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.
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.
Yep, I absolutely will. It is like a Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell set in early 20th century New York City.
I liked just about everything in the story. The narration is terrific, the story was engrossing, suspenseful but not manipulative. I found it a very satisfying listen all around, really well done.
Absolutely but not possible given the length. But I did want to savor it a bit, not rush through.
One of my top 10 books of the last year for sure -- HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
What a great debut novel! This is the enchanting story about two supernatural creatures and their unlikely paths to regular human lives and, eventually, one another. It takes place in turn of the century 1900's New York. The people and places are equally well-developed and key to the novel. It's a charming story that keeps the reader guessing throughout. I would highly recommend this even if fantasy/magical stories are not typically your thing. While there is a supernatural aspect to this story, it does not overwhelm the fact that this is just a well-written, heartwarming, historically intriguing story.
The narrator is one of my favorites, and met my already heightened expectations effortlessly.
No. Story was hum-drum. Some of the prose was entertaining, but I got the impression that the author did not do a great job of thinking out how the characters would interact or how the story line could have been better with the given characters.
Get "Anansi Boys" for an extremely satisfying experience. That and "The Help" are the best two books on Audible.