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A. Letuli

Ili'ili, American Samoa

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  • The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Helene Wecker
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4635)
    Performance
    (4244)
    Story
    (4238)

    Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

    Janice says: "What does it mean to be human?"
    "A credit and 19+ hours well spent..."
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    After a rather long dry spell spent with books I was rather disappointed in, this was a welcome return to pure pleasure. I had read many of the positive reviews and had high hopes, but I've listened to several that also were reviewed well and I wish I had spent my time more constructively in the end. The Golem and the Jinni is truly magical and enchanting and I was left longing for more when it ended. Not that the ending was lacking, but the experience was so enjoyable I wanted it to continue!

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  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29007)
    Performance
    (25604)
    Story
    (25676)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "I want my 18+ hours back...."
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    What disappointed you about Gone Girl?

    After four hours I was intrigued... After eight hours I wished I had really not started this book but was determined to see it through... After twelve hours I just wished they would have killed each other at the beginning and saved us all the agony... I did finish it, but only because I thought there might be SOME redeeming quality in either of them... I was wrong.


    Have you listened to any of Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Performances were outstanding... Just too bad the characters were so, so, I don't even know how to describe how twisted and unredeemable...


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Again, the performances were great, and it was an interesting exercise to think about how this could have even possibly been worth my time, but I just can't get over feeling abused.


    Any additional comments?

    This is only my 2nd written review after 50+ listens... It basically pi--ed me off...story wise and loss of my time wise... At least the author got a reaction out of me...

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