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City of Lost Souls: Mortal Instruments, Book 5 | [Cassandra Clare]

City of Lost Souls: Mortal Instruments, Book 5

The New York Times best-selling Mortal Instruments continues - and so do the thrills and danger for Jace, Clary, and Simon. Can the lost be reclaimed? What price is too high to pay for love? Who can be trusted when sin and salvation collide? Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.
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Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best-selling Mortal Instruments continues - and so do the thrills and danger for Jace, Clary, and Simon.

Can the lost be reclaimed? What price is too high to pay for love? Who can be trusted when sin and salvation collide?

Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.

©2012 Cassandra Claire, LLC. (P)2012 Simon & Schuster

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    Jose Ruiz 05-26-12
    Jose Ruiz 05-26-12 Member Since 2010

    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

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    "Need a new Narrator...."
    Would you try another book from Cassandra Clare and/or Molly C. Quinn?

    I enjoyed the books by Cassandra Clair and I look forward to the next story, but the narrator must be changed. I do not enjoy listen to her, she does not change the voices of the characters in the story. Because of this you often lose sight of which character is speaking. I do not know why Natalie Moore was taken off the series but she should be brought back, or at least someone else with better story telling skills.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Molly C. Quinn’s performances?

    No.


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

    Yes.


    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Felicity Fairchild 05-29-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Clary+Jace+Sebastian = An Amazing Plot!"

    I don’t know about you, but putting the three of them together seems to work extremely well. To be honest, there are some relationships in this book I just don’t really care about, especially Maia and Jordan. They are simply boring and can’t seem to fit into this book at all. But all of this is fine as long as the story of Clary and Jace is still good. And it was. They have one of the most torturing, yet fascinating relationships I’ve ever read. As for Sebastian……I don’t even know where to start. He is possibly the best villain ever created. Charming, intelligent, manipulating, handsome, cunning…….a true mastermind. Overall, I am still a huge fan of The Mortal Instruments and cannot wait for the last installment, City of Heavenly Fire!

    Molly C. Quinn is a total disaster! Why doesn’t Simon & Schuster ever listen to us? She had already ruined City of Fallen angels for me and now this? All the characters sounded the same to me and everything that came out of her mouth was unbearable! Please change the narrator for the next book!

    25 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca denham springs, LA, United States 05-28-12
    Rebecca denham springs, LA, United States 05-28-12
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    "A let down"
    Would you try another book from Cassandra Clare and/or Molly C. Quinn?

    Another book from, Cassandra I am all over but if it is narrator is Molly then I will read instead of listen.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Molly C. Quinn’s performances?

    no, I found her to be very distracting. I had to pay attention so hard to tell the differences in the male and female voices that I honestly cant tell you what really happened in the book.


    Was City of Lost Souls worth the listening time?

    It took me forever to finish listening to it and I still have no clue what happened really. I was too busy trying to figure out who was talking at that moment, I found myself rewinding alot!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Before you buy listen to the sample. It may just be me, I do have some hearing problems but This was the worst I have ever heard before. I love my audio books and love this series and it really does pain me to have to leave a bad review. Im off to the store to buy the actual book and try this again.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea Sterling, MA, United States 06-14-12
    Andrea Sterling, MA, United States 06-14-12
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    "Awesome Book!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of City of Lost Souls to be better than the print version?

    Audio books give the reader an in depth look in to the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of City of Lost Souls?

    Simon's meeting with the Archangel.


    Which character – as performed by Molly C. Quinn – was your favorite?

    Isabell


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Clary used the sword on Jace.


    Any additional comments?

    Love Cassandra Clare!!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    rebecca 05-28-12
    rebecca 05-28-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "A let down"
    Would you try another book from Cassandra Clare and/or Molly C. Quinn?

    Another book from, Cassandra I am all over but if it is narrator is Molly then I will read instead of listen.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Molly C. Quinn’s performances?

    no, I found her to be very distracting. I had to pay attention so hard to tell the differences in the male and female voices that I honestly cant tell you what really happened in the book.


    Was City of Lost Souls worth the listening time?

    It took me forever to finish listening to it and I still have no clue what happened really. I was too busy trying to figure out who was talking at that moment, I found myself rewinding alot!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Before you buy listen to the sample. It may just be me, I do have some hearing problems but This was the worst I have ever heard before. I love my audio books and love this series and it really does pain me to have to leave a bad review. Im off to the store to buy the actual book and try this again.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jiana MILFORD BAY, ON, Canada 02-08-14
    Jiana MILFORD BAY, ON, Canada 02-08-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Should have stopped at book three!"
    What did you like best about City of Lost Souls? What did you like least?

    I haven't really liked much of this book. The narrator is one of the worst ever. When we listened to book four we at least had the man who changed up his voice and had an interesting accent (except his voice for Simon, which was horrible) but this narrator had no depth or emotion. You should go back to the second book narrator. Also we want to scream every time she says Steelie!!! Doesn't the author listen to the Audiobook ever?


    Would you be willing to try another book from Cassandra Clare? Why or why not?

    Not sure-it's gotten pretty boring!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa 02-06-14
    Melissa 02-06-14
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    "I can't wait for the final book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of City of Lost Souls to be better than the print version?

    I think most audio versions are better. I have always enjoyed it when people read to me.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of City of Lost Souls?

    Clary and Jace spending the day together. I don't want to give to much away.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I have so many. I can't choose just one.


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

    I think I could have.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy United States 05-23-12
    Tracy United States 05-23-12 Member Since 2010

    trose77

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    "Should have stopped at book 3"

    SPOILER ALERT!

    If I were rating this book separate from the first 3 in the series, I'd probably give it 4 stars. However, it's really difficult to read through 4 books that deal with the same general plot repeatedly - boy and girl love each other but can never be fully together. If there were 6 books involving Clary and Jace ultimately being together in the 6th book, I could handle that. But in the case of this series, it's like books 1-3 were their own series of Clary and Jace trying to be together and ultimately ending up that way after many trials. However, it is really this: after book 3, Clary and Jace are together and are then really can't be together because of other forces. After book 4, Clary and Jace are together and are then really can't be together because of other forces. After book 5, Clary and Jace are together and are then really can't be together because of other forces. It's extremely frustrating and repetitive.

    When this book finally makes it to film, Sony would do good to stop the films after book 3.

    Additionally, I get that the incest was a major factor in book 1, but for it to pop up again in book 5 with a different scenario is excessive.


    The book itself was well written with lots of action, hence 3 stars.

    Narration:
    This narrator isn't horrible. However, I find two aspects of it very frustrating when listening to the book:
    1) Very little differentation between characters: I have a hard time telling the difference between male and female, and then between same-gender characters. I wish there was more differentiation
    2) The narrator reads the book without adding "humanness" to it. For example, she enunciates every. single. word. making the reading a bit choppy and slow. If she could read it how we like to hear things, that would have been more engaging.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Wichita, KS, United States 06-17-14
    Amy Wichita, KS, United States 06-17-14
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    "Poor Narration"

    I don't know who chose the male narrator for this, but he was truly awful. The story is great and being the resolution of a long time series was greatly anticipated. To do this to the performance was a crime. I loved the story, hated how it was told.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer CANONSBURG, PA, United States 05-14-13
    Amazon Customer CANONSBURG, PA, United States 05-14-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Don't get me wrong I liked this book"

    Although I enjoyed the 5th book in this series, I do feel it is lacking something the previous books had. I was a little bored with Jace's plight, I thought it was resolved a couple books ago. I am interested to see where Casandra Clare goes with the series in book 6. Still don't like Molly C Quinn for the narrator, I thought Natalie Moore did a better job.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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