Simon Lewis is having some trouble adjusting to his new life as a vampire, especially now that he hardly sees his best friend Clary, who is caught up in training to be a Shadowhunter - and spending time with her new boyfriend, Jace. Simon decides he needs a break and heads out of the city - only to discover that sinister events are following him. Realising that the war they thought they’d won might not yet be over, Simon has to call on his Shadowhunter friends to save the day - if they can put their own splintering relationships on hold long enough to rise to the challenge….
©2011 Cassandra Clare (P)2011 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
I enjoyed the 4th book in the series although the story didn't feel as cohesive as the previous 3. I find the dual narrators distracting and when they changed over it took me it off the story. I also found some of the pronunciations irritating as they were different (Armitace and Stele the big two)
Having two voices was a perfect way to tell this story. The fourth book follows both Clary and Simon and to have the distinction in the story by having a female and male voice made it easy to follow. Loved it
"multiple readers "
didn't like the fact that there was more than reader for this audio book. it took away from the experience. I preferred how the other books in the series were done
"Does good always win?"
Another angst ridden instalment of the on again off again world of Jace and Clarissa as they battle the demon world. I love the way other characters are enlarged and embroidered as the story unfolds and can't wait to see what Cassandra has in store for us as she awakens the evil Sebastian.
The story is read well although sometimes I crave for some more emotion. At times the readers are a little flat.
"The Mortal Instruments just keeps getting better."
City of Fallen Angels is the best listen in the Mortal Instruments series so far.
Simon coming to terms with his vampirism.
Simon was my favourite character in this book, as he struggles to come to terms with his condition and the Mark of Cain.
I would not attempt to make this into a film, considering how bad City of Bones was when made into a movie.
"Awesome story starter, great cliffhanger"
I found Ed a great contrast to Molly, though I wish they would settle on one kind of narrator. In book 5 we only get Molly and the previous 3 have all been read by different people. The discontinuity does the story a disservice. I particularly like these 2.
What a great way to kick off a new trilogy (/ continuation from the first trilogy) and all we took for granted goes out the window! Quick paced, witty, and dark, it is a delight from beginning to end and its a quick roll from 4 to 5 and then join in the anticipation for book 6!
"Like Nails On A Chalk Board"
Yes and no. I love this series, I really do. However, I feel that City of Glass would've been a fine way to finish the series if the ending had been more final. The loose threads at the end of City of Glass felt a little forced. But all that aside, I was glad to have the opportunity to further the Mortal Instruments journey. Though the connection really wasn't there for me. I'll finish the series because I feel like I should, not necessarily because I want to. I definitely don't feel the enthralling engrossment I felt with the first three books.
Simon. As the story is predominantly about him I guess that it's only natural to feel the connection with his character grow this time round.
At the risk of sounding cliche', his character really comes into his own in this book, meaning he is no longer a sub-character just playing the role of Clary's faithful sidekick, following her through her life and her story. Simon has developed his own story, his own life outside of Clary. I kind of feel that he was owed this and I was glad that this is the route Clare took with his character. We'd seen this change in his character start to unfold in City of Glass so I found the follow through of this new Simon in City of Fallen Angels very satisfying and thoroughly enjoyable. Plus, he's a great comic relief amongst all of the Clary/Jace relationship angst. Really. Enough.
Kyle was a nice addition to the cast as well.
I could listen to Ed Westwick for hours. What a voice! And I thought he did a great job. And I liked the novelty of switching up narrators. Though, I would have been just as content if Natalie Moore had remained the narrator.
Molly C. Quinn though, different story altogether. I got to the point where I was actually tempted to skip the parts she narrated. The heading says it all, like nails on a black board. I'm probably nit-picking because I've been spoilt with audiobooks read by a variety of truly brilliant narrators, but her poorly inflected and almost bored delivery was painful for me. The stiff, over-pronounced narrative was distraction and disappointing. And honestly, the "soft-voice" she adopted when completing a sentence or, for example, reading a conversation between Clary and Jace made my eye twitch. Again, I'm probably being pedantic, but it really, REALLY annoyed me and significantly lessened my enjoyment of this audiobook and did not do justice to the story.
We've come this far! Let's finish the series with a bang! It deserves it.
Thus far, the Mortal Instruments series has delivered a wonderful and innovative world to escape to that is thoroughly entertaining. Sure, you can't throw a stone in a book store these days without hitting a supernatural/para-romance young adult novel, but the Mortal Instruments offers enough refreshing contrast to other series within it's genre to make it a stand out, must read story. No easy feat in a flooded market and a true credit to Cassandra Clare.
I'm looking forward to the final chapter of this enchanting story as, I'm sure, are the many other readers who have invested in the world of Shadowhunters, Downworlders and Demons.
"Ed Westwick The Narrater is hopless"
A Narrator that could be heard his voice was one flats nothing. I could not follow the story because his voice never changed between character infact his tone never changed I had no idea which character was talking I turned the story off after 9 mins Please bring back Ari Graynor or Natalie Moore I will never by another book read by Ed Westwick.
I have listen to the whole series up to this book and was forced to turn it off.
