It's 1:25am. I'm going to pay the price tomorrow for staying up so late, but I could not stop listening to the last 6 chapters! Fabulous story and Mr. George Guidall's narration made me feel like I was there in that time. How am I going to pull myself out of this dreamlike state and go back to reality? The Golem and the Jinni have left a piece of themselves in me.... ;-)
I love to read, but I am time-limited. Audible allows me to keep up with all my favorite authors while on the hiking trail. Thanks, Audible!
This is a fantastic exploration of (1) what is one's nature and (2) how to accept it. This book does a great job exploring life, love, and responsibility by providing a platform for a methodological Golem and an irresponsibility Jin to try to go unnoticed in human society and find fulfillment.
I think this is my first all-5-star review. Helene Wecker did a brilliant job writing each of the communities (the Yiddish neighborhood, "Little Syria", wealthy Park Street) of 1899 Manhattan each in their own voices. Then George Guidall subtly read each community in its own voice, with subtle accents but brilliant lyricism.
The story itself is a study in contrasts and similarities, from the very young Golem to the ancient Jinni, the one almost hidebound in tradition and responsibility, the other seeking boundless freedom. There are side characters whose stories run just as deeply as any of the main characters.
This was a joy to listen to; my teenage daughter likewise got sucked into the mesmerizing tale along with me.
The characters are wonderfully drawn, and serve as strong counterpoints to one another. Their differences feel entirely natural, not strained. The whole story is this way; neighborhoods, cultures, personalities, magics and the stories broad arc of time work together to present an entirely plausible, entirely impossible tale. This is a great story you should get.
As a fan of science fiction from authors such as terry pratchett and Neil gaiman I generally like books with more humor than this one. But I was pleasantly surprised by the richness of the characters, the setting and the story. I questioned all I know of what makes one free and how one loves without judgment. The creatures of the golem and the jinni are almost more human than the humans in the book. They grew and learned, made mistakes and were fearful and angry. I was enthralled. The narrator is masterful.