©2004 David Maine; (P)2004 HighBridge Company
"A literary debut that makes a familiar story enthralling." (Booklist)
"A perfect fit for audio. Maine's witty, always credible monologues, performed by an exceptional cast, will draw listeners into familiar yet stunningly original territory." (AudioFile)
"Wildly different in temperament, age, and provenance, these characters, each telling part of the story, help create a brilliant kaleidoscopic analysis of the situation....A story of faith and survival (think Life of Pi thousands of years earlier with a much larger cast of characters), this debut is a winner." (Publishers Weekly)
Anyone looking for something inventive or well-written can look elsewhere. This modest effort sounds more like a semi-polished response to a writing exercise..."how would Noah's family responded to his building an ark?" Revelations or wit are in short supply. The comparison to "Life of Pi" is overly generous. If only the execution lived up to the concept.
Enjoying audiobooks daily!
I've said it before, David Maine is amazing. I love his books. Endlessly entertaining because they make their much loved tales so human, so easy to understand from a mortal's POV. Noah is center stage in this one and what problems they find building then living on the ark with all those DANGEROUS animals for 120 days. Very human. Very psychological. Very dirty at times. LOVED IT! But must have a sense of humor for his books.
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.
I didn't want this one to end; even knowing the end of the book didn't ruin the enjoyment of this great listen. The multi-character cast of readers gets it just right in conveying what it might have been like to be in Noah's family as they prepared for and endured the deluge. I have recommended the book to others as a "listen only" because the different voices were so compelling--and funny!
The narration was superb. I would hire the narrators to read my morning newspaper to me!
The biblical story of the flood to end all floods was fairly closely represented with an emphasis on the personal lives and contributions of Noah and his sons and their wives to getting the ark on the float. There were some very interesting hypotheses presented as explanations for the miracles required to make the overall project work.
The only negative I found was the descriptions of various "rutting' activities by members of the family. Some were fairly graphic and not necessarily suitable for younger children. Not that rutting didn't happen in the day but the detail was a little too graphic to let me share the otherwise excellent story with my young daughter.
Get this one. It's great!
If this book where a movie it would have to be rated "R" or worse. I only got about 1 1/2 hours into it but the sexual content and lauguage where enough to make me stop.
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