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I read this book about 7 years ago and liked it so much I had to get the audio book as well.The audio book version is great too,The author who narrates the book has a very calming voice which helps take you into the book as if you were participating in the quest .It can be read literally as a magical tale but also as an analogy of The Sufi and mystic path.The jinn are Arabian fire spirits that are only culturally different from faeries .They are created with free will. Some are good and Muslim and some are bad or indifferent.Maybe you've seen one out of the corner of your eye and didn't know it was a jinn!
Full of wonder this tale will enchant and fascinate everyone from children to the elderly.
Would you consider the audio edition of Master of the Jinn to be better than the print version?
In some ways, yes. First, it is narrated by Irving Karchmar himself and his mersmerising voice keeps one deeply engaged with the story. Second, it gives one the flexibility to listen to it while working or driving so while one may miss holding an actual book (or reading device!), the audio edition has its uses
What other book might you compare Master of the Jinn to and why?
I don't usually read supernatural fiction so cannot compare it with any other book.
Which scene was your favorite?
"The Master’s eyes caught mine as if he read my thought. “Write this also, young scholar,” he said. “Man and Jinn have no part in repentance, because repentance is from God to His creatures, not from them to God. It is a Divine gift, and may all here be worthy of it, for it is given when He wills, and to whom He wills, as the two thieves in our company will bear witness.”"
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Master of the Jinn is not a story that you can listen to only once and since it is a very long narration, one cannot listen to it in one sitting. It has to be listened to many times before one can begin to understand the deep layers of meanings. Each time you listen to the novel, I assure you, you will find something new to wonder.
Any additional comments?
Irving Karchmar spent twelve years writing his masterpiece which interweaves theological references from two beautiful religions – Judaism and Islam. The book is a modern Sufi novel with roots in supernatural mysticism that focuses on repentance, gratitude, and God’s love and mercy.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
A wonderful tale, beautifully written and narrated.
What did you like best about this story?
The descriptions reminded me of Middle Eastern mosaics, full of tiny jewels and stories within stories.
Have you listened to any of Irving Karchmar’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
My first Karchmar performance.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The Master's lesson about sharing food was especially moving.
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