Once again Ms Clare has not failed to deliver with her Mortal Instruments series. This book was well worth the wait and again, I anxiously wait to find out what happens next between the shadowhunters and downworlders. She has given us an ending that begs for the next books release. I would have given five stars but I MUST deduct a star for the narrators. The male narrator was good but the female narrator was hard for me to listen to. It was like listening to a scared/emotionless 12 year old read out of a textbook. I also wish they would have used the male/female narrators more as characters instead of having the male read female parts and the female read male parts. I will be sending an email to Cassandra Clare. I hope they pick a better female voice for the next one.
Great story, trouble with the narration. Ed Westwick is a fabulous Narrator- not so much Molly Quinn. Boring- Too young a voice, with very little inflection. Characters run together, all sounding the same. She also mispronounces words. Mr Westwick has a soothing voice, and his mastery of characters is fantastic. If not for him I couldn't have finished listening.
Maybe... Story is good Narration sucked.....
No need to have two...Plus the guys has a strong accent, making it hard to follow...
I should have listened to the prior reviews. Good story, horrible narration - squeaky girl with no inflection in her voice (almost sounds like she's perpetually depressed). Whispery, poor phraseology and NO inflection. HATED this book because of it.
Guy who read was certainly boring but not like her.
The story line was good.
NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
Please don't waste your money on anything ready by Ed Westwick or Molly C Quinn! Save yourself the money for a well narrated (or even fairly well narrated) book.
I listened to this book for the first time a few years ago. It was not my favorite of the series then and I wasn't sure why. It took me forever to get through the book the first time and that is unusual for me with TMI books. I had decided to listen to the books again before the final book comes out later this year. Once I got to this one I figured out what it was about it that I didn't like the first time around. The narrators are just bad. Clare did her job as usual but who ever made the decided that they needed to people that looked like Clary and Simon to do this was just wrong wrong wrong. Ed Westwick is just bad. I think I would not be able to listen to another book by him. I hope I never have to.
Cassandra Clare did a great job with the story. I just love every novel she writes. The story is good, the new characters are good, I could deal with less of the teenage love issues, but that is me. I'm glad to listened again.
I find it very distracting that there is little continuity between the narrations of this series in regards to pronounciations. I thought Ed Westwick did a good job and Molly C. Quinn gave it a valiant go to do accents, but it was ultimately very distracting.
I will keep listening to the series, I find it to be an interesting concept.
Ok, yes, I confess. I'm another paranormal geek.
After enjoying the first three narrations of these books, I was forced into Narrator Shock when I started listening to this one. Ed Westwick was dreadful! He mumbled a lot, and he speaks fast, which, when combined with the mumbling, forced me to back up the story to try to figure out what he was saying! Molly C Quinn on the other hand was rather monotone her entire reading (even during high action scenes!) Although she read at a normal pace, it felt very slow and drawn out when compared to Ed Westwick's. Another thing, Ed has an British accent and Molly is American!! For all those reasons, it was exhausting, going back and forth between narrators.
All that said, I still loved the story. I enjoy this series quite a bit. I continued with the 5th book. Molly C Quinn narrates that one as well, and I think she does a much better job in that book than she does this one. However, I still prefer the narrator of books 2 and 3. I wish the recording company would have stuck with the SAME person for the entire series, it's tiring adjusting every single book.
Anyway, great series, I really enjoy them! Give them a try!
I was eagerly awaiting this book, but I found it so painful to listen to I had to force myself to finish it. I didn't enjoy it. If they keep the same male narrator for the next book I won't be buying it. In terms of story development, this was my least favorite and the weakest. Not sure how she turned events that should have taken up a few chapters into a whole book. At some point it just feels manipulative.
I really tried to like this book but the narration is so distracting I had a hard time even finishing. Ed is fast, difficult to understand, and his accent doesn't fit characters in the book. Molly is slow, high pitched monotone, and just plain terrible. I hope they change this for the next versions.
I liked that Simon stopped being weak. I find the homosexuality uncomfotable. Also as a Christian I dislike the strange doctrine... Lilith was Adam's first wife??? Why do we have to change the Bible to write the story?
Cut out the constant blow by blow fight scenes. I would like to see the good guys win once in a while. Seriously, what a depressing read.
Neither one had much emotion. Molly was considerably worse than Ed. Couldn't tell who was talking half the time as Molly's voice sounded the same for every character. Molly mispronounced words often which was annoying. Since I am listening to the entire series it was jolting to have different accents for characters. Suddenly Camile sounds like a cross between a Russian and a French woman. Ed made Jace sound like Sylvester Stallone in Rocky. Sorry but to me that wasn't cool at all.
I got sick of the hopelessness of the story and the fact that at the end once again Jace was unable to control himself and the bad guys were in control. So tired of that. I read to be entertained not depressed.