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Eliza G

Member Since 2012

  • 2 reviews
  • 7 ratings
  • 223 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2015

  • The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Helene Wecker
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    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 new world"

    The narrator brings these fantastic characters to real life. From the very beginning, you know it is a fantasy, but the situations and the settings become so harshly real, you lose yourself in this world. The story is wide ranging, continents and timespans, and somehow it all ties up so neatly. This is a very beautiful story, and I was tremendously impressed by the author's imagination, as well as descriptions and character portrayals. I will be eager to find out what the author writes next.

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  • In the Face of Jinn

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Cheryl Howard Crew
    • Narrated By Bryce Howard

    Two American sisters, Christine and Elizabeth Shepherd, are on a silk-buying trip in India for their business in California. After Elizabeth mysteriously disappears, Christine is compelled to challenge the ineffectual U.S. and Indian bureaucracies and venture alone, with various strangers as guides, to find her sister. Disguised in the traditional female garb of some Islamic cultures, Christine continues her search in Afghanistan and Pakistan. She navigates the mysterious tribes of the Pashtuns, has a dangerous encounter with the Taliban, and learns to fear the "Jinn", the devils that dominate the superstitions of the people she must understand in order to survive.

    Lisa says: "Don't waste you time or money"
    "How many times can you insert "still" into a page."
    What disappointed you about In the Face of Jinn?

    Nothing made sense, the writing was poor, and the story was drawn out in some situations and not in others. It seemed to be told as if it were realistic, and in the end, switched to romantic .

    What three words best describe Bryce Howard’s performance?

    Good in action scenes, but not varying with each character

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


    Any additional comments?

    Dont buy this book, these are many good novels set in India, or spy novels set in war zones.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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