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The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Helene Wecker

Narrated By: George Guidall

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Date: April 2013

Duration: 19 hours 46 minutes

Summary:

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 readable, The Golem and the Jinni weaves strands of folk mythology, historical fiction, and magical fable into a wondrously inventive and unforgettable tale.

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  • Rita M

    Enjoyed the story greatly. It's long and we'll read, by reader who used to be The Only reader of audiobooks, George Guidel. A long calm book during a long task, which effectively shuts out the present world strife.

  • Diana Lizardo

    The narrator did a great a job, I wasn't that happy with the ending however it was a great book.

  • Arlene Burd

    This is a fun and fascinating read. A real stew of a plot that Wecker keeps simmering right to the end. Some of the language and syntax made me think she must have read a lot of Borges before writing this. The narrator, George Guidall, was, as always, suberb.

  • Aubria Lamendola

    Interesting tale involving Jewish folklore and Arabian mythology. Takes place 1899 NewYork, surprisingly a good novel and fantastically narrated!