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!
I really love these novels and have listened to each of them on Audible. This is more a review of the narrators. I love Ed Westwick's narration of Simon! But I really really dislike Molly C. Quinn's narration. Period. Her voice is adenoidal at some points and croaky at others. It's almost like she was trying out different voices for each chapter. I found her narration cacophonous and it also ruined the story for me. There were pronunciation differences between these narrators and those of the previous books... Every time I heard the narrators say "Idris" I wanted to yell. I like the other pronunciation better. Great book, not so great narration.
Yes, I have already listened to the first three books twice and expect that I will revisit 4-5 before the 6th book is released
I actually believe these narrators are a major upgrade over the previous narrator. To me the first three books were great except that they were so poorly narrated. When I heard these narrators I thought "this is great they fixed it." The old narrator was barely professional. These two are great, although the male actor should have been produced little louder to balance the volume better between sections.
Great book! Fun to see the new story arc begin, and really enjoyed the focus on Simon.
I couldn't stand the narrator's for this book. I enjoyed the previous three books from adudible. But the narration on this one was like nails on a chalk board. I got through the first awkward male "Simon" part, with great difficulty. And then The second part of Clary's narrator was just horrific. I ended up buying the kindle copy to read myself about 10 minutes into her reading. I just couldn't listen anymore! I've listened to quite a few books but couldn't get over her childish, almost monotone voice. And I sadly see she is the voice for the next book, which I just purchased for me kindle.
I should have read previous reviews before using a credit on this book! It won't happen again.
I really loved the book otherwise. It held my attention and I can't wait to READ the next book in the series.
The narration just fell completely flat. I feel bad saying this because I'm sure wonderful people narrated this but they weren't meant for this book or for my ears!
I have and have really loved them. The first three books of this series I could hardly stop listening to them. I couldn't even wait until I had credits. I was so sad that Clary and Jace were at odds with each other again and that Jace would not be honest with Clary.
Well written it differently. Made Clary and Jace a team. Brought Jace's fun-loving character back and especially bring their love story to fruition. I really loved Simon's story though. I would have loved more of the conflicts be with him and his love life, I also felt that Jordan and Maia could have played a much bigger role.
Narration was fine. I liked the girl's more than the boy's. I didn't like his NY accent very much.
Yes I can. At least the first three books.
Sadly I don't think I'll finish this series.
The story is great, and I love that Simon's story is fleshed out. I love the way the mark of Cain works.
I don't like it when later books in a series pronounce things different than the first books. I understand that names can be pronounced different ways and fictional equipment can be too, but is it really too much to ask that readers stay consistent with the choices made by the readers of the first book? I didn't know who she was talking about when Luke's sister was first mentioned. Same with the equipment that makes the runes. It's frustrating to get used to hearing something one way for 3 books and then suddenly the same word sounds different.