I, too, was looking forward to listening to this book. Loved Bel Canto. But this one really disappointed. The overall concept of the plot was interesting, but the details as it unfolded were not believable. I found Marina to be wishy-washy and naive. She really irritated me! And Hope Davis's narrative style added to the disappointing experience. Her voice was very flat and uninteresting. I plodded on to the end just to find out what happened, but cannot recommend this book to anyone.
I've read most of the Harry Hole books (and loved them) but this one ranks towards the bottom of the list in terms of the story line. Not enough Harry in the book for me.
But the worst part was John Lee's performance. His interpretation of the female characters is so artificial and sing-songy. I just can't listen to another Jo Nesbo book narrated by him. What a tragedy to have lost Robin Sachs.
This was a phenomenal audiobook. So many twists and turns. Absolutely riveting. Now I've got to read the other books in the series.
I just finished reading and listening to The Golem and the Jinni. What an inventive, beautifully written and compelling novel! I loved every minute of it. All the characters came to life as completely believable people. And the juxtaposition of the personalities of Amad and Chava was so interesting. I just did not want this book to end. I'm making it my selection for our book club in 2014 and have recommended it to everyone I know who loves to read a great story.
The Audible.com edition with George Guidell narrating was perfect. That was for listening in my car. Continuing to read the Kindle edition when at home was great, too. The Golem and the Jinni is now at the top of my list of all time favorite books
This book got a great review in The New York Times so I was really looking forward to listening to it. It started off strong, but I was put off by the outlandish voices and accents the narrator used for most of the characters in the book. The only one who sounded real was Jimmy Littlemore. All the rest of the voices sounded like real stereotypes and significantly detracted from the story line. I stayed with it to the end just to find out what happened, but wouldn't really recommend the audio book. Maybe much better to actually read.
Yes, our hero is an idiot. What happened to Michael Connelly? The Harry Bosch books are so well done. I couldn't believe this came from the same author. Don't waste your time.
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