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City of Heavenly Fire Audiobook

City of Heavenly Fire: The Mortal Instruments, Book 6

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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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    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?

    4 of 4 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.


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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.

    4 of 4 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 2015
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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!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Katie 05-29-14
    Katie 05-29-14
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    "Horrible narrators."
    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jason Dohring and Sophie Turner ?

    I really liked the narrator of the Clockwork Princess, Daniel Sherman. Really, anybody else probably would have been better. I have never written a review before, anthing really, but I felt I had to, to convey how bad Jason Dohring is. I imaging him being one of the silent brothers. There is very little inflection in his voice and almost completely lacking emotion. It is like listening to a robot.


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

    Yes, but I just couldn't. The other books in the series, all of them in fact, I have been able to listen to almost non-stop. Jason Dohring was so BORING I just couldn't do it.


    Any additional comments?

    Get different narrators. Just because someone is a stage actor that doesn't mean they can do this kind of work. Narrators of audible books need to be able to convey the feeling of an entire scene through their voice inflection and emotion. Stage actors can do this with body language which is not possible on these audio books.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Maureen P. Lowery Bellevue, NE United States 05-29-14
    Maureen P. Lowery Bellevue, NE United States 05-29-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Narrators are TERRIBLE!!!!!"
    If you could sum up City of Heavenly Fire in three words, what would they be?

    Worst Narrating EVER!!!!


    If you’ve listened to books by Cassandra Clare before, how does this one compare?

    The other books were amazing and I have had this pre-ordered since January. WHY change the narrators on the LAST book when the last four were the same narrators? I have listened to about half of the book in the last two days and I still cannot get into the story with the terrible narrating. SO DISAPPOINTING!!!!


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

    NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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

    Yes, but I have to keep stepping away from it. Don't even know if I can even listen to it more than once.....


    Any additional comments?

    You can bet if Cassandra Clare even listened to the book for at least an hour....she would have known the narrating was not right for this book. With the large audience that listens to books, you would have thought that a little more consideration would have been made when selecting the narrators.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    MAB Toronto, Ontario, Canada 06-04-14
    MAB Toronto, Ontario, Canada 06-04-14 Member Since 2014

    Fiction: I like Paranormal, Young Adult, Historical, Fantasy, Romance, Classics. Non-Fiction: I like Historical, Military, Memoirs.

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    "Good book; iffy narration"

    The final Mortal Instruments book...ahh, bittersweet. I'm a grown woman and I really liked this series, so I was both excited and sad to finish this audiobook.

    As a finale to the series, City of Heavenly Fire was very good. It wasn't as good as Clockwork Princess (the final book in Cassandra Clare's The Infernal Devices trilogy), but it ticked all the boxes and closed the series properly. If I have a minor complaint about the story itself, it would be that the author spent too much time setting up her next series, The Dark Artifices (the Los Angeles/Emma/Jules story line), which dragged this book out longer than it needed to be. Other than that, I was pleased with the story and the way it wrapped up.

    The narration, on the other hand, could have used some direction. I don't know what it is about this series as a whole, but nearly every book had mediocre (at best) or terrible (at worst) narration.

    Sophie Turner had the potential to be very good, but she spoke much too fast at times. I would rate her 3 stars (3.5 or 4, had she spoken a little slower). Jason Dohring was just wrong for this book, completely. His monotone voice was nearly expressionless and it was clear that he is a story-READER rather than a story-TELLER. I would rate his performance 2 stars, although he did improve towards the end (or maybe I just became accustomed to his voice). I don't think that having dual narrators added anything to this book.

    Fans of the series should also be aware that the narration is obviously based on the performances from the (terrible) City of Bones movie, as every Shadowhunter now has an English accent, despite the fact that they had American accents in all of the other audiobooks, which is annoying at first, but easy to overlook.

    Now it seems as if I didn't like the book, but I did...I really did! It was a credit well spent and I will definitely listen to the audiobook again, less-than-perfect narration notwithstanding. Guest appearances by Jem and Tessa from The Infernal Devices were an extra-special treat. Cassandra Clare writes great books for young adults (and grown women, like me, who like to pretend we're still young adults), and I can't wait for her next series to start.



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    rene san diego, CA, United States 06-24-14
    rene san diego, CA, United States 06-24-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story, bad narration"

    Just because someone is an actor does not mean they can narrate a book properly. I wish the series had stuck with the original narrator who was great. I wasn't a fan of the narrators from books 4 and 5, but I got used to the, This one gets more tolerable the more you listen, but as others have said Jason Dohring is pretty monotone. He has a specific pattern of speech fluctuations no matter what is going on. Turner was better at acting out the story, but her accent got in the way for me. The worst part was switching between these two since their styles are so different it accentuated the issue. With that in mind, the story is great and I would recommend, but maybe consider getting the written version instead of audio. When I started listening to it I had wished I had gotten the e-book. Too bad.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-28-14 Member Since 2009
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    "I wish the whole book had been read by Ms. Turner."
    Any additional comments?

    Sophie Turner did a wonderful job narrating. It was difficult for me to get into the parts read by Jason Dohring. His reading was very monotone and the lack of inflection made each character seem the same. You really, really need to pay attention to the words to determine how the characters are feeling. I think I'll need to actually read this book to appreciate it more.
    Overall it was a good story with a happy ending. If you like YA novels, this is a good choice.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Arianne Lau 06-26-14
    Arianne Lau 06-26-14
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    "Horrible Narrators!!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrators were AWFUL! Not sure why they keep changing narrators. I love this series and was really looking forward to this book, so it was most disappointing to have such bad narrators.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the storyline of this book and the entire series.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    It was weird to have an English accent telling the story that switched to a bad American accent for the dialogue. The accent was also sometimes hard to follow. I'm a big fan of Sophie Turner in Game of Thrones, but I just don't think she was right for this book. The male voice was also too cheery for some of the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    In most instances I love listening to a book, however I find myself having a really difficult time with this one. I want to listen because I love this series, but I'm not sure if I can get used to the voices. I may consider buying the book and reading it myself. Really disappointed.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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