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City of Heavenly Fire: The Mortal Instruments, Book 6 | [Cassandra Clare]

City of Heavenly Fire: The Mortal Instruments, Book 6

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?
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Vanessa Dyson 05-28-14 Member Since 2014
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    "STOP CHANGING NARRATORS"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I am so tired of listening to these books read by different narrators every time!


    42 of 44 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa LOCKPORT, NY, United States 05-28-14
    Lisa LOCKPORT, NY, United States 05-28-14 Member Since 2013

    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.

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    "Disappointing Narration for a beloved series."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    What didn’t you like about Jason Dohring and Sophie Turner ’s performance?

    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 :(


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The book itself is great!


    Any additional comments?

    Can we re-do the narration with our old narrators?

    47 of 50 people found this review helpful
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    mama san francisco 05-31-14
    mama san francisco 05-31-14 Member Since 2015

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    "Horrible, horrible narrators!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Story was fine. Narrators ruined it.


    What didn’t you like about Jason Dohring and Sophie Turner ’s performance?

    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!


    19 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica 05-30-14
    Jessica 05-30-14

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    "Jason Dohring is awful to listen to..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Replace Jason Dohring and the book would of been fine.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Loved it


    Any additional comments?

    I wish they would stop changing the narrator's for every book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Irene Charlotte, NC, United States 05-28-14
    Irene Charlotte, NC, United States 05-28-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Terrible narrators"
    Would you listen to City of Heavenly Fire again? Why?

    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!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Interesting concept and story.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jason Dohring and Sophie Turner ?

    ANYONE BUT THE NARRATORS USED FOR THIS SERIES OF THESE BOOKS


    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    foxesoz 05-29-14
    foxesoz 05-29-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great end to the series but appalling narration!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book is great, a great end to the series.


    What didn’t you like about Jason Dohring and Sophie Turner ’s performance?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Please please please re-record this book maybe with Kate Rudd as one or the narrators.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    S. Fishman West Palm Beach, FL United States 05-29-14
    S. Fishman West Palm Beach, FL United States 05-29-14 Member Since 2001
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    "Terrible Narration"

    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.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    MAB Toronto, Ontario, Canada 06-04-14
    MAB Toronto, Ontario, Canada 06-04-14 Member Since 2014

    Fiction: I like Paranormal, Young Adult, Historical, Fantasy, Romance, Classics. Non-Fiction: I like Historical, Military, Memoirs.

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    "Good book; iffy narration"

    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.



    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nat 06-05-14
    Nat 06-05-14
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    "WORST NARRATORS EVER!!!!"
    What did you love best about City of Heavenly Fire?

    The story was great! Action-packed from beginning to end! The perfect climax to a captivating series.


    How could the performance have been better?

    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!


    Any additional comments?

    Please re-produce with better narrators!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Dennis Eagle Rock, CA 09-10-14
    Rebecca Dennis Eagle Rock, CA 09-10-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Massive mistake"
    What didn’t you like about Jason Dohring and Sophie Turner ’s performance?

    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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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