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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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    Laura Peppard 06-29-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Never hire those narrators again!!!!!!!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I wouldn't wish those voices on anyone. The book was great as always but the voices ruined it.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jason Dohring and Sophie Turner ’s performances?

    Never again.


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

    The book was great. I have no problems with the writing just the voices that made me feel like I was listening to nails on a chalkboard.


    Any additional comments?

    Hello….Not everyone in the book has a british accent. Duh.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    klaa 06-23-14
    klaa 06-23-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Painful narration for a spellbinding book"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes I would because the book is awesome. This final chapter isn the Mortal Instruments series was exactly what I wanted it to be. Perfect ending!


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

    I love Jason Dohring so much (V Mars fan, here) but his performance was awful. He mispronounced common words I've heard hundreds of times in the other books. His accents were awful and it was generally painful to listen to. This had to have been Dohring's first time reading a book because it was terrible. It very nearly ruined the book. Definitely read, instead of listen, to this book if you have the option.

    Sophie Turner was just fine. She has a pretty thick British accent when reading narration, but her American and other accents were great. I probably would have given the book 4 stars if she had narrated the whole time.


    Any additional comments?

    Is it too much to ask to have a new narration done?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Wichita, KS, United States 06-23-14
    Ryan Wichita, KS, United States 06-23-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Good story, unskilled narrators."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If they're invested in the series, they'd need no recommendation.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Simon, mainly because he's the most relatable character. He reacts very realistically to his powers, and is very much human even though he's not really human. If you know what I mean. lol


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jason Dohring and Sophie Turner ’s performances?

    No. Both are terrible. all the characters sounded exactly the same, which made the dialog seem very awkward and silly. Then 2/3 through the book they started giving random characters British accents even though they didn't have them previously in the book. Silly silly silly.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda DECATUR, GA, United States 06-19-14
    Amanda DECATUR, GA, United States 06-19-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Disappointed by the narration..."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I've read and/or listened to the other 5 (or 8 depending how you look at it) books in this series and have enjoyed most of the narrators, but these two really disappointed me. The narration often distracted me and I think I enjoyed the story less because of it. I probably should have abandoned the audio book and picked up a hard copy.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jason Dohring and Sophie Turner ’s performances?

    No


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Possibly.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James 06-18-14
    James 06-18-14
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    "Narrators ruined a mediocre book."
    What disappointed you about City of Heavenly Fire?

    A drab story line that seemed like repetition and fluff in order to rush the book out to make a few more bucks. Could have skipped more than halfway through the book, and still had the same feeling at the end.


    What could Cassandra Clare have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Taken her time and put more thought into the plot. Stopped at book 5.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was awful. I have listened to all of the previous books this was by far the worst. Boring, mundane, (lol) emotionless. I would fire the male narrator. Also the English accent of the female narrator...what was up with that. I get it for the Infernal devices, but this it definitely took away from this reading.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment in the author and the audio book,


    Any additional comments?

    It this tells you anything I quit listening to the audio book after I paid for it, and read the eBook on my wife's kindle. I love audio books, and this is the first time I have ever stopped listening because of the narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sara Laguna Woods, CA, United States 06-13-14
    Sara Laguna Woods, CA, United States 06-13-14 Member Since 2013
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    "NARRATION = HORRIBLE"
    What did you like best about City of Heavenly Fire? What did you like least?

    I thoroughly enjoyed the story and similar to all her other books I like how parts of it ties in to the Infernal Devices series and sets up the story for the next series.
    HOWEVER....
    The narration is AWFUL! I don't understand how Cassandra Clare allows her books to be performed so incredible poorly. And it wasn't just this book where the narration was awful, the previous ones were pretty bad also, but I'd have to say this is the worse one. I am not even done listening to it and am considering giving it up. I read the book so I just don't know if I can finish listening.


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

    Anyone.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    yup, but as long as it was not like the CoB movie


    Any additional comments?

