This book definitely has the feel of pushing a series further than the original storyline.
It was good, it just didn't flow as smoothly as the previous 3 books.
What didn't help is that I've been listening to the series on Audible.com and for whatever reason they changed the narrators on this book and they were horrible! The guy sounds like a 30 year old British man for Simon and a knock off Sylvester Stallone for Jace! The woman sounded like a whiny 12 year old that is trying way to hard to enunciate each word for Clary. It was really quite ridiculous.
Back to the book though, There was a lot going on in this one. There are several different story lines beginning to form with each of the characters and I expect the rest of the series to be very busy. City of Fallen Angels was more of an emotional downer. Everyone seems to be heart broken and self punishing. Jace was super annoying in this one for me; I mean, you didn't learn in the first 3 books that if there is something wrong you should say something instead of trying stay away from Clary to protect her... sigh. This book was extremely frustrating at times and I had to walk away for a while; far from the previous books where I had to make myself turn it off for bed. There are a few action sequences, mostly drama, and a few scenes that seem pointless - perhaps they'll make more sense in a future book.
Overall it was an okay read. I'm sure it would have been much better had I not been picturing Sylvester Stallone reading the book into a microphone. lol
Better narrators and just one narrator.
horribly they were bad
I love the series anyway but wish that I had read it myself
I could not even get through this book because of how terrible the female narrator is!!! I am not sure why they switched from the narrator of the 1st 3 books but this girl is awful!! I have removed the remaining 2 books from my queue because I couldn't bare to listen to her anymore.
They should have stayed with the girl from the 1st 3 books. I could have gotten used to the male, but the female was terrible!!
Didn't finish because I couldn't handle the female narrator.
The narrator is so bad it is distracting. I could almost hear someone whispering in her ear and telling her to enunciate. She most of the time speaks in a very casual and relaxed way, dropping consonants and joining words the way we do in casual conversation. This would not be so bad except that is clashes with the style of the writing. Despite the fact that the main characters are teenagers (or ancient immortals who look like teenagers) the writing style is rather formal. Casual conversational reading I could get past, except that she delivers the entire book in a slightly whiney deadpan and every so often, she will over-enunciate a word which is ALWAYS jarring and weird. She is awful, awful, awful as a reader. If the series was not so good, I would never have listened to her.
Despite the reader, who was, as I have mentioned AWFUL, I really enjoyed this book and the entire series. The writer has done a wonderful job of creating a believable world and mostly staying true to the sets of magic laws she has created. The characters are interesting and the story is excellent. I listen to it every available minute, even though I have heard it through several times. Again, this is a real testament to the writer as I HATE the sound of the readers voice so much, I am sure it would drive me insane if I could not manage to get past it and into the story.
I love the story. Its always interesting where the series will take you next.
I like how the characters are unhappy but they are not.
The performances are awful. The woman, Molly Quinn has no inflection in her voice and the characters sound lifeless and boring. Mae Whitman and Natalie Moore did a great job with the first three installments bringing all of the characters to life. Ed Westwick keeps going from his Australian accent to American accents. Totally inconsistent and he makes SImon sound like Tony Manero from Saturday Night Fever. Molly Quinn sounds nervous and not natural at all. With both of these actors you can barely distinquish between the characters they are voicng.My cat Jasper could do a better job.
Always when Clary and Jayce are together.
I think this book needs to be re-recorded. The to me took a nose dive when Ed Westwick and Molly C Quinn became involved. It's hard now to listen to it. I am also disappointed that Molly C Quinn is narrating the next book. Even though I bought it I think I am going to buy a copy of the next installment and actually read it. I don't think I could listen to much more of her.
No, narration ruined the book, listened to five min, couldn't take any more
couldnt understand some of the time, accent, male
now i have to read this book instead of listen to it. who in there right mind changed the narrator to male
I'm not sure if it's just that she is different from the narrator from books 2 &3, but the voice for Clary is too young and her cadence and flow is distracting. She makes pauses in the middle of a sentence that don't belong there.
Okay, first of all, the writer knows what she is doing. Though the "teen drama" does get a bit tedious, but it is pretty close to the way a young adult would try to handle a serious relationship. The main reason that I am writing this review is the narration. Ed Westwick is awesome. Probably one of the best narrators for any of Clare's novels. The narrators for her books have been hit or miss. Either they are fantastic, or they are just awful. In this situation, there is one of each. I was so glad that they were switching up the narration from Natalie Moore, who I never cared for overmuch, but Molly C. Quinn is worse. Thank God for Westwick, who saved me from returning this to get my credit back. All three of the stars go to him.
The problem with Quinn's narration is as follows: it is flat, like a girl reading aloud in history class. There are no changes at all between characters, none, zip, zero...so if there is a conversation going on, it is hard to tell who is saying what. She doesn't even attempt to lower or huskify her tone to diffrentiate between male and female characters. All of these things are so painful and distracting to listen to, that I actually thought about skipping over the chapters that she was narrating.
Get a different narrator. Quinn was horrible. It sounded like she was reading it for the first time.
Molly Quinn was awful as a narrator. She sounded bored and half asleep all through the book. It was painful to listen to it.
A different narrator. Preferably the one who read the second and third books.
Simon is my favorite character in this book. You really get to know him and understand him in this one.
A differnt narrator. I can't stress that enough.
None. It's a great book.
I loved the narrator for the second and third book. The two performers on this book are horrible. The man has a British accent (which is very weird as the characters are based in New York and none of them are from Britain). And his voice is very low and hard to hear. The woman reads each character in the same voice, sometimes it's hard to tell who she is supposed to be. She also sounds like she is 12 years old and has a high annoying voice. She over punctuates each word AND she mispronounces so many words and names it's frustrating. I wonder if she even bothered to listen to the past narrations before doing this.
By the third chapter I was FORCING myself to listen to it. I LOVED the book, and wanted to enjoy listening to it (as I enjoyed the first three) but its so bad it makes me want to just give up and not listen to the forth one.