The Preservationist

  • by David Maine
  • Narrated by Barbara Rosenblat, Tyler Bunch, Full Cast
  • 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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Audible Editor Reviews

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.

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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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Customer Reviews

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A frolicking tale

This was a hoot. The prose was nicely done, with both a deep message and enough entertainment to keep me laughing out loud. The characters are deeply developed and their stories of the challenges of such impossible tasks will enrich your thinking. A teriffic debut. I look forward to more from David Maine.
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- Sharon

imaginative retelling of the Noah story

For any of you familiar with the bible & most particularly its first 5 books, you will know that the stories therein "telegraph" fuller stories & morals to the stories in such a way that they are tremendously open to interpretation, puzzlement and questions. The Noah story is like this too. Certainly just a few hundred words, if that, in Genesis, it is puzzling & open to interpretation. The author of The Preservationist has taken advantage of these circumstances to write a very stimulating & imaginative account of what things might have been like for Noah, his sons (& importantly, his daughters-in-law) and his wife. I found the book moved along at a nice pace, was well-narrated, and frequently gave rise to my own intellectualizing of the story, or my appreciation of the author's having done so. This is not "great literature," but it is a nice diversion.
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- D. Littman

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-27-2005
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books