It was original and very well written. A story that draws you in and keeps you until the very last page- wishing it wouldn't end. I love books like that- it doesn't happen often enough!
I kept wondering how the author came up with the idea for this story - it's so unique. She does a good job of keeping you guessing. Also of making you really care about the characters and what happens to them. It's a fantastical story, obviously, but done in a way so that it never seems silly or too far-fetched.
I haven't heard any other George Guidall's performances, but he was fantastic! Very distinct voices for each character that fit them very well- even with accents and female voices. There was never any confusion about who was speaking, which can happen if the performer is not very good.
This novel easily ranks among the top 5% of audio books. George Guidall is undeniably the best male narrator. He savors words and breaths life into phrases. His timing and rhythm is impeccable. (I buy some audio books just to hear Guidall's wonderful voice.)
But, the story and plot is equally entrancing. It is an original novel, with unique characters, colorful history, and interesting introduction to Jewish mysticism and Bedouin myths. The characters are believable and develop well throughout the story. Do pay attention to the little details. They matter.
The story was unexpectedly unique. It kept me interested and listening in just two installments. I love George Guidall as a narrator in everything I've listened to so far. He brings all the characters to life (hehe). If I had one complaint it would be his voice for Chava. This could have been intentional though. Without giving anything away in the story, he portrayed her voice as somewhat monotone. Anyway, I would definitely consider reading another book by Helene Wecker if she continues producing such unique stories. And, I will definitely continue seeking out narrations by George Guidall.
I loved this book. It was full of mystery. The contrast between the Golem and the Jinni and their personalities makes for an in-depth look at what it means to be human and to care for another person. I highly recommend it!
Really enjoyed it way more than I thought I would. Great storytelling. Definitely worth the read.
This was an awesome story. It takes the rather two dimensional characters of the golem (man-made servant brought to life from Clay who eventually runs amok and kills everyone) and the genie (enslaved being of immense power who grants wishes and seeks to subversively destroy his master) and reinvents them as likable, compelling and engaging characters. Interestingly, the author uses these thumbnail sketches of these two legendary beings and evolves them into relatable, yet supernatural, protagonist. The author create a story with a compelling pace, a great setting and a truly memorable and intriguing antagonist.
Listen to all kinds, but mostly enjoy witty light-hearted entertaining reads. Stay away from romance novels & books with heavy violence.
Don't be put off by 3 stars as I reserve 5 for truly exceptional books that I could read over and over again with 4 being great books that I will listen to again at some point. I can't see myself ever listening to this one again, but I don't regret listening to it and will read the next book if there is one. It has a little romantic and fantasy fable feel to it, but it kept my attention 90% of the time. If you are a person who really only likes heavier fantasy or thrillers this is not the book for you. For parents with kids - there are a few points with coitus (not in detail) and mild violence.