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.
"My test of a good book is dreading to begin the last chapter." - Thomas Helm
I've enjoyed all these books on audible! I have the physical copies as well. After listening to this book w/the new female reader I ended up reading the last two books not listening though I have them both from audible. Molly's voice is, forgive me, annoying. I seriously couldn't stand listening to her a minute longer. Please change this for the 6th book. I liked the first reader from the original book best. The second book reader was probably better (book 2) at the older female voices.
Ed's voice is ok. I love his narration voice as his accent is sexy. However, he made Jace sound like Rocky Balboa from the Rocky movies (use your accent for Jace dude) & often when Simon was replying to someone in the story he sounded like Eugene from Greese. Luke's voice was great & Kyle sounded a lil like a stoner. But Ed's voice was fine.
These books are awesom! If you liked the first you'll love this one as well.
I love Molly Quinn on Castle, but as a narrator she is terrible! Every paragraph takes 20 minutes to get out, and for some reason her pronunciation of "the" is killing me...unfortunate because "the" occurs quite often in the story! I wasn't crazy about the narrator for the first 3 books, but after this one it makes me long for her. She also pronounces many of the words incorrectly (at least I'm assuming that's the case, as the previous narrator pronounced them differently - "stele" and "Idris" are not the same. Of course, this could be the same thing as Jim Dale saying 'Voldemor" for the first 4 HP books too...) I don't mind the male narrator as other readers do, in fact I feel a huge sense of relief when Molly Quinn's narration is over and the guy comes back on.
Ok, the british accent was ok...except it was hard to understand from time to time, but he did at least change his voice for different characters to help you follow a conversation. I would give him a 2-3....
The girl narrator....wow....I'm sure she's a really nice person and all, but she SHOULD NOT be narratoring books! Absolutely awful!!! I read a review where someone referred to her as a whiney young girl, and that's exactly what she sounded like. I did enjoy the story, but the narration was SO bad that I almost want my "credit" back. What a disappointment...I would rate her at a 0 out of 5 if I could. She doesn't deserve even 1 star.
Narration - both of them
Ari graynor or natalie moore
Yes just irritating. If i wasnt so into the series, and anxious for e next story, i wouldnt have listened. Id have read the book myself.
I was hesitant to begin listening to this book, after all the negative reviews I read about the bad narrators and the direction of the story. But I decided to put on my big girl hat and just see it through. I’m happy I did. The moment I heard Ed Westwick’s voice I freaked out! OMG It was THAT Ed Westrick! The lead singer of The Filthy Youth!! I agree that this was not the best choice for narrating this story, I think he needs a story line with a tormented male hero to really take advantage of the deep sexy accent that seems to spills out of his lungs just to seduce female ears.
Ok, my listening preferences aside, I liked the book. No it didn’t follow the usual Mortal Instruments story line, the whole inappropriate sibling in love scenario is over and story follows Simon’s adventures as he discovers the true power of being a day walker that bares the mark of Cain. Best of all Simon ends up being the real hero of the book. Maybe it’s because I have a soft spot for Simon (and Ed Westwicks sexy voice) but so far I have found this book the most enjoyable so far.
Cassandra Clare rocks! Count 'em. Three words.
If you loved the first three books as I did, then you will appreciate the further development of the primary characters. I liked that the Maia character was able to finally understand the true nature of her wolfy genesis and love "betrayal". I am even fascinated with the billing coming due for Clary's wish in City of Glass. It seems to make for a new and interesting story line.
Ed was fine. Molly is one of the worst narrators I have ever heard and I have listened to literally hundreds of audio books - over 100 just from audible.com. You could only improve by choosing someone else. The narrator for the first three books was fantastic, although I dont remember her name.
Mommy Dearest as you never knew her.....
Dont ruin any more great audiobooks with a subpar narrator. I swear, it was like falling into an ice water drink whenever Molly started reading. I dont mean to be unkind, but narration is not one of her talents. Just dont do it.
I was disappointed that they narrator changed and had grew fond of the narrator from books 1-3. Most disappointing was the different pronunciations of the names of places, weapons, etc.