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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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    Jason 05-10-16
    Jason 05-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Truly captivating"

    What a story! While listening to this book, as I moved from MI to CA, I was taken on a magical journey back in time. The author puts you in NYC in the 1800s. Her writing was so powerful I could not only picture myself walking the streets so vividly I could create a map, but at times I could smell and taste the words she had written. As I pulled into the driveway of my new home, I wanted to keep driving in hopes this would prolong my time with the characters she so carefully created. Unfortunately the story was over and so was my journey.

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    Barry Frieder, MD Denver, CO 05-09-16
    Barry Frieder, MD Denver, CO 05-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "EXTRAORDINAY!!!"

    Like nothing else I have read.. Senor every word.. Sheer poetry!. Beautiful.. Joy to read.

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    Marianne Adrian, OR, United States 05-07-16
    Marianne Adrian, OR, United States 05-07-16 Member Since 2014

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    "expert story telling!"

    at first it seems slow, but that's because the author is laying ground work for an ambitious narrative. Wecker weaves her story with depth and precision, and the payoff is well worth a bit of patience at the beginning. By the time the action really hits, you'll be invested in both the characters and the plot!

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    wesley 05-05-16
    wesley 05-05-16 Member Since 2014
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    "worthwhile, interesting, would listen to it again"

    it was refreshing to read a fantasy that was not about war and great armies. yet still captivating and full of great characters.

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    Larry V. new york 05-03-16
    Larry V. new york 05-03-16 Member Since 2015

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    "absolutely wonderful story. well worth the time."

    fantastic story and narration. best book I've listened to in a long long time. be patient in reading it but well worth it.

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    Never a Plain Jane Naples, Italy 04-29-16
    Never a Plain Jane Naples, Italy 04-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "loved the story, adored the narrator"

    I am a sucker for books with multiple, converging story lines, and this tale was masterfully woven. The narrator was superb. His varying tones and accents made the characters that much richer.

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    Carissa Russell Canal Fulton, Ohio United States 04-28-16
    Carissa Russell Canal Fulton, Ohio United States 04-28-16
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    "Feels long, but you still really care about them."

    I felt like this book took a long time building the characters. It was nice, to have such intense stories and know each one so well - but it took quite a while for things to "come to a boil" and the end....while alright, left me a bit unsatisfied. The author wrapped it up sufficiently, I suppose I just felt more invested in the characters by that time I was left feeling a little unrequited.
    It was a great read though, probably won't do it again but I would read another if this were a series.

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    Sooj Petit Jean, AR, United States 04-28-16
    Sooj Petit Jean, AR, United States 04-28-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Outstanding story, outstanding performance"

    I've already listened to the audiobook twice, and I suspect that I will do so again. Wonderful, respectful fusion of cultures and treatment of points of view. Brava, Helene! Bravo, George!

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    Amanda Lynn 04-27-16
    Amanda Lynn 04-27-16
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    "Great Story, hard to follow"
    What did you love best about The Golem and the Jinni?

    Overall this is a great story and would recommend it! The performance had a good narrator, my problem with it is the story switches between characters often. and if you aren't 100% focused as you listen, its difficult to tell when it is switching scenes, especially in the first several chapters as the reader is still being introduced to characters and time frames.

    Good story, just not one that is easily listened to while multi tasking.


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    GrnIdNv 04-26-16
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    "Great Book"

    Long and confusing at times but really enjoyed it. The narrator was amazing and did very well going between characters

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