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City of Ashes

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Cassandra Clare

Narrated By: Natalie Moore

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: March 2008

Duration: 13 hours 0 minutes


Is love worth betraying everything? Plunge into the second adventure in the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and “prepare to be hooked” (Entertainment Weekly).

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.



    I had already read the complete series, but hearing a good narrator was a great experience. I enoyed listening to it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Alyssa Bergermann

    Love The Mortal Instrument Series - a good read to get your mind away from reality and relax with a fun read! Narration was nice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Mark L.

    Amazing book

  • 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.

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by Cassandra Clare

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