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Hand of Miriam

A Bayla and the Golem Novel, Volume 1
Auteur(s): Eva Gordon
Narrateur(s): Doro Jillings
Durée: 10 h et 36 min

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Description

On an archaeological expedition, Bayla Gideon, is widowed by a supernatural force and branded with the Hand of Miriam or "knowing eye". Threatened by evil, she awakens the golem - a mythical man of clay who protected the Jewish community more than three centuries ago. 

The golem, Gesher, is surprised. Freedom - by a beautiful, enchanting woman. His desire is to return to the celestial spheres and regain his status as an avenging angel. Yet Bayla challenges his mind, body, and soul. Would he risk his return to the heavens for her?  

Besides dealing with the otherkind, mad inventors, and an unrelenting matchmaking aunt, Bayla is equally determined to resist her steamy attraction to the striking fallen angel. Thrust into a malevolent war, which includes facing Jack the Ripper, they must resist the magnetic pull toward each other while protecting the world from encroaching evil.

©2013 Eva Gordon (P)2018 Eva Gordon

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
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  • Histoire
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  • LeMiliere
  • 2019-10-28

Intriguing and Original

I enjoyed the story of the Hand of Miriam I thought it was intriguing and different. I had no idea what a golem was before reading this book. The storyline flows well and had no difficulty holding my attention. I enjoyed the romance aspect of this action-packed adventure I thought it was touching and well done.

The characters were very well defined, likable and engaging. This was an intriguing story of golems, angels, and demons as well as other supernaturals. Gesher was a strong character and it was amusing when he tried to understand the customs of the time.

I liked the relationship between Miriam and Gesher, I thought they were good together. There was enough danger, twists and turns in the story to hold the listener's attention and add to the overall enjoyment and I'm looking forward to what comes next for Gesher and Miriam as the series progresses.

The narrator is one I haven't listened to before and overall she did a good job although there one or two times I found myself wondering who was speaking, but maybe it was just me.

I was given this audiobook as a gift and am voluntarily writing my review.

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Demetra Toula Iliopoulos
  • 2019-10-28

This audio will go hand in hand with your ears

I’ve listened to a few Eva audio and read a few ebooks . This one is different then the others that I listened to . It’s full of mystery and many different levels . It’s more like a story with a twist on the Paranormal. It’s on a remake of an old legend, called Golem of Prague . It’s a take on a Jewish story . Eva wrote this a bit different then her normal paranormal.

Heroine is Bayla
Golem was called about by a Rabbi to protect the people from demons or evil spirits . Bayla needs the protection once she does something strange during an exploration.
Does Bayla figure out how to activate the protection.

Doro performance was good . First time I listened to her . Her British accent was good . Her voice is steady and strong

  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
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  • Histoire
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Tammy B Oakley
  • 2019-10-21

I liked this book!💜

The storyline was really intriguing as are most PNR’s, however, some times less is more. I find that when there are a lot of different characters I’m so busy trying to remember who’s who that I lose the essence of the story.
I’m thinking this is the beginning of a series hence the reading for all the background & secondary characters.
The narration was really good!

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  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars
  • beckynmatt
  • 2019-10-14

It took awhile...

I had a hard time following the story at first, it felt as though the author picked a place in the story and dropped you in. After about an hour and a half or so I feel I had a handle on the characters and their roles in the book thus far. I will say that although I like this narrator in other books, I dont think she was the wisest choice for this one. In the beginning she was reading really fast (which probably contributed to my early confusion), and the multiple voices were awful. For example, one of the main character's voice sounded like a child trying to sound out each word... very drawn out and, well, awful. That said, I honestly enjoyed the story. The book is perfect if you dont want huge emotional highs and lows... sometimes you just need a good plot. I'm not sure if I will listen to this again, but I would definitely read the book.

  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Histoire
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lexi Zieve
  • 2019-09-16

Adventure with some Steampunk

I enjoyed Hand of Miriam a lot. The characters were very engaging as well as very fleshed out. From the beginning it starts with the action and lulls for a bit then keeps going. The pacing was good there were one or two parts that either felt a little fast or a little slow but over all good pacing. This was a different take of golems and angels along with demons and other supernaturals. Gesher was a strong character and it was fun listening to him try to understand the customs of the time. Him and Miriam were good together and they made me smile. This was a little light on the steampunk but there were definitely elements in this story. There were some twists and turns in the story that added to the enjoyment. A few times it was hard to tell who was talking but overall the narrator did a good job. I look forward to what is next in store for Gesher and Miriam in the rest of the series.

**I received this Audio book at my request and have left an honest review

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Histoire
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  • Avid Book Lover
  • 2019-08-06

Great Story!

