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City of Ashes

Unabridged Audiobook

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Narrated By: Natalie Moore

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: March 2008

Duration: 12 hours 23 minutes


Clary Fray just wants her life to go back to normal--but that turns out to be impossible. For one thing, her mother is still in the hospital, in a mysterious coma. For another, she and her brother Jace have fallen under a cloud of suspicion now that the Shadowhunter world knows that Valentine is still alive--and that Jace and Clary are his son and daughter. Not to mention that someone in New York is killing Downworlders and draining their blood, creating a climate of suspicion that sends Downworld Manhattan to the brink of civil war.

When the Silent Brothers are murdered and the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Sword of Souls, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor is dispatched from Idris to investigate. She clearly harbors a personal grudge against Jace, and she drives a wedge between him and his adoptive family. When Clary's romance with her best friend, Simon, starts to heat up, Jace feels abandoned. But has he, as the Inquisitor accuses, joined up with his father? Then Simon is turned into a vampire and kidnapped by Valentine, who intends to sacrifice him as part of a bloody ritual that will make the Mortal Instruments his own forever. Jace knows he needs to save Simon's life, for Clary's sake. But what if he's too late? What if Valentine has already made the Mortal Instruments his own?


  • Elizabeth O\'Brien

    Love the a mortal instruments series. Great narrating too. Looking forward to book 3 City of Glass

  • Leslie Heras-Gonzalez

    Great narrator, every character had their own voice.

  • Elisa Vincitorio

    Fantastic. So much satisfaction, yet so many cliffhangers. It's the recipie for a thrilling read!

  • Marilyn Nguyen

    Narration for City of Ashes is great! Great story and narration! I recommend anyone to give the mortal instruments a read!

  • joshua hopper

    saw the movie and began to the books. have really enjoyed the books but really preferred the narrator from the first book. she did a much better job with voices and the different characters.

  • Mark Albert

    This story is far more intriguing then the movie. I am taking a break before continuing to the third book!

  • Penny Ann Lupton

    I’m the first to admit I wasn’t a huge Mortal Instruments fan. I read the first book and hated the first half, but loved the second half. Still, I never had the desire to continue on with the series. I felt the heroine was very immature in the books and I didn’t like that. I have to say, this is one of the first times I’ve actually liked the movie better than a book. The movie also reignited my interest in the series. I found the actress who played Clary in the movie didn’t come off as immature and now when I read about Clary, I just picture the actress instead of the image I had when reading book 1. Much better. Anyway, Clary is growing on me as the series progresses. I wasn’t too keen on her jumping right into a relationship with Simon, especially considering her feelings for Jace, but I understood it. She’s a teenager and a boy she cares about is in love with her. She doesn’t want to hurt him by admitting she doesn’t feel the same way for him. I think that kind of thing comes with maturity. One of the things I really love about the Mortal Instruments is the world Cassandra Clare has built. It’s quite elaborate, which is probably why it took me so long to get into book one, a lot of world building. But once that’s done the whole concept of the story is awesome. I really enjoyed this one, and this time I liked it enough to straight to book three.

  • Jeannie Sanchez

    Book: Great sequel. There are just as many new surprises here as the first book and ends with just as many questions. Simon evolves into a stronger character and Jace becomes a more desirable hero. Yummy. Narration: Slight monotone voice. Dialogue voice did not quite meet up to expectations, example, character clearly exclaiming but narrator's voice does not. Lack of dramatic 'tone' that in some ways ruined dramatic scenes.

  • lindsay Peichl

    book good. reader read good :-P (seriously, though...)

  • Frida Marquez

    i love this book but i cant stand the narration i wish they would have stuck with the same person reading it for the series but i guess you cant have everything