Audiobook First Impression: City of Bones

Book Details:
Author: Cassandra Clare
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Narrator: Ari Graynor
Released: March 27th 2007
Goodreads Rating: 4.12
My Rating: 2.5 out of 5

Goodreads Summary:
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?
This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

Quick Review:
If you have seen my books I couldn’t finish post you will know that when I first tried reading the City of Bones by Cassandra Clare I had to stop because I, for the life of me, could not get through the book. That being said, I really didn’t want to NOT finish it because I knew it had such a big following and I just wanted to be part of another YA phenomenon to fill the Harry Potter and The Hunger Games void in my heart. So I decided to switch to the audiobook format and just power through it whenever I got the opportunity. I did end up finishing the book (finally) but my thoughts when I started reading to when I finished listening did not change. I really, really, really disliked this book. Like…really, really, really.

I hated Clary, I hated Jace, the villains were shite, nothing made sense; I could honestly go on and on about what I didn’t like about the book (don’t even get me started on the 2 hours of my life wasted on the movie), but I’ll mention a few (emphasis on few) things I did enjoy.

I liked Simon and I didn’t mind Alec and Isabelle…oh, and I didn’t mind Magnus Bane too much either, but other than those few characters I really didn’t like anything else. A lot of the characters were already very familiar to me (hmm I wonder why)…

But yeah, I didn’t like the book and the only reason why I would continue the series is because I have heard that it gets better…and I have the box set from when it was at Costco (best book bargains, by the way).

Audiobook First Impression:
As mentioned previously, this was my first experience with audiobooks. I was excited to try something new, especially since I commute a lot and sometimes reading an actual book just doesn’t work out. The convenience of listening instead of reading proved positive when I would walk to meet friends or go to the gym and then while at the gym. But while the convenience of not having to actually read the book was high, it did nothing for me.

I found that I wasn’t fully immersing myself in the story like I would when reading a book, and I was forgetting parts of the plot. A lot of the time I actually found myself zoning out and not picking up anything at all…on a plane I actually fell asleep while listening and didn’t bother going back. That, of course, also has to do with my lack of enthusiasm for the story (I really could not care any less).

The narrator was also an issue for me. I was not fond of the voice and found it overly annoying at times and I think it made me dislike Clary even more than I already did.

This was definitely not a good first impression of audiobooks, but I don’t think I’m going to completely give up just yet…I might just wait awhile before I try again. I would definitely have to work on not tuning out the voices and trying to actually retain information from the story, but maybe if the book and narrator were better I wouldn’t have such a difficult time.

If you have any audiobook recommendations let me know in the comments below or on twitter @throughpgs. I really want to try again, but I think I need to find the right one.