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City of Lost Souls

Mortal Instruments, Book 5
Series: The Mortal Instruments, Book 5
Length: 17 hrs and 39 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 13 & Up
4.5 out of 5 stars (371 ratings)

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Summary

Jace is now a servant of evil, bound for all eternity to Sebastian. Only a small band of Shadowhunters believe he can be saved. To do this they must defy the Clave. And they must act without Clary. For Clary is playing a dangerous game utterly alone. The price of losing is not just her own life but Jace's soul. Clary is willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost?

©2012 Cassandra Clare LLC (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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"The Mortal Instruments series features a rare marriage of extremely intricate, fast-paced plotting with ample digressions into the emotional lives of characters we’ve come to care about deeply.... With a movie in the works, this is an excellent time for new readers to jump on board one of the most enjoyable series in YA. Smart, fun, and epic, these books are addictive for all the right reasons." ( Locus)
"The new queen of fantasy." ( The Wall Street Journal)

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Eloise Oxer has ruined this for me.

What did you like best about City of Lost Souls: Mortal Instruments, Book 5? What did you like least?

Unfortunately I couldn't get more than twenty minutes in. Nothing to do with the writing, I wouldn't have got this far into the series if I didn't enjoy it, but the narrator is so painful to listen to, I'm going to have to wait until a better reading is found.

What was one of the most memorable moments of City of Lost Souls: Mortal Instruments, Book 5?

See above.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Grant was fine, though I preferred the gentleman from the previous book. Eloise on the other hand... Slow speaking, painfully slow. Dreary, stressing words seems more important than the story. The voice was so monotonous, I couldn't follow the story. She seems to breath words to attempt to make it more mysterious where it is just plain irritating. The last word in every sentence is breathed long, frankly weird.

Was City of Lost Souls: Mortal Instruments, Book 5 worth the listening time?

I may keep trying as I want to hear the book, but I certainly will avoid the narrator in future books.

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struggled with performance

love Cassandra Clare but really struggled with Eloise Oxer. Found her so grating that I nearly stopped listening ☹️

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Good but tedious in parts

The whole series is amazing and the story has moved on however some of the clary and jace scenes are very tedious and quite boring in parts

Am looking forward to the next part :)

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Love the story hate the narrating

Ok so, I love this series and I love this story and I love the way grant reads but Eloise makes it sound like a try-hard horror story even lines like “there was no clock” she makes the sentences drag on and she practically hisses it also with her all the character’s sound the same and it rlly drags on otherwise I defo recommend

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Very Enjoyable!

I really liked the two narrators of this I thought they did a good job telling the story. I enjoyed listening. it didnt come across as complicated.
I enjoyed the story as well!
Definitely recommend!

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Hmm

I love the Shadowhunters series, but I struggled with this one for a while. I think it was more of a personal issue than something wrong with the book itself, but I've heard other people complaining about this one in particular. it starts strong and ends with a cliffhanger, but the rest of it seems to be just filling and explanations, preparing you for the climax in the last book.

Changing from the book to the audio version helped, the French and Latin of the readers 100 times better than the voice in my head haha.

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Straight onto book 6

Another change in narrators did not detract from the story, at least not in my opinion. Great entry in the series, well read by both Grant and Eloise. Starting book 6 now.

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Seriously pick other people to read!

I love these stories but they are ruined by the constant swallowing and slapping of mouths! What happened to Ed Westwick? This man is awful and the girl is only marginally better!
Story excellent-diction-not great!

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Great story

love the story .. not too sure about the narrators find Oxer voice a little harsh

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I like the books.

It's seriously annoying that the narrators keep changing with each book. Each set has a different way of pronouncing character names, places, deamons and it's seriously annoying. The whole series should be redone with just one or a pair of narrators. These ones are slightly better than the last set because at least the woman in this one conveys tone but the fist one was best.

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  • Paolo
  • 26-03-18

Enjoyable romance with violence

This continues the story of Jace, Clary, Simon and Sebastian. Can't wait for what should be the series final.

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  • Dilja
  • 21-12-16

Amazing story but revolting narration

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The story is so amazing but it has been horrendously ruined by disgusting narration. They overact everything. The woman has a boring voice to listen to but additionally you can hear the static noise in the background. Also the man... seriously? it is revolting to listen to someone swallow their saliva... I almost couldn't finish listening to the story and I grit my teeth while trying to hold back the bile.

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  • Megan
  • 19-04-15

Seriously good

I do not know how Cassandra manages to maintain the suspense through 5 books but she does it and more. She continues to build her characters who evolve and grow in complexity, inhabiting a world that is alive and vibrant and a little weird. Onward to book 6!