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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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  • MAB
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 06-04-14

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

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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Sophie is amazing. Jason is beyond painful.

If you could sum up City of Heavenly Fire in three words, what would they be?

Phenomenal series ender

What did you like best about this story?

The writing, the characters. All things Cassandra Clare.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Sophie did an amazing job. Jason used absolutely no inflection at all.

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

The most fun you'll ever have in a Helldimension.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Julie
  • San Francisco, CA
  • 06-15-14

British? Did readers listen to any past books?

Would you try another book from Cassandra Clare and/or Jason Dohring and Sophie Turner ?

No more

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

Take away the random new characters I don't care about. Also, the pacing was a bit odd.

How could the performance have been better?

Why suddenly everyone has a Brittish accent is a frustrating mystery. Make the readers have American accents! This isn't rocket science, folks.

Do you think City of Heavenly Fire needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No. Let this be the end

Any additional comments?

I loved the series, but found the end anticlimactic and I had a hard time ignoring the suddenly British voices. Also, I had no interest in the suddenly new characters I didn't care about who took up too much time in the story.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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OMG

Where does City of Heavenly Fire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book is high on my love that book list. I love the whole world of the shadowhunter that Cassandra has created. She is a great writer. I also love the fact that the female characters are strong no matter what. It is very nice to see that in a book.

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

It does has parts that remind me of The Clockwork Princess, but it is only in a few parts.

What aspect of Jason Dohring and Sophie Turner ’s performance would you have changed?

Sophie Turner does a great job of reading and using different tones. Jason Dohring was a disappointment, I would think he could a better job at different tones. They both can't say parabatai right.

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

I wanted to sit all day and do nothing but finish this book but I could, it's 20.5 hours long.

Any additional comments?

OMG, OMG!!!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Terrible narrators!

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

Not in audio!

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

The narration ruins it- I can't get past it

Would you be willing to try another one of Jason Dohring and Sophie Turner ’s performances?

No

Do you think City of Heavenly Fire needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No

Any additional comments?

Stop changing the narrators it ruins the experience

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Disappointed

What made the experience of listening to City of Heavenly Fire the most enjoyable?

The story

What didn’t you like about Jason Dohring and Sophie Turner ’s performance?

They have an English accent...New York is NOT England English speach.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No

Any additional comments?

I just can't get past the English accent.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

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WHY switch narrators?!

Why oh why did they switch narrators?! Now the female narrator has a British accent, and although she does a good job, the accent COMPLETELY changes the characters in my mind. It's like I'm listening to a whole different story! The characters have British accents now, too (well, not all of them... she does keep the accent out of a few of the characters...). The male narrator bored me. He is not a talented narrator, in my opinion. His character voices sound very similar, and he has the annoying of habit of pausing after every 5-10 words, even mid sentence. I also noticed he kept going back and forth between giving the characters British accents or not. It was inconsistent. I had a hard time finishing this book the first time, and am struggling through it again as I relisten to the series. This just does not fit with the rest of the books! :(

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Disappointing on so many levels

What could Cassandra Clare have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Stop the constant fighting scenes and corny necking scenes. Also as a Christian I find it extremely offensive the way she twists the Christian faith. The first three books were enjoyable but these last three have been declining as noted above.

What about Jason Dohring and Sophie Turner ’s performance did you like?

Better than last two books but please tell someone that it is a Stele not a Steely. Man that is annoying.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger, as a person of faith I had to really work to complete the series. Not even sure why I did. Guess I figured I paid the money. Also bordom with the constant blow by blow description of the fighting scenes and the "love?" scenes. Trust me Cassandra, less is more.

Any additional comments?

NOT for kids!!!! Not for Christians unless you don't mind having your faith and the Word of God twisted. Also I got really sick of hearing the bad guy win over and over.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Half of the narration was good...

Sophie Turner was a great narrator! Jason Dohring was terrible, he was monotone and gave the characters weird British/Scottish accents that came and went. It would have been a thousand times better if Sophie had read the entire book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful