Don’t miss The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, now a major motion picture. Discover this first installment of the internationally best-selling Mortal Instruments series and “prepare to be hooked” (Entertainment Weekly).
When 15-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder - much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing - not even a smear of blood - to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?
This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know...
Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare's ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.
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Fiction: I like Paranormal, Young Adult, Historical, Fantasy, Romance, Classics. Non-Fiction: I like Historical, Military, Memoirs.
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.
I couldn't finish this book. The writing is good for the young adult genre but the narrator is mediocre at best. I could have gotten past the horrible British accents but I couldn't stand her reading style in general. It's very...forced and immature. Emma Gavin and Marisa Calin are much better narrators. But perhaps it's the director's fault. Regardless, I would skip the audio and read the paperback.
I love all the supernatural love stories. Vampires stories are my favorites.
Les descriptions of stuff around them. I fast forwarded through mos of the book. as soon as it started describing a room or the trees or someones face I have hreard more than once I hit the Fast forward 30 secs till it was over and dang if sometimes it was almost 3 mins of describing a hall way or something. But the plot was good enough for me to keep listening.
If you are new to the fantasy genre, this is a cute, fun world. The narrator needs to work on her accents/dialects but is otherwise fine. But if you are an Adult who loves fantasy, skip this book. You will find no new ideas or surprises here.
Using a narrator that can actually do voices, OR telling Mae Whitman to stop doing them.
Her accents sound like bad community theatre. Why re-record the book if you aren't going to make it amazing? This one is as bad as the original.
I love this book but the audiobook is TERRIBLE.
I saw the movie and thought the book would be worth a go. The book was a little difficult to get through since I knew what was going to happen. Look forward to the next book.
I don't know why all the Shadowhunters have bad British accents. I found that annoying.
I have MS and LD and make spelling and grammar mistakes, please forgive the handicap.
I haven't read the printed version which is just as well after listening to the whole thing I am not in a hurry to read the story with a "Luke I'm you Father twist ending. And no there is no Luke or father figure's in the story I just meant a cliché ending like this one. And this story is no where as good as Star War. But it's almost as soap opera-ish and the main character is always being helpless and having to be saved by male characters. It's almost laugh-able. But the story is very entertaining and imitative at the same time.
When the girl throws herself over Luke's body to try and save him from the bad guy and she knows he will not stop his sword for her but throws herself anyway. Of coarse she is saved by her brother in the nick of time; by a great knife throw into the bad guys hand, who then has to lie and say he would never have hurt her blah blah blah.
She does a good job on the lead girls voice and the JC's more English accented voice making it easy to tell which one is speaking or thinking. But I think at times the accents were a little much and took away from the story, like why would JC who lived in the same town as her have an English accent and she have an American one?
Yes and No, I would love to have the time to listen to it in one day, But I don't so I listened at night before bed. It relaxes me to go to sleep most night, this one had me shaking my head wondering what the writing was drinking when she wrote this?
It's not really that bad, if you love Romeo and Juliet even though you know they both die than this is the book for you. If you like teen angst this is the book for you. If you like books with cliché twists this Is the book for you. If you like your heroines kinda helpless without a strong man around this is the book for you. No Buffy to save the day just the heroine following a mystery to find her mommy. If the mystery and fantasy appeal to you, this is the book for you. I did give it 4 out of 5 stars.
OMG - this narrator reminded me of reading bedtime stories to my kids. I try to give every different character an oddly different way of speaking so they'll be amused. My kids are 8. This strategy might work for them but does not work for an avid listener trying to make his / her way through 10 hours of mangled mess.
I enjoyed the story line but the narrator Mae Whitman was so awful, it was painful to listen to at times. She often mixed the "accents" she used from character to character, confusing me as to who was talking. It sounded like she was reading a bedtime story to a child, not narrating to a mature audience.
This book was perfect in every way and as much as I loved the TV series this book left the season 1 behind in a pile of forgettable dust. I can't wait to read book two in the series and I hope that the story writing in the TV series improves a bit more to the level of the books.
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