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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
    (3009)
    Performance
    (2769)
    Story
    (2770)

    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!"
    "Fantastic listen!"
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    Where does The Golem and the Jinni rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Honestly, I think this is one of the best audiobooks I have listened to. The distinctive voice of each character, and how the stories weaved together was great. I can't wait for the author to write another book.


    What other book might you compare The Golem and the Jinni to and why?

    I am a fan of Neil Gaiman, and would put this books in rant with "American Gods". Similarities : Back stories of gods, character origins

    Differences: Diving into how a creature would observe a society removed from its homeland, expected gender roles, etc.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I found myself going "Hmmm" and smiling during the listen. For me, there are great lines and imagery throughout.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't pour out a lot of favor to books, and you have no idea who I am, but I would recommend this book to anyone who would like to hear a female character who isn't lovesick, a little Jewish folklore and fantasy that you could imagine to be real.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hild: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Nicola Griffith
    • Narrated By Pearl Hewitt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (76)

    A brilliant, lush, sweeping historical novel about the rise of the most powerful woman of the Middle Ages: Hild. In seventh-century Britain, small kingdoms are merging, frequently and violently. A new religion is coming ashore; the old gods are struggling, their priests worrying. Hild is the king's youngest niece, and she has a glimmering mind and a natural, noble authority. She will become a fascinating woman and one of the pivotal figures of the Middle Ages: Saint Hilda of Whitby.

    Geza says: "Not the Best Audio Book"
    "I'm not sure what just happened"
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    Would you try another book from Nicola Griffith and/or Pearl Hewitt?

    No, I don't think so.


    Has Hild turned you off from other books in this genre?

    This received such good reviews, especially with the promise of a queer female character but the story lost me.


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

    I was really disappointed. I thought that there would have been more layers to Hild. I would have like there to be more of a fantasy element, or at least have Hild be more of a Joan of Arc character.


    0 of 15 people found this review helpful

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