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Publisher's Summary

This is not your Sunday School’s Noah's Ark.

Noah Primeval is a speculative retelling of the beloved story of Noah for a new generation. In an ancient world submerged in darkness, fallen angels rule as gods, and breed giants and monsters. Mankind is enslaved to evil. Noah, a tribal leader, has been prophesied to bring an end to the rule of these "gods" and save humanity from coming destruction. But Noah's wife and son are captives of these dark forces. To rise against this supernatural evil and rescue his family Noah will need an equally supernatural army. But why has God told him to build a huge box out of gopher wood?

©2011 Brian James Godawa (P)2013 Brian James Godawa

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Cool idea, lacks depth.

Narration by the author adds a little zest to the story.

Story lacks character depth, probably assuming the reader already knows something of the characters, such as Noah's family.

Too often the author 'hurries' over 'moving' moments, important events and the description of scenery. It shows either a rushed attempt at story writing or a lack of imagination.

The concept is in my opinion a fantastic re-envisioning of the 'status quo's' understanding of the biblical narrative, in a very inventive way.

The possibilities were fantastic, the result, mediocre.

Would I recommend? Because of the appendices and theological merit behind the fiction, yes absolutely. If you're after great fiction, look elsewhere. Otherwise, continue. But let it be known this book will leave mixed emotions.

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  • joe
  • 29-05-2013

almost perfect

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

first off its a good story and pretty well read. Also it opens your mind up to a whole new way of looking at the bible and history. would be great as a film.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Methuselah... really cool character. He needs his own book.

What about Brian Godawa’s performance did you like?

Really good except for some dialog moments with the archangels... they did not sound... otherworldly enough to me. I dont know if thats the writing was of or the reading. The end conflict however was epic! The reader/ author really gets into it and you feel like you are on this battlefield with him as this wave is coming..

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I just got a jolt at the final chapter. It was Just such a cool and epic 3rd act

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  • Rosanna
  • 17-08-2013

The Antediluvian World - A Harmonisation

This is an excellent fictional re telling of the flood that weaves the biblical account seamlessly with many of the Ancient Near Eastern flood myths; the result is a reasonable (and vastly entertaining) explanation of the presence of and belief in many of the deities and seemingly divergent understandings found regarding the Deluge. I especially enjoyed listening to the appendices following the novel that explained much of the rationale of the author's choices for the depiction of Noah and the other characters. Thank-you, Mr. Godawa, for this series!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-01-2018

Does Noah really get on the ark?

I thought the book was very entertaining. I know the end of the story so the author had a very difficult job keeping me engaged and he did just that. There were even times when I thought he was going to change the Biblical narrative to fit his story. He did not, but I was almost sure the story would end differently than what is in the Bible. I kept wondering how the author would bring things together. I was surprised many times.

It is a work of fiction drawing from the Bible, non-canonized stories (stories outside of the Bible) and the author’s creativity. The book kept my attention and even caused me to power through it to see what would happen next.

At the beginning, the author tells a little background on why and how he developed the characters. I believe he said the appendices were not included in the audiobook but they were. I listened to the appendices twice for educational information. He includes a lot of information in them and twice for me is probably not enough. You probably need to read these.

I find it difficult today to find a good story without resorting to constant profanity and graphic sex scenes. In my mind, if an author needs to resort to such attention getters, he or she is not good enough to draw me in on the story itself. Brian Godawa is able to draw you in on the story and keep you wondering what will happen next. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.

The author read his own book. He did a very good job. I am sure it took him a long time to put the audio together and I am grateful he did. I have heard other productions who have a much larger budget with professional readers but that’s all they do. Around chapter 4 I lost track of everything and was focused on the story and not the reader. I thank him for making this available in audio form. I read all the time for work and at times I need to sit back and just listen to a good story. The book is better than most of the entertainment you see on TV or at the movies today. My goal in listening was for entertainment and I was entertained and as a bonus, I received some education.

On a theological note, the author did interweave sound theology into the story. It is a story of Noah. Yes, he did have fantasy and fiction but when he dealt with Biblical issues, he was truthful.

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  • Bruce
  • 03-04-2013

Mythic history

What made the experience of listening to Noah Primeval the most enjoyable?

Great story that rings true to the human heart but also stays true to biblical speculation

What other book might you compare Noah Primeval to and why?

The Didymus Contingency by Jeremy Robinson was another fun jaunt into biblical fiction

Have you listened to any of Brian Godawa’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is my first, overall I rated him 4 out of 5 because at times I thought he didn't capture how I wanted the characters to sound, but he is the author, so maybe there was a reason for it that I will find upon repeated listenings

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

True Mythology Made Real

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  • Melissa Dixon
  • 19-03-2016

LOVE HIS PERSPECTIVE

I want to clarify why I only gave 3 stars. Though I absolutely love his perspective of biblical creations and the early days, I now have a very high standard after reading another authors similar story. So I guess I was waiting for the dying to continue reading but I loved the story he just didn't capture me like I wanted. Very good read / listen.

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  • LaShawn
  • 31-08-2015

Excellent book

This story brought Noah to life in an awesome way. I loved this story greatly and will continue the series

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  • Sarah
  • 15-03-2015

Good Beginning, Lazy Writing Towards the End

The author tried his best to narrate it well and I have to applaud his efforts. He tried really hard and I enjoyed most of the narration.
The writing was at times immature. His research is obviously very thorough, and his writing shines when he's waxing poetic about ancient Mesopotamian irrigation techniques, or something similar. His imagination is just amazing- I would never have thought to write about some of his material. Nothing he wrote about concerning the antideluvian civilizations was too far-fetched for me to believe.
However... At times his writing was just sloppy, especially with the dialogue between Noah, Uriel, and some of the other men. And in the last third of the book, it felt like he Kurt wanted to be finished writing- he would bring up a seemingly deadly or impossible situation, and the n another equally dubious solution would present itself. And Inanna having that weird affection for Lungal-anu the Priest King at the very end-calling him her "little pet" and cradling his dying body with "tenderness"? There was no prior history of such behavior, and I didn't buy that for a second. I think the author just threw that in there to serve as a convenient temporary plot point. Also, I feel that he didn't give enough gravitas to Uriel. The man is an archangel sent by God, but he came off as a grumpy joykill.

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  • Lynette B
  • 19-01-2015

Wow...

I think this book was very thought out and the researched. I loved it!!! Thanks Brian! Now I can't weight to hear your next book!

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  • Aaron Ehman
  • 13-09-2013

Awesome!

Would you listen to Noah Primeval again? Why?

No, I don't listen or read stories more than once.

What did you like best about this story?

Great story, captivating and well created from biblical lore.

If you could take any character from Noah Primeval out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Gabrial for sure! Beautiful being full of dimension.

Any additional comments?

Great book! Kept me entertained the whole way through while connecting much biblical info, events and characters.

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  • Christine E. Zucker
  • 10-07-2018

Wow!

Wild story based on some pretty solid academics! The Author tells a fantastic story that leads you to consider some interesting possibilities! Great book!

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  • Mrs. H. L. Rider
  • 09-04-2016

Great mix of ancient history, myth & the bible

This is a great book and listened to it none stop finishing in a day. Paint a touchable more real day to day picture of the land, it's people and a pantheon of heathen Demi gods. Must go start book two!