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J. M. Sirley

Oakland, CA USA
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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 291
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 264
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 263

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

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
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 1,292
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,188

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!!’

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
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 4,832
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,429
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,441

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Among Koontz’s Best Slow Interesting Books

  • By Michael on 01-02-14

What a Surprise!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
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 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

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!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
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 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 540
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 474
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 477

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

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
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 2,765
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,525
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,524

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!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
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 11,974
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,056
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,047

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

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
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.

  • Fear Nothing

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,020
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,379
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,369

Christopher Snow is the best-known resident of 12,000-strong Moonlight Bay, California. This is because 28-year-old Chris has xeroderma pigmentosum (XP), a light-sensitivity so severe that he cannot leave his house in daylight, cannot enter a normally-lit room, cannot sit at a computer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book

  • By Stanley on 12-31-05

Mediocre For Me

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-17

Sorry to say, for me, the story was a bit slow and uninteresting. Unfortunately I bought the sequel, Seize The Night along with this book. I'll listen to it and hope the story gets more interesting, but not until I listen first to something different and more interesting.

  • The Shadow Hour

  • The Girl at Midnight, Book 2
  • By: Melissa Grey
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

Everything in Echo's life changed in a blinding flash when she learned the startling truth: She is the firebird, the creature of light that is said to bring peace. The firebird has come into the world, but it has not come alone. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction, and Echo can feel a great and terrible darkness rising in the distance. Cosmic forces threaten to tear the world apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 STARS PLUS

  • By J. M. Sirley on 04-02-17

5 STARS PLUS

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-02-17

I live this series. I'm and old fart and it is written so well and narrated that it can easily entertain even the toughest critics!!! I'll have to now waste time with other books until I can get my hands on book 3.
Great hook at the end of this book too.
Ok I'm out!!!

  • The Girl at Midnight

  • By: Melissa Grey
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

Beneath the streets of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic running through their veins. Age-old enchantments keep them hidden from humans. All but one. Echo is a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market, and the Avicen are the only family she's ever known.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Old Story, And Still Magical!!!

  • By J. M. Sirley on 03-26-17

Old Story, And Still Magical!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-26-17

I love this book. I love the strong female characters, the all too familiar struggle between status quo and progress, and the glimmer of hope that things can change when we all find a way to put aside our fears and bias.
I will keep this book in my library. It is truly a keeper. Now I am on to book 2!!! 5 STARS!!!!

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