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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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    Started out interesting but dragged on too long. Honestly I was ready for it to end much earlier than it did. Good premise but I lost interest.

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    Jens Poder Copenhagen, Denmark 06-16-16 Member Since 2013

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    "A wonderful story enhanced by great voice work"

    This was such a pleasant audiobook. The author has an amazing empathy with the characters. And this empathy shines through in a brilliant narration.

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    it was a solid story... but a slow starter. I would recommend it if youre patient.

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    "I didn't want it to end."

    This story takes some fairy tales of the past and brings them to life with rich culture, wonderful story telling, fantastic character development and on top of all this? Delightful narration. If you are interested in losing yourself for a few days, by all means..dive in.

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    This book was a terrible waist of time. I want my credit back, I had to finally stop listening to it. enjoy.

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    "excellent book i highly recommend it"

    great book it wasn't big on action but it touches on human nature in every way you wont regret it

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    What a wonderful tale. A captivating story that really pulls you in. Two mythical creatures meet by chance on a cold winter night, each recognizing the other for what they are. This story tells of their origins and what happens to their lives and the people that surround them. Can the Golem overcome her nature and lead a normal life and can the Jinni break his binding and become a less callous creature? I highly recommend this book.

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    I got this book and it was such an original story beautifully read and I could not turn this off.
    Everyone I know loved it.

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    "Fabulous! Beautiful writing and characterizations."

    A story that brings you to NY at the turn of the century so well that you can nearly see, taste, touch, and hear all that is described. Masterful use of folklore and the supernatural to explore human themes of culture, free will, otherness, and the meaning/purpose of one's life. Hard to believe this is a debut novel.

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