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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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    DanaWerd 02-17-16
    DanaWerd 02-17-16
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    "Magical History Tour"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Golem and the Jinni to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version but would like to based on this audio version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    So rich. In history, in character, in beauty and humanity. The fantastical elements grounded the story more beautifully than any 'mortal" perspective could.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    So nuanced. A velvety good listen. No matter the character being voiced, the thread that connected them is the honeyed center of Mr. Guidall's vocal performance.


    If you could take any character from The Golem and the Jinni out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I'd like to take out both the Golem and the Jinni but separately so I could learn from each of them why they are drawn to the other. Their differences and similarities are fascinating. To learn about their attraction would be a glimpse into how the world could work better.


    Any additional comments?

    Beautiful storytelling.

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    Violet Hogan 02-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it"

    I loved the storyline. It was something new and exciting. The only thing I didn't like, was how confusing the names were and how fast paced the book was.

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    Gayle 02-15-16
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    "I didn't want the story to end"

    i looked forward to my otherwise exhausting time on the freeway. it just kept getting better and better, I loved it.

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    joshua warner Memphis Tn 02-14-16
    joshua warner Memphis Tn 02-14-16 Member Since 2014
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    "good book"

    I absolutely loved it. The blending of cultures and traditions was perfectly done. The ideas on morality and the points raised challenge conventional ideas, which I found to be very insightful.

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    Politically Aware 02-10-16
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable"

    The book starts a bit slowly, but once it gets going takes wonderful and unexpected twists and turns.

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    Hanoch Rabinovitz 02-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Unreal mix between human sensitivity & fantasy"

    Though seem like esoteric, it's artistically written Moves between emotional to thrilling. Narrator is genius!!

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    BellaJack 02-06-16
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    "Unexpectedly Unique"

    The story was unexpectedly unique. It kept me interested and listening in just two installments. I love George Guidall as a narrator in everything I've listened to so far. He brings all the characters to life (hehe). If I had one complaint it would be his voice for Chava. This could have been intentional though. Without giving anything away in the story, he portrayed her voice as somewhat monotone. Anyway, I would definitely consider reading another book by Helene Wecker if she continues producing such unique stories. And, I will definitely continue seeking out narrations by George Guidall.

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    Breanna Brenneman 02-05-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Full of mystery"

    I loved this book. It was full of mystery. The contrast between the Golem and the Jinni and their personalities makes for an in-depth look at what it means to be human and to care for another person. I highly recommend it!

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    LA Teacher Chino Hills, CA 02-05-16
    LA Teacher Chino Hills, CA 02-05-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Surprisingly good story"

    Really enjoyed it way more than I thought I would. Great storytelling. Definitely worth the read.

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    APW 02-04-16
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    "A truly enjoyable story"

    This was an awesome story. It takes the rather two dimensional characters of the golem (man-made servant brought to life from Clay who eventually runs amok and kills everyone) and the genie (enslaved being of immense power who grants wishes and seeks to subversively destroy his master) and reinvents them as likable, compelling and engaging characters. Interestingly, the author uses these thumbnail sketches of these two legendary beings and evolves them into relatable, yet supernatural, protagonist. The author create a story with a compelling pace, a great setting and a truly memorable and intriguing antagonist.

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