    To be fair, Sophie Turner was at least bearable but Jason Dohring was just plain awful. I don't like to be so mean with reviews but seriously can't find anything redeemable or good about his performance. His accents are awful (Raphael doesn't even have one!) and it sounds like he prepared by reading the night before he recorded. I felt like I was in 5th grade again and one of my classmates was reading out loud. Someone else compared it to someone reading to a bunch of 3rd graders and I definitely would agree with that analog as well.
    Please, Cassandra Clare...for the love of the Angel, pick some decent narrators!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth. A. W.(te) 05-29-14 Member Since 2014
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    "OMG"
    Where does City of Heavenly Fire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is high on my love that book list. I love the whole world of the shadowhunter that Cassandra has created. She is a great writer. I also love the fact that the female characters are strong no matter what. It is very nice to see that in a book.


    What other book might you compare City of Heavenly Fire to and why?

    It does has parts that remind me of The Clockwork Princess, but it is only in a few parts.


    What aspect of Jason Dohring and Sophie Turner ’s performance would you have changed?

    Sophie Turner does a great job of reading and using different tones. Jason Dohring was a disappointment, I would think he could a better job at different tones. They both can't say parabatai right.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I wanted to sit all day and do nothing but finish this book but I could, it's 20.5 hours long.


    Any additional comments?

    OMG, OMG!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel A. Mayer baltimore 09-08-14
    Daniel A. Mayer baltimore 09-08-14 Member Since 2011

    Jester

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    "I didn't even finish it"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who hasn't listened to the other Mortal Instrument books, narrated by Molly Quinn.


    What other book might you compare City of Heavenly Fire to and why?

    Not applicable.


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

    The problem is this. Sophie Turner is a great actress; on Game of Thrones she is the tops. Her reading voice is fine, and I am sure on another audible book she might be ok; however, the entire series prior to now was narrated by Molly Quinn, who didn't have an English accent and who had a certain way of narrating the book.To abruptly change the format and have not one, but two people---male and female---read the book, especially when one (Turner) has a strong English accent, is not only discombobulating, but distracting. It's a shame, because the story is a compelling one, and with the cliffhanger from Book 5, I was eagerly awaiting this book....but I found the flip flopping between Dohring and Turner and Turner's accent and style of reading so dis-jointing, that I couldn't even follow the book. It was too distracting to get into it, and that is really a shame.


    What character would you cut from City of Heavenly Fire?

    N/A


    Any additional comments?

    It is a shame that the publisher and the author decided, after the first book was made into a movie, to go "Hollywood" and hire a well-known british actress to read the voices and narrate a story that was originated by Quinn, who did not have an accent. As the characters and the story don't take place in England, but in NY, and the characters aren't British (that I know), it ruins the book, quite honestly.Turner has many talents and may be great in another setting with a different book, but here it ruins the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 08-08-14
    Robert Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 08-08-14 Member Since 2012

    I am a "Life is Awesome! Strive to be Worthy of it." student of life kind of guy. Feeding on Chaos and Empowering the Good. Group Hug!

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    "Good stuff"

    I probably should have re-read all the previous books first, because I felt a little lost getting back in the characters culture. This book rotated around a war and pretty much had a straight feeling of bla or dread. It was a good book but I didn't feel like it pulled me into the story. It was more like "Life sucks, then it gets worse and if you win, you still have nothing to look forward to except the aftermath and the loss" Well that's depressing... Hmmm It may be just because this book was really meant to be read right after the others, it had been over a year since I read the last book in this series and this book didn't really bring you back up to speed. Ya that is probably it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marcy Funderburk USA 07-07-14
    Marcy Funderburk USA 07-07-14 Member Since 2008

    avid reader

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    "Sophie is amazing. Jason is beyond painful."
    If you could sum up City of Heavenly Fire in three words, what would they be?

    Phenomenal series ender


    What did you like best about this story?

    The writing, the characters. All things Cassandra Clare.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Sophie did an amazing job. Jason used absolutely no inflection at all.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The most fun you'll ever have in a Helldimension.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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