Book Review: The Sibyl Reborn by J. Perry Kelly

February 22, 2016 Audiobooks, Book Reviews 0

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Book Review: The Sibyl Reborn by J. Perry KellyThe Sibyl Reborn by J. Perry Kelly
Published by Dawn Catherine Kelly on October 1st 2012
Narrator: Sean Mitchell
Length: 20 hrs and 17 mins
Genres: Fantasy, Sci Fi
Pages: 650
Source: AudioBook Reviewer
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In The Sibyl Reborn, a speculative urban fantasy that spans Man's prehistoric creation and pending dooms, a prophetess cursed from antiquity reincarnates to save the future only to learn that she might be a pawn who seals our fate. When Cassandra Shavano--newlywed, avid hiker, environmentalist--resorts to metaphysics to reshape her destiny, she entangles the immediate fates of eight people, a teenage ghost, the CIA, mankind, and its parent species. Trapped in a karmic labyrinth fraught with seduction, betrayal, and murder, can she unearth Man's darkest secret, escape the maze, and solve an impossible riddle, or will the curse win again with forever at stake for humanity and Earth?

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I was a little worried about picking this up. At 650 pages the audio is 20 hrs and 17 mins and even though I like to listen at a speed of 1.3 or 1.5, that still leaves quite a bit of book to tackle. What interested me was the main character’s hippy attitude. Cassandra is just like the synopsis says, a tree loving bohemian that is worried about her environment and what is happening to it.

The first part of this book totally had me. I loved hearing about Cassandra and her foibles. She is so happy about life that she even stages a protest, and brings enough signs for an army, and stays even though she is the only person that showed up. She’s strong and confident and everything girls should be reading about. Interestingly she really fights for what she believes in but this can get a little overwhelming when it sounds like she’s being preachy.

There are other characters that are also just as preachy for whatever they believe in. The main problem that I had with this was that all their voices started being too similar. With only one narrator and almost every character using the same vocabulary, it can get very different to differentiate between the characters.

Then there is Cassandra’s sister. My sister and I have had our issues but I would never treat my sister the way this lady treats hers. I just do not even understand why they hang out together when all she wants to do is stab Cassandra in the back! Her holier than thou attitude made it difficult to continue listening to the story.

The other characters that have holier than thou attitudes wind up speaking in such a way that deciphering who is saying what got difficult. This could be partially the narrator but I think the characters were great other than when they thought they were better than everyone else, so again I think it was the way the characters were developed.

Sadly, after about halfway through the story it started getting a bit tedious. I was tired of hearing about everyone wanting to screw everyone else over. For a 20 hour audio, it is a lot. Many times I found myself thinking of other things just so I could get away from the outgoing insistence that everyone in this book was better than everyone else. I went from being quite excited about the prospects of the aliens and the different lives that were going to intersect, to dreading it.

It fell short for me. Maybe due to the length but definitely because of the ongoing strife between the characters which did not fully add up. All in all, better than what I originally anticipated.

Rating Report
2.5 / 5
Character Development
2 / 5
Writing Style
2.5 / 5
Personal enjoyment
2 / 5
3 / 5
Overall: 2.4 / 5
The Author


Twice a surrogate ‘stem cells’ spokesperson for the White House, James ended five years of biotech activism in 2006 when he realized a strategy that had confused and divided Americans over stem cells was being used to promote global climate denial. He writes to entertain readers with books and novels that develop challenging concepts into fast-paced and socially relevant plots. Prior to a 1997 auto accident that left him paralyzed, James enjoyed a twenty-year railroad career, restoring antique furniture, and rambling over backcountry roads or forgotten trails from Colorado’s gold rush. Today he lives near at the foot of Pikes Peak with Selene, his wife of twenty-eight years and his inspiration for Cassandra, the sibyl reborn.

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