Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Audiobook Reviews: The Midnight Heir and The Rise of the Hotel Dumort by Cassandra Clare

  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster Audio
  • Publication date: 7/16/2013
  • Series: Bane Chronicles Series 
  • Format: Audiobook
  • Read by: David Oyelowo
  • Length: 1 hour and 31 minutes
  • Source: Digital audiobook provided by the publisher for review
Purchase: Amazon | Audible | B&N | Simon & Schuster 

*Warning, if you have not read the Infernal Devices series all the way through, this installment of The Bane Chronicles will contain spoilers for the series.

In Edwardian London, Magnus Bane discovers old friends and new enemies—including the son of his former comrade Will Herondale. One of ten adventures in The Bane Chronicles.

Magnus thought he would never return to London, but he is lured by a handsome offer from Tatiana Blackthorn, whose plans—involving her beautiful young ward—are far more sinister than Magnus even suspects. In London at the turn of the century, Magnus finds old friends, and meets a very surprising young man . . . the sixteen-year-old James Herondale.

This standalone e-only short story illuminates the life of the enigmatic Magnus Bane, whose alluring personality populates the pages of the #1 New York Times bestselling series, The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series. This story in The Bane Chronicles is written by Sarah Rees Brennan and Cassandra Clare.


My Thoughts

I have loved getting to know Magnus and reading about all the time periods and places he has been. In this we get to reconnect with some of the characters from the Infernal Devices series and see them at a different point in their life from that series. It is quite interesting reading about them grown up. I do feel that we are really getting to see all the layers of Magnus as well.

Magnus is in London and he encounters James Herondale at a bar. He is in some pretty rough shape and Magnus can't help but come to his aid whether he wants it or not. He then gets to revisit old friends, one being Will Herondale. I felt like I was having a reunion with old friends. Magnus still has his weakness for Herondale boys apparently, and I thought that it was very sweet and endearing. Along with that he discovers some dark secrets that are still surrounding the Blackwell family.

The narrator was great too. Even though each of these installments has a different narrator, it doesn't take away from the stories at all. The way that they are told works perfectly. It's just someone else telling one of Magnus's many tales. I liked that he was able to sound so similar to Magnus as the other narrators has. He was a very good story teller.

These get harder and harder to review as I go because I don't really know what to say. They are still different tales of Magnus, but they are about him. I like seeing him in the different situations and seeing how he handles them. He is a very in depth character, so I am always feeling like I get to know him better and uncover more of the mysterious Magnus that is hidden away. 


*An audiobook copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.


  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster Audio
  • Publication date: 8/20/2013
  • Series: Bane Chronicles Series 
  • Format: Audiobook
  • Read by: Stephen Luntsford
  • Length: 1 hour and 11 minutes
  • Source: Digital audiobook provided by the publisher for review.
Purchase: Amazon | Audible | B&N | Simon & Schuster
In 1920s Manhattan, Magnus Bane hobnobs with the elite at a glamorous Jazz Age hotspot.

The immortal Magnus Bane is making the most of his time in the Roaring Twenties: He's settled into New York society and is thriving among the fashionable jazz set. And there is nowhere better to see and be seen than the glamorous Hotel Dumort, a glittering new addition to the Manhattan landscape. But a different type of glamour may be at play...

My Thoughts

I love the Roaring Twenties, so I was super excited to read one of my favorite fictional characters in this setting. I liked a lot about this one, but also didn't at the same time. I don't know if maybe it's just too much of a good thing, but it seems like the further into The Bane Chronicles I get, the less enjoyment I am getting out of them.

This takes place in New York City. I always love this setting because it's so vibrant and full of life. Magnus running a speak easy was a very fun story to listen to. As always, he helps someone in need. That's just how he is. He really has a kind heart. Also, being as old as he is, he has all sorts of wisdom on life stuff such as love and relationships. I didn't feel like we got to know him as much in this one though.

This has more danger, and we get to see some of the evil being done in the background, and get to know the sort of relationship Magnus has with The Clave. He is powerful, he is smart, but he is still a Downworlder. Even while trying to help them, he still is not really respected as much as he should be. We also get to meet a very powerful demon that is a bit scary, and someone that we have wanted to know a bit more about. And someone from Magnus's past reappears at the end of this.

The narrator on this one did a great job, but I wasn't feeling it as much as some of the previous narrators. He did the New York accent decently and I was able to tell one character from another well, but he wasn't a favorite of mine out of these stories.

I like hearing each story and seeing how some things came to be. I enjoyed the characters that we meet in this one, but I think I am getting a bit bored of these chronicles. I am a huge Magnus fan, but I can only take so many of these stories before I just kind of don't care anymore. I will continue on with the series because the installments are good, but I don't look forward to each one like I did before.  


*An audiobook copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.

6 comments:

  1. Oh, I didn't know these came as audio versions, Amy! Hmmm. I was debating whether to read the installments (I hate that, but I love Magnus Bane), so this might be a nice compromise. Still, I don't have the time to read anything that isnt' a review book these days, so it may just have to wait.

    Thanks for the heads up on the audio option, though! :)

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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  2. I loved The Infernal Devices (not so much TMI) and Magnus Bane has always been one of my favourite characters.

    Lovely reviews, Amy! <33

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  3. I love Magnus, he's my favorite character from both series. But I totally get you becoming a bit tired of these installments, and not having much to say. Great review, sweetie!

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  4. I'm debating whether I should read these or not. I think I may.

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  5. I didn't read the reviews, because I've only read the first book in the series and I do plan to finish it at some point. LOL

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  6. I haven't read these yet. One of these days.

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