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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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    Carlos Martin 05-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Beautiful "

    An instant favorite, this one I'll keep close to my heart, beautifully constructed characters makes you fall in love with all of them, some more interesting than others for sure, but all of them relatable in their fears and desires.
    The tone of the book kept me on a light sadness, a melancholy perhaps, a feeling that I enjoy very much, so if you like that sort of longing feel, magic and mystery, and above all a good story about human nature, you might want to give this book a try.
    Enjoy <3

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    Sara Findlay, Ohio United States 05-19-16
    Sara Findlay, Ohio United States 05-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Take a walk into a whole new world"
    If you could sum up The Golem and the Jinni in three words, what would they be?

    I thought this story was great. It has a lot of components and wonderful characters. I love that the main characters had such depth and compassion even thought they were otherworldly.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really like the setting each character was in. I love that the Golem was in a Jewish area and the Jinni was in a middle eastern area of New York. I love that the 2 learned so much from each other and had their own stories to tell.


    What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He did an amazing job of really putting you in the story. The voices of each character was amazing. I will definitely listen to this book again.


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

    I would take the Rabbi


    Any additional comments?

    This was a top favorite listen :)

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    m.elizabeth 05-18-16
    m.elizabeth 05-18-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent story"

    A wonderful fairy tale! The reader captured each characters essence in his voice. Couldn't stop listening!

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    Lorraine valenzuela 05-16-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Instant classic."

    This one became one of my favorites. The story is very simple, but deep and beautiful.

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    Sue K 05-14-16
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    "Wonderful book!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Golem and the Jinni the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed this book! It has all the elements of a good e book - well developed and likable characters, well paced intriguing plot, adventure and romance and a narrator who brought the characters to life. Just a fun enjoyable listen! Bravo to both author and reader!


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    J. A. 05-14-16
    J. A. 05-14-16
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    "Come for the story, stay for the gorgeous writing"
    Would you listen to The Golem and the Jinni again? Why?

    Yes; the narrator made each character come to life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Golem. The writing echoed the character's own development. So rich and fully drawn.


    What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The tale is...unexpected. I had no idea what the story was about beyond reading the first few lines of the book jacket before I decided to just take the plunge. I was worried it was going to be a fairy or magical world book. It is, but all the characters are grounded in real human beings.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Too many to name. But I will say the last sentence or two were some of the best last lines I've read in a long time.


    Any additional comments?

    For some reason, this book reminded me a lot of The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. Such interesting characters and fresh takes on an old story line.

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    Suzie Sidney, Nebraska, United States 05-13-16
    Suzie Sidney, Nebraska, United States 05-13-16 Member Since 2011

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    "Love this book!"

    A story beautifully told. I didn't want this magical story to end! Thank you George Guidall for telling me another story!

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    Alyss 05-13-16
    Alyss 05-13-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Didn't want it to end"

    This didn't follow the normal path and that's one of the things I loved about it. I couldn't get the story and it kept me guessing. So glad I listened to this!!

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    Silvia Oakland, CA, USA 05-12-16
    Silvia Oakland, CA, USA 05-12-16 Member Since 2006
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    "Magic Carpet Ride"

    Helene Wecker's magical book entices the reader to embark upon a journey that explores the myths of two ancient cultures. The story, like a beautiful and intricately woven magic carpet, weaves through the imagined lives of a golem and a jinni who are both out of place and time. Be prepared to listen nonstop until the end.

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    Martha Murray Lake Oswego, OR United States 05-11-16
    Martha Murray Lake Oswego, OR United States 05-11-16
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    "Loved it"

    Very unlike anything I've read before. I thoroughly enjoyed the story. Perhaps the highlight was the reader. Wonderful voices, accents, really made the story come to life.

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