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J. M. Sirley

Oakland, CA USA
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  • The Fortune Teller

  • By: Gwendolyn Womack
  • Narrated by: Lisa Flanagan, Robin Miles
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 853
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 766
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 770

Semele Cavnow appraises antiquities for an exclusive Manhattan auction house. When she discovers a manuscript written in the time of Cleopatra, she knows it will be the find of her career. Its author tells the story of a priceless tarot deck, now lost to history. As Semele delves further, she realizes the manuscript is more than it seems. Both a memoir and a prophecy, it appears to be the work of a powerful seer, describing devastating wars and natural disasters in detail thousands of years before they occurred.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating premise

  • By Frances on 08-14-17

Great Journey!!!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-10-19

Overall great listen. The narrator did a great job of telling the story without being over dramatic and the story was well constructed and nicely closed out.

  • The Keepers, Book 4: The Starlit Loom

  • By: Ted Sanders
  • Narrated by: Andrew Eiden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

For centuries, the Keepers and the Wardens have been guarding the mysterious Mothergates, a source of incredible power. But now, the Mothergates are dying, and Horace and his fellow Keepers know the weakened gates may unleash a dangerous force that will consume the world - and destroy everyone in it. While their enemies are willing to take this careless risk, Horace and his friends are prepared to sacrifice themselves for the preservation of the world. With their strongholds destroyed and many of their friends captured, the Keepers’ chance of succeeding hangs by a thread.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Conclusion to Amazing Adventure

  • By J. M. Sirley on 12-05-18

Great Conclusion to Amazing Adventure

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-05-18

I’ve just finished the book and loved it. I will not ruin the ending for others but I will say that the universe always tries to correct itself at some point. Well worth the time to listen or read this series.

  • The Golden Tower

  • Magisterium Series, Book 5
  • By: Holly Black, Cassandra Clare
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 299
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298

The stakes have never been higher than in the final installment of Magisterium from the best-selling powerhouse authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Simple story

  • By Craig A. on 10-10-18

Fun Ending

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-01-18

I’ve enjoyed the whole series. It’s one I will listen to again. Although I’m an old fart, it’s fun to listen to these young adult books.

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  • Ramses the Damned: The Passion of Cleopatra

  • By: Anne Rice, Christopher Rice
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 379
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 344
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 341

Ramses the Great, former pharaoh of Egypt, is reawakened by the elixir of life in Edwardian England. Now immortal with his bride-to-be, he is swept up in a fierce and deadly battle of wills and psyches against the once-great Queen Cleopatra. Ramses has reawakened Cleopatra with the same perilous elixir whose unworldly force brings the dead back to life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I am hungry for more......

  • By Michelle M. Durante on 11-23-17

Very Fun Book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-12-18

All in all a great conclusion to the mummy series. I’d recommend it to friends and I’d listen to it again!!!

  • The Iron Trial

  • Book One of The Magisterium
  • By: Holly Black, Cassandra Clare
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,388
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,281
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,279

Most kids would do anything to pass the Iron Trial. Not Callum Hunt. He wants to fail. All his life, Call has been warned by his father to stay away from magic. If he succeeds at the Iron Trial and is admitted into the Magisterium, he is sure it can only mean bad things for him. So he tries his best to do his worst - and fails at failing. Now the Magisterium awaits him. It's a place that's both sensational and sinister, with dark ties to his past and a twisty path to his future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Harry Potter it ain't!

  • By Douglas on 09-11-14

Holy Cow!!’

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-31-17

I am a huge Harry Potter Fan!!! I have to say that I absolutely love this book. I’m a 54 year old fart, and it helped me capture that same kid like excitement listening to it. Narration, story, and character development are excellent!!!

Top notch story for all ages!!! This made my year!!!

  • Innocence

  • A Novel
  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,289
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,840
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,852

He lives in solitude beneath the city, an exile from society, which will destroy him if he is ever seen. She dwells in seclusion, a fugitive from enemies who will do her harm if she is ever found. But the bond between them runs deeper than the tragedies that have scarred their lives. Something more than chance - and nothing less than destiny - has brought them together in a world whose hour of reckoning is fast approaching.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Story dragged on and anti-climatic

  • By roz79 on 02-06-15

What a Surprise!!!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-16-17

Not the typical Koontz novel. Loved this book from beginner to end. Could not stop listening to it.
5 stars!!!

  • The Savage Dawn

  • By: Melissa Grey
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

The sides have been chosen and the battle lines drawn. Echo awakened the Firebird. Now she is the only one with the power to face the darkness she unwittingly unleashed...right into the waiting hands of Tanith, the new Dragon Prince. Tanith has one goal in mind: destroy her enemies, raze their lands, and reign supreme in a new era where the Drakharin are almighty and the Avicen are nothing but a memory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What An Ending!!!

  • By J. M. Sirley on 08-27-17

What An Ending!!!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-27-17

Just quickly I will say, this story was amazing!!! Don't think about it, just throw yourself into it. Great character development, story, and narration.
5 Stars!!!

  • The Gates

  • A Novel
  • By: John Connolly
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cake
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 573
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 504
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 507

Young Samuel Johnson and his dachshund, Boswell, are trying to show initiative by trick-or-treating a full three days before Halloween which is how they come to witness strange goings-on at 666 Crowley Road. The Abernathys don't mean any harm by their flirtation with the underworld, but when they unknowingly call forth Satan himself, they create a gap in the universe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Paging Tim Burton

  • By Jeanne on 12-18-09

Fun and Funny

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-26-17

What a fun book. I was actually expecting something completely different from what it turned out to be. Like the characters and the "Footnotes". Nicely done.

  • The Book of Lost Things

  • By: John Connolly
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,036
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,777
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,775

High in his attic bedroom, 12-year-old David mourns the loss of his mother. He is angry and he is alone, with only the books on his shelf for company.But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness, and as he takes refuge in the myths and fairytales so beloved of his dead mother, he finds that the real world and the fantasy world have begun to meld. The Crooked Man has come, with his mocking smile and his enigmatic words: "Welcome, your majesty. All hail the new king."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • For Those Who Enjoy Playing with Fairytales

  • By alison on 01-06-13

So heart warming!!!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-17-17

One of the best books I've listened to this year, and I listen to a lot of them. After getting past the first three chapters it was on and I could not stop. I actually started liking my 4 hour daily commute. I highly recommend. Great job at teaching one about the human condition and redemption. You won't be sorry.

  • The Golem and the Jinni

  • A Novel
  • By: Helene Wecker
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,511
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,564
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,550

Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enchanting Debut Novel - Delicious!

  • By Tango on 04-26-13

Just WOW

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-29-17

Simply a must that I will always remember. Loved it, Loved it, Loved it!! Five stars crossed the board.