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The Golem and the Jinni Audiobook

The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel

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Audible Editor Reviews

Editors Select, April 2013 - The Golem and the Jinni delivers the glimpses into the past that make historical fiction so satisfying, combined with the power of well-told fantasy. New York at the dawn of the 20th century is a city teeming with life as newly-arrived immigrants find their footing in an unfamiliar land. This cultural melting pot is manifested in the story's two titular characters: the golem, a figure from Jewish myth, and the jinni, a spirit from Arabian folklore. The two creatures - normally bidden to serve human masters -find themselves unmoored by circumstances and with no one to serve. Their chance meeting begets an unforgettable journey through the lovingly-crafted city, and provides an outsider's perspective on both the mundane and transcendent in the human experience. Even if fantasy isn't normally in your wheelhouse, this incredible premise – paired with George Guidall’s performance - is sure to deliver. —Michael, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Fiction, 2014

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.

Struggling to make their way in this strange new place, the Golem and the Jinni try to fit in with their neighbors while masking their true natures. Surrounding them is a community of immigrants: the coffeehouse owner Maryam Faddoul, a pillar of wisdom and support for her Syrian neighbors; the solitary ice cream maker Saleh, a damaged man cursed by tragedy; the kind and caring Rabbi Meyer and his beleaguered nephew, Michael, whose Sheltering House receives newly arrived Jewish men; the adventurous young socialite Sophia Winston; and the enigmatic Joseph Schall, a dangerous man driven by ferocious ambition and esoteric wisdom.

Meeting by chance, the two creatures become unlikely friends whose tenuous attachment challenges their opposing natures, until the night a terrifying incident drives them back into their separate worlds. But a powerful menace will soon bring the Golem and the Jinni together again, threatening their existence and forcing them to make a fateful choice.

Marvelous and compulsively listenable, The Golem and the Jinni weaves strands of folk mythology, historical fiction, and magical fable into a wondrously inventive and unforgettable tale.

©2013 Helene Wecker (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Joe Krippel 12-21-16
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    "wow"

    wow. congratulations ms. wecker. that was great on every level. the kind of writing that spec fic needs, the kind romance needs, the kind drama needs.

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    agata scibich Ewing, NJ, US 12-21-16
    agata scibich Ewing, NJ, US 12-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "disappointed!"

    I was expecting so much more. boring! there was lots of potential in this book but author never got deep enough into the story about some of.the characters to keep my attention and to bring those character alive. NOT worth reading

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    CJ Miller MN 12-19-16
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    "Way too long"

    Way to drawn out. seemed to go on forever. Half way through I skipped to the end and still it dragged on. Only saving grace was George Guidell as the reader.

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    "Six reads and still enthralling"

    Imaginative and intriguing characters one can care for. Twists, turns, loves and hopes. All in all, a most satisfying story read by a consummate narrator.

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    Jeff 12-10-16
    Jeff 12-10-16
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    "Great adult fairytale!"

    This was a wonderfully written tale full of surprises and unlikely creatures. I disliked the constant jump between scenes, characters and time periods; It was annoying to have to keep track. I also found I would have liked a bit more relationship development between the Golem and the Jinni, but otherwise, I loved this story and definitely recommend it!

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    bookbf51 CLARKSVILLE, TN, United States 12-10-16
    bookbf51 CLARKSVILLE, TN, United States 12-10-16 Member Since 2013
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    "unexpected entertaining"

    I didn't expect the ending - that is high praise. I adore the myriad of characters, evil and innocence that fleet across the pages. there is depth and flash to this story that draw you in until you feel like you're apart of their reality. The rabbi, God bless him. His nephew, bless his heart.
    Those story will strike a chord with anybody still struggling to find their place in this world. Aren't we all!?

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    Stacy Jean 12-09-16
    Stacy Jean 12-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Modern Dumas"

    This book -- and this narrator -- were absolutely incredible. 100% would suggest consuming it only via audiobook; how the narrator managed the plethora of names, accents, and voices I can't even conceive. The story itself reminded me of my favorite parts of the Count of Monte Cristo, where tiny threads, seemingly inconsequential, are slowly and gracefully woven together with fascinating complexity. The characters are so very real that they don't hesitate to share their pain with you -- this book straight up devoured me so thoroughly that at one point I had to stop and listen to a much lighter book for a while until I had the strength to come back.

    That said, when reading this book you'll probably confuse your friends; every time I tried to explain it I found people staring at me like I was crazy. "Oh, gods, and the ICE CREAM SELLER," I'd moan, and they'd scoot uncomfortably away. "She gave him MACAROONS!" I'd cry, and they'd pat my back and wonder if I'd completely lost it. Or I'd moan about aquariums, or silver figurines, or a fountain ...

    Honestly, I love this book. It's incredible. Do yourself a favor and use your credit wisely this month: it's well worth it.

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    JF 12-08-16
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    "Superb storyteller"

    The book transported me to its own realm of existence, wonderful escape fiction with ethnic and magical flow. George Guidall, as always, is a magnificent audiobook reader.

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    Gus 12-07-16
    Gus 12-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "One of My Favorites"

    i loved this story. Helene's work is amazing. it was not long before i felt connected to the characters.

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    Sue B Carlisle, PA 12-05-16
    Sue B Carlisle, PA 12-05-16

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    Would you try another book from Helene Wecker and/or George Guidall?

    Yes


    Would you be willing to try another book from Helene Wecker? Why or why not?

    I think so, though this was a little plodding, the story was inventive and the descriptions were vivid.


    What aspect of George Guidall’s performance would you have changed?

    I am not sure whether it was the slow pace of the story development or his style but the experience of listening was slow and laborious.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Absolutely.


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