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.
Say something about yourself!
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!
I believe a story should be interesting enough to absorb me, not bore me. I live reality daily. And many times reality is brutal. So I look for a book that makes me forget. It has to absorb me into the pages. Kind of like going on a mini vacation. I like stories that make me laugh. I like stories that make me look for the next episode.
After reading several reviews, I tried this book. Without giving away any spoilers, it could have been great, but it just wasn't. It was a very slow moving, boring book from start to finish. The characters were fair, but never changed or matured thru the story. They were strictly 2D. The premise for the story was intriguing, but never really took off. I had high hopes this book would be new and different and exciting. Exciting never happened. I don't mind being immersed in another country's culture or customs, but please - make it something exciting. Not just a by line tagging thru the storyline.
Several times I went to delete it off my device. But stopped because I just kept thinking it'll get better in a minute. It didn't. It didn't throughout the whole book. It was the same slow paced scenario. After sticking it out to the end, I felt I had no ideal what the other reviewers saw when they wrote such glowing praise. But I say - SAVE your credit and pass on this one.
I was lost in this book the same way I am lost when listening to Diana Gabaldon's books.
It charmed and entertained me from start to finish.
I'm going to look for her other books.
The relationship between the rabbi and the Golem was the most interesting, and for New Yorkers they will enjoy being brought back in time. I live in the neighborhood where the story takes place, so that was a lot of fun.
Least interesting: I could predict a lot of the chain of events. It didn't ruin the story but its why I only gave it 3 stars.
Yes, have been looking at photos of old New York.
I just loved this book. The Golem and Jinni is the kind of old-fashioned, re-fashioned romance I've been waiting for. It is a layered story of history, love, and folklore and is peopled with the kind of characters who arrest the imagination. I hope there's a sequel.
Guidall is good all around but he does a surprisingly wonderful job with women's voices. His Golem is gentle and solid, feminine and earthy, wholly likable.
Imagination. I enjoyed stories about djinns as a child, but this was NOT a children's story. It held my interest to the very end.
None. This story was an amazing interwoven pattern revealing details of Jewish and Syrian cultures, and yet avoiding ordinary human biases.
His voice is remarkable.
The Jinni. Because of his artistic skills and because of the freedom he had lost.
If you love middle-eastern mysticism and magic, you'll love this book.