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"With impeccable inflections and tones, El-Attar's narration embodies the quirky investigator and those who surround her. She personifies both the place and the people, making them come alive. Listeners will imagine they're traversing Cairo through the deep, dark night. This is a perfect listen for those who are short on time but want a thrilling audiobook." (AudioFile Magazine)

Egypt, 1912. In an alternate Cairo infused with the otherworldly, the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments, and Supernatural Entities investigate disturbances between the mortal and the (possibly) divine. What starts off as an odd suicide case for Special Investigator Fatma el-Sha’arawi leads her through the city’s underbelly as she encounters rampaging ghouls, saucy assassins, clockwork angels, and plot that could unravel time itself, in P. Djèlí Clark's Tor.Com Original, A Dead Djinn in Cairo.

"Suehyla El-Attar’s narration has the vocal quality of slightly roughened silk, a gorgeously textured pleasure for the ear." (Locus)

©2016 P. Djèlí Clark (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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great story telling

straight into the world, but no problems getting into what is happening. I enjoyed this dip into a world of Djinns and others having been brought into the world. the history was beautifully integrated into the story.

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How to save the world in time!

What an eventful, fantastical world you are transported to, back in time, across the globe.

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Steampunk Arabian Mystery

This was a throughly enjoyable read. I loved the setting of an alternate steampunky Cairo inhabited with Djinn and Angels. The story is well paced, anchored by the enthralling Fatma who is a wonderful protagonist. I hope P Djèlí Clark revisits this world.

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Short but fascinating

I really enjoyed this piece, it was short but had all the making ms of a great story. I wished it had been a whole book and I’d learnt more of the laws of this world.

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  • 09-11-19

Imaginative, captivating, amazing!!!

Early 20th century Cairo, but with magic! Such a wonderful collage of different cultural influences combined with magic that came alive and needs to be integrated into legislation, bureaucracy and daily life of everyone in Cairo. This creates colorful and literally magical background as the main character is trying to solve a mysterious crime. I love this world so much!!! The novella The Haunting of Tram Car 015 also takes place there and is amazing as well! P. Djèlí Clark please please write more in this world!!

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  • Jason Jackson
  • 01-11-19

Great Short Read

Great world building in this short story taking place in a steam punk world set in Cairo Egypt with djinn, ghul, ifrit and Angels and so much more this was another Audible listen for me loved the Narrator of this short story. There is so much going on in this my only real wish is that it was longer as this world is so interesting just left me wanting more.

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  • Alex Sumner
  • 05-09-19

So excited to see this on audio.

P. Djèlí Clark is a masterful storyteller. He immediately transports you into an incredible world populated by Djinn and Angels and automatons at the turn of the 20th century. His elegant, lyrical writing makes it a pleasure to experience the extraordinary imagery and mind-blowing concepts in his adventure.

I read A Dead Djinn in Cairo a while ago and loved it. Couldn't purchase it fast enough when I saw it released on audio. Suehyla El-Attar's excellent narration adds the perfect icing to this already delicious cake.

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  • Ariff
  • 07-05-20

Great Short Story

Great Short Story. Very well read. Loved the performer's accent. Fantastic world building, just with it were longer.

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  • Kadri
  • 12-01-20

Unlike anything else

I only wish it were longer! A fascinating tale with a protagonist I'd follow on many more adventures.

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  • Ellwood
  • 03-01-20

enjoyable

a really nice short story. very enjoyable with an uncommon setting. I would love to see a series made with this character.

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  • Kerr506
  • 01-01-20

Not my cup of tea but well done

If you like this sort of thing I do recommend this short novella. Vivid characters, satisfyingly different plot. Who murdered the Djinn or was it maybe suicide? And why?

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  • Brenda Joyce Patterson
  • 05-09-19

An artful piece of clockwork

If you haven't read P. Djèlí Clark, you're missing the chance to fully inhabit imagination. Not your imagination but Imagination on a grand scale.

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  • Bethany
  • 07-06-21

Left me wanting more!

Roughly 15 minutes into this short, I said "This is going to be good", aloud to myself and my very patient dog. I don’t know about other people, but sometimes, and rarely, you just know a story is going to deliver and that knowledge is delicious. A steampunk universe filled with magic and legend set in Egypt where the main character is an intelligent (and nattily dressed) woman who is neither overly dramatic or attention seeking while simultaneously being sincerely interesting is a gem, in my opinion. That the narrator for this short has a lovely, pleasant voice and a good grasp on reading aloud is just icing on a damn fine cake. I paid less than 2 dollars for this and I'm so happy I did. I'm very much looking forward to what else this author has to offer.

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  • Michaelina Nowicki
  • 05-06-21

spectacular

just fantastic. the details and descriptions took me to this world. what a fantastic story and magnificent place. must read or listen to more by this author