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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!
What an extraordinary first novel! I was transfixed by this sweeping turn-of-the-century story of immigrants, New York, Jewish and Arabic folklore, fantasy and romance.
So many other reviewers here have described this gem better than I, but all I can say how much I loved every bit of this book and I didn't want it to end.
You ever just need an escape? And I'm not talking 'bout from everyday life. I mean from the same ole' rehashed stories ranging from space-opera to fantasy. This is about as good as you'll find. Admittedly the latter is the staple of my audible diet but this, this is something entirely different you'll wish to take a break for. It's that good. It's so good in fact I've been finding myself looking for more "breaks" by this author. But alas, I'll just to listen again.
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.