Toronto, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2010
The final Mortal Instruments book...ahh, bittersweet. I'm a grown woman and I really liked this series, so I was both excited and sad to finish this audiobook.
As a finale to the series, City of Heavenly Fire was very good. It wasn't as good as Clockwork Princess (the final book in Cassandra Clare's The Infernal Devices trilogy), but it ticked all the boxes and closed the series properly. If I have a minor complaint about the story itself, it would be that the author spent too much time setting up her next series, The Dark Artifices (the Los Angeles/Emma/Jules story line), which dragged this book out longer than it needed to be. Other than that, I was pleased with the story and the way it wrapped up.
The narration, on the other hand, could have used some direction. I don't know what it is about this series as a whole, but nearly every book had mediocre (at best) or terrible (at worst) narration.
Sophie Turner had the potential to be very good, but she spoke much too fast at times. I would rate her 3 stars (3.5 or 4, had she spoken a little slower). Jason Dohring was just wrong for this book, completely. His monotone voice was nearly expressionless and it was clear that he is a story-READER rather than a story-TELLER. I would rate his performance 2 stars, although he did improve towards the end (or maybe I just became accustomed to his voice). I don't think that having dual narrators added anything to this book.
Fans of the series should also be aware that the narration is obviously based on the performances from the (terrible) City of Bones movie, as every Shadowhunter now has an English accent, despite the fact that they had American accents in all of the other audiobooks, which is annoying at first, but easy to overlook.
Now it seems as if I didn't like the book, but I did...I really did! It was a credit well spent and I will definitely listen to the audiobook again, less-than-perfect narration notwithstanding. Guest appearances by Jem and Tessa from The Infernal Devices were an extra-special treat. Cassandra Clare writes great books for young adults (and grown women, like me, who like to pretend we're still young adults), and I can't wait for her next series to start.
This book was all over the place and I almost quit listening because I was getting frustrated. The author has some world building issues. Rather than weaving it into the story, it just kind of all came out in a paragraph or two and then the story progressed again. Kind of like word vomit. Also, because of the writing, I wasn't sure if this was a YA book or not. It seemed like it could have been YA at first, but then, out of nowhere, there's a oddly out of place passage about nipple-licking and "growing stiffness". Then there was no more sex.
The ending was predictable (I saw it coming from the first few chapters) and the villains reminded of an episode of Scooby-Doo, because as the bad guys were doing their bad things to Mercy, they explained what they were going to do her and their motives in detail, just like a cartoon villain does.
The narration was good for the most part, though.
As I said, the writing is all over the place and the story itself wasn't presented in a way that kept me riveted. This series has potential, but I'm not sure if I'm willing to spend a credit on the next book.
I purchased this audiobook as part of a 3 for 2 paranormal sale and needed a third title. I didn't know what to expect and I wasn't familiar with the author, Bec McMaster, or this series, but I am glad I picked it! Part historical romance, part paranormal romance, with the tiniest splash of steam punk thrown in, Kiss of Steel had me hooked within the first fifteen minutes. The narration was great, the sex scenes were erotic without being cheesy, and the author's take on vampires was interesting.
I think Alison Larkin's narration made this book for me. She sounds like she could have been reading Jane Austen, but instead she was narrating explicit paranormal sex scenes set in Victorian London.
I don't know if I would have been able to get into reading the book like I got into listening to it. The author jumped right into her "London Steampunk" world with very little explanation. It was a bit difficult to figure out the mythology and terminology at first, but the narration kept the story interesting enough to stick with it.
First, the steampunk elements are more of an afterthought, so if that's what you're looking for, then this isn't your book. Second, the romance is apparent from the beginning, but there is a long build-up to first sex scene so, again, if that's what you're looking for... (having said that, the sex is fairly steady for the last half of the book). Last, while I loved Alison Larkin's narration in general, there were times that her voice for Blade bordered on cartoonish and that was a little bit distracting. Luckily, the author relies on descriptive narration more than dialogue, so this was only rarely an issue for me.
Yes. Once I've wrapped my head around where this story is heading, I will resume the series. I haven't enjoyed these last few books as much as I liked the first in the series, but they are heart-wrenching and a little dark.
It's interesting to see a YA paranormal romance tackle substance abuse. I absolutely hated Sabine's character though, and I have a feeling I'm not going to like where the next books take her story line.
As much as I love Amanda Ronconi (she aces Molly Harper's books!), I really don't like her voice for Tod. At times her voice for Tod is like nails on a chalkboard for me. Her voice for the female characters and for Nash are good though.
MILD SPOILER: One thing that really irks me is when a book series gets the reader/listener invested in a couple and then changes direction mid-course. I listened to the first four books over a period of three days (the flu gives a girl a lot of time on her hands) but I stopped after this book. I know where it's going, in terms of relationships and happily ever afters, and I don't think I like it.
