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I just CANNOT get past that female reader to get through even three chapters of this book! Pretty bad when she pronounces stele as STEELY! Bring back the original reader! She was excellent! This one sucks!! I'm sorry I ever wasted a credit on this book! I can't listen to her!!! UGH!
First I would like to point out that I love this book series. I think Cassandra Clare is a very talented writer and her books are filled with passion and adventure. On that note, I was very disappointed with the narration on this audio. The male narrator mumbled so much I could not understand half of what he said even when I had the volume turned up to 45 in my car. Both narrators did a terrible job distinguishing between one voice and the next. It was nearly impossible to figure out who was saying what. After the first chapter I gave up trying to listen to it and went on to another book. I don't know what the publisher was thinking, but they should have stuck with the original narrators either Natalie Moore or Ari Graynor would have been a huge improvement.
Maybe... Story is good Narration sucked.....
No need to have two...Plus the guys has a strong accent, making it hard to follow...
I listened to this book for the first time a few years ago. It was not my favorite of the series then and I wasn't sure why. It took me forever to get through the book the first time and that is unusual for me with TMI books. I had decided to listen to the books again before the final book comes out later this year. Once I got to this one I figured out what it was about it that I didn't like the first time around. The narrators are just bad. Clare did her job as usual but who ever made the decided that they needed to people that looked like Clary and Simon to do this was just wrong wrong wrong. Ed Westwick is just bad. I think I would not be able to listen to another book by him. I hope I never have to.
Cassandra Clare did a great job with the story. I just love every novel she writes. The story is good, the new characters are good, I could deal with less of the teenage love issues, but that is me. I'm glad to listened again.
I find it very distracting that there is little continuity between the narrations of this series in regards to pronounciations. I thought Ed Westwick did a good job and Molly C. Quinn gave it a valiant go to do accents, but it was ultimately very distracting.
I will keep listening to the series, I find it to be an interesting concept.
Ok, yes, I confess. I'm another paranormal geek.
After enjoying the first three narrations of these books, I was forced into Narrator Shock when I started listening to this one. Ed Westwick was dreadful! He mumbled a lot, and he speaks fast, which, when combined with the mumbling, forced me to back up the story to try to figure out what he was saying! Molly C Quinn on the other hand was rather monotone her entire reading (even during high action scenes!) Although she read at a normal pace, it felt very slow and drawn out when compared to Ed Westwick's. Another thing, Ed has an British accent and Molly is American!! For all those reasons, it was exhausting, going back and forth between narrators.
All that said, I still loved the story. I enjoy this series quite a bit. I continued with the 5th book. Molly C Quinn narrates that one as well, and I think she does a much better job in that book than she does this one. However, I still prefer the narrator of books 2 and 3. I wish the recording company would have stuck with the SAME person for the entire series, it's tiring adjusting every single book.
Anyway, great series, I really enjoy them! Give them a try!
Molly Quinn called people and items by the wrong name - For example, the stele was pronounced "steely" and Amatis was not the same as previously used.
I should have listened to the prior reviews. Good story, horrible narration - squeaky girl with no inflection in her voice (almost sounds like she's perpetually depressed). Whispery, poor phraseology and NO inflection. HATED this book because of it.
Guy who read was certainly boring but not like her.
The story line was good.
NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
Please don't waste your money on anything ready by Ed Westwick or Molly C Quinn! Save yourself the money for a well narrated (or even fairly well narrated) book.
I am a Serial MultiTasker. Pretty much daily while I am at work I listen to Audiobooks. Some books I have listened to 3 to 5 times. Luv it.
I love these books and get so wrapped up in them. I am excited for the continuation of the story and hope the best for all the characters. When Ed Westwick reads it get lost in the story and he is such a perfect voice for these books, but when Molly Quinn reads it is like a violent shock and it always annoys me when she says certian words. It is like she didn't do any research on the books or didn't listen to the previous books before being the reader. I am so not looking forward to book 5 with her the reader.
I don't have time to sit and read, but I have plenty of time to sit and listen! :)
Cassandra Clare has her stories together. She is a wonderful writer and this series has not hit a dull moment yet.
Just when you think Jace and Clary can be together, there is still something holding them apart.
I have read that many people hate the narrators. There are two in this book. It switches from
Ed Westwick (TV Series: Gossip Girl) to Molly C. Quinn (TV Series: Castle). I didn't mind the narrators at all. I liked what both brought to the book. However I can understand people wanting consistency when listening to a series and can get attached to one narrator. If you know this before going into the book, maybe it won't be so bad for you.
It's a great series, I wouldn't miss it!
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