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Librarian-spy Irene is working undercover in an alternative London when her assistant, Kai, goes missing. She discovers he's been kidnapped by the fae faction, and the repercussions could be fatal. Not just for Kai but for whole worlds. Kai's dragon heritage means he has powerful allies but also powerful enemies in the form of the fae. With this act of aggression, the fae are determined to trigger a war between their people - and the forces of order and chaos themselves. Irene's mission to save Kai and avert Armageddon will take her to a dark, alternate Venice where it's always Carnival. Here Irene will be forced to blackmail, fast talk, and fight. Or face death.

©2015 Genevieve Cogman (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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That voice!

What did you like best about The Masked City? What did you like least?

I've never been compelled to write a review but at the end of listening to this book, I just have to. The story is fairly predictable in terms of plot line. Not unenjoyable, but certainly it's an easy read. You can listen to this while your brain is doing other things and not miss much. But that's ok. I expect that from this genre and I still enjoy the genre. What made me almost stop listening was the voice of the narrator. Her range of tone is so limited during the narration parts of the book (as opposed to the conversational parts) that it becomes something of a repetitive singsong riff. It just about drove me crazy as I tried desperately to ignore the tone and focus on the actual words. I don't understand it because when she does conversation voices, she's not too bad. I probably will not buy the next book (if there is one) in this series because it's just too irritating.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

More character development and a completely different narrator.

How could the performance have been better?

Please see above. The world of speech has unlimited numbers of tones to use. Use more of them.

Any additional comments?

Just want to say I'm not new to Audible. I listen to books all the time, and have literally hundreds of books in my library. It's the first time I've disliked a narration so much I felt compelled to comment. Listen before you buy this one. I hope your experience differs.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Great story, disappointing performance

Would you consider the audio edition of The Masked City to be better than the print version?

No. I honestly could not stand the reader. Her different voices in general were ok, although confusing when two men were speaking to each other. But I could not get over how melodramatic her reading was. Every. Single. Sentence. Was. Dramatic. Thus when things were truly heart-wrenching, it wasn't as dramatic as it should have been because it was all on the same level.

What other book might you compare The Masked City to and why?

It would probably be good for lovers of Sherlock Holmes (even though I've never actually read a Holmes story and so can't really compare) because of the good quality, intellectual, clean adventure and mystery. And generally lovers of fantasy/sci-fi.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

See first question.

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

Can't say much without spoilers, but I would love to see the water scene in a movie. You'll know it when you get there.

Any additional comments?

Great story! But pick up the print version instead.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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The City of Dreams

In some ways I liked this story a little more then book 1: the fay and dragons are detailed better and the effects of order and chaos start to be clear.

Enjoy. PS the narration is improved quiet a bit.

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irritating

Struggled to finish this one. Not intriguing or flowing and I would often find my mind drifting away from the book while listening.

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love it.

hated how I was left hanging, but can't wait to read the next one to come...

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Quite Enjoyable

I am really enjoying this series. In a genre that seems to be the same story with different characters, this series is completely original and refreshing. The characters are quite likeable as well. Personally hoping for a little romance in book 3.

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much improved on same narrator

I've heard this narrator several times before. Many times I have just forgone the book for another because of a certain monotone style she had while reading.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that this same narrator had added more inflection and tone to her narrative style. It definitely made the listening experience 10 times better! !!

I'm so glad the next book is already available because there is a mega cliff hanger! !
Very interesting and exciting story.
I don't understand how the heroine has not collapsed from exhaustion!

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Great story and narrator

I love this series and the narrator does a spectacular job of bringing the world to life.

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very entertaining

Where does The Masked City rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

probably the 3rd after the first book of the series and harry potter

Who was your favorite character and why?

all of them!!!

Which character – as performed by Susan Duerden – was your favorite?

FAE

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

meeting place of Libraries , Dragons and FAEs

Any additional comments?