NEVER I could do better than Westwick standing on my head drinking a beer
love them all
when you start a series with a females voice stay with a females voice
"Another great read from clare"
C.C keeps the teen angst coming and left us with a gripping cliffhanger
Clary, the bumbling yet powerful newbie
It was a little off putting to swap to a two person read after being accustomed to the previous solo readings, not that Ed and Molly don't give a winning reading i have to admit i preferred the other works.
Found it slightly odd at the shifting prospectives between clary and simon
"The heading I hated"
Book was OK I just disliked the ending. Anyone who had read the series would be disappointed.
I have read many others previous books in this series, loved them all. this one the ending was horrible left too many unanswered questions. Felt confused. This book seemed unnecessary and the series could have finished with the third book
These guys did OK, but it is annoying when the narrators are changed during a series
"Why would you change the narrator"
I am returning this
Use the same narrator as the first 3 books
Idiots, why do you do this?
"The next story in the Mortal Instruments"
The development of the present day Shadowhunters universe seems to be moving toward a juxtaposition with The Infernal Instruments books. Cassandra Clare is brilliant.
That last scene with Jace had me on tenterhooks until the City of Lost Souls came out. I can't wait for it to come out in Audiobook.
Excellent series, I recommend it to everyone who like a little action with their romance in a supernatural 'verse.
I love The Mortal Instruments and for the most part because of the complex relationships between the main characters. This is the 4th book in the saga and kind of starts of the second part of the story and maybe I wondered if it would captivate me as much as the first 3 books did.
Well I can say it does and I thoroughly enjoyed it, as with the other books I love Cassie's storyline and hope with all my heart if and when the film does come out it will do it justice, though as with most films of the book, they don't.
If you haven't read any of the Mortal Instruments get hold of City of Bones now, you won't regret it. It has it all, Demons and Angels, Vampires and Werewolves, Love and Romance. If you have read the first 3 books, City of Fallen Angels will leave you crying out for the as yet incomplete 5th book, City of Lost Souls.
Get into the Mortal Instruments now!
"Best of the series"
The story line continued with what happens in the love lives of all the characters.The story was so exciting. I felt like I was watching a film A great end to the series
I have not read a series this exciting, where I felt I had to read the next book.
Did not like the narration at all. I had got used to the narrator of the previous 3 books. Why did you change? And why 2. Both were poor readers. I nearly bought the book to read myself.
Yes. I could not leave it down. The pace of the story increased in the last few chapters. Great read
As I listened to the previous 3 books I knew the characters and felt comfortable with the story line. This book was so poorly read, I only stuck with it so I could discover the ending. These books were well written. I was completely drawn into the world of Shadowhunters, Downworlders and Demons. A great ending!
I love the books and the previous narrators haven't been so bad. But this is awful and really spoiled it for me. The voice of Simon is British and not a Brooklyn accent which doesn't make sense, I can just about put up with that but Clarys voice is the worst! Compared to the other narrated versions this Molly girl sounds so whiney and feeble. Does not match the character at all. I can't listen to anymore of this. Just purchased book No 5 to listen to so let's hope it's better.
Please can we have one set of narrators per series and not change them each book. It's very annoying and doesn't make the books flow.
I bought City of Fallen Angels last night and absolutely love it. It's the first book from the series I've ever read/heard but it's fairly easy to get caught up with (through wikipedia) I love that Ed Westwick co narrates this and his accent and voice is seriously perfect for the role of Simon. If your a fan of Gossip Girl and into Fantasy novels then this book will be perfect for you. Highly reccommend it. The voices really help you get into the book.
"Shame about the change of narrators."
I was disappointed to find the narrators had changed. The male narrator was ok but the female voice I found to be very difficult to listen to - almost monotone and slow in places therefore loosing my interest in the story.
Should have kept the narrator from books 1-3, these narrators ruined the story for us, couldn't listen to the story, switched it off after the first few chapters. Feel cheated wish we could have had our money back. Very poor readers, my 10 year old son could have read the story and done better voices.
The story sounded good to start but just couldn't listen to anymore because of the narrators.
The narrator from 1-3 or the narrator who read the Twilight saga books.
Don't know fell asleep.
Would like our credit back to get another book, not read by these narrators. Waste of a credit.
the storyline Not as good as the other books but was ok. if i had the time to read the book i would have, rather than to listen to the horrid voices used in this audio book. they didnt even try, especially the female voice, you couldnt tell the difference voice between the characters she played and she pronounced words incorrectly.
"Tell down by the narrator."
Filler book, shame.
It is such a shame the Narrators change from the pervious books in this series. I have also read the actual books myself and I have to say the previous reader for Simon was so much more suitable but I can get over this. What is more of a struggle is the reader for Clary, she genuinely can not say some of the characters names correctly! She reads them completely different to the previous narrator and it is very frustrating.
"Narration is awful!"
The story was ok, not my favourite in the series, but not bad at all, however the narrators made it almost unbearable to listen to.
"why all the Different people reading these books"
I loved the books so thought I would get the audio books, but this one is the worst, I love the actors ed Westwood and Molly c Quinn on tv but this was bad.I think Molly got better though out the story or you just got use to her until it change to ed again and that was wrong Simon is from Brooklyn, I did not like the first two audio books but I thought they got it right on the 3rd and then changed it again.
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