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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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    Heather BEAVERTON, OR, United States 08-09-13
    Heather BEAVERTON, OR, United States 08-09-13 Member Since 2013
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    What did you love best about The Golem and the Jinni?

    It was original and very well written. A story that draws you in and keeps you until the very last page- wishing it wouldn't end. I love books like that- it doesn't happen often enough!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I kept wondering how the author came up with the idea for this story - it's so unique. She does a good job of keeping you guessing. Also of making you really care about the characters and what happens to them. It's a fantastical story, obviously, but done in a way so that it never seems silly or too far-fetched.


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

    I haven't heard any other George Guidall's performances, but he was fantastic! Very distinct voices for each character that fit them very well- even with accents and female voices. There was never any confusion about who was speaking, which can happen if the performer is not very good.


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    drJerald 07-12-13
    drJerald 07-12-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Superb narration of an original plot."

    This novel easily ranks among the top 5% of audio books. George Guidall is undeniably the best male narrator. He savors words and breaths life into phrases. His timing and rhythm is impeccable. (I buy some audio books just to hear Guidall's wonderful voice.)

    But, the story and plot is equally entrancing. It is an original novel, with unique characters, colorful history, and interesting introduction to Jewish mysticism and Bedouin myths. The characters are believable and develop well throughout the story. Do pay attention to the little details. They matter.

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    Joe Kraus Kingston, PA, United States 12-24-13
    Joe Kraus Kingston, PA, United States 12-24-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Nearly as good as the hype"
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    I'd heard a lot of very good things about this one, and it mostly held up to them. It's the latest in a line of recent "fantasy for grown-ups" books, and it falls between Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell and Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore -- to pick a couple at the extremes of quality. This has all the ambition of the books of its sort -- a clever setting with the addition of some thoughts on the nature of immigrant life almost a century ago -- and it's solidly written. Parts go on a bit long, and it doesn't resolve itself with quite the satisfaction of the best in the genre, but it's still fun. It falls short of The Midnight Circus, say, but so do most books. I'd like to have seen it move more quickly once it established its characters (and there's an overly neat coming together of seemingly separate threads) but I do recommend it.

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    Lori Long 05-25-17
    Lori Long 05-25-17 Member Since 2013
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    "A gathering force..."

    A beautifully written story read by George Guidall, who is able to capture the evil and the innocent with a throaty precision. Listening was like watching seemingly unrelated storms begin to gather and come together in a hurricane crescendo leaving both devastation and calm. More thought provoking than action packed but a very worthwhile read.

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    Cathryn Perth, Australia 05-24-17
    Cathryn Perth, Australia 05-24-17 Member Since 2007
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    "Odd, strange, meandering tale."

    Much like the deserts of the djinn this is a meandering tale where the end seemed not to matter because the journey had been so strange. You are going to love the abstract wander, the side stories and the casual observations, or they are going to drive you nuts. Half way through I was still unsure. By the end I had enjoyed the overall experience.

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    Lisa D. 04-23-17
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    "Great book!"

    Really great book, loved it! The narrator was one of the best that I've had to date. Highly recommend!

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    dwh 04-20-17
    dwh 04-20-17 Member Since 2011
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    too long. story could have been written with a happy ending. the current one is very melancholy.

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    RJWood 04-19-17
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    "THE GOLEM & THE JINNI"

    An absolutely marvelous story aimed at all ages. Filled with romance, mystery, magic and intrigue. I can only imagine the special effecys people working their magic, were it yo become a screen play, I would go see it. Oh, did I mention murder and betrayal? Oh, to be sure!!!

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    Best book I have ever read so far. and I have read only the best sellers and highly rated ones.

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    karen 04-16-17
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    "A journey into the depths of human nature I'll not soon forget!"

    Had no idea what to expect when I ordered this tale! I'm smitten, I loved it from start to finish. My advice if you are drawn to this book Is "go for it!"

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