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The book is okay, but the volume is ruined by a narrator who is not familiar with the subject matter: many of the Hebrew words, surnames, places, holiday names, etc. were horribly mispronounced.
Wonderful story of an unlikely friendship between a golem and a jinni. Jewish terms but not overly religious for anyone who likes fables but not religion.
The story shows a lot of promise through most of the book, but ends very poorly, like the author ran out of interest in writing the story. The last several chapters each have a climatic-like summary going on, so by the time you get to the final end, it feels like the story has ended 5 or 6 times already, but still is not satisfying.
The plot sounds great, but the narration is so rough and stilted that it is incredibly hard to get into this novel. It has taken me 8 tries so far, and it is still not grabbing me. It might be time to re-record this one Audible.
I think the only reason this book was published was the author's prior history: if it had been written by a first time author it would likely have been put in the trash can. It is a horrible piece of writting not worth the listen. While there is a semblence of plot and storyline, it is not worthy of the hype and certainly is not worth the price of the book.
I enjoyed learning more about this particular sect of the Orthodox culture, but the author does misrepresent some aspects of it in her bias against it.
No. I do not think she has anything rational to say in terms of Orthodox writing, and her writing is not sophisticatied enough enough to warrant another listen.
No -- I had to put it away and come back to it, as the book made me angry at times, with the selfishness and complete disregard for anyone else's feelings and perspective.
To anyone who reads this book: please do not think this is what the Orthodox culture is like. Not by a long shot. She paints a horrible picture of what is in tuth a very loving culture that focuses on learning, family and yes, religious life. This is a book that seems to be written out of revenge against the people she grew up with. It is written in such a way that it can only be an exaggeration at points, so cannot really be honest autobiography.
Very easy to listen to overview of the history of Jerusalem, from the perspective of a Catholic. Unfortunately some of his facts are not entirely accurate in the Jewish portion of the book, (from the perspective of an Orthodox Jew), which leads me to doubt some of the accuracy on some of the other facts of the less-known sects of Christianity and their views on Jerusalem. Overall though, it is a nice listen, written in a fairly balanced approach showing all sides of the land ownership over the ages.
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