This is one of the best books of the summer. When I read the publisher's description I thought this would be a work of fantasy involving time and the possibility of peace between Muslims and Jews. I was delighted to find instead a deep story about people, just people. It was not a reference to politics or war or the problems of the Middle East. It was a study on the question of what it means to be human, about freedom and redemption that comes from choosing to do the right thing, and most of all, love. The descriptions of the immigrant communities and geography of Manhattan in the late 1800's were wonderful and deeply satisfying. The characters and dialogue captivating and true. George Guidall's narration was, as usual, excellent.
Is this what literature is supposed to be like? I think so. Wonderful.
It doesn't get any better than this. A very good story perfectly narrated by George Guidall.
The book grips you from the very beginning and won't let go before the end.
The narration was excellent and the depiction of what life was like in NYC in the early 20th century was very detailed and really gave you a sense of a bustling multicultural city.
I would recommend it to my friends but it is a bit on the long side.
George does an excellent narration. While there aren't many characters in this book his accents really help you picture the character better then if you were to read it on your own.
She was created from earth, he was made of fire. Together they showed us you don't need flesh and bone to be human.
while I realize this is Helene Weckers first book and an excellent book at that, it could have used some additional editing for brevity's sake. The golem's story seemed to drag on and didn't develop fast enough while the jinni's story was shorter and was eclipsed by the golems' quite often. More back story to the Jinni would have been interesting as well as more development of the evil man who trapped the jinni, perhaps more about his prior lives, did he try to find the jinni? Had he made any more creatures other than the golem?
The Golem and the Jinni was definitely worth a second read, with magic and intrigue, these characters are easy to fall for. And the writing is detailed without being overzealous.
When the Golem first arrives in the thriving city of New York, her excitement and anxiety is splashed across the page, making you worry for her.
I haven't listened to anything by this voice artist before, but his voice is pleasant and has character.
An unlikely friendship and the ruined Rabbi
I enjoyed the narrators voice, and the story was masterfully weaved together. For me, when a story jumps between time, it can be distracting. But the author makes it part of the story line and necessary to the plot. I loved it.
The story is obviously about a Jinni and a Golem, but the supporting characters are all so uniquely human and endearing that I became invested in each of their contributions to the story as a whole. I didn't think any part of it dragged as suggested by other reviews, and highly recommend this book.
This is not your standard fantasy novel. There are no sword fights, no epic wars, instead it's the tale of two mythical creatures trying to find themselves in 1899 New York City.
It's a touching character study with touch of romance, and I found it similar in subject matter to American Gods, though without an addictive hook. Although It took me a while to get through this one, don't think I didn't enjoy it. It's simply written at a comfortable pace and didn't demand that I find out how it turned out as soon as possible.
I also found myself comparing it to Pride and Prejudice. Not because it was trying to be that book that so often romances try to emulate, but because I genuinely found myself caring about the character's relationships to one another.
The narrator did a great job at capturing the whimsy of this book, but if I had to complain about anything, it would be that it was sometimes difficult to tell his female voices apart.
Avid reader with an inability to sit still... thank God for Audible :)
What a fantastic book! I read this in one day, and absolutely adored the story! I find that I'm not generally drawn to women authors as they can dwell too much on the romantic aspects. However, Helene Wecker is an absolutely lovely storyteller - she weaves the plot like a beautiful tapestry, thick with detail and texture - yet does it all with a gentle and purposeful tempo. Her ability to imbue the characters with life is masterful - you feel as though you know each of the characters, recognise their strengths and weaknesses - yet she maintains enough mystery about each one to draw you forward through the tale.
Side note: this is not a children's or young adult tale, although the cover reminded me of the Jonathan Stroud books. This book smoulders and looks at you under long lashes to take you into its bed. Enjoy it.
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This book is unlike anything else I've read or listened to. The author took me on a fantastic journey that I have recommended to all of my friends.
When the Golem and the Jinni finally meet! Such an unlikely pair, such fantastic stories. I stayed up way too late to find out more!
The ability to bring across emotions and accents of all the characters was splendid!
The Golems humanity and naïveté despite her inhuman strength. Her ability to accept her fate, despite her distinct female emotions and needs.
A must read/ listen for anyone looking for a great story that fuses mythology, love, suspense, and just plain entertainment.
The writing is compelling and reader is wonderful. I value the reviews by Robert and find I usually agree with him. This time it is a whole hearted thumbs up!