I loved this story of the Hand of Miriam. Intriguing is the inclusion of the golem, Gesher, as this is the first story I’ve read that explained what a golem actually was. The romance featured in this action-packed adventure is touching and the intrigue and danger included in the story will keep you on the edge of your seat. I received this audiobook at my request and I voluntarily wrote this review

  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Kate
  • 2019-07-06

A fast-paced steampunk adventure

I was very unfamiliar with the myths upon which many of the characters and storylines in this book were based, so I was starting from a position of shameful ignorance and insatiable curiosity (much as I approach most things!). I have listened to a few steampunk books now, though, with my favourite by far being Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series, which also blends action and fantasy with feisty heroines and romance. So I began listening to this books with high hopes for the genre and a keen interest in learning more.

I loved the premise, containing as it did so many things that I enjoy in a novel; archaeology, mythology, steampunk, the supernatural, Victorian London, a Ripper investigation, a bluestocking heroine, and a forbidden love story. And I did enjoy each of these elements, but sometimes the pace galloped onwards so swiftly, with so much going on all at once, that it felt a bit rushed and as if many of the ideas weren't used to their full potential.

For example, the story skips over the interesting bit at the beginning where Bayla discovers the extent of her powers and new sight, and begins working with the police department. It cheats us of six crucial months and a dramatic shift in circumstances, and would - in my opinion - have played an important part in helping the listener build a relationship with Bayla as she took her first tentative steps into her new life.

Similarly, I didn't feel the relationship building properly between Emmet and Bayla for much of the book because of the way it raced along. We were often 'told' they desired each other but it sometimes felt like an observation rather than demonstrable, affecting emotion. The intimate scenes were also a bit flat; I think perhaps the author was unaccustomed to writing them, and the narrator did not inject them with the necessary passion, frustration, and longing.

I did like the strong foundations this audiobook had in Jewish culture and mythology. It was fascinating and gave it a distinctive character that helped set this book apart from other Steampunk novels and Ripper-reimaginings.

However, I found that unless I was paying attention to every moment it was easy to get tangled up. Sometimes mistaking one character for another, but also because there is often very little indication of switches between dialogue and internal monologue. Trying to do other things while listening (usually a key benefit of audiobooks over print) was impossible with this book.

I also believe that it would have been far better with a different choice of narrator. The current narrator, Doro Jillings, has a nice tone to her voice despite the unfortunate lisp, and had an expressive manner, finding a suitable voice for Bayla. Her male voices, however, sometimes lacked distinction during conversations between them, which made it confusing. They were often in need of some masculine resonance - such as one would expect of Emmet's voice, which did not achieve the seductive depth the text claimed it should have.

Jillings read this audiobook very well but did not perform it with the life and vigour that such a fast-paced story really needed. There was a lot about her narration which was very good, but I felt as though it was not the best match for this particular audiobook.

Overall, I really liked the characters and the world they inhabit, and was keen to explore the secret societies, the subtypes of Other Kind, and how the celestial and mythological elements were woven into the story.

I enjoyed many of the ideas in this book and was intrigued by the set-up for future stories (such as the one involving Bayla's naturalist friend with a long-lost Explorer father). With the right narrator and a polishing edit I think it could have been much more compelling, but it was still enjoyable and I would give another book in the series a chance to see how it settles in as the characters develop.

I'd recommend it to listeners who enjoy urban fantasy with a steampunk twist, as my disappointment with the narrator may not be an issue for others and there was enough of merit to be worth giving the series a try.

*I received this audiobook free of charge in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Histoire
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  • Tamara
  • 2019-06-01

An Interesting story

I wanted to listen to this story because if the heroine's name. I was not disappointed. The story was Interesting and I loved the supernatural elements in it.

  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    3 out of 5 stars
  • M. A. G.
  • 2019-05-23

Romantic Steampunk

**I received this Audible book free in exchange for an honest review.**

This was my first Steampunk and I have mixed feelings about the story itself.

The sci-fi aspect of it was interesting and kept me at the edge of my seat. However, the romantic portion of it was very distracting. To be honest; the romantic aspect felt very repetitious.
I feel like there were so many ideas without enough space between them to really dive in and explore each one that it left me confused as to what was being discussed most of the time.
This is not a book that should be listened to while working as it is something that I think the reader needs to be fully invested in to be able to pick up on all of the different features.
I felt that the narrator rushed a bit through the book to the point that it made it hard to understand.
I will give this book another listen when I can be fully invested in it and then update my review.

  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
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  • Histoire
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Heather Sivret
  • 2019-05-21

starts slow, gets good at the end

the book took a bit to keep my attention. by the middle it started getting my attention. I would not recommend listening to it while working you need to be able to pay attention to the details. I thought the narrator read it too slow for my liking so I sped it up to 1.25 and it was better. The author had references to actual history I enjoyed and I would recommend the book.