My husband and I attempted to listen to this on a long drive. By the 5th chapter, we decided that silence would be better - it was just agonizing. The narrator was painfully dull, and the story unfolded, perhaps, too slowly; we couldn't imagine listening to the whole excruciating thing.On the other hand, when we returned home, and I tried again with the book, this time on my afternoon walks, things turned around. The story finally (!) picked up, and the listening under different circumstances helped, though the narrator remained, for quite a while, a taste I'd not yet acquired.. In the final analysis, I liked the book and became reconciled to the narrator's style. It was worth the listen, though I don't know that I'd go back either to the author or to the narrator.
I am an entertainer...so I spend a lot of time on the road. I take my audio seriously. I appreciate great writing and outstanding narration.
I have pretty high standards for audio books. I want great narration...lively and interesting characters and a plot that moves along at a solid pace.
You get all of that and much more in this outstanding story.
19 plus hours and I wasn't bored once.
This one is a keeper.
Absolutely! Wonderful story, characters and questions of existence. This was such a delightful surprise since I had not heard of the author before or read reviews of the book. George Guidall is one of my favorite narrators and is once again excellent
This was fascinating to me on various levels, you got to learn about
- Golem's and Genies
- explore how they felt suddenly turning up in 19th C New York.
- what 19th C New York was like with all the new immigrants
- myths and legends in Jewish Kaballa culture (golems) and Bedouin culture, (genies)
It was really well written, well read, absorbing, believable and a good pace
We got to explore each character and how they felt about what was happening now and how they got to this stage in their lives.
Lots of mystery and intrigue -- refreshingly unpredictable
The summary of this book made it somewhat interesting, but I was pleasantly surprised at how good this story actually was. I was drawn in right from the beginning and didn't want to stop listening. The characters were developed well and the author brought fantasy into a real world environment. I felt I was experiencing these characters' actions and emotions.
All of them? All of the characters impacted one another in a very cleaver way.
No, my first listen, but I enjoyed his reading of this story. It was well-matched.
Chava, the Golem. Such an interesting character.
Listen to this book! You will not be disappointed!
Avid reader and blogger
A Golem – a woman made of clay who can feel people’s desires – and a Jinni just out of the bottle are left to fend for themselves in New York, 1899. A strange and fascinating setting for an incredible novel! I absolutely adored this strange and beautiful tale. I loved the characters whose likes I’ve never encountered before.
The Jinni’s artistic creativity and thirst for freedom was fascinating reading, and I relished the Golem’s dilemmas concerning her ability to read people’s desires and find a way to function in the world. She wanted nothing more than to belong somewhere and to someone, to know her place and how to please others. He, the Jinni, wants freedom above all. From this strange mismatch forms a beautiful friendship. I highly recommend this novel!
Photographer, nature & water geek, music lover, book fiend.
This is a book I had relegated to the wish list for that "someday" I'd want to take a chance on it...I'm so glad the day came & now anxiously look forward to another book by Helene Wecker. As for Mr Guidall, he is undoubtably among the best in the business. I always feel like a book is in masterful care when he narrates. Highly recommend The Golem & the Jinni!
Middle-aged, married dad of two, living in Northern Burbs of Chicago. Hard Sci Fi addict, and lover of great storytelling. Almost all of my reading is now in audio format.
Uniquely imperfect characters that don't fit the cookie cutter.
Inventive concept. VERY tough to do these days.
All that going for it, but honestly. I think the story could have been told with about a third less page count.
English Lit BA highest honors UC Berkeley, 1974. Listening to books for pleasure or education is fun and it separates good writing from bad.
This is an only in New York City story; with the press of pre-WWI immigration from the Middle-East and Eastern Europe could two such unlikely beings, who are only human in form, meet.
The imaginative sparks this meeting and Ms. Wecker's plot(s) sets off, and the tremendous cast of characters, keeps this deep and richly textured novel, with Mr. Guidall's always wonderful narration, marvelously entertaining.
One star off; I would have tightened it up quite a bit if I had been the editor.