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City of Ashes Audiobook

City of Ashes: The Mortal Instruments, Book Two

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Publisher's Summary

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. Not to mention that someone in New York is killing Downworlders and draining their blood, creating a climate of suspicion that sends Downworld Manhattan to the brink of civil war.

When the Silent Brothers are murdered and the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Sword of Souls, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor is dispatched from Idris to investigate. She clearly harbors a personal grudge against Jace, and she drives a wedge between him and his adoptive family. When Clary's romance with her best friend, Simon, starts to heat up, Jace feels abandoned. But has he, as the Inquisitor accuses, joined up with his father?

Then Simon is turned into a vampire and kidnapped by Valentine, who intends to sacrifice him as part of a bloody ritual that will make the Mortal Instruments his own forever. Jace knows he needs to save Simon's life, for Clary's sake. But what if he's too late? What if Valentine has already made the Mortal Instruments his own?

©2008 Cassandra Claire, LLC; (P)2008 Simon and Schuster, Inc.

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    Sandy Boston, MA, United States 09-19-13
    Sandy Boston, MA, United States 09-19-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Much better than the first!"

    I listened to the first book in the series a while back and was had no plans to finish the series, even though I LOVED Clare's Clockwork series. But, I recently watched the City of Bones movie and decided to give the series another try. I'm glad I did - the second book was much better. The story line was much more engaging/exciting and the narrator much better as well. Looking forward to book 3.

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    Tracy Bensalem, PA, United States 08-20-13
    Tracy Bensalem, PA, United States 08-20-13 Member Since 2012

    I'm an Optician, so I help people see, I occasionally poke them. In a former life I lived on an island with 7 goofy castaways and a Jedi.

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    "Second Time's a Charm"

    Wow, how did I not know about this series sooner? It is right up my alley. Supernatural characters galore, budding romance, action packed, and so much more. The characters really come into their own here and the story propels forward at a better clip. The narrator of the first book is young, too young. This is resolved in the second book, although she sounds a little bit like a robot at times (sorry to put that in your head before you read it), by the third she has it down and it is just plain awesome all around. If you are a supernatural fan, then you will love these books. Highly recommend!!

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    Kindle Customer Virginia 05-16-13
    Kindle Customer Virginia 05-16-13 Member Since 2015

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    "Very Entertaining listen"
    What made the experience of listening to City of Ashes the most enjoyable?

    The first book in the Mortal Instruments, City of Bones, I read because I heard a movie is being made about the books. I rarely read young adult books and this just reminded me why...whiny characters, poor choices, and more whining. The book does pick up about half way threw it and ended with me wanting to know what happens next. I decided to try a audible book and I am really glad I did. I enjoyed the second book. The characters grew and i developed a hope that they would make it out of adventures together.


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

    I compare it to Twilight for several reasons. One there is a love triangle. Even if it involves a 16 yr old girl who stays confused. Sound familiar? This book has angels, demons, vampires, werewolves, and a Sorcerer. The characters have lots of angst over their relationships.


    Which character – as performed by Natalie Moore – was your favorite?

    My favorite character by far is Jace. I love his witty remarks. I love his loyalty even when others doubt him. He is the main reason I continued to read the next book.


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

    There is a war in the heavens......will Love conquer all and defeat evil?


    Any additional comments?

    I think this book is fine for teenagers to read and will probably be a blockbuster when it comes out at the movies. Adult conversation is rare and at times It was hard for me not to forget that teens live for drama and if not their drama a friends drama.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    JanBreesmom MIRA LOMA, CA, United States 07-16-12
    JanBreesmom MIRA LOMA, CA, United States 07-16-12 Member Since 2012

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    "The Mortal Instruments are Gathered"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes. It's an important part of the series.


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

    Yes. I enjoy reading her writing.


    What three words best describe Natalie Moore’s performance?

    She did a good job of narrating.


    Did City of Ashes inspire you to do anything?

    To finish the series.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

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    Kindle Customer 06-30-12
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    "Better than the First!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of City of Ashes to be better than the print version?

    Definitely! I don't think I could read another book in this series. I read the first one, and I ended up skimming through the majority of it. At least when I listened to it on Audible I was able to read/listen to all of it!


    What does Natalie Moore bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She is the best voice for Clary! I really like everything she brings to the story! Moore makes the story even better!


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    CindiL Wisconsin 05-05-09
    CindiL Wisconsin 05-05-09 Member Since 2017
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    "Great!"

    I liked the second installment in The Mortal Instruments trilogy I think better then the first. Lots of action, twists and turns as Jace and Clarey try to stop Valentine. Can't wait to listen to the third.

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    Jennifer A. Peurifoy 11-23-08 Listener Since 2007

    I'm a single Mom who LOVES to read and write novels

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    "Second installment of a GREAT series"

    Well, Cassandra Clare is on a roll with this series. She now has me on pins and needles waiting for the final installment. There are MANY more shockers in this book and lots of action. There are moments that make you laugh out loud and then gasp in suspense. It is a really fun book and I can't wait until March 2009 for the final book in this trilogy.

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    Kamryn Bossom 08-01-17 Member Since 2017

    Just started listening to audiobook this year, and I'm loving it! My favorites are memoirs and books that I'm re-reading!

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    "TMI Re-read: Part 2"
    Would you listen to City of Ashes again? Why?

    Yes! Every time I re-read The Mortal Instruments now I'm going to listen to the audiobooks! The narrator feels like she fits the story and I've found that I love listening to audiobooks when I re-read books


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love how big the main cast is! Sure, it's mostly Clary's story, but there's so much growth with the other 5 "big" characters that it feels like we have a 6-character main cast


    Any additional comments?

    Natalie Moore is an incredible narrator, and I look forward to hearing more from her.

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    Abbey H. 07-20-17
    Abbey H. 07-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Creative Narrator!"

    The narrator was very good at coming up with voices. The story is a bit odd.

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    Artus 06-23-17
    Artus 06-23-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Good Story - Upsetting performace by the reader"
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    I found the narrator's choice of bitchy overdramatic characterization for a homosexual character to be an offensive stereotype. It made me angry every time this character "spoke" - making it impossible to truly loose myself in the story. I can't believe the author intended this treatment of one of her characters. Too, too bad.

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