Audiobook Review: City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments: Book 2), Cassandra Clare

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By: Cassandra Clare

Listening Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins

Published: March 25th 2008

Narrated By: Natalie Moore

Rating: four-stars


Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who’s becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn’t ready to let her go—especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil—and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings—and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City’s Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation.


Back story time. After finishing Mortal Instrument book 1 I said I would finish this series off in book for. Well that obviously was a lie. I went to the library one afternoon; the audiobook was right there at the book drop. I took it as a sign that I must continue the journey is audio formatting. And so that is what I did.

While I wasn’t too keen on the Natalie Moore narration on book one, I still wasn’t fond of her tones in book two. The characters still became muddled at times. I found the voices just didn’t match up with the characters also. I mean when I had to stop and go back to find out it was a male speaking part, but he sounded completely feminine then it’s slightly off-putting. I just don’t think Moore has the range to get to a male’s voice to sound like a male whether they were young or older. I still found Clary Fray to be whiner than my three-year-old as opposed to a great new Shadowhunter.  I’m starting to think I just don’t like the girl.

The plot however was very interesting and that is what kept me going the whole through 13 disc. I mean I listened to it in the car, at the computer and I even borrowed my daughter Barbie CD Player to listen while I cooked.

The action was superbly designed, and the epic battle left you wanting more while satisfying my need for the deaths of many fictional characters. I enjoyed the new-found strength in Clary she does seem to be growing stronger and much more confident in her new-found power. While there were many times I wished I could throat punch her for what seem to be her never-ending obsession of  male characters at pivotal moments. Seriously if a demon is trying to kill me, I’m gonna worry about saving my own booty, not worrying about my feelings that I’m trying to suppress about the most awkward love triangle.

But what can I say as much as Clary gets under my skin I still want to know more about the girl and what will become of her. The plot still has me sucked in because well can you say Holy cliffhanger.

So, expect an audiobook review for City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments book 3) Because someone nearby must be a book ahead of me and we are listening on the same schedule.

12 thoughts on “Audiobook Review: City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments: Book 2), Cassandra Clare

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  1. Very good review. Yeah, sometimes it can be hit and miss on audiobooks so relying on the storyline can be crucial. Would you recommend this series? I’ve been curious but never really picked it up.


      1. I was also.Its one of those series everyone keeps talking about and saying how good it is. I was worried it wouldn’t meet its expectation, but its has held its ground. I hope that you’ll enjoy too.


  2. Great review. I think I would prefer a book format for this story. I like taking my time and imagining the storyline on my own reading time then the faster pace of an audiobook.


  3. After much deliberation (and purchasing some of the series) I have decided that I don’t think the series for me. I know what you mean about audiobooks. I love them and they really can add so much to a story with the right narrator but if the narrator is not a good fit then it really does ruin the experience.


  4. Great review. I can’t do audiobooks as my mind wanders whilst they are playing and I don’t like half the voices of the readers. Glad that you enjoyed it, hopefully you will with the next too.


  5. Listened to it on a Barbie CD player! That’s awesome. The review is excellent. I am still trying to decide if I want to read it!


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