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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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    Conta 03-04-16
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    "My bad"

    I think I've got a wrong impression before I buy it, I was expecting more action and it desappointed me. Although it's a great book, just don't let the title blinds you somehow.

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    "Unexpectedly delightful"

    Very different from the books I'm use to reading! The tale was wonderful and the performance was outstanding! Brought the time and place to life!

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    firstrich1 02-27-16
    firstrich1 02-27-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Captivating"

    Excellent story telling, narration and pacing and just a great story all around. Loved it, haven't been so hypnotized by a book in a long time.

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    AmyJ Baden, PA, United States 02-27-16
    AmyJ Baden, PA, United States 02-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic"

    I couldn't put it down. Well written, engaging, and a fast read. I highly recommend this book.

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    ronald 02-25-16
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    "Unexpectedly Wonderful"

    I have no idea what I expected when I bought this. I think I was just intrigued by how different it sounded. But....wow.

    Helene Wecker is amazing at building characters. Everyone in this book has a robust backstory, and an interesting relationship to the plot. I got happily lost listening to her elaborate on each of them.

    The narrator is the best I have heard yet. He nails the accents, and he gives every voice a unique flavor. I could have been convinced that a few men were on hand to voice everyone, he just slipped so easily from one role to the next.

    The story hooked me almost immediately. Twenty hours I listened to this, and I feel like I need more... I don't know how I can wait for the sequel.

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    Rina Hlifka Escondido, CA United States 02-23-16
    Rina Hlifka Escondido, CA United States 02-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Very Creative and Imaginative-Narrator was outstanding"

    No spoilers

    This was a very interesting story with a lot of separate stories that interweave and come together at the end. Great details about the Syrian and Jewish communities in New York at the turn of the century in 1900. Great character development in all of the side stories. Would have liked a little more from the ending but overall satisfied. The narrator did a fantastic job which makes all the difference in the world when listening to an audiobook. I am a huge fan of Jim Dale and Steven Crossley as narrators, and now I can add George Guidall to the list.

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    J Spang 02-22-16
    J Spang 02-22-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Very intricate and absorbing!!! Makes you believe in magic lamps..."

    Great read! Very intricate, detailed & absorbing!!! Makes you believe in magic lamps...loved the accents.

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    Roger Hill 02-21-16
    Roger Hill 02-21-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Well done from beginning to end"

    Great delivery and great story. Highly recommend.

    I am Jewish and it has a special appeal. Combination of realism and fantasy.

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    DanaWerd 02-17-16
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    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
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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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