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City of Bones Audiobook

City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2007 Cassandra Claire, LLC. All rights reserved. (P)2007 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights resevered.

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    MAB Toronto, Ontario, Canada 06-04-14
    MAB Toronto, Ontario, Canada 06-04-14 Member Since 2014

    Fiction: I like Paranormal, Young Adult, Historical, Fantasy, Romance, Classics. Non-Fiction: I like Historical, Military, Memoirs.

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    "Six of one, half-dozen of the other"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Mae Whitman?

    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.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    20 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Petunia1620 06-03-15
    Petunia1620 06-03-15

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    "Could be better"
    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    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.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda Newark, DE 03-24-16
    Brenda Newark, DE 03-24-16 Member Since 2015

    I love all the supernatural love stories. Vampires stories are my favorites.

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    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tj Valley Village, CA, United States 10-10-15
    Tj Valley Village, CA, United States 10-10-15 Member Since 2006
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    "Adults who loves fantasy, skip this book."

    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.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Lady Disdain 05-13-14

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    "Horrifyingly bad accents"
    What would have made City of Bones better?

    Using a narrator that can actually do voices, OR telling Mae Whitman to stop doing them.


    What didn’t you like about Mae Whitman’s performance?

    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.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I love this book but the audiobook is TERRIBLE.


    18 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    J. K. Hirsch Laramie, Wy 03-08-15
    J. K. Hirsch Laramie, Wy 03-08-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Pretty Good Wish I'd skipped the move"
    What did you love best about City of Bones?

    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.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I don't know why all the Shadowhunters have bad British accents. I found that annoying.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Clarke Hell sometimes called Kentucky 06-10-14
    Carol Clarke Hell sometimes called Kentucky 06-10-14 Member Since 2013

    I have MS and LD and make spelling and grammar mistakes, please forgive the handicap.

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    "Imagitive, if not to overly dramatic. 4 out of 5"
    Would you consider the audio edition of City of Bones to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of City of Bones?

    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.


    What does Mae Whitman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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?


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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?


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Dr. CARY, NC, United States 05-05-14
    Dr. CARY, NC, United States 05-05-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Fake Accent Alert"

    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.

    18 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    jessica russo 06-13-14
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    "ACCENTS ARE ATROCIOUS"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    7 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Cameron Stewart United States 09-05-16
    Cameron Stewart United States 09-05-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Absolutely fantastic."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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