When the narrators stopped talking.
Narrator in book 3.
I went through the twelve stages of grief because of these narrators. I wouldn't mind telling them in person or online.
Please request a new recording!!!!
First of all I don't understand why you would change narrators on book 4, and secondly these were terrible narrators for this book. Clarissa sounds like a whinny child and Jas sounds like a deranged Stallone. The story was good, typical of this author but I found it very distracting that they did not even pronounce names and other things the same way.
Well, it's mostly Dawn (not Scott)
So, I was planning on doing only the audio version of these books, straight through from book 1 up to 5 (probably like most people). Loved the last book (book 3) and the narrator was phenomenal. However, my joy came to a shocking halt when I heard the first narrator. W-W-What?? Why would anyone in their right mind hire a narrator for this particular series with an English accent? Not only does he have an strong accent, he talks so quiet one minute and then shouts the next and then mumbles. I often miss what he's saying and have to back up my player to listen again--which I have never had to do.
Ed Westwick may look like Simon, he may even be a good actor, but not even a fair choice for this book.
My question is: Why would you go and ruin a good thing? We were all used to the narrator of Book 2 & 3, who was excellent changing her voice to accommodate the different characters voices. Was she not available?? Seriously a terrible decision to change.
I personally didn't even make it to the second narrator because I had to buy the Kindle version to figure out what the heck was going on. I am truly upset that I used a credit on this--such a disappointment.
The book was generally good, the cast is the same not to many new characters introduced to distract from the plot line.
The most memorable is always Jace and Simons interactions, they pretty much make the books.
The narration is HORRIBLE. The voices do not go with the characters at ALL. The words are not even pronounced the same as they have been through the other four books of the series, it is a distraction and with the accents the narrators have it makes it hard to understand.
I enjoyed the book in general, would like to have a better finality of the last scene but all in all it was entertaining.
If you can get over the narration the book is a good listen.
The reviews were right the narrators were not good at all. The guy is a mumbler you really have to listen to catch what hes saying as the words run together. His voice is so deep he cant really change the characters voices. The girl is a little better but all the voices sound the same and some times i think she forgets who she is speaking for cause she uses the wrong voice although it's not that much of a change. I don't mind the girl i feel relief every time the guy stops talking. I think i can make it through though. Keep this in mind before getting this book.
Had Molly C Quinn narrated the first in this series I would have NEVER listened to any other in the series. Not only does she have no differentiation in her characters, her pronunciation of several words made me wonder at first what she was even referring to.
If there were any way to not have to listen to her in book five I would. I am tempted not to even buy it here she is that distracting to the storyline.
Molly C. Quinn is a great actress. I Love her on Castle. I just wish that she had listened to the previous books and how things were pronounced, and possibly the accents of some of the characters. Better yet, the producers could have mentioned it and coached her. It totally takes away from the enjoyment. Ed Westwicks voice is like butter on a hot day, but I also think he should have listened to the previous books just to get an idea as to how they were performed. It is a little jarring going from the previous book (who performed it amazingly) to this book.
Middle ground. Not the worst, but definately not the best
Unfortunately - Book 5. I'm committed now, I am not especially interested in Clary and Jaces' drama, but I would like to see what happens to the other characters - Simon, Magnus, Alec, Izzy, etc.
I could listen to Ed Westwick all day. I loved his voice. He does need to practice a bit on female voices. I was bummed when I read that Molly is narrating Book 5 alone. I think I might have to read Book 5 instead. She isn't horrible, but there is something about her voice that just bugs me a little. In fairness, since the story was annoying me, I had less tolerance.
I did listened to Book 5 a bit this morning, she is getting better - but I think I will read the novel instead.
No. This was my least favorit book of the series. The Clary drama was a little over the top. Some of the comments she says, I think, "come on! They have known each other for BARELY two months! I feel like the author wrapped things up in book 3 (because it was supposed to be a triolgy) and then was pressured to continue on, so she whipped something together. I do like the some of the twists with the sub characters, but she wrote in several references to her other books and added so much melodrama to Clary and Jace, that I found myself rolling my eyes and commenting often while listening. I was going to take a break between this book and the next, I became so disinterested, but decided that I might as well see this series through. I am curious how the other characters fair in this series.
Story = Love. I read it. I am still listening to it. I downloaded it despise the bad reviews on the narrator. I thought it wasn't so bad when I started listening to it. The male narrator is decent not great by decent. The female narrator... ugh. I want to scream every time she mispronounces an name or word. Her voice makes both Clary and Jace seem like whiney children. I loved the first 3 and those narrators I am not sure why the change. it makes me dread listening to 5 when I am only stomaching 4 because of the male author and he doesn't read in 5 at all. Still I want the whole series, I pray they wise up and replace her for when 6 is released.
The series is phenomenal! There are many twists and turns that are surprising, in spite of some of the more obvious plot lines. The depth and development of the characters brings life to the books.
My only complaint is with the change in narration. Books 2 and 3 were narrated by the same person, but this book had 2 new narrators. The narrators did a great job, with the exception of the fact that now many of the proper names are now being pronounced differently, which is really odd. Also, 2 different narrators are doing the voice of Camille, and the male narrator gives her a French accent, while the female almost gives her an Irish accent, so it's a little weird. The authenticity of the character is lost.
Overall, I still enjoyed the book immensely!