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  • City of Ashes

  • The Mortal Instruments, Book Two
  • By: Cassandra Clare
  • Narrated by: Natalie Moore
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,700
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,553
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,589

Clary Fray just wants her life to go back to normal - but that turns out to be impossible. For one thing, her mother is still in the hospital, in a mysterious coma. For another, she and her brother, Jace, have fallen under a cloud of suspicion now that the Shadowhunter world knows that Valentine is still alive - and that Jace and Clary are his son and daughter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exciting

  • By Aaron R. on 03-29-08

Not appropriate for adults - YA only

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-01-12

What disappointed you about City of Ashes?

While I was able to get through the first book in this series, the second failed to keep my interest. I am an avid YA fan even though I'm an adult and some are better (Hunger Games, Delirium trilogy) than others. The constant life threatening situations the characters had to face got old after awhile and the lack of character development was disappointing. For teenagers, I think this series would be perfect - plenty of action. For adults, I think you'll be wanting more.

12 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • City of Bones

  • The Mortal Instruments, Book 1
  • By: Cassandra Clare
  • Narrated by: Ari Graynor
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,891
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,658
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,702

When 15-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder - much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing, not even a smear of blood, to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • 2 Stars because it actually gets worse....

  • By Theodore on 01-31-14

More suited for young teens than adults

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-21-12

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ari Graynor?

The narrator did not have a good range, voices such as Hodge and Luke were comical

Any additional comments?

This is an engaging story but doesn't succesfully make a crossover to adult lit. I found the writing too young (I loved Hunger Games, Divergent, Pandemonium etc...) and the characters too juvenile. I think this would be a great choice for a 12-18 year old just not for me

  • Alas, Babylon

  • By: Pat Frank
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,289
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,845
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,841

This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - “Alas, Babylon.” When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazingly contemporary

  • By SomervilleWhereElse on 12-25-10

Beautifully written and very timely

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-27-12

Where does Alas, Babylon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's way up there, not as good as Unbroken or The Help

What did you like best about this story?

You'd never know this was written in the 50's - the writing is beautiful, modern and very timely

Any additional comments?

If you can get past the first half of the first part you will not be able to stop listening. I loved the narrator