"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.
Someone who actually knows how to narrate a book.
Did these narrators, particularly Molly Quinn, even bother to listen to the last 3 books in the series? Why are key words such as "stellae" and "Idris" pronounced differently in this book than in the others? I was half way into the book before I realized that Molly Quinn's "steely" was the same thing as a "stellay". I kept thinking "If Clarie lost her stellae, why couldn't she find something better than a steel marble to use?"
I'm not sure how narrating gigs work but you'd think there'd be a requirement to be consistent in pronouncing names and key words, especially when three books have come before!
Terrible narration. The man was hard to understand, I missed part of the book due to his accent and voice. He was hard to hear at times. The girl left much to be desired. VERY disappointed.
I miss the old narrator. Quinn pronounces words such as stele completely different and this is hard to get past. I like westwick's performance but still miss the past narrator. Why in the world do they switch half way through?!
I liked this series however I completely lost interest after this book. While the narration played a significant part in my decision to discontinue following this series I also have lost interest in the series. Also Quinn is the sole narrator in the next book. I cannot do it again.