Simon Lewis is having some trouble adjusting to his new life as a vampire, especially now that he hardly sees his best friend Clary, who is caught up in training to be a Shadowhunter - and spending time with her new boyfriend, Jace. Simon decides he needs a break and heads out of the city - only to discover that sinister events are following him. Realising that the war they thought they’d won might not yet be over, Simon has to call on his Shadowhunter friends to save the day - if they can put their own splintering relationships on hold long enough to rise to the challenge….
©2011 Cassandra Clare (P)2011 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
I am a voracious reader both print and audio. The best stories hold you from the opening paragraph and keep you wanting more.
Another angst ridden instalment of the on again off again world of Jace and Clarissa as they battle the demon world. I love the way other characters are enlarged and embroidered as the story unfolds and can't wait to see what Cassandra has in store for us as she awakens the evil Sebastian.
The story is read well although sometimes I crave for some more emotion. At times the readers are a little flat.
I enjoy reading fantasy, crime and mystery thrillers, as well as historical novels.
City of Fallen Angels is the best listen in the Mortal Instruments series so far.
Simon coming to terms with his vampirism.
Simon was my favourite character in this book, as he struggles to come to terms with his condition and the Mark of Cain.
I would not attempt to make this into a film, considering how bad City of Bones was when made into a movie.
I found Ed a great contrast to Molly, though I wish they would settle on one kind of narrator. In book 5 we only get Molly and the previous 3 have all been read by different people. The discontinuity does the story a disservice. I particularly like these 2.
What a great way to kick off a new trilogy (/ continuation from the first trilogy) and all we took for granted goes out the window! Quick paced, witty, and dark, it is a delight from beginning to end and its a quick roll from 4 to 5 and then join in the anticipation for book 6!
Yes and no. I love this series, I really do. However, I feel that City of Glass would've been a fine way to finish the series if the ending had been more final. The loose threads at the end of City of Glass felt a little forced. But all that aside, I was glad to have the opportunity to further the Mortal Instruments journey. Though the connection really wasn't there for me. I'll finish the series because I feel like I should, not necessarily because I want to. I definitely don't feel the enthralling engrossment I felt with the first three books.
Simon. As the story is predominantly about him I guess that it's only natural to feel the connection with his character grow this time round.
At the risk of sounding cliche', his character really comes into his own in this book, meaning he is no longer a sub-character just playing the role of Clary's faithful sidekick, following her through her life and her story. Simon has developed his own story, his own life outside of Clary. I kind of feel that he was owed this and I was glad that this is the route Clare took with his character. We'd seen this change in his character start to unfold in City of Glass so I found the follow through of this new Simon in City of Fallen Angels very satisfying and thoroughly enjoyable. Plus, he's a great comic relief amongst all of the Clary/Jace relationship angst. Really. Enough.
Kyle was a nice addition to the cast as well.
I could listen to Ed Westwick for hours. What a voice! And I thought he did a great job. And I liked the novelty of switching up narrators. Though, I would have been just as content if Natalie Moore had remained the narrator.
Molly C. Quinn though, different story altogether. I got to the point where I was actually tempted to skip the parts she narrated. The heading says it all, like nails on a black board. I'm probably nit-picking because I've been spoilt with audiobooks read by a variety of truly brilliant narrators, but her poorly inflected and almost bored delivery was painful for me. The stiff, over-pronounced narrative was distraction and disappointing. And honestly, the "soft-voice" she adopted when completing a sentence or, for example, reading a conversation between Clary and Jace made my eye twitch. Again, I'm probably being pedantic, but it really, REALLY annoyed me and significantly lessened my enjoyment of this audiobook and did not do justice to the story.
We've come this far! Let's finish the series with a bang! It deserves it.
Thus far, the Mortal Instruments series has delivered a wonderful and innovative world to escape to that is thoroughly entertaining. Sure, you can't throw a stone in a book store these days without hitting a supernatural/para-romance young adult novel, but the Mortal Instruments offers enough refreshing contrast to other series within it's genre to make it a stand out, must read story. No easy feat in a flooded market and a true credit to Cassandra Clare.
