There are spots where the writing is really good, and others where it reads like a new writer. The narrator does the Indian accents very well, but all the Americans sound as though he is trying to give them a Southern accent mixed with a Bostonian accent, really pretty bad.
I did not care for the ending. It felt like a "lead in" for the next book. If a writer is good, they don't need to do this, each book can stand on it's own.
Good story, a little slow initially, but pace picked up and I found myself totally engaged. Like another reviewer, I too like happy endings, and this one was a bit of a cliff hanger, so I was a little disappointed with that.
I guess I was expecting something like the Josephine Tey detective series by Nicola Upson. The story line is good, and the characters well developed (well, except for the main protagonist-she came across as a meek mannered girl things just "happened to".)
I think I would have really enjoyed this book when I was a teen. It just doesn't have the bite I was expecting.
I readily admit sci-fi is not my usual genre, but I have read some great sci-fi. I'm not sure why this book was hyped so much. It reads like a bad B movie.
This is serious sci-fi. I was not expecting that. I admit I chose this book because of the narrator. I'd just finished another book she narrated and she did all of the voices so well, I thought I'd see what else she had recorded. I thought this was one I would enjoy. I was really disappointed. It is sci-fi, and not even good sci-fi...
I have a friend that reads Sci-fi, I read hoaky romance stories and British mysteries. Why she recommended this book to me I will never know, I'm just glad she did. I found myself "sneaking" to listen at work! I knew nothing about Golems or Jinnis before this book. This book is set in 1927 New York. In addition to the fascinating lifes of the Golem and the Jinni, it provides a very interesting peep into what life was like for Jewish, Syrian, etc. immigrants. There is magic, a little romance, religious angst, culture, class differences, 1927 morality, and even the hunt for immortality! I can't wait to hear more from SW. To top it off, one of my all time favorite narrators, George Guidall. I can't say enough about this book. I wouldn't tell Audible this, but this one is worth 2 credits!
I almost stopped listening from the beginning because the narrator seemed such a mis-match to the story. It is a pretty "hoaky" romance novel, but the mystery in the story line kept me listening. I kept thinking I would eventually get used to the narrator, but didn't. I never give the narrator low scores because I love listening to books and admire anyone that can make a book come alive, but this one was just plain bad for this book.
Also, I had to keep rewinding because I thought maybe my iTouch had skipped some chapters, only to find out it hadn't! Then I checked to see if it was abridged, again, it wasn't. Something really dramatic would happen, and I was left wondering when and how did that happen? In the middle of the story there is a short chapter that occurs in a different country, and with totally different characters. Theonly way I knew it was related was because one of the main character's name was mentioned. Then the story continued as if that chapter hadn't occurred!
I now wonder if somehow Audible put in a chapter from one of the other books by accident! All in all, I cannot recommend this book. I will be asking for a refund. Because the mystery kinda kept me engaged, (or perhaps because I didn't want to have wasted my credit...) I would be willing to try another book by the author if there is a different narrator.
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