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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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    Nancy 01-27-16
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    "intriguing twist on two old myths that come togeth"

    I really enjoyed this story & the narration. How do two ancient myths from two different cultures wind up in the same story? This story unfolds slowly as you find yourself in old New York as immigrants stumble through Ellis Island with hope in their hearts. The narrator did wonders with his voice to help portray each character. An enjoyable listen, all around.

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    Jaime Robbins Bloomington, IN United States 01-23-16
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    While I loved the novelty of the plot, I often found myself becoming impatient with it. There was often an extended build up of suspense without enough resolution to balance this out. In this way, it becomes very close to how our lives are in reality, maybe too close to be as enjoyable as a fantasy novel might be.

    The performance was excellent.

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    "Fun fiction - full circle story"

    I listened to this book for a few weeks on my commute. They did a great job building characters and plots and the story came full circle in the end which I always appreciate. No loose ends left.

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    Jeremy R. Snyder 01-17-16

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    "Rich and wonderful and beautifully read"

    This was a wonderful exploration of character and humanity and history. The setting, late 19th century New York, comes to vivid, three-dimensional life as do the intriguing characters. The story unfolds artfully, with fast-paced portions and slow exquisitely detailed portions, always drawing the reader further into fascinating scene after fascinating scene. This is a triumph of a tale, read with comfortable grace and style and great skill. Highly highly highly recommended and capable of pleasing fans of general fiction, historical fiction, urban fantasy, and science fiction alike.

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    What a lovely story, with deep, flawed characters. The performance was excellent, and I couldn't stop listening at the end. Would totally listen to this again.

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    "Wonderful, enchanting escape!"

    George Guindall's narration was perfect, beautiful. The story... one of the best novels I've read in years. The kind of story that you "live in" and not just read.

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    "A really fun read"

    Thus is a beautiful story woven into turn of the century New York City and Syria. Absorbing, entrancing and fun. The characters come to life and the story unfolds into something you will not want to stop listening to.

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    Ohio Reader 01-09-16
    Ohio Reader 01-09-16

    Elderly, bookish person, omnivorous reader, only bothers to review books she considered worth reading.

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    "A wonderful rich imaginative spellbinding read"
    Where does The Golem and the Jinni rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is among the best audiobooks I've read in fourteen years.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Golem and the Jinni?

    The scene where Chava, the gollum persuades Aban, the Jinni to allow her to to sacrifice herself for his sake by willingly submitting to being bound again to her master was the most memorable of many memorable moments in the book.


    Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't remember listening to Guidall's other performances, but this one was very good. Only in a few spots did he speak too softly and quickly for me to catch all the words and his voices were subtle, so not intrusive on my consciousness of listening to a book. I really don't care for the Audible books that have a lot of different voices. They are not conducive to restful listening for me.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book was like a satisfying meal. It made me feel quite sated and comfortable as it ended with all the loose ends tied up and everybody's story complete.


    Any additional comments?

    Writing and narration were both excellent.

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    Gerri Port St. Lucie, FL, United States 01-07-16
    Gerri Port St. Lucie, FL, United States 01-07-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Totally Engrossed."

    As the hours ticked by, I wished there could have been a method to hear the verse yet slow it down. George Guidall. What can I add to a great listen? Nothing. He's the best. The premise was all the positive one can get from a well-written book. Having been born and raised in the part of New York, central to the story, I was aware of the complex personalities the subjects would be dealing with. To go on and on would be redundant. Get it, listen to it, enjoy. You won't be sorry. Oh, but pay attention to the slow paces. They're important.

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    "Great audiobook..."

    This was a truly compelling story and the narrator was fantastic. Would definitely reccomend to others.

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