As other reviewers have mentioned, the Irish/Boston accent is an ill fit. It just doesn't work, and I don't blame the narrator. The author messed this one up by creating an accent that can't exist in real life and that no narrator could ever get right. The letter R is pronounced in fundamentally opposite ways in Ireland vs. Boston. It just can't work.
As mentioned above, Nola's accent is inconsistent and distracting, but unless you have a REALLY strong aversion to an inconsistent accent, it's possible to overlook it. I think Amanda Ronconi would have done just fine with either a Boston or an Irish accent, but trying to combine the two didn't work and it isn't really her fault.
I put off listening to this book for a long time, but I'm glad I finally took the plunge. The reviews concerning the accent put me off--and they weren't entirely wrong--but if you can get past that, it's a worthy listen for any Molly Harper fan.
Yes. I really loved Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey series (the precursor to this Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten series). I loved her Blood of Eden series as well. I look forward to whatever she writes next.
I've read and listened to all of the other Iron Fey books, so having Puck and Ash show up was a pleasant surprise. However, Ethan seemed to have a lot of inner monologue that slowed the pace of the story.
He has a pleasant voice, but his delivery was a little stiff. I don't know if he didn't narrate this book as well as the last book, or if I just didn't notice it the first time around, but his narration wasn't as natural as I would have liked.
The Iron Traitor book was released more than a year before the audiobook was released. I hope the next book doesn't follow suit! I didn't enjoy this one as much as I enjoyed the previous installment, but the ending made my heart leap and the next book can't come soon enough.
Yes, inevitably, I will listen to it again at some point, but I'm not in a rush to listen to it again any time soon. This is not my favourite book in the Outlander series and it took me much longer to get through it than the earlier books in the series.
Davina Porter is great--she is one of my favourite narrators--but this was not one of her best performances. She mispronounced several words familiar to listeners of the previous Outlander books (and which she pronounced correctly in those books!). This is a minor nitpick, however. She is still one of the best narrators out there, in my opinion.
I really wish I could have given the story four or five stars. I'd been waiting for this book for so long and I am a huge fan of the series. I love the detail and history that Diana Gabaldon works into her books (that's one of my favourite things about the Outlander series...it's so rich in detail), but this could have been a trimmer story.
Yes! Robert Petkoff does an outstanding job, once again, and his narration makes the book even more enjoyable. He plays each character with a unique voice and accent that carries over from book to book.
All of Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark books take on a similar formula, but each couple is unique and that's what makes the books so much fun. An earlier IAD instalment, Demon from the Dark, also spends a significant amount of time on a demon plane.
Yes, and he does a great job, once again.
IAD fans will be happy with this instalment! I really like how the books are all tying together now, and I went back and listened to a couple earlier books to pick up on little plot points mentioned in this book that I may have missed the first time around in the other books.
Yes, if you haven't listened to the original version of City of Bones, narrated by Ari Graynor. If you're like me and have the Ari Graynor version, don't bother. When I say "six of one, half-dozen of the other", I mean both versions are mediocre, as far as narration goes. The story is worth it though, so if you haven't read or listened to City of Bones, go for it! It's worth the credit. If you're just looking for a different version with better narration, don't waste your credit.
City of Bones opens a captivating young adult series, The Mortal Instruments. Cassandra Clare's Shadowhunter world is cleverly-built and the stories exciting. Keeping up with Clary as she learns about her heritage and discovers the world around her kept me hooked through all six books.
Maybe? She wasn't terrible as a narrator, but her accents were. It would have been a much better listen without the questionable English accents.
Ugh...I wish I hadn't. The movie was terrible and it was one of the worst book-to-screen adaptations I've ever seen (but this isn't a movie review). I blame the movie for the bad English accents. The City of Bones movie decided that the Shadowhunters would have English accents and this is the result of that decision. In all of the other audiobooks (except for City of Heavenly Fire, which also came out after the movie), the Shadowhunters have American accents.
I wrote this review for listeners who have the Ari Graynor version of City of Bones and are wondering if this version is an improvement. It isn't.
Already have! I know I'm in the minority, but I loved Beth and Wrath's story from way back in the first BDB book (Dark Lover). I was really looking forward to this book and I wasn't disappointed. I wish there was less of the Layla/Xcor story line though. There was A LOT going on in this book and I really don't like that story line.
Sometimes I have to laugh at his deadpan delivery of some especially cheesy dialogue (J.R. Ward fans know what I'm talking about, true?). He's great.
There are times that J.R. Ward's writing irritates the crap out of me, with all the faux gansta talk, label and name dropping (how many times was Miley Cyrus mentioned?) and weird abbreviations (abso?), but if you've made it to book 12 in the series, you're probably already a fan and you can look past that to get to the meat of the story: hot vampire sex. My guilty pleasure....
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