In the Face of Jinn

  • by Cheryl Howard Crew
  • Narrated by Bryce Dallas Howard
  • 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Two American sisters, Christine and Elizabeth Shepherd, are on a silk-buying trip in India for their business in California. After Elizabeth mysteriously disappears, Christine is compelled to challenge the ineffectual U.S. and Indian bureaucracies and venture alone, with various strangers as guides, to find her sister. Disguised in the traditional female garb of some Islamic cultures, Christine continues her search in Afghanistan and Pakistan. She navigates the mysterious tribes of the Pashtuns, has a dangerous encounter with the Taliban, and learns to fear the "Jinn", the devils that dominate the superstitions of the people she must understand in order to survive.
This audiobook is an especially personal production, based as it is on authentic research performed by Cheryl Howard Crew during visits to the region, produced with the creative consultation of the author’s husband, Academy Award winner Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind), and performed by their daughter, Golden Globe nominee Bryce Dallas Howard (As You Like It).”


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Do Not Bother

This might be one of the weakest books I have ever heard. Christine Shepherd, the protagonist, is portrayed as everything from a weak, sick, helpless, pathetic female to a Ninja sporting an assault rifle and fighting the Taliban as she scours a harsh landscape to find her sister--who she believes is dead? Is she a prisoner or a freedom fighter? Christine manages, single handedly to take out a much sought-after terrorist after suffering multiple rapes, illnesses, starvation and beatings. One minute she is so weak she can not walk then suddenly she is sprinting after middle eastern thugs. AND she knows everything there is to know about AK-47s and Kalashnikovs.

Other characters are thinly drawn. Christine runs into many people during her dash across three countries--we're never sure where she is or how she got there--those characters are never fleshed out and all run together as gun clad mobs of dirty, bearded men with lust in their eyes and the veiled, beaten women who service them. At one point Christine manages to grab an imprisoned, battered woman and they escape the bad guys. For some reason she decides to return (with her fellow escapee) to her captors because...

Even Christine's sister, Elizabeth, is never a real character. As for the Aussie with melanoma, I have no idea why he was even a character in this book except to remind readers to wear sunscreen. Money in large quantities changes hands, disappears and appears with little explanation. Christine remains attractive enough in her blood and urine soaked robes to attract the attention of one of the bearded guys--the one with great eyes. What? She had been raped, beaten, and practically killed but she heals enough to have a romantic liaison with a Muslim guy she's know long? It's never clear how much time has passed. Was it a month or a year?

How did this book ever get published?
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- Gennie

Don't waste you time or money

The description of this book really caught my interest. The first couple of chapters held my attention, but after Elizabeth disappears the story falls apart. The characters aren't believable. It doesn't seem like the author researched the region or had much knowledge of the workings U.S. intelligence agencies. The story jumps in and out of dream sequences and is difficult to follow at times. Then she tries to introduce some paranormal qualities to the characters, but the introduction of this is not smooth and comes across almost as if she knew the story was dying so she threw it a rope.
The narration is alright, but the recording has background noises and static and it skips in places. I have been a regular subscriber for 3 years and have listened to almost 200 recordings over that time. I have never had one as poor quality as this.
Overall, this was a very disappointing purchase.
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- Lisa

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-10-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios