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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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    M Hampton NC 09-14-17
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    "Completely enveloped"

    What a story and on the streets and rooftops of New York City! Loved it.

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    Emily United States 09-08-17
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    "Very imaginative and captivating"

    This was a great story to get lost in. Ancient mystical being come to life. Religious quandaries. Self discovery, narrator was amazing!

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    ts 09-06-17
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    "Enchanting tale"

    I did enjoy this story very much. Although it progressed very slowly. That being said, the author did a superb job of painting the scenes and fleshing out the characters very well. I had no problem visualizing the world as presented. The story is magical and believable at the same time. The performance was top notch.

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    SSP 08-22-17
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    "Wonderful"

    I'm not much of a fantasy reader, but this book is a great experience. The story really drew me in and I really cared what happened to the characters. Of course Guidall's narration is flawless.

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    Anonymous 08-19-17
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    "A wonderful and richly detailed story"

    This book was such a great fine, I have so much trouble finding books I love but I completely lost myself in this beautiful story! I loved the narration also.

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    Miles 08-15-17
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    "Very different in a wonderful way"
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    If you are tired of reading books that follow the same formula over and over, then this will be a welcome break. I was hesitant at first because it seemed a little more serious than I prefer, but sometimes authors are just so good that it doesn't matter what the book is about. This case is great because the author is amazing, and so are the characters that they chose to create. The Golem and the Jinni are almost complete opposites, but they fascinate each other, and learn from the other. Don't think you'll be disappointed by this story

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    Amazon Customer Central Texas 08-12-17
    Amazon Customer Central Texas 08-12-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Different kind of story"

    The beginning really captured my attention. I like the unique ideas and the a connection can be made between their limitations and humans. I just felt like some of the middle drug on. It didn't have that big exciting build up. Good narrator.

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    John Mist 07-19-17
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    "A Modern Day Fairytale"

    This is a wonderful modern day fairytale with a brilliant narrator. Guidall adds life and authenticity to Wrecker's tale of magic come to New York. Witty, heart warming, and oddly realistic, this story felt almost like a memory. I am excited to see where Chava and Ahmad take us next.

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    Virginia Henson Norman, OK United States 07-12-17
    Virginia Henson Norman, OK United States 07-12-17 Member Since 2015
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    Fanciful and creative. Wonderful character development. Interesting plot. Narrator is perfect for the story. Well worth a listen

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    "Beautifully Written and Performed"

    Incredible narration by George Guidall was expected but the beautiful writing was not.

    Really worth the listen.

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