The Fortieth Door


Read by J. M. Smallheer

(4.5 stars; 266 reviews)

A young American archeologist, a masked ball in Cairo, an illusive young woman and the unexplained disappearance of a Frenchman fifteen years earlier all play into this mystery by Mary Hastings Bradley. (summary written by J. M. Smallheer) (7 hr 13 min)

Chapters

A Rash Promise 12:41 Read by J. M. Smallheer
Masks and Maskers 32:03 Read by J. M. Smallheer
In the Pasha's Palace 23:26 Read by J. M. Smallheer
Explanations 14:39 Read by J. M. Smallheer
At the Garden Gate 18:53 Read by J. M. Smallheer
A Secret of the Sands 8:43 Read by J. M. Smallheer
To McLean's Astonishment 11:06 Read by J. M. Smallheer
Tewfick Receives 20:29 Read by J. M. Smallheer
A Wedding Present 16:53 Read by J. M. Smallheer
The Reception 22:02 Read by J. M. Smallheer
The Forty Doors 14:15 Read by J. M. Smallheer
The Uninvited Guest 16:17 Read by J. M. Smallheer
The Bey Returns 14:44 Read by J. M. Smallheer
Within the Walls 24:17 Read by J. M. Smallheer
Underground 16:45 Read by J. M. Smallheer
Out of the Darkness 13:40 Read by J. M. Smallheer
Aziza 5:37 Read by J. M. Smallheer
Aziza Is Offended 19:41 Read by J. M. Smallheer
An Interruption 13:12 Read by J. M. Smallheer
Beyond the Door 22:28 Read by J. M. Smallheer
Miss Jeffries Makes a Call 20:57 Read by J. M. Smallheer
From the Bazaars 6:26 Read by J. M. Smallheer
In the Desert 8:19 Read by J. M. Smallheer
The Tomb of a King 27:23 Read by J. M. Smallheer
In Cairo 15:23 Read by J. M. Smallheer
The Painted Case 12:48 Read by J. M. Smallheer

Reviews

Wow, what a fabulous tale!


(5 stars)

This is an extraordinary adventure story in an exotic setting with well drawn characters to root for and against. Archaeology, history, and different cultures are all swept up into this grand tale. This Librivox volunteer reader also does a very, very good job bringing the story to life.

Very exciting book


(5 stars)

A gently raised young lady of 18 escapes from her Turkish home during a Masque Ball and meets a dashing young adventurer (perhaps a Jones wannabe?) from America who decides that he adores her beauty from first moment, tho she is dressed in traditional Turkish head-to-toe garb and he can only see the sparkle in her eyes. She, although half French, has been raised in the sequestered confines of her home. She had always expected to marry only for love, yet her father gives her away to an older man to settle a score. He had accepted that she was lost to him, until he learns a startling secret about her past that makes him risk all in saving this young beautiful woman. An absorbing story that I enjoyed very much. The reader also did a very nice job.

wow! Loved this book


(3 stars)

I get so weary of books you can predict and this book kept me enthralled and guessing the whole time. strong emotions and we'll read!

The Fortieth Door


(5 stars)

Well read, fun listen - thanks!

Suspense and romance in the 40th door.


(4 stars)

J.M.Smallheer did a great job reading this book. For those criticizing her accents I know that I, for one could never have done as well as she. The story is mostly suspenseful and at times downright gruesome while also being a tale of love. At times I had to skip ahead because it was moving too slow and driving me crazy with fear. The love story is sweet and dreadful at the same time. I do know that I could never live the life expected of these women in Harems. Ugh!


(4 stars)

To be honest, it took a couple of chapters before I really got into this mystery. But then, once I did, I really enjoyed the plot and numerous subplots. Contrary to another listener's comments I actually enjoyed this reader, especially the effort that she put into the foreign language pronunciation. She had enough vocal range to convincingly portray both the male and female characters with applause. My sincere thanks to J.M. Smallheer for being such a dedicated volunteer.

good story, creative writing


(5 stars)

I enjoyed the story, even though it had an obvious ending, but had many twists along the way. The writing was superb and descriptive.

The Fortieth Door


(5 stars)

five stars for the reader! as for the story, I expected a mystery, not a romance . No more Mary Hastings Bradly for me.