like the good outweighs the bad, here....there are definitely dark and creepy moments!
However, I looove the old-fashioned setting, and the characters were wonderful!
I also love how the focus was more on friendships, than love.
My favorite kind of book has a combination of romance or friendship (check), humor (check), a bit of suspense (check), and supernatural/imagination (check).
I really enjoyed this (other than the gross parts)....and the next books are even better, and not as creepy.:)
Excellent story. I would highly recommend it to anyone, old and young alike. Jennifer Ehle did an excellent job as the narrator. She brought Tessa to life for me. I had a hard time adjusting to the change in narrators for the second book. Ehle is definitely a great actress and can convey so much emotion with just her voice.
Cassandra Clare's characters are unique and the relationships between them are just as interesting as the underlying plot of this and the following two books in the series.. Once I started listening to this book, I had a hard time stopping. I found myself carrying my phone around with me so I could keep listening. I ended up reading the final book in the series, "The Clockwork Princess" because I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen.
I loved all of Cassandra Clare's "Immortal Instruments" books; however I would not try another in the "Clockwork" series if you paid me.
It was such a disappointment; where to begin? Possibly because I loved "The Immortal Instruments" so much, I had a high standard set in my mind. In a quick summation, as I know many love this trilogy; I didn't feel connected to the characters (nor care what happened to them at all) and felt little suspense and that the story dragged on and on in the beginning. I know it's set in a different location and time period, but it just was totally boring. If I don't feel for the characters, why do I want to turn the page or in my case continue to hit the play button on my audible account/device?
Too stuffy sounding and mature maybe; couldn't quite put my finger on it, but I'm aware again of the location, setting and time period, but it just didn't do it for me.
Yes, looking forward to Cassandra Clare's next works and the movie for "The Immortal Instruments".
It would help if the main character realized it was weird to be completely mentally derailed by someone's good looks while in the middle of a life or death race for survival, or better yet just didn't get derailed in that fashion.
The premise was interesting and the beginning was promising.
I was not able to finish it.
I love reading a book and listening to a book.
I would recommend this to a friend for a fun read.
It was strong and I was compelled to continue the series.