I would have given this book a five star rating just for the content alone, but I was not impressed at all with the narrators.
As always Cassandra brings us such lively characters with humor, danger, love and pain. You cannot have light without dark. I love hearing from the various perspectives and not just Clary's. Oh and for those of you who loved Clockwork Angel there are teasers in this book for the next in the series of Clockwork.
With that said, I am personally going to go out and purchase the hardback novel. Reason : Again, the narrators are horrible. Their voices do not complement one another at all. Her voice is very shrill and his voice is very baritone. I truly feel that neither of them did this book/Cassandra's characters any justice. Through the majority of the book both readers are flat and do not create individual voices for the characters, everyone sounds exactly the same unless the character has an accent. After 4 books, Clockwork included, having been brought across so well by other readers, they fall short and make the characters and Cassandras writing flat. Suddenly have Simon, Jace and a new character Kyle are made to sound as if they are Rocky Balboa, I was truly waiting for "Yo, Adrian". At times when the three are having conversations you feel like your listening to the Mob and unless Cassandra has written in "Jace said" or "Simon said" then you get lost in who is saying what because they all sound the same. I understand they are from Brooklyn, but geez, Simon sounds like he is going to hop in the boxing ring at some points.
I will not even get too far into the female narration. There were points in the book that I truly felt as if I would have to turn it off. It was like listening to a whiny version of scratching you nails down a chalkboard. She too was one dimensional, flat and downright annoying.
Narrators ruined the book!
Just a note : If I had my choice I would have called the couple who read for Shiver, by Maggie Steivatter.
Maybe... Story is good Narration sucked.....
No need to have two...Plus the guys has a strong accent, making it hard to follow...
First I would like to point out that I love this book series. I think Cassandra Clare is a very talented writer and her books are filled with passion and adventure. On that note, I was very disappointed with the narration on this audio. The male narrator mumbled so much I could not understand half of what he said even when I had the volume turned up to 45 in my car. Both narrators did a terrible job distinguishing between one voice and the next. It was nearly impossible to figure out who was saying what. After the first chapter I gave up trying to listen to it and went on to another book. I don't know what the publisher was thinking, but they should have stuck with the original narrators either Natalie Moore or Ari Graynor would have been a huge improvement.
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.
Molly Quinn called people and items by the wrong name - For example, the stele was pronounced "steely" and Amatis was not the same as previously used.