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City of Fallen Angels

The Mortal Instruments, Book 4
Written by: Cassandra Clare
Narrated by: Ed Westwick, Molly C. Quinn
Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
4 out of 5 stars (44 ratings)

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City of Fallen Angels take up where City of Glass left off. With Valentine out of the way, Clary thought she and Jace could finally be together--but when someone starts murdering the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine's Circle and leaving their bodies around New York City in a manner designed to destroy the new peace between Downworlders and Shadowhunters, she realizes the past can never be left entirely behind. As the Shadowhunters scramble to find out what's really going on, Jace breaks off all communication with her, refusing to tell her why. Desperate to help him, Clary plunges into solving the mystery, coming ever closer to a secret whose revelation may mend her relationship with Jace--or rip it apart forever. Meanwhile, when Camille Belcourt, the elegant bloodsucker who used to rule New York's vampire clans with an iron fist, returns to the city determined to re-establish her control, a vampire war is born. Only Simon--the Daylighter who everyone wants on their side--can decide the outcome; too bad he's caught up in his own complicated love life and wants nothing to do with Downworld politics! Love, blood, betrayal and revenge: the stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels.
©2011 Cassandra Claire LLC. All rights reserved. (P)2011 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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good book but...

it was an amazing story but the narration wasn't near as good as the others in the series

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I haven't even finished the book

I am on the first chapter and the narration is so horrible that I don't even want to listen to it. I LOVED the first 3 books and the narration. Each person had their own voice, you could hear each word being spoken. The man's voice sounds like he is stoned out of his mind, has an accent and is in a low tone. Everyone sounds the same. I have a hard time figuring out who is talking. The woman's voice is high pitched and everyone sounds the same. I am sooo disappointed and will be returning this book. Don't waste your money buying this, just read the book yourself.

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Wasnt a fan of the reader

The male reader, made every charracter sound like they were heavy smokers. Didnt really like em

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great series

great book, as the others .male narrator was good, however was not fussy on the female narrator .

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Male narrator's not the best

The male narrator's volume is lower then the femle's and he's not as clear. The back and forth from male to female narrators is not something I really enjoyed. I would have preferred it to be one narrator the whole way through so you can get used to them more rapidly. Instead you barely get used to one then you're switching to another. I have no problem with English accents but I don't find that the male readers accent was a very clear one for pronunciation.
Additionally the female narrator often mispronounced the word foyer, Idris and Stele. words that at least were used in combination about a hundred times throughout the book it makes me want to punch her in the face it drives me crazy.

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Love this entire series!!

Besides the amazing way this book was written, I also loved the narration provided for this audiobook. It really brought the story to life and kept me wanting to hear more. I started with this series on Netflix and fell in love. So thankful for audible having this series! Way to go #audible1 for making my love for books come to life!

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book great...readers..

Loved the book as I do with the while series. I have an issue with the female reader...not right for the job. She did not have a variety of voices to give the characters and she would change the way she pronounced something from one chapter to the next. She made Lady Lilith sound like a whinny teenager. The way she portrayed Clary made me almost not like the heroine. Her french to Spanish accents all sound alike...no differention.

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  • Melissa
  • 2011-04-06

The narrators!

I don't know what they were thinking using an awful British guy to reason Simon's story. Hello! Simon is not British! You can't understand half of what the guy says. The female narrator is just as bad. Doesn't she know how to do any voices besides a little girls? Jeez she doesn't even change tones from Clarey to Jace. I've listed to tons of audiobooks but these narrators have to be two of the worse.

69 of 72 people found this review helpful

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  • Bibliophile Mom
  • 2011-04-08

WARNING: HORRIBLE NARRATORS

I was so excited for this book, but my excitement turned to disappointment when I heard the first narrator. Did anyone listen to this before it was released?? Obviously not. The voice the male narrator uses for Simon sounds sounds like a cross between a Brit with a sore throat and Marlon Brando in the Godfather. And the female sounds like a third grader giving an oral book report.

If I were not so busy, I would have just given up on this production, bought the hard copy, and read this AWESOME book the old-fashioned way.

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  • Snow*Bear
  • 2013-08-28

HATE that female reader!

Any additional comments?

I just CANNOT get past that female reader to get through even three chapters of this book! Pretty bad when she pronounces stele as STEELY! Bring back the original reader! She was excellent! This one sucks!! I'm sorry I ever wasted a credit on this book! I can't listen to her!!! UGH!

47 of 50 people found this review helpful

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  • D
  • 2011-04-09

Great Content - Horrible Narrators

I'm always sad when the narrator is changed mid series. You get used to the way the characters sound and know who is who. The switch here was doubling upsetting because the new narrators have no talent for audiobook narration. Ed sounds bored most of the time and Molly sounds like she is working so hard to enunciate each syllable. The worst part, however, was that Ed makes Jace sound like Sylvester Stallone in Rocky. It made me want to stop listening despite my love for the series.

