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The Preservationist | [David Maine]

The Preservationist

In this brilliant debut novel, Noah's family (or Noe, as he's called here), his wife, sons, and daughters-in-law, tell what it's like to live with a man touched by God, while struggling against events that cannot be controlled or explained. When Noe orders his sons to build an ark, he can't tell them where the wood will come from. When he sends his daughters-in-law out to gather animals, he can offer no directions, money, or protection.
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Imagine you are one of Noah's grown sons and suddenly your father starts to talk about the coming flood and the need to build the largest ship ever made. Imagine you're Noah's wife and you have to gather provisions to feed a large family and an even larger collection of animals for a sea journey of unknown duration. Imagine you are on that ship with all those wild animals while the amount of food shrinks and the quantity of dung expands. Have you ever wondered what Noah did after the rain stopped and the ark finally came to rest upon some land? You don't need to be religious to enjoy one of the greatest adventure stories ever told.

Publisher's Summary

In this brilliant debut novel, Noah's family (or Noe, as he's called here), his wife, sons, and daughters-in-law, tell what it's like to live with a man touched by God, while struggling against events that cannot be controlled or explained. When Noe orders his sons to build an ark, he can't tell them where the wood will come from. When he sends his daughters-in-law out to gather animals, he can offer no directions, money, or protection. And once the rain starts, they all realize that the true test of their faith is just beginning. Because the family is trapped on the ark with thousands of animals, with no experience feeding or caring for them and no idea when the waters will recede, what emerges is a family caught in the midst of an extraordinary Biblical event, with all the tension, humanity, and even humor that implies.

©2004 David Maine; (P)2004 HighBridge Company

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Andre New York, NY, United States 08-16-05
    Andre New York, NY, United States 08-16-05 Member Since 2006
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    "Modest"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nik 03-17-11
    Nik 03-17-11 Member Since 2007

    Enjoying audiobooks daily!

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    "Maine did it again with Noah!"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jenna Carstairs, AB, Canada 07-27-09
    Jenna Carstairs, AB, Canada 07-27-09
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    "Worth the Read"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bill East Bethel, MN, USA 12-08-05
    Bill East Bethel, MN, USA 12-08-05 Member Since 2014
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    "Pretty weak"

    I bought this thinking I was getting a fictional comedy. It was fictional, but not funny at all.

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    Bill Hurley Minneapolis, MN USA 12-08-05
    Bill Hurley Minneapolis, MN USA 12-08-05 Member Since 2014

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    "Pretty weak"

    I bought this thinking I was getting a fictional comedy. It was fictional, but not funny at all.

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    Julia Grant 08-22-05
    Julia Grant 08-22-05 Member Since 2012
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    "What a treat!"

    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!

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    Loren Vancouver , WA, USA 07-08-05
    Loren Vancouver , WA, USA 07-08-05
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    "Great listen."

    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!

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    A. Mark Fuquay Varina, NC, USA 07-01-05
    A. Mark Fuquay Varina, NC, USA 07-01-05 Member Since 2011
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    "Caution !"

    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.

    13 of 36 people found this review helpful
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    Reuben Atlanta, GA, United States 10-27-05
    Reuben Atlanta, GA, United States 10-27-05 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent"

    Well written, good readers.

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