Is it possible that the mythical gods of polytheistic Greece, Egypt, Assyria, etc. were actual people that lived shortly after the flood of Noah? The Last Nephilim is a work of historical fiction based upon the first chapters of the book of Genesis and several ancient apocryphal texts. The Bible presents the sons of Noah as monotheistic followers of the God of the universe. So how did their grandchildren end up reigning over polytheistic empires? What happened? This story presents the Nephilim of Genesis chapter six as gifted giants that essentially promoted worship of themselves as deities to post-flood human populations.
The Bible asserts that monotheism was before polytheism, but there is no clear explanation as to why polytheism became so prevalent such a short time after the flood. This audiobook describes one possible explanation as to what may have occurred to have resulted in the explosion of polytheism. Written in a beautiful, scholarly fashion. This is refined, provocative look at events in history.
©2013 Tate Publishing and Enterprises (P)2013 William Guy
While I am not even the slightly religious type, I do love historical fiction of all types and the premise of this book intrigued the hell out of me. Unfortunately, after a fantastic opening to the book, it fell into a very "preachy" novel spending what seemed to be a fourth of it's time reinforcing the love of god.....over and over. While there was the occasional entertaining chapters here and there, overall the book felt more Sunday sermon than theological fiction, plodding along like it had 45+ hours to tell it's story. The Epilogue was even more disappointing.
The reading of the book was spotty as well. The narrators phrasing in the first few chapters was odd to say the least, though it got better as the book progressed.
Actual rating would have been 1 for story, 2 for narration - 1.5 overall.
No need for a sequel here.
This is fiction that doesn't conflict with scripture... takes the I can not conform nor deny approach. The author uses characters in the Bible and invents characters for his story. This is a kind of what if tale that doesn't take a major turn from the reality of God and the Bible. I enjoyed the tale and hopes Mr. Guy will continue the tale.
Melchizedek- Reminds me of Jesus the Christ.
Pursues, has a desire to serve God but his lack of self-control and his desire to be seen in a positive light by his superiors and his peers reminds me of me.
Pursues - Mr. Williamsons' changing voice patterns and inflections were wonderful and keeps the narration lively.
11 hours is a long time to listen to anything but it was hard to put down. I brought this audio on an evening after work about mid-week and finished it on that Saturday.
Some that haven't read their Bible, or maybe the book of Genesis, in a while may think that this book conflicts. It doesn't, this fiction takes place a century or so after the flood Pursues' great grandfather was a son of Noah. The story line takes place sometime after the death of Nimrod. If your a Bible reader you will see some facts laced through out the story line, such as angel being a title not a species (type of being).
To absorb all the information thrown at the listener within the first 30 minutes. It's a lot, but in a good way with a great story plot.
No. He would often change his voice to denote a different character speaking. But then he would narrate a different character after that with the same voice. Very confusing! Other times he would narrate multiple characters in the same voice with very little pauses in between so the listener has no idea who is talking. He seems to get into a good groove towards the end of the book, and the only thing that kept me listening past the first 30 minutes was the plot.
The plot to the story was great. The narration was terrible. The story ended too abruptly as if the author got tired of continuing the story. There are still many loose ends to the story. I hope he's just setting the stage for a sequel.
As for the writing, it was appalling. Characters were inconsistent in their descriptions. Way too many adjectives and adverbs. Emotions were all over the place. First a character was happy, then stressed, then tired all in the same scene without the requisite action. It didn't work. By the time I got into the third hour, I just didn't care about these characters.
As for the performance, the narrator switched voices for characters and made it difficult to follow. He used accents that didn't make sense. The bad guy sounded like Count Dracula. Why does the bad guy always that fake Transylvanian accent? I gave him two stars, though, instead of one because the fault is more on the director than the performer.
I couldn't get through this book. The worst part for me was the departure from Scripture. Yes, I know it is a work of fiction. But as a Christian, I cannot enjoy a story that is inconsistent with Scripture. Non-Christians won't care, but for those of you who hold to the Truth as it is written, be forewarned. The main character is supposed to have survived the great flood but wasn't on the ark. He then told his story to a modern day psychologist stating that Adam was a king. The first king. And because Adam didn't have the benefit of hunting as a child, God showed him how to hunt and made a coat (presumably out of animal hide) which then was handed down to the next king, etc. It's too bad, too. I was looking forward to a Christian work of fiction that isn't an apocalypse, or a love story about a young missionary girl in the 18th century. So tiresome.
The narrator has a great voice easy on the ears. Lol
Just makes scence as to what could have taken place in the unknown past of Man.
This book was very good! Start to finish! I was disappointed when it ended, I wanted to hear more! It is what is called a 'page turner'. It narrator was excellent! He brought each character to life. He didn't just read word for word, he made each character unique. The story line is superb! I have thought for quite some time that all the ancient god mythologies were from the Nephilim spoken of in Genesis. So to me, though this is completely fiction, it seems plausible. I would recommend this book to anyone (adult that is). Even if you do not believe in a one God that created the universe...it is an excellent story. It pulls in so many ancient and present day thoughts and ideas in a very plausible way! I don't know what else to say without giving away the book! Get it, you won't be disappointed...not with the author or the narrator! I didn't want the adventure to end!
Just to note...I get bored very easily and will start a book and who knows when I'll finish it. I finished this book in two nights!
The end message was good but it could have spent more time with his family. I was excited about his mission but it never got that far. The book ends before it got started no closure.
I enjoyed this speculative look at alternate history. A very different perspective on 'might have beens.' This is a good enough concept that I hope the author will write a sequel.
Over 300 titles under my belt in the sci-fi fantasy category. I usually go for over 20 hour, and unabridged. (J. Butcher excluded)
It was an audible 2 for 1 deal.
It actually turned me off the subject matter.
The accent and narrative switching.
Do not bother with this book, and it has a terrible ending.
I have forced myself to listen to more than half of this book. Give it a chance, I keep telling myself. I just cannot finish it. The story line somewhat follows the bible, but listening to a man who is the grandson of Noah using modern slang to tell his story is too much for me. Just not able to finish it.
I will be very careful about my choice if I do.
His ability to portray emotions is entertaining.
Not sure what I was expecting, something different than what I usually listen to, but this was too much for me.
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