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I was so excited for this book, but my excitement turned to disappointment when I heard the first narrator. Did anyone listen to this before it was released?? Obviously not. The voice the male narrator uses for Simon sounds sounds like a cross between a Brit with a sore throat and Marlon Brando in the Godfather. And the female sounds like a third grader giving an oral book report.
If I were not so busy, I would have just given up on this production, bought the hard copy, and read this AWESOME book the old-fashioned way.
Honestly, I'm not sure.
Ok, so this is like my fifth time trying to type up a review for City of Fallen Angels (so frustrated with my computer), so that might have a little bit to do with the negativity of this review. (Not all of it though)
I was not impressed with this book. It was so full of drama. Stupid drama. If two people love each other as much as Clary and Jace claim to, they don't keep stupid secrets because they think the other person won't understand. They say they believe in each other, but won't even consider that the other won't judge them based on stupid things. Like, "I'm having bad dreams, and I just can't tell Clary because it'll prove to her that I'm a bad person. So, instead, I'll treat her like dirt and ignore her." Stupid drama. I hate when a book uses alternating perspectives just to make up misunderstandings that wouldn't have been there anyway.
I'll be the first to admit that brooding can be super hot in a guy. (think Angel in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. sigh.) However, it just doesn't look good on Jace. Neither does whinyness. It probably wouldn't have been so bad had I not had to read from his perspective.
Another negative: not very much Luke. Luke became one of my favorite characters in the last book, and I was hoping to see more of him.
It also frustrates me when it seems like the author just keeps thinking, "How could I make these miserable people even more and more miserable?" "Ok, I'll write that." And it doesn't seem like that's going to end any time soon based on the ending of Fallen Angels.
Overall, I think this one burnt me out on the primary characters' storyline. However, I found the secondary characters' stories to be relatively intriguing. Simon keeps getting more and more interesting. His concerns and worries are actually legitimate, and I found myself pulled into his story. I liked Maya and Isabel more in this book too. If it weren't for Simon, I don't think I would even consider picking up the next book. (And this would have gotten a 1 star rating.)
I see all the 4 and 5 star reviews on Amazon, and I wonder if maybe I just zoned out and missed the good parts. End rant.
New to the audiobook thing, but I like it! I'm a huge Stephen King fan... Along with the spy/military type books by Brad Thor, Vince Flynn
I don't know why the narrator was changed, but famous on the screen does not make them good at narrating. Ed's accent did not go with the character nor did he bring them to life. Molly used the same voice for every character and could not even pronounce most of the names in the store. I was really disappointed in the book mostly due to the narrators. I really hope the next book will go back to the prior narrator. If it's not broken don't mess with it.
Sci Fi Reader
This is a great story and a great series but these are the worst narrators ever. Bland and not even close to the character and very little differentiation.
I'm always sad when the narrator is changed mid series. You get used to the way the characters sound and know who is who. The switch here was doubling upsetting because the new narrators have no talent for audiobook narration. Ed sounds bored most of the time and Molly sounds like she is working so hard to enunciate each syllable. The worst part, however, was that Ed makes Jace sound like Sylvester Stallone in Rocky. It made me want to stop listening despite my love for the series.
The book content was great - I'm so glad Cassandra decided on doing another trilogy!
I don't know what they were thinking using an awful British guy to reason Simon's story. Hello! Simon is not British! You can't understand half of what the guy says. The female narrator is just as bad. Doesn't she know how to do any voices besides a little girls? Jeez she doesn't even change tones from Clarey to Jace. I've listed to tons of audiobooks but these narrators have to be two of the worse.
At first the author intended this series to be a triology. So for those who read city of glass two years ago must thought it was the last book of the mortal instruments. I thought the first three books are wonderful but didn't expect much from the 4th book. I mean for Valentine and Sebastian being dead and all, how good can the story be? But just like Clockwork angel, Cassandra Clare never lets me down, not once. This book is clearly not the end of the series, so we all have to be patient.
As for the narrators, I think they are, without a doubt, Horrible!!!!!! The narrator for city of ashes and city glass is wonderful. Don't understand why they bother to change one. If you look the narrators up, you will see that they find two hot people who look just like Clary and Simon, which doesn't even matter one bit!!! I mean this is an audiobook, not a movie. I still recommend buying the book. By the way, my stars all goes to the book.
Once again Ms Clare has not failed to deliver with her Mortal Instruments series. This book was well worth the wait and again, I anxiously wait to find out what happens next between the shadowhunters and downworlders. She has given us an ending that begs for the next books release. I would have given five stars but I MUST deduct a star for the narrators. The male narrator was good but the female narrator was hard for me to listen to. It was like listening to a scared/emotionless 12 year old read out of a textbook. I also wish they would have used the male/female narrators more as characters instead of having the male read female parts and the female read male parts. I will be sending an email to Cassandra Clare. I hope they pick a better female voice for the next one.
Great story, trouble with the narration. Ed Westwick is a fabulous Narrator- not so much Molly Quinn. Boring- Too young a voice, with very little inflection. Characters run together, all sounding the same. She also mispronounces words. Mr Westwick has a soothing voice, and his mastery of characters is fantastic. If not for him I couldn't have finished listening.
I would have given this book a five star rating just for the content alone, but I was not impressed at all with the narrators.
As always Cassandra brings us such lively characters with humor, danger, love and pain. You cannot have light without dark. I love hearing from the various perspectives and not just Clary's. Oh and for those of you who loved Clockwork Angel there are teasers in this book for the next in the series of Clockwork.
With that said, I am personally going to go out and purchase the hardback novel. Reason : Again, the narrators are horrible. Their voices do not complement one another at all. Her voice is very shrill and his voice is very baritone. I truly feel that neither of them did this book/Cassandra's characters any justice. Through the majority of the book both readers are flat and do not create individual voices for the characters, everyone sounds exactly the same unless the character has an accent. After 4 books, Clockwork included, having been brought across so well by other readers, they fall short and make the characters and Cassandras writing flat. Suddenly have Simon, Jace and a new character Kyle are made to sound as if they are Rocky Balboa, I was truly waiting for "Yo, Adrian". At times when the three are having conversations you feel like your listening to the Mob and unless Cassandra has written in "Jace said" or "Simon said" then you get lost in who is saying what because they all sound the same. I understand they are from Brooklyn, but geez, Simon sounds like he is going to hop in the boxing ring at some points.
I will not even get too far into the female narration. There were points in the book that I truly felt as if I would have to turn it off. It was like listening to a whiny version of scratching you nails down a chalkboard. She too was one dimensional, flat and downright annoying.
Narrators ruined the book!
Just a note : If I had my choice I would have called the couple who read for Shiver, by Maggie Steivatter.
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