Enjoyable even for someone like me who knew NOTHING about Mao or China prior to diving into this book. The book is lengthy and I have to admit that I did zone out in a couple places but this in no way detracted from my enjoyment or understanding of the story. There's a lot to take in here, but rather than being daunted by the length and detail of the book, I would highly recommend giving it a listen and taking in what you can.
I loved the concept of this book and the wonderful imagination of the author who made the story of Noah come alive in a down-to-earth manner. The narrating cast also deserves much credit. I did find however that the author was a bit lazy regarding his details and his choice of vocabulary. I think the book would have been more intriguing had Maine made the characters' world, language and thought life more in-line with what we know of ancient civilization via archaeology and ancient texts. I often felt as though the characters were modern settler-types going through an extraordinary event instead of pre-historic man. Some of Maine's literary techniques also begin to repeat themselves so that you can finish the end of a sentence/thought by yourself even before it is read. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed the characters and plot.
Do not start this audiobook unless you have 6hrs free to sit and listen! You'll be snagged in the first 5 minutes and it won't let you go. Finney's writing style is fluid and captivating. The narrator must also be commended...phenomenal job! My favorite audiobook thus far.
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