It's amazing to me how a good series can become a great one. I like the Infernal Devices so much more than the first one and this book is infinitely better than Clockwork Angel. I gasped several times and actually had to put my hand over my mouth! The only bummer now is the wait for Clockwork Princess.
Like some other reviews, I don't understand the need for the two narrators. I found it sort of confusing and at some points I didn't know who was speaking the dialog. Still, a wonderful listen. Make sure you freshen up with Clockwork Angel first.
I am a 40 something year old female that still loves young adult fiction.
I love Cassandra Clare's writing. She really gets the reader involved and creates a world in which you can loose youself. I am totally lost in this story. Days after I read this I am still caught up in it. This is the continuation of the story of Tessa, Will and Jem. In this book you learn why Will is such a cold hearted rake. You get a little closer to learning what Tessa is and your heart opens up to Jem. The plot surrounding them thickens and you will have a whole year of painful waiting to discover the outcome. This is truly a Shakespaerian tragedy in the making. I highly recommend this book and series.
... and love. The story is wonderful and the author is fantastic. What will happen with the love triangle? I can not wait to find out. I hate to have to wait. I feel like I am in London. I feel the characters emotions. My heart feels for Tessa it is amazing to hear everything she has been through and still has a goodness to her. The protectiveness of characters for the people they love and consider family....
I do agree that the consistency of the narrators can be improved.
I am reading the series despite the rather romance-y story. The author does a good job of developing characters and suspense. She makes likable people and a rich environment. What is sad about this edition is the readers who can't even keep the voice for each character straight so you sometimes miss who is actually speaking and get surprised when someone says something that doesn't fit the voice you hear.
I enjoy audio books but a bad reader can ruin a story.
I would have loved it if each character had their own voice. Ed did an amazing job but having him read Tessa was strange to me...not how I would've thought she'd have sounded like
Cassandra's stories always manage to transport you away from your reality and allow you to believe in another world conveniently located right inside your mind.
Too Strong or Too Weak
I enjoyed the books for what they were. This is more of a Steampunk love story which isn't what I expected. I probably would not have gotten the books if I knew that. HOWEVER, they are very good books and I find myself buying the 3rd in the series as well :-)
I wasn't a fan of the dual-narrators...it wasn't really clear why one narrator did certain sections and another did other sections. The male narrator's voice was too strong and deep for the female characters and the female narrator was too high pitched for the male characters... it just didn't work well.
Say something about yourself!
This is a great store and continuation from the first book.
However, having two Readers is not enhancing the story or
Both Readers are Marvelous.
But the Listener needs to 'keep track' of the characters through
the voices which, obviously, are not the same.
IF Ed read the Male parts solely and Heather the female parts solely
and one was the main narrator, I believe I would have enjoyed that better.
It's tough to rate their performance because each reader deserves a 5 star.