I'm looking forward to the final chapter of this enchanting story as, I'm sure, are the many other readers who have invested in the world of Shadowhunters, Downworlders and Demons.
A Narrator that could be heard his voice was one flats nothing. I could not follow the story because his voice never changed between character infact his tone never changed I had no idea which character was talking I turned the story off after 9 mins Please bring back Ari Graynor or Natalie Moore I will never by another book read by Ed Westwick.
I have listen to the whole series up to this book and was forced to turn it off.
NEVER I could do better than Westwick standing on my head drinking a beer
love them all
when you start a series with a females voice stay with a females voice
Love a good book with a great storyline, read by a captivating voice.
C.C keeps the teen angst coming and left us with a gripping cliffhanger
Clary, the bumbling yet powerful newbie
It was a little off putting to swap to a two person read after being accustomed to the previous solo readings, not that Ed and Molly don't give a winning reading i have to admit i preferred the other works.
Found it slightly odd at the shifting prospectives between clary and simon
Book was OK I just disliked the ending. Anyone who had read the series would be disappointed.
I have read many others previous books in this series, loved them all. this one the ending was horrible left too many unanswered questions. Felt confused. This book seemed unnecessary and the series could have finished with the third book
These guys did OK, but it is annoying when the narrators are changed during a series
I am returning this
Use the same narrator as the first 3 books
Idiots, why do you do this?
The development of the present day Shadowhunters universe seems to be moving toward a juxtaposition with The Infernal Instruments books. Cassandra Clare is brilliant.
That last scene with Jace had me on tenterhooks until the City of Lost Souls came out. I can't wait for it to come out in Audiobook.
Excellent series, I recommend it to everyone who like a little action with their romance in a supernatural 'verse.
I have read and listened to all of Cassandra Clare's books and though I liked Natalie Moore's readings I have to say that I have enjoyed this one the most mainly due to Ed Westwick. He adds a different dynamic to the story and his interpretation of Simon is wonderful. I think I also like Molly Quinn more than I liked Natalie's Moore or maybe she it was just her in tandom with Ed that makes this audiobook so easy to listen too and hard to press pause buttom.
I love The Mortal Instruments and for the most part because of the complex relationships between the main characters. This is the 4th book in the saga and kind of starts of the second part of the story and maybe I wondered if it would captivate me as much as the first 3 books did.
Well I can say it does and I thoroughly enjoyed it, as with the other books I love Cassie's storyline and hope with all my heart if and when the film does come out it will do it justice, though as with most films of the book, they don't.
If you haven't read any of the Mortal Instruments get hold of City of Bones now, you won't regret it. It has it all, Demons and Angels, Vampires and Werewolves, Love and Romance. If you have read the first 3 books, City of Fallen Angels will leave you crying out for the as yet incomplete 5th book, City of Lost Souls.
Get into the Mortal Instruments now!
"Best of the series"
The story line continued with what happens in the love lives of all the characters.The story was so exciting. I felt like I was watching a film A great end to the series
I have not read a series this exciting, where I felt I had to read the next book.
Did not like the narration at all. I had got used to the narrator of the previous 3 books. Why did you change? And why 2. Both were poor readers. I nearly bought the book to read myself.
Yes. I could not leave it down. The pace of the story increased in the last few chapters. Great read
As I listened to the previous 3 books I knew the characters and felt comfortable with the story line. This book was so poorly read, I only stuck with it so I could discover the ending. These books were well written. I was completely drawn into the world of Shadowhunters, Downworlders and Demons. A great ending!
I bought City of Fallen Angels last night and absolutely love it. It's the first book from the series I've ever read/heard but it's fairly easy to get caught up with (through wikipedia) I love that Ed Westwick co narrates this and his accent and voice is seriously perfect for the role of Simon. If your a fan of Gossip Girl and into Fantasy novels then this book will be perfect for you. Highly reccommend it. The voices really help you get into the book.
"Unbelievably bad narration"
While I don't think the narrators of books 1 - 3 have all been good (and there are so many talented actors out there that I don't understand why not), these 2 were really poor.
