Darkness has descended on the Shadowhunter world. Chaos and destruction overwhelm the Nephilim as Clary, Jace, Simon, and their friends band together to fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary's own brother. Nothing in this world can defeat Sebastian - but if they journey to the realm of demons, they just might have a chance....
Lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world will change. Who will survive the explosive sixth and final installment of the Mortal Instruments series?
©2014 Cassandra Clare (P)2014 Simon & Schuster Audio
I am so tired of listening to these books read by different narrators every time!
Love to read and get lost in my books! I started listening to audio books about a year ago (as I work-out) and love it- keeps me exercising. I then usually buy the good ones and read them all over again.
Bring back Molly Quinn or Natalie Moore, and Ed Westwick. They nailed it, brought the books to life. I'm sure these narrators would be fabulous in their own series- changing narrators wasn't the best idea.
Their accents are off. Sophie is passable but ...Clary is a New Yorker! Where is Jace's sarcasm- the tone is off- sounds lifeless.. I LOVE this series- but new narrators do not do the storyline justice- they even botch the pronunciation of common terms throughout the series. The book is well written. I was looking forward to this for so long :(
The book itself is great!
Can we re-do the narration with our old narrators?
No, Sophie Turner does a good job and is easy to listen to but as soon as Jason Dohring starts reading I lose all interest. His voice is flat and monotone. It's absolutely the worst narration I have heard.
Replace Jason Dohring and the book would of been fine.
I wish they would stop changing the narrator's for every book.
Story was fine. Narrators ruined it.
First of all, I never leave reviews but was compelled to do this to spare others from this horrible experience. Just when I thought things couldn't get any worse than Molly Quinn's nasal yet pitchy voice, they hired these two. In fairness to Sophie Turner, she may have a vey thick British accent but she did try to use an American"voice" for the New Yorker characters and made some half-hearted effort to inject some emotion into her reading (though Jace's humor and sarcasm were lost on her). Jason Dohring on the other hand, may be the worst narrator yet! He sounded like he was reading Dr. Seuss to a bunch of 5 year-olds! Really, it was insulting having to listen to him. I wish I didn't waste a credit on this and just read the book myself!
The book is great, a great end to the series.
I have loved all of Cassandra Clare's books and have both read them and listened to them. Most of the narratiors have been good and sometimes even great. However, these two narrators are the worst I have heard in a long time especially Jason Dohring.
Please please please re-record this book maybe with Kate Rudd as one or the narrators.
Fiction: I like Paranormal, Young Adult, Historical, Fantasy, Romance, Classics. Non-Fiction: I like Historical, Military, Memoirs.
The final Mortal Instruments book...ahh, bittersweet. I'm a grown woman and I really liked this series, so I was both excited and sad to finish this audiobook.
As a finale to the series, City of Heavenly Fire was very good. It wasn't as good as Clockwork Princess (the final book in Cassandra Clare's The Infernal Devices trilogy), but it ticked all the boxes and closed the series properly. If I have a minor complaint about the story itself, it would be that the author spent too much time setting up her next series, The Dark Artifices (the Los Angeles/Emma/Jules story line), which dragged this book out longer than it needed to be. Other than that, I was pleased with the story and the way it wrapped up.
The narration, on the other hand, could have used some direction. I don't know what it is about this series as a whole, but nearly every book had mediocre (at best) or terrible (at worst) narration.
Sophie Turner had the potential to be very good, but she spoke much too fast at times. I would rate her 3 stars (3.5 or 4, had she spoken a little slower). Jason Dohring was just wrong for this book, completely. His monotone voice was nearly expressionless and it was clear that he is a story-READER rather than a story-TELLER. I would rate his performance 2 stars, although he did improve towards the end (or maybe I just became accustomed to his voice). I don't think that having dual narrators added anything to this book.
Fans of the series should also be aware that the narration is obviously based on the performances from the (terrible) City of Bones movie, as every Shadowhunter now has an English accent, despite the fact that they had American accents in all of the other audiobooks, which is annoying at first, but easy to overlook.
Now it seems as if I didn't like the book, but I did...I really did! It was a credit well spent and I will definitely listen to the audiobook again, less-than-perfect narration notwithstanding. Guest appearances by Jem and Tessa from The Infernal Devices were an extra-special treat. Cassandra Clare writes great books for young adults (and grown women, like me, who like to pretend we're still young adults), and I can't wait for her next series to start.
I love these books but the narrators have been and are still HORRIBLE!! There are wonderful narrators available. Why can't this publisher hire them?? It sounds like amateurs reading a book out loud.
I will not listen to any books listing these narrators. Better to read the books!
Interesting concept and story.
ANYONE BUT THE NARRATORS USED FOR THIS SERIES OF THESE BOOKS
Not sure who thought these two narrators would add to this audio book but they were wrong. I think I will need to switch to the Kindle version.
The story was great! Action-packed from beginning to end! The perfect climax to a captivating series.
Different narrators altogether. Sophie Turner was passable, even though she botched the american accent on numerous occasions, but Jason Dohring was aweful! Monotonous, choppy, his phrase intonations were all wrong and he lacks flow and feeling. I found it very difficult to stay focused on the story every time he started reading! What a shame!
Please re-produce with better narrators!
The Narration was my biggest upset with this book. I have been listening to the entire series and had come to recognize the voice of Clary as Molly Quinn. Not that Sophie Turner read poorly, but I simply couldn't get past the accent. It was a huge mistake and took away from the story. I was deeply disappointed with this final book. I also couldn't understand why there was a Male reader. He barely read and it barely made sense when he did either.
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