The book content was great - I'm so glad Cassandra decided on doing another trilogy!

56 of 60 people found this review helpful

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  • Jose Ruiz
  • 2011-04-10

Good store....Bad narrator

I don't know why the narrator was changed, but famous on the screen does not make them good at narrating. Ed's accent did not go with the character nor did he bring them to life. Molly used the same voice for every character and could not even pronounce most of the names in the store. I was really disappointed in the book mostly due to the narrators. I really hope the next book will go back to the prior narrator. If it's not broken don't mess with it.

42 of 45 people found this review helpful

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  • Thomas N Wilson
  • 2014-04-04

Horrid Horrid ... did I mention HORRID narration

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

I should have listened to the prior reviews. Good story, horrible narration - squeaky girl with no inflection in her voice (almost sounds like she's perpetually depressed). Whispery, poor phraseology and NO inflection. HATED this book because of it.
Guy who read was certainly boring but not like her.

What did you like best about this story?

The story line was good.

Would you be willing to try another one of Ed Westwick and Molly C. Quinn ’s performances?

NO NO NO NO NO NO NO

Could you see City of Fallen Angels being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No

Any additional comments?

Please don't waste your money on anything ready by Ed Westwick or Molly C Quinn! Save yourself the money for a well narrated (or even fairly well narrated) book.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Brian
  • 2011-04-13

HORRIBLE HORRIBLE HORRIBLE NARRATORS

This is a great story and a great series but these are the worst narrators ever. Bland and not even close to the character and very little differentiation.

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  • Tracy Sparent
  • 2011-06-28

Disappointing Narration

First I would like to point out that I love this book series. I think Cassandra Clare is a very talented writer and her books are filled with passion and adventure. On that note, I was very disappointed with the narration on this audio. The male narrator mumbled so much I could not understand half of what he said even when I had the volume turned up to 45 in my car. Both narrators did a terrible job distinguishing between one voice and the next. It was nearly impossible to figure out who was saying what. After the first chapter I gave up trying to listen to it and went on to another book. I don't know what the publisher was thinking, but they should have stuck with the original narrators either Natalie Moore or Ari Graynor would have been a huge improvement.

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Cindy Webb
  • 2011-04-08

City of Fallen Angels Writing Great/Narrators blah

I would have given this book a five star rating just for the content alone, but I was not impressed at all with the narrators.
As always Cassandra brings us such lively characters with humor, danger, love and pain. You cannot have light without dark. I love hearing from the various perspectives and not just Clary's. Oh and for those of you who loved Clockwork Angel there are teasers in this book for the next in the series of Clockwork.
With that said, I am personally going to go out and purchase the hardback novel. Reason : Again, the narrators are horrible. Their voices do not complement one another at all. Her voice is very shrill and his voice is very baritone. I truly feel that neither of them did this book/Cassandra's characters any justice. Through the majority of the book both readers are flat and do not create individual voices for the characters, everyone sounds exactly the same unless the character has an accent. After 4 books, Clockwork included, having been brought across so well by other readers, they fall short and make the characters and Cassandras writing flat. Suddenly have Simon, Jace and a new character Kyle are made to sound as if they are Rocky Balboa, I was truly waiting for "Yo, Adrian". At times when the three are having conversations you feel like your listening to the Mob and unless Cassandra has written in "Jace said" or "Simon said" then you get lost in who is saying what because they all sound the same. I understand they are from Brooklyn, but geez, Simon sounds like he is going to hop in the boxing ring at some points.
I will not even get too far into the female narration. There were points in the book that I truly felt as if I would have to turn it off. It was like listening to a whiny version of scratching you nails down a chalkboard. She too was one dimensional, flat and downright annoying.
Narrators ruined the book!

Just a note : If I had my choice I would have called the couple who read for Shiver, by Maggie Steivatter.

23 of 25 people found this review helpful

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  • BookMama
  • 2012-09-07

Narrator shock!

After enjoying the first three narrations of these books, I was forced into Narrator Shock when I started listening to this one. Ed Westwick was dreadful! He mumbled a lot, and he speaks fast, which, when combined with the mumbling, forced me to back up the story to try to figure out what he was saying! Molly C Quinn on the other hand was rather monotone her entire reading (even during high action scenes!) Although she read at a normal pace, it felt very slow and drawn out when compared to Ed Westwick's. Another thing, Ed has an British accent and Molly is American!! For all those reasons, it was exhausting, going back and forth between narrators.

All that said, I still loved the story. I enjoy this series quite a bit. I continued with the 5th book. Molly C Quinn narrates that one as well, and I think she does a much better job in that book than she does this one. However, I still prefer the narrator of books 2 and 3. I wish the recording company would have stuck with the SAME person for the entire series, it's tiring adjusting every single book.

Anyway, great series, I really enjoy them! Give them a try!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful