avid reader and writer of speculative fiction...
The narrator's voice was soothing, but still lively. Definitely lent to the magical, ethereal atmospheric quality that (I believe) the author was trying to capture.
The story is about a golem and a jinni, who are both magical creatures, living amongst normal, familiar, non-magical people in early 20th century NYC. I expected the focus of the writer to be in explaining the worlds of the magical beings. Instead, through the eyes of the golem and jinni, what is explained to you is the inner workings of immigrant culture in the early 20th century... which is a subject I'm already pretty well-versed in. It is well written, but it never really pulled me in and made me want to keep going. I expected a little more magic, and a little less everyday life.
His embodiment of different characters was great-- somehow, without over the top impressions, raising the tone of his voice to a squeak to impersonate women, etc, he lent a different voice to each character in a way that made it very easy to follow what was going on, even if I wasn't entirely focused on listening.
No... moved a bit too slow, didn't seem to have a driving force in the story, probably because of the split protagonist.
The narrators voice was really pleasant... unfortunately the lack of spark in the story meant that, more than once, his narration lulled me to sleep...
Some books may be better written and genres differ. So I rate on how mush I enjoyed a book, I am not a book critic.
Yes, not what I thought it would be, BETTER. This is not a fast pace, action packed fantasy, but still not a dull moment. It is a human drama where the 2 main characters are a Jinni form a bottle and a Golem made from clay. They are physical strong, but to survive they have to become human. Learning how, in the Jewish society of early 20th century, NY.
Not like anything I have read. Both characters have a richly told fantasy story and special powers, but they have to survive in a strict Jewish community, where their strengths might get them killed.
I appreciated how both learned to fit into human society. Through their struggle to survive in our world, you see the flaws and endearments of the humans helping them.
It is like a Rembrandt painting. Beautiful. George Guidall made this book outstanding. Read in a soft calm voice, still there was not one dull moment.
If I read the reviews, I would have thought this a dull story, I would have missed a book with rich characters, well researched history as well as a fantasy twist I have not read before. This is a story told well, not a mindless action thrill ride.
I was concerned initially that I would find the narrator's voice grating, but quickly came to enjoy it. It's a wonderfully colorful story with complicated characters in which you become completely invested. I will probably buy a printed copy to read again in the future.
Incredible! One to add to my list of ALL TIME favorites! Brilliant! The acting was flawless! Every character came to life with ease. I was transformed into another place and time from the first chapter and all the way through. A classic
As a native Arabic speaker, I appreciate the honest effort that was put into researching this delicate piece of work, it made me forgive the few unintentional errors the author made. I could hear the echoes of the Arabian nights fairy tales in the author's story yet she managed to give it a modern voice, I could almost imagine her painstakingly weaving her tale through times and places. It made for an amazing story of unforgettable characters. As soon as I finished it I felt like starting over...
This has to be one of my favorite stories. It pulls two divergent characters together in a way that is both interesting and fun to read.
I really think each character contributed to the depth of the story and altering or removing anyone would have had disastrous effects on the whole plot. Everyone was well thought out and had a lot of depth.
For me that would really be hard to say, each character was special.
The Golem and the Jinni combines an entertaining story about magical creatures with real people. The story shows the good and the bad in each character. It is a study of love and life and death in the city and in the desert.
writer, singer, bon vivant
This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. As a writer, I have to marvel at the depth of the characterization and the easy beauty of the writing. The story carried me along joyfully through each side story and gratifyingly brought all the threads together at the end. I deeply love this book.