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The Masked City

The Invisible Library, Book 2
Written by: Genevieve Cogman
Narrated by: Susan Duerden
Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
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Librarian-spy Irene is working undercover in an alternative London when her assistant, Kai, goes missing. She discovers he's been kidnapped by the fae faction, and the repercussions could be fatal. Not just for Kai but for whole worlds. Kai's dragon heritage means he has powerful allies but also powerful enemies in the form of the fae. With this act of aggression, the fae are determined to trigger a war between their people - and the forces of order and chaos themselves. Irene's mission to save Kai and avert Armageddon will take her to a dark, alternate Venice where it's always Carnival. Here Irene will be forced to blackmail, fast talk, and fight. Or face death.

©2015 Genevieve Cogman (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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  • Melissa
  • 2016-02-09

That voice!

What did you like best about The Masked City? What did you like least?

I've never been compelled to write a review but at the end of listening to this book, I just have to. The story is fairly predictable in terms of plot line. Not unenjoyable, but certainly it's an easy read. You can listen to this while your brain is doing other things and not miss much. But that's ok. I expect that from this genre and I still enjoy the genre. What made me almost stop listening was the voice of the narrator. Her range of tone is so limited during the narration parts of the book (as opposed to the conversational parts) that it becomes something of a repetitive singsong riff. It just about drove me crazy as I tried desperately to ignore the tone and focus on the actual words. I don't understand it because when she does conversation voices, she's not too bad. I probably will not buy the next book (if there is one) in this series because it's just too irritating.

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

More character development and a completely different narrator.

How could the performance have been better?

Please see above. The world of speech has unlimited numbers of tones to use. Use more of them.

Any additional comments?

Just want to say I'm not new to Audible. I listen to books all the time, and have literally hundreds of books in my library. It's the first time I've disliked a narration so much I felt compelled to comment. Listen before you buy this one. I hope your experience differs.

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  • Coral
  • 2015-12-12

The City of Dreams

In some ways I liked this story a little more then book 1: the fay and dragons are detailed better and the effects of order and chaos start to be clear.

Enjoy. PS the narration is improved quiet a bit.

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  • Solveig
  • 2017-12-18

Good story killed by narrator

I read the first book of the series in and really enjoyed it. The plot was unexpected and the characters interesting. Unfortunately I decided to listen to book two. I was seriously disappointed. I had to be constantly rewinding because I realized that I had been listening for minutes without taking anything in. I don't feel I actually heard enough of the story to judge it. The only thing that really stuck with me was the insanely monotonous narration. I'll have to read the book before I can accurately judge the story itself.

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  • Chelsea Fairless
  • 2016-10-06

Great story, disappointing performance

Would you consider the audio edition of The Masked City to be better than the print version?

No. I honestly could not stand the reader. Her different voices in general were ok, although confusing when two men were speaking to each other. But I could not get over how melodramatic her reading was. Every. Single. Sentence. Was. Dramatic. Thus when things were truly heart-wrenching, it wasn't as dramatic as it should have been because it was all on the same level.

What other book might you compare The Masked City to and why?

It would probably be good for lovers of Sherlock Holmes (even though I've never actually read a Holmes story and so can't really compare) because of the good quality, intellectual, clean adventure and mystery. And generally lovers of fantasy/sci-fi.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

See first question.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Can't say much without spoilers, but I would love to see the water scene in a movie. You'll know it when you get there.

Any additional comments?

Great story! But pick up the print version instead.

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  • Lynn
  • 2017-12-10

Loved the book, Hated the reader

What made the experience of listening to The Masked City the most enjoyable?

The book itself is great, this is the second of her books I've read, and enjoy the world and the writing style.

Would you be willing to try another one of Susan Duerden’s performances?

NO - she's terrible, all breathy and singsongy. I almost stopped listening to the book.

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  • Stephanie
  • 2017-02-05

much improved on same narrator

I've heard this narrator several times before. Many times I have just forgone the book for another because of a certain monotone style she had while reading.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that this same narrator had added more inflection and tone to her narrative style. It definitely made the listening experience 10 times better! !!

I'm so glad the next book is already available because there is a mega cliff hanger! !
Very interesting and exciting story.
I don't understand how the heroine has not collapsed from exhaustion!

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  • j-crue
  • 2019-03-19

awful narration

I rarely give up on books, but I just cannot listen to this. The narration has such a strange cadence, it is impossible to focus on the story. This is one I'll have to read instead and hope I can wipe the sound of the audiobook from my memory

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-10-27

good stor, narration lacking

although the narrator was quite good at the monologues the narration was generally quite monotone which made it difficult to listen without trailing off.
and although the narration was quite monotone it was also too serious making everything sound too serious even when nothing of particular excitement was going on.

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  • Elisha Law
  • 2018-06-15

Great story. Very distracting narrator.

Great sequel to The Invisible Library. The narrator is very monotone and speaks in a sing-song manner. Voices all sound angry. I got used to it, but it was distracting.

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  • J. Jones
  • 2018-01-29

Very Intense

Once again the voice of the reader grated on my nerves at first and then I got used to it. She did a very good job of giving the story the right feeling and the story was very good. This is one of those that end with the fate of one of the main characters up in the air. The plot was interesting, the characters fit the world they live in and the action kept up non- stop. A nice second book in the series. It told a complete story with the main problem solved. Still it had a little of a cliffhanger ending making me wish I had book three in hand.