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Arie

Ramat Gan, Israel | Member Since 2008

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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
    (2791)
    Performance
    (2569)
    Story
    (2568)

    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.

    Tango says: "Enchanting Debut Novel - Delicious!"
    "A unique and captivating story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This multifaceted story combines myth, religion, magic, clashing cultures, and a deep understanding of human nature – all set in the turn of the 20th century New York.

    The characters are solid and interesting (though I’ll admit I didn’t quite fall in love with any of them), each with their individual nature and small peculiarities; and their conflicts – minor and major - come very naturally from who they are.

    I usually have a good sense of where the story is going, but with this story I was delighted to find I had no idea what’s going to happen next, or how everything is going to resolve itself in the end. I thoroughly enjoyed the audio performance, too!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cocaine Blues

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated By Stephanie Daniel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (802)
    Performance
    (572)
    Story
    (575)

    It's the end of the roaring twenties, and the exuberant and Honourable Phryne Fisher is dancing and gaming with gay abandon. But she becomes bored with London and the endless round of parties. In search of excitement, she sets her sights on a spot of detective work in Melbourne, Australia. And so mystery and the beautiful Russian dancer, Sasha de Lisse, appear in her life. From then on it's all cocaine and communism until her adventure reaches its steamy end in the Turkish baths of Little Lonsdale Street.

    Barbara M. Sullivan says: "A series that just gets better"
    "It's about girls getting dressed :("
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I heard 10 chapter out of 34, and couldn't go on.
    The story is thin and uninteresting, the characters completely 2 dimensional, just 100% soap-opera cliche. The so called "mysteries" are almost non-existent. The whole "story" seems to only exist as a feeble excuse for writing about the one thing that IS taken care of in the book: clothing. If you like reading lengthy descriptions of shopping and getting dressed, by all means, get this book. If not, stay away. There's nothing else of value here.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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