I didn't find the story that interesting. I also didn't buy that Sebastian could control Jace where Lilith could not after the mark was disfigured and just because Jace's blood was in Sebastian. Sebastian was dead, and a partially completed ritual--particularly where that portion of the ritual was merely a vampiric blood draw)--could not have given him consciousness to finish the ritual. The characters were boring and had no flavor. Iean, who cares about Simon's love life? It was far too drawn out for me. And so was the problems between Clary and Jace. Booooo. Sorry but the story was unimpressive.
The male voice over was fabulous but the female voiceover...well she lacks either skill, talent, or both for character switches. I had a very hard time telling who was talking because her voice barely changed.
I be enjoyed all the books thus far but they chose clashing voices. The males is a nice, soft, husky voice while the females is a high-pitched, borderline annoying voice. I often had to lower the volume when the women spoke & found myself concentrating more on how she articulated than on the actual story. While I found the males voice easy to get into the story. I also noticed that there were a few pronunciation differences in a few names & how ppl were portrayed by both ppl.
Cassandra Clare yes the narrators no, why do they insist in trading off and they are rather anoyying to listen to. the past narrator was good i suggest giving her a call her voice for jase and simon was way better then the male and she was great
the switching narration was bad enough but i just hatted how they spoke and the emotion in their voices was way off
of course luckly i know there is
I really enjoyed the first 3 books and was really looking forward to this one until I heard the different readers. I just can't get fully involved in the book because the readers keep changing and I don't like the way either of them read. I like the storyline though. I have thought more than once of getting the book from the library instead of continuing with this one.
I can't stand the female voice. It is driving me crazy I almost don't want to finish the book because of her she is terrible. I would rather have the male voice read the whole entire book that her, maybe she's good for reading children's books but not this.
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.