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It is filled with magic, surpises and the story continues to evolve.
Clarissa has her moments where she shines instead of simple being the damsel in distress.
Since when is Simon English? It sounded like he was chewing his words. What a waste! I wonder if Cassandra Clare heard their voices??? What a waste of money.
Ok, even though I read enough of the other reviews to know the narration was questionable, I decided I had to listen anyway to keep the series flow... I'm not sorry I used a credit, but I have to add my "thumbs down" to the narration. Maybe Ms Quinn's voice will mature and find some depth and range... maybe not. But she wasn't a good fit for this story. Ed Westwick is passable but maybe he should work on his "American accent" by watching something other than the Soprano's reruns or Jersey Shore. Honestly, I kept waiting for him to have Jace say something like, "fuggadaboutit."
Ah well... this one will likely be a "listen to once" and put it away for good entry into my library.
On to Book 5 - hope it's with a better cast!
I was put off by the narrators in this book. Simon now has an accent. It is just not matching to the other volumes of this series
The story was great. Clare's books are fantastic.
The female narrator used the same voice and inflection the WHOLE time. The most disturbing thing, though, was that she mispronounced words, such as Idris! I could not even listen to the whole book because I could not get passed the female narrator's terrible job.
I am madly on love with this series! That being said I did not like the narrators AT ALL! Ed Westwick has a British accent...but none of the charters are British. Molly does every voice exactly the same!
No way - the narration made listening to the story almost painful.
The book itself is amazing. If you liked the rest of the series then you will absolutely continue to love this one.
NO! the character's voices sound almost the same. Names and words are mispronounced. It was clear these two had not even bothered to hear the first stories. I don't know why the changed narrators when the first books sounded so good that you were instantly sucked into the story.
And I'm not even going to mention how upset I got at their version of Magnus!
The story keeps you invested in the lives of the characters - if you can keep from getting distracted by the narrators (yes, it was that bad).
The story is great. Cassandra Clare is a master at weaving a tale that leaves you fully invested in the characters and wanting more. Do not let the narration detract you from the story itself - though you may just want to read this one rather than listen if at all possible.
As I mentioned before, the voices do not fit the character, there is barely any change from one character to the next, the females voice sounds immature and overly enunciated as though she were so focused on pronouncing every syllable that she never gets into the "flow of the story", words are mispronounced, names are mispronounced, and I literally had to hit pause when I heard their version of Magnus.
Great story but please go back to the original narration. This unneeded alternation creates a huge injustice and distraction to the reader.
It ends on a major cliffhanger and Jace mopes and is down on himself the entire book which got annoying
I did read the reviews before buying the book, but thought that maybe the narration wasn't actually that bad. It was. Molly's extremely high pitched, piercing, grating voice makes me dive for the volume control at every change-over. Ed was probably an inappropriate choice for narrator of a book without British characters and his attempt at NY accents is uneven at best and cringe-worthy at times, but it is tolerable overall. However, Molly's narration is awful. She reads as if she is unfamiliar with the words and is afraid of reading out loud. Beyond that, she comes across as uninterested in the story coming out of her mouth. Any narrator other than Molly Quinn would have improved the book. This is the first audiobook I have regretted purchasing and would not recommend it to anyone.
The characters continue to develop and the listener is able to delve deeper into their personalities. It is definitely worth a credit to continue the series. My only problem is with the female narrator - flat affect and mispronunciations abound - Did she even listen to the other three books in the series??
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