Audiobook Review: City Of Bones ( The Mortal Instruments: Book 1), Cassandra Clare

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By: Cassandra Clare

Listening Length: 13 hours and 44 minutes

Audio Released:  April 15, 2014

Rating: ☆☆☆


When 15-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder – much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing – not even a smear of blood – to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…


This was my first audiobook unless you want to count the ones we read in grade school where it dinged and you had to turn the page.  After watching the film version of City of Bones with my oldest child, I decided I’d try this in audio form after hearing great things about it. This was also a first for me to read reviews prior. I tried to focus just on what was said about the narration and not the book itself.

I can’t say I was a huge fan of the narrator. The characters all seemed to become muddled together, and unless I paid close attention I could easily forget who was speaking. I wish there was more of a difference in the voice use. I did, however, find the narrator’s voice to be one that was easy to listen too.

The book was easy to follow plot-wise, and it flowed well. I can’t say I’m a huge fan of Clary Fray, I found her to be whinier than my three-year-old as opposed to a great new shadowhunter. Actually, a lot of the characters didn’t resonate well with me. I did like the sass that came along with Isabelle. Clare beautifully captured creating a world for readers young and old to enjoy, with the detailed description of the surroundings and helpfulness in characters creations, it was easy to envision.

While I didn’t love actual audio part of this, I did find the story to be very captivating and I plan to finish the series off but I think I will do it in book formatting unless a different narrator is used for City of Ashes.


15 thoughts on “Audiobook Review: City Of Bones ( The Mortal Instruments: Book 1), Cassandra Clare

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  1. I did not finish this book. I’m in the minority for sure. I hoped the audio would be great and I’d try it again. Oh well.


  2. Great review. I just started too get into audio books since a couple of months ago, and I was really surprised on how much I love and enjoy them as well. I just love this series I think it gets better with each book. I hope you enjoy the rest of the series. Thank you so much for sharing.


  3. I personally don’t really like audiobooks since I cannot do other things if I want to pay close attention to the audio. I like your review, by the way!


  4. The book itself is great. Not heard it in Audiobook as I don’t like them and feel I connect more when physically reading. Also the film was terrible and not a good likeness to the book. The whole series is fab.


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