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Slow, Suprising, Good
Yes, only if they want to continue with the Mortal Instruments Series.
Well, they could have gotten better narrators. Ed Westwick's performance was low and his voices didn't really fit with the characters. He was sounded bored and uninterested and sometimes it was hard to understand him. Molly Quinn's performance was worse. She had one voice for all the characters, making it difficult and confusing to know which character was speaking. Molly failed to give teh characters their own voice whereas Ed at least tried. Part of what makes an audiobook great is when the narrators brings the characters to life and these didn't.
No, but I did get through it in about three weeks.
While the story is good and I enjoyed it but I really disliked the narrators. The whole time I was reading the book I was only focusing on the story itself rather than who was reading it to me. It is a good story but the narrators were disappointing. I would like Natalie Moore to return as the narrator, she I liked.
jas, he has been through alot and is still open to try and love
no. it was crazy because you have 2 different narraters and you couldn't follow who was the person they were supposed to be talking about it was bad..
yes but i will no spoil it for others ...it has been a very good series so far i have listen to all 4 books in the series and watched the movie..
very good books for preteen to forty somethings its an awesome love story///
The story line was decent. I liked the way that the book focused more on Simon and his story. The whole love thing between Clary and Jace is really drawn out. We get it, they're in love. Can they just be in love without all the unnecessary perilous situations? And how often Clary does not listen to those around her is getting a little old. I mean, how many bad decisions can one girl make?
Yes. I'll probably finish out the series.
Who chose these narrators? I mean seriously? I know full well that I do not have a voice that is capable of narration, does the girl narrator really not understand how awful she sounds on tape? The guy narrator was slightly better - but neither of them had distinctive voices for each of the characters which was a huge bummer and made a few parts confusing when characters were just going back and forth.
When reviewing books I try to be fair; I appreciate that not everyone will be looking for the same things in a book.
City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare is the fourth in The Mortal Instruments series of books. The Mortal Instruments is a series of six books, of which five have been already published and divides into two trilogies. City of Fallen Angels kicks off the second half with new threats and new challenges for our protagonists. We start off in a good place – things have been quiet and settled since the events of City of Glass. Clary’s main preoccupation is preparing for her mother’s wedding to long time love Luke and enjoying her relationship with Jace. Naturally, that peace doesn’t last for too long…
It has been some time since I finished the first half of The Mortal Instruments, but Clare’s writing style and wonderful characters immediately drew me back into the world of Shadowhunters, demons, vampires and warlocks. I adore this world and loved reading more of it – I don’t know why it took me so long to get back to it!
What I liked
The worldbuilding – Clare clearly has an excellent grasp of her world. Everything fits together and holds well to its own internal logic.
The characters. While I still retain a slight preference for the characters in Clare’s other series, The Infernal Devices, I still love reading about Clary, Jace, Simon and the Lightwoods. I particularly enjoyed Simon’s journey in this book and his relationships with Maia and Isabelle. Isabelle’s journey, too became more interesting to me in this book.
What I didn’t like
The pacing. I’ve noted slow pacing as an issue for me in several of Clare’s books, and unfortunately City of Fallen Angels is no exception. As I mentioned, it starts off a whole new arc for our characters, and takes a long time to really get moving.
The narration. I really didn’t enjoy the narration for this book at all – I personally found it rather flat. You may of course feel diff
Plot is pretty good
Yes- its a fun series
Ed yes, Molly no- at least not until she grows up a bit and learns to speak in an understandable way. I cringed every time it was her turn to talk.
yes- but I couldn't do that. It did help in traffic though
There are some obvious and trite parts the story- and the level of teenage angst made me want to break into song and acne. Since this is intended for the teen audiences I guess that makes sense. However, the female voice was very grating and she over pronounced words in the way that insecure teenagers will do. I understand getting into the character, but you still need to be understood. I will avoid her narrations for a while until she gets some growth under her belt.
They are not good! Molly speaks in a monotone. and there is no distinction between the characters...
This was the worst narrated book, they didn't pronounce anything the se way the first three books did and the tones were off suddenly certain characters had accents just a mess. Got two chapters I. And bought the book so I could finish reading it.
Honestly everything about this book was amazing hut I won't be downloading anymore of the series unless they have the same narrates from the first three doing it.
The story is entertaining and the pace is fast enough to keep interest going.
Where to start? hate having two narrators for one thing. The female narrator is pronouncing words differently from the first narrator creating annoyance and confusion. She also doesn't really do voices or inflection well. The male has decided that all the male characters are strict New York accents...which makes sense for Simon, but not for the shadow hunters. They were raised differently and it should be reflected. Not a fan at all of either narrator. Sorry, hate to be mean but.....
No because other than the length, I couldn't have listened to the narrators that long in one sitting.
the narrators of this book were terrible. i had to turn the volume up super high to hear the guy. he kept going quiet then he would talk loud. so annoying. and the girls voice was ike nails down a chalkboard.nothing at all like the other 3 books. they should have kept the narrator the same from those books. she was great! i had to stop listening to this and buy the actual book.
anyone instead of these 2 would have been better. they were horrible. the woman from the first 3 books rocked.
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