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I loved Ed Westwick's voice. Molly Quinn's voice is monotone, flat. The story is very good. Overuse of word "incredulous".
I'm a big fan of the Mortal Instruments series in general and this book was much of the same, so I was pretty happy there. If you liked previous Mortal Instruments books, you'll more than likely enjoy this.
However, the narrators are beyond bad. I honestly don't know how they were chosen, did the read through, and then had their performance edited without anyone going, "For real? Nobody else thinks this is the worst thing ever??" Ed is a good actor, but as a audio book narrator, he leaves something to be desired. He was amazing in comparison to the girl that read most of Clary's parts however. She sounds like a disinterested teen with a remedial level reading skill who was forced to read a boring history text in class. It is so, so, so bad. Not to mention, her voice is super grating. I listened all the way through ONLY because I work at an animal shelter and couldn't read the book itself during work, but if any of you have the option, definitely read it for yourself and do not buy the audiobook version.
This book was just OK. There was nothing that made it very interesting or unique. It felt like a fluffed up transitional book with very lazy writing. There was just so much unnecessary storyline and not much meat. It was just a filler book in the series. Nothing really even happened until the very end.
As for the narrators... At first when I heard Ed Westwick I was happy because his voice is dreamy. However, this was NOT the right book for him to narrate! It doesn't get worse than a Britt trying to do a Jewish New Yorker accent. It was awful! Simon sounded like a weasely cartoon rat thug and Jace sounded like Sylvester Stallone. It was bad. Then Molly C. Quinn starts her chapter and oh my goodness, I couldn't believe how bad it was. You would think that the director would have run out and found a new narrator the second he heard her start reading, but no, they actually let her continue in her embarrassing train wreck of a performance. She sounded like a high-schooler who was called on in English class to stand up and read aloud to the class. She worked so hard to enunciate every single word perfectly that it sounded completely unnatural. Not to mention that most of her characters had the exact same voice so it was hard to tell who was even talking. It was so bad. Like unbearably bad, as this is the most I have ever written about narrators in a review!
The story line was good as far as I could tell. The narration on both sides was absolutely horrible. Please do not buy this book and waste your monye. I have the first three books, but this one is so bad that I am afraid to go any further in the series if these two narrated any others.
Yes - I loved Ed Westwick!
They both bring the personalities to life in a way that I think would be harder to capture if you were only reading the book.
It took far longer than normal to get though because I wasn't a fan of the female narrator who was not only hard or understand but didn't fluctuate. While I was enjoying the series I'm actually going to pass on the next one since it seems she narrates that one as well. Nothing too spectacular happened in this one that'll make it worth listening to another.
The story was ok but the male narrator was so horrible. He whispered or talked really low most of the time making it difficult to understand.
I'm a pilot who loves to fly! I've found Audible very useful while I work out and do other activities where I can not hold a book but can listen.
Yes - interesting enough story line, though it suffers greatly from poor voice acting. Quality voice actors would bring this to life MUCH more than it did.
A reverse of Twilight
Get new voice actors, they seem new here and it show.
Doc mom, Voracious Audible Listener, and regular Amazon customer from way back when it was just an online bookstore.
This review is, like others, related to narration. I am an avid audible reader. I was slow to get into this series, but after the 3rd book was hooked. The narrator of the first book wasn't great, but acceptable. The narrator used for books 2&3 was pretty good. This fourth book may be the end for me. Others have complained about the male narrator (why the British accent for a New York setting?), but he at least is a talented narrator. If he had read the entire book I may have been able to stick with this series. However, the female narrator in this book leads to a painful experience. She reads very slowly, over-enunciating words and pronounces names of key characters and places completely differently than in the 1st 3 volumes. It is so distracting that I am losing the story. I have looked ahead and see that the next book is entirely narrated by her = I won't be purchasing the 5th book. Authors & publishers please take a lesson from the Harry Potter series. A single, talented narrator that takes one through a series from start to finish is the ultimate in audible book series experience. Changing voices every-other volume is like changing actors half way through a movie. It simply does not work.
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