T. R. Graves, Author
Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2) is a fantastic follow-up to the Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1). Of course, I would expect nothing more from Cassandra Clare. What a phenomenal author, writer, and story-teller.
This is one of those books that will make you want to stop the rest of the world so you can devote your undivided attention to Tess, Will, Jem, and the vivid world Ms. Clare has created. If you do just that, you will not be disappointed. Once finished, you will endure withdrawals and anxiously await Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3).
I love the way Tess is torn between Will and Jem. I find myself pulled in exactly the same way...like the one she is with is the one I think she should be with. Then, I feel guilty for it later. In fact, I really, really want to see who Tess ends up with and how Ms. Clare does it in a manner whereby the parabatai relationship between the two men remains strong and powerful since their demon-hunting success is dependent on it.
Making this book's characters real is the disappointment I feel anytime the Shadowhunters are betrayed...especially when that disloyalty comes from people who are deep within the Institutes circle of trust.
In the end, I would say this series, its characters, its excitement, its world is absolutely comparable to The Mortal Instruments, one of my all-time favorite series.
T. R. Graves, author
Yes, its one of those books that you can't set down until you know what happens next.
Will - the silent hero playing the arrogant selfish person when underneath he is looking out for everyone.
Love starting my audiobook, closing my eyes and falling into the story
Yes. Listening to the book draws you into the story so completely. While you listen you can hear and feel all the emotions
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.
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.
Book kept me on edge, wanting more and more, really liking the characters, thinking about them when I wasn't reading. This means a book has touched you. When you find yourself thinking of them and waiting until you read them again....it's good!
When Will gets what he needs and fails miserable at what he wants.
Should have stuck w reader from 1st book.
It engulfed me. That is READING it.
Sad to say I was disappointed in the reading of it. May I would not have been other than someone else read book 1. HEAR ME PLEASE AUTHORS...if you have a series of books, keep the same reader...PLEASE! I like to read and listen to the books. I loved hearing the first book more than I read it. I got use to her voice, I liked how she did the voices. I was excited to "hear" the 2nd book. WO....to my shock....it wasn't her. The woman I've grown to listen to. The one I've associated the characters with. The voices I'm use to hearing. Hearing these voices I was in SHOCK! Not that they were bad per say, but I had already grown to like the reader from book 1 and her voices. Now I have to start ALL over again. I was taken back w Sophie's voice....she's sounded as if she was this pitiful servant! In book 1, she had a leg to stand on!
I ended up reading more of book 2 than to listen. It made me cringe hearing it. I just could not get use to it. I didn't like the switch between man/woman in it....didn't! I want to hear the SAME reader on all the books unless that person does an awful job. Reader from book 1 did voices and flowed into the characters, bringing them to life for me. I was jarred hearing book 2 and didn't want to listen.
I've just downloaded book 3. Oh My...it's yet ANOTHER reader! WHY? I have my doubts now. I didn't like the read of book 2 and now not hopeful of 3. How much money are these books to not "really" like?
If authors read this...PLEASE for the sake of your audience, keep the same reader. It's HARD to get use to hearing the "voices" of the characters over and over again w different accents and tone. It takes so long to re-program what you've just heard for 8 hours into something else. Disappointing...it really is.
This audibook used two narrators, one male and one female. The female reader was OK, though I found a few of her voices over exaggerated. My bigger concerns was that there was no logic to the two narrators. They seemed to switch at random. You never knew who would be reading the upcoming chapter. As they each had slightly different takes on some of the characters, it required a slight mind shift each time the narrator changed. This is passable on LibriVox, but on Audible it seems like a lack of attention to detail on the director's part.
I did not care for the first book in the series but I pushed on because my students assured me this one was better. This story is better. It's an interesting world with good characters. I would have liked the story much more if there was not a teenage girl angsting over another love triangle. I rolled my eyes through those parts and enjoyed the rest of the story. I do not plan to complete the series, however. I want to know how it all turns out but it does not seem worth investing the time in the reading. I'll take a summary of the events and move on to something different.
If you finished the Mortal Instrument Series, and you're wanting to read more...this is just for you. The first book is a little slow, but I grew to love these characters, and it is awesome how you see how some of the characters tie into the Mortal Instrument Series, like brother Zachariah and Magnus Bane.
I hated her voice she did for Jessimine and Gabriel, but overall it was good.
First, Id like to say why I gave the performance 1 star: Heather Lind makes most of the female characters sound like old whiny women except for the main character. If you've seen and heard the mother in Pride and Prejudice then imagine the female characters in this book to sound like her. Most of the women are younger than 22 and they sound like women in old age with high pitched annoying voices. The main character is 16 but sounds like she in her late 30's. Its disappointing and kind of hard to remember they are all young. Ed Westwick has a nice, sultry voice but again. The main character, Will, is 17 and sounds, well, old. Also, it is not easy to indentify the male voices becuase they sound the same. The accents he uses is a little too heavy at times and I have to listen to some parts more than once. This is one book that is better to actually read if you can. Otherwise adjusts your expectations and it works.
If you've read Clockwork Angel you are in for a better story here. Tessa and Will reach new heights and the story takes twists and turns you'd never expect. It will break you heart. The characters history or backgrounds are revealed in depth and its shocking. I found myself sympathizing with characters I hated in the first book. Nothing is what it seemed.
... 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.