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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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    J. A. 05-14-16
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    "Come for the story, stay for the gorgeous writing"
    Would you listen to The Golem and the Jinni again? Why?

    Yes; the narrator made each character come to life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Golem. The writing echoed the character's own development. So rich and fully drawn.


    What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The tale is...unexpected. I had no idea what the story was about beyond reading the first few lines of the book jacket before I decided to just take the plunge. I was worried it was going to be a fairy or magical world book. It is, but all the characters are grounded in real human beings.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Too many to name. But I will say the last sentence or two were some of the best last lines I've read in a long time.


    Any additional comments?

    For some reason, this book reminded me a lot of The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. Such interesting characters and fresh takes on an old story line.

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    Suzie Sidney, Nebraska, United States 05-13-16
    Suzie Sidney, Nebraska, United States 05-13-16 Member Since 2011

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    A story beautifully told. I didn't want this magical story to end! Thank you George Guidall for telling me another story!

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    Alyss 05-13-16
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    This didn't follow the normal path and that's one of the things I loved about it. I couldn't get the story and it kept me guessing. So glad I listened to this!!

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    Silvia Oakland, CA, USA 05-12-16
    Silvia Oakland, CA, USA 05-12-16 Member Since 2006
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    Helene Wecker's magical book entices the reader to embark upon a journey that explores the myths of two ancient cultures. The story, like a beautiful and intricately woven magic carpet, weaves through the imagined lives of a golem and a jinni who are both out of place and time. Be prepared to listen nonstop until the end.

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    Martha Murray Lake Oswego, OR United States 05-11-16
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    "Loved it"

    Very unlike anything I've read before. I thoroughly enjoyed the story. Perhaps the highlight was the reader. Wonderful voices, accents, really made the story come to life.

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    Jason 05-10-16
    Jason 05-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Truly captivating"

    What a story! While listening to this book, as I moved from MI to CA, I was taken on a magical journey back in time. The author puts you in NYC in the 1800s. Her writing was so powerful I could not only picture myself walking the streets so vividly I could create a map, but at times I could smell and taste the words she had written. As I pulled into the driveway of my new home, I wanted to keep driving in hopes this would prolong my time with the characters she so carefully created. Unfortunately the story was over and so was my journey.

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    Barry Frieder, MD Denver, CO 05-09-16
    Barry Frieder, MD Denver, CO 05-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    Like nothing else I have read.. Senor every word.. Sheer poetry!. Beautiful.. Joy to read.

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    Marianne Adrian, OR, United States 05-07-16
    Marianne Adrian, OR, United States 05-07-16 Member Since 2014

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    "expert story telling!"

    at first it seems slow, but that's because the author is laying ground work for an ambitious narrative. Wecker weaves her story with depth and precision, and the payoff is well worth a bit of patience at the beginning. By the time the action really hits, you'll be invested in both the characters and the plot!

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    wesley 05-05-16
    wesley 05-05-16 Member Since 2014
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    "worthwhile, interesting, would listen to it again"

    it was refreshing to read a fantasy that was not about war and great armies. yet still captivating and full of great characters.

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    Larry V. new york 05-03-16
    Larry V. new york 05-03-16 Member Since 2015

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    "absolutely wonderful story. well worth the time."

    fantastic story and narration. best book I've listened to in a long long time. be patient in reading it but well worth it.

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