What I loved about the book is that it creats an imaginary world with its own comlete rules ... so as the story advances you will discovere new possibilities of interaction in the world which are not possible in real world. this sorts of tingles your imaginatio... :D

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Tropey fun

A bit slow to get going. (Irene visiting the dragons didn't really grip me.) But the sequence in Venice was glorious and had some wonderful character moments and spectacle. I didn’t know Kai could do that either. I continue to be amused at the pretty people throwing themselves at (she describes herself as not bad to look at but prone to fading into the background ) Irene. Clearly she has Heroic Charisma and hasn't noticed yet.

The reader does great villain voices, but puts a little gush of enthusiasm into every! single! sentence! which I found a bit off-putting. There's no tonal range for when the story gets fraught.

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  • N. D. Taylor
  • 06-04-16

Awful narration!

I love reading these books but I just can't stand the voice of the narrator -it's absolutely monotonous, totally void of emotion, and I keep checking that there isn't anything wrong with the recording. I had to give up and return the title. Back to the actual book!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Carien
  • 12-05-15

I couldn't stop!

Irene's loyalty to Kai and the Library shines through this second novel. Her bravery in facing Dragons and Fae alike, speaks of her love for Kai - even if she's not ready or willing to acknowledge it.
The Masked City, just like the Invisible Library, was jam packed with action and danger leaving the reader to hold on and hope for the best.
Irene's ability to think on her feet and consider most of the consequences ahead of her actions make her a unique character, destined to become beloved among readers and formidable amongst the most powerful players of the different realities.
I cannot wait for what comes next. There is, after all still Alberich to deal with once and for all and she and Kai cannot forever ignore their attraction- but willingly have a HEA? Well, I certainly hope so! There are many successful heroes and heroines out there who have a personal and professional partnership.
Definitely another Must Buy due to the story and narration!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • John B
  • 02-27-16

Great Story, Poor Narration

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

ThreThe book, definitely add it's a great story. audiobook, no add the narrator is really poor

What did you like best about this story?

The characters and settings are really well defined by the author

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Every single line inflects up at the end add if the narrator is asking a question. Is very off putting and, for me, ruins the whole story.

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  • R. Maines
  • 09-03-17

For my next credit..

.. I will be buying book 3 in the series.

A nice pot boiler of a novel, while it's not as good as book 1 it left me looking forward to book 3.

Narration was good and really hope Susan Duerden narrated the whole series.

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  • Carmela
  • 04-26-17

uninspired

I liked the first book, but this sequal was uninteresting. Cai, the dragon, is kidnapped and Irene sets up to rescue him. The general shape of the story is pretty predictable after that and i found it difficult to care. There is no real human interest or character development just a lot of running and exploding. this feels like a filler. it should have been condensed and used perhaps as part of another book if the author has a plan for this to lead to anything else. As a whole the story was uninspired and frankly boring. The redeeming quality lay in some very few nice descriptions of a parallel universe Venice, but there was too little of that to make it worth while for me.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Adrian Dickin
  • 03-10-16

A fascinating view of a fae world

If you could sum up The Masked City in three words, what would they be?

This book exposes Irene to infiltrating a fae world, which details much about the fae nature.<br/>Really looking forward to the third book.

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  • Rio Carnival Girl
  • 03-02-16

Delightful story, excellent narration

Delightful follow up with much more focus on our intrepid heroine but corresponding less about libraries. Some of the prose was rather woolly, could have done with firmer editing.

Loved the narration, brought the chapters alive for me.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-11-16

Never again

Excellent narration - you definitely come to love it if you don't at first. Never again will I read a book from a series as yet unfinished, I cannot wait for the next one. Better than the first, more surreal, clever, personal.

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  • DonZone
  • 05-20-16

loved this story

well performed well written great and very interesting story in a fascinating series, waiting for more

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Judy Waenga
  • 07-16-16

Imaginative storyline


If you can get past the reader's voice it's a good story. Try it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful