This was a great continuation to the story, but the narrators are terrible. First off, it was completely confusing to have two narrators, especially when they would each read for the same characters. Also Molly, who does the next book as well, is basically just reading the story to you with no differentiation between the characters. Ed's does have some unique voices, but they are just some horrible cross between the Jersey Shore and a mobster movie. Overall a lack luster performance. If you have the opportunity, skip the audio version and read the book.
I had a hard time coming back to this one. I listened to a different book then tried this one again. I got through it but it was forced.
Yes. I just hope the next one is better and they get new narrators.
I don't understand why there have been so many changes. I hated the narrator for the first book, loved the one for the second and third. Neither Ed Westwick nor Molly Quinn pronounced several words the same as the previous books. Stele, Idris and Amatis were the ones that annoyed me the most.
The story just didn't seem right. I can't put my finger on it.
NO!!!! I hate the narrators of this story. They can't pronounce word right and don't create character voices. It is hard to follow a conversation.
No, I want Natalie Moore back. She was not the best but she is way better than these two!
The story is great, but the narrators are awful. I wanted to buy the book and read it instead of listening because I can't stand listening to these two ruin this book.
I would listen to the book again if I was going through the series again. I wouldn't just listen to the book stand alone.
The story had a good enough final act that it truly saved this from being a disaster. The character development has been good and they have primarily continued to grow.
Find Someone Else!!!! - It's not that they did a bad job but I feel like they didn't listen to the previous books. You can't just change characters "voices" 4 books into the series. At least try to keep the same tone for the characters. And PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE find a way to keep the names of things pronounced the same through the ALL the books. Not the first time that a name, place, or thing was pronounced one way in book one and another in the next... the word Editor comes to mind.
2/3 into the book I was wondering why I was still listening. Normally I'm disappointed to arrive at my destination but this book didn't quite have the same effect until the end.
If you're listening to this one... don't give up, the ending makes the book worth it.
p.s. - my wife and I share this account - this is really Aaron.
you need to put in more voice carecters its boring to here the same people all the time! + there not the same age of the caecters! but its OK for now....
Worst possible narrators. The male voice has an unexplained (and unnecessary) accent, the female voice is either yelling hysterically or whispering sensually.
The book is OK, but it's hard to enjoy it with these two.
I have to agree with other reviewers-- I did not like the narrators. I understand that they were trying to be "hip" by using famous young actors, but they sadly didn't do the story justice. Ed Westwick is British, so all of his chapters were read in a British accent even though the story takes place in New York. No sense of excitement in either narrator, and words were mispronounced, or at least pronounced differently than they had been in prior books and it was jarring. Very hard to tell different characters apart. Pretty much one "girl voice" and one "boy voice" for each narrator.
The story, however, was still strong enough to hold my attention, but I wish they had used a different narrator. If you're a fan of the series, this is better than not having an audiobook, but if you're able I would recommend reading a physical copy.
I haven't read the print version.
It's so different from most books I've read. It's got Shadow Hunters who are human but with special powers. It also has vampires, werewolves, worlocks, wizards and demons. There is also a romance storyline that adds a lot to the mix and mysterious happenings.
I love the main girl, Clarey. And I also really like her best friend Simon who...oh, I guess I shouldn't say what special thing happens to Simon. It might give away something. And I'm also attracted to the gay worlock whose name excapes me at the moment. Oh, there are so many very interesting charactors in these books!! Oh, and I really like Isabel, she's glamorous, tough and kookie!
It's a book I never wanted to finish because it was so good. But it WAS very hard to put down. I'm glad there are many books in the series!!
Check out the Mortal Instruments series if you like young adult fiction and lots of action and mysterious stuff.
So So narration
I enjoyed the book. However Mr. Westwick and Ms. Quinn could not seem to keep the pronunciations of places and things together. They each pronounced places and objects of the story differently which I felt really detracted from the story.
This would have been enjoyable if it weren't for Molly C. Quinn, the female narrator. She's got a high pitched whiny voice that has no depth, or emotional range.
Molly took any enjoyment out of this book.
Ed Westwick, the male narrator, was decent. Though going between his (British?) accent into a New York accent can be a bit rough to get used to, he was certainly leagues better at narrating than Molly.