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Summary

Love is the most dangerous magic of all....

Something terrifying is waiting for Tessa Gray in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Tessa seeks refuge with the Shadowhunters, a band of warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons. Tessa finds herself fascinated by and torn between two best friends....

First in the best-selling prequel series to The Mortal Instruments, set in Victorian London.

©2010 Cassandra Clare (P)2010 Simon & Schuster

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Unbelievably bad accents from the narrator.

Firstly I'll say I love the Infernal Devices (and all the Shadowhunter stories) and have read them as Kindle books. This time I thought I'd try the audio. The only reason I haven't returned this one is that I've checked ahead and the next two books have different narrators.
According to Wikipedia this narrator, while born in the US, has a British mother, but I can hardly believe it. Her British accents are truly terrible. Henry is made so plummy sounding as to be a complete parody of a Victoria gentleman, and don't even get me started on Mortmain. I'm assuming she's attempting some kind of Yorkshire accent, although it veers from vague Yorkshire to sometime Scottish to just plain odd. Honestly, for a book where the majority of the characters are English, more effort could have been made to find a suitable narrator. While I recommend this story, I do not recommend this recording.

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Terrible narration!

The book is great and the story well worth reading if you like the Shadowhunters series. The narration, however, is abysmal. The fake English accent is grating, she gave Gabriel Lightwood a lisp he does not have in the book and screeches horribly when trying to convey urgency, making some of the female characters sound demented...
Very disappointing!

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One of my favourite books 📚

I absolutely love the shadow world and all the characters in it. This is one of my favourite young adult reads and The Infernal Devices is the best series of them all so to have this on audio is fantastic. Tessa, Will and Jem are amazing characters and I couldn't put this book down, I've read it many times and now I can listen to it too. l think Jennifer does a great job at reading this, the voices she uses for each character is clear and recognised, with no irritation. I highly recommend!

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Narration isn't as bad as the mortal instruments

At least this woman doesn't sound like she's trying to be posh!

Is she good at accents? No but she isn't irritating either.

The story as always is awesome.

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Good book

The story was good as it takes you back in time to shadow hunters of the past. But I was disappointed with the person reading the book as a lot of the voices sometimes sounded the same which made it a bit distracting

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It’s ok

The general story is good however the British accents are awful so yeah it was ok

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Great story - dreadful narrator- disappointing

For shadowhunter fans this pre-story clips along but the reader is dismal : all the voices are minimally different to each other and the pace drags. Reading it yourself would be worth the extra effort. A great shame and redoing the audio books for this whole set with a single good narrator would be worth the investment.

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Good story

I have listened to all The Immortal Instrument series and thought I’d give another of her series a go. I do very much like the story and how it relates to the other books. With some subtle hits that where fun to catch.
The performance was okay, a bit annoying at times but I could look past it. It took me a while to realise that when she did this funny voice that it meant she was shouting.

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Wonderfully narrated

My first fantasy read and I am hooked! Next book please. Love it so much

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Love the book, hate the Narrator

I prefer this edition to the Shadowhunters universe however the narrator is God awful. Her normal voice is fine but her accents are terrible, like listening to nails on a chalkboard sometimes. Her British accents are so fake I'd prefer it if she didnt try