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!
This story is 5*'s in all categories. Fell in love with both the Joni and the golem. I will miss them. The voice of the narrator was perfect
. The story line kept me interested , and though there are many characters each was introduced in a way that made them memorable. Videos to the author
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.
An amazing rookie effort, with lovingly developed characters, a dramatic storyline and a vibrant New York background long-lost to history. And a little bit of magic....
Excellent book. The story is wonderful I couldnt stop listening. The presentation is fantastic. Loved this book
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.
After a rather long dry spell spent with books I was rather disappointed in, this was a welcome return to pure pleasure. I had read many of the positive reviews and had high hopes, but I've listened to several that also were reviewed well and I wish I had spent my time more constructively in the end. The Golem and the Jinni is truly magical and enchanting and I was left longing for more when it ended. Not that the ending was lacking, but the experience was so enjoyable I wanted it to continue!
This novel follows two inhuman characters, a golem and a Jinni, to comment and decipher the movements and actions of humanity. Through them, we get to laugh with them as they observe the quirks of human nature, and understand their confusion at human actions.
The story is meandering, a bit more slice-of-life through their eyes. I felt it was a little slow, but it was also relaxed and said everything that it wanted to say. I also really enjoyed the narrator. So prepare to sit back with some tea and enjoy this one. I defiantly recommend it!
This is a great listen. I am not into fantasy but this feels more like History with a whimsical twist. You'll love it.