Ed Westwick when simply narrating was actually quite good, but his voice for Jace was just horrible and completely inconsistent with previous incarnations. At the start of the book Jace didn't have much to say and was mostly narrated by Molly Quinn, which was ok, but then Jace's voice became progressively more odd and with strong Italian American vowel sounds, so by ⅔ of the way through he just sounded ridiculous, like a terrible daytime soap parody of a mafioso! His reading of Simon's voice changed too; quite good at the start but very immature like a young boy at several times later in the book.
Molly Quinn wasn't particularly wonderful and I think she made Clary sound a bit feeble, but her voice definitely didn't irritate me as much as Ed Westwick's. In fact, I was disappointed every time her chapter ended and Ed Westwick took over. Also, I found it really odd to have 2 actors read alternate sections of the book; if you have a male and female voice, why not have them each 'play' the gender-appropriate roles? Or, have 1 really good narrator of whichever gender.
Lastly, it would be really nice if the actors narrating books were prepared first, to make sure they understood the words and meanings of the sentences and therefore got the pronunciation and sentence rhythm right. And, where things are read incorrectly (especially when this affects the listener's ability to understand), surely this should be picked up and could be re-recorded?
I actually found it really hard to concentrate and kept zoning out due to the poor narration, so I had to constantly rewind to make sure I hadn't missed bits (and only bothered because I knew I'd want to read the next book afterwards). So, not sure about the most and least interesting parts. I think I missed quite a lot.
Lots of 'filling out' of the additional characters in the books, and the addition of a few new ones, which I think will set up the rest of the series.
"50% Vampire story, 50% Mills & Boon!"
Struggled to carry-on listening to this and now having got to the end, I wish I hadn't!
Without wishing to sound too un-romantic, I found the continuing references to romantic entanglements, tedious. Perhaps the ladies will love it and fair-do's and I don't mind a small amount of this in a book I listen to; many books succeed with protagonists that are attracted to one another. But I don't want it all the way through the story.
Aside from that, the storyline was OK I suppose, but that's about it. Perhaps if I had listened to the first three books, maybe I would see it in a different light.
Sorry, can't recommend this at all.
I love the books and the previous narrators haven't been so bad. But this is awful and really spoiled it for me. The voice of Simon is British and not a Brooklyn accent which doesn't make sense, I can just about put up with that but Clarys voice is the worst! Compared to the other narrated versions this Molly girl sounds so whiney and feeble. Does not match the character at all. I can't listen to anymore of this. Just purchased book No 5 to listen to so let's hope it's better.
Please can we have one set of narrators per series and not change them each book. It's very annoying and doesn't make the books flow.
"City of Fallen Angels"
In comparison to the the narration in the previous books I did not like the narration in this one nearly as much, I struggled to listen to Molly C Quinn I thought she was terrible and incorrectly pronounced some key terms.
This was not one of my favourite of the books as in this one the story shifts a bit more onto Simon rather than Clary or Jace, however was still exciting to listen and I did ultimately enjoy it.
Great book. Previously read it but narrative was good.
Now onto book five
Loving all Cassandra's work
Should have kept the narrator from books 1-3, these narrators ruined the story for us, couldn't listen to the story, switched it off after the first few chapters. Feel cheated wish we could have had our money back. Very poor readers, my 10 year old son could have read the story and done better voices.
The story sounded good to start but just couldn't listen to anymore because of the narrators.
The narrator from 1-3 or the narrator who read the Twilight saga books.
Don't know fell asleep.
Would like our credit back to get another book, not read by these narrators. Waste of a credit.
"Struggled with this"
Uncertain. I loved the first three books, but this one didn't engage me. Confusing.
The way that SImon grows as a character
Ed Westwick - engaging, interesting, accents
Molly C Quinn - dreadful, whiney, childlike.
What Simon did next.
I really, really liked Ed Westwick's narration. You can truly believe that there are several different people talking.
Equally, I loathed Molly C Quinn's narration. It grated on me every time she spoke. Forgive me, but I can only hear "Castle's little girl" in her voice. Poor acting all round. Pretty much just one voice.
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