I loved the story but it was hard to get through because girls voice put me to sleep.
I love audiobooks, but to be truthful the performance made this book painful in which to listen. The female voice sounded like a 9 year old child throughout most of book and the male voice presented a strange Jersey accent that made Simon sound like a idiot. If I hadn't been so vested in this series, I would probably not have purchased this book.
It was so wonderful to hear Ed Westwick narrate this book of the series. I love the series. I can't wait to begin the next book. But, his narration was the missing link in the last four books. I loved Simon having a deep older raspy voice. It was especially nice with his cutting humor. I really like Molly C. Quinn as the female and even male voices. But, Ed just made it richer and more male which is exactly what the male characters needed in my mind to come more alive in my imagination. It was like filling in the characters lines with rich colors. I was disappointed to see that he was not listed as a narrator on Book number five. But, it won't stop me from reading them!!
The overall plot just keeps moving and growing which is fantastic. I initially thought that this was possibly going to be more of the same themes that have appeared in other books of this same genre. But, I was and have been pleasantly surprised. The young adult characters are beautifully realistic, age appropriate as well as being developed into imperfect adults. The final chapters with Jace becoming more sexually aggressive tpwards Clary finally even while possessed. Plus, the whole Lillith, Sebastion, Simon, and Clary moment while the other members of the their own personal clave battle all forms of evil on separate floors towards their best friends and lovers. It was a great way to keep your own momentum going in a desire to see just where you will go with them next.
I loved both of them. But, as noted about Ed Westwick his narrator's voices for the male characters and even some of the female ones held a magical quality that just took you and held you tighter. He's got it. He would be great narrating one of those noir detective novels from the 50's. He has storyteller written all over him. Molly C. Quinn gets better which each book she narrates. They compliment each other nicely.
Well, it wasn't my initial intention. But, I have taken to do more listening of books than watching DVDs and such. Plus, I am hooked. I have the next book ready before I had even finished the one I am currently enjoying.
I was thrilled to find out that there is another series related to this one with Ed Westwick narrating it which will help my despair when this series ends.
Really such a great book and the end really makes me excited for what's to come :). Absolutely hated the woman who read this book though she was not good at all but the man was good.
I don't normally write reviews, but this one needs to come with a warning.
As much as I like the actors as individuals, they were terrible narrators. Most notably, because there would be times when they would inexplicably just start whispering or speaking so low that it was inaudible.
As for the story... I've read all of the books up to this point and this one was almost physically painful to get through.
The original story was meant to be a trilogy and book four feels *incredibly* forced. The drama is overblown and it seems as if the author decided she could not keep readers interested unless Jace and Clary are tragically kept apart. So much drama and so very little substance.
Best, that it continued the storyline. Least, that Clary seems to go through the same things multiple times in the book. And the narrators.
The female narrator, Molly C. Quinn sounds like she has never read aloud before. She pronounces things wrong and uses the wrong inflections. I would have to turn down the volume for the female and then turn it way up for the male. I blasted my eardrums a few times when the female came back on. Ed Westwick did a fine job, although I found his accent as Simon's inner monologue distracting.
I see that Molly C. Quinn is the narrator for the next book, I wish I hadn't already bought it. I already found myself wishing for a hard copy of this book, I will certainly be looking for one for the next.
The story was great, just like all of these books have been so far. The narrators were poor. They both mispronunced words and the man slurred his words and was very hard to understand. I hope they are not the same in the next book.
the store is half hearted and starts out with one main focus, but ends with 3. it seems like it was only written to fulfill a requirement for a contract. good enough for the work at hand. the male narrator was good, but the female narrator could only read 3 words at a time before taking a pause. this lead to some a strange lilt in the reading that made for disjointed sentences.
new narrator's pronunciations for key words in the story was very distracting. Story line is getting too predictable.