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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (380 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Provoost Narrator: Marguerite Gavin Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455181261
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The rumor of the flood to come was too terrible to be true, and like most, Re Jana does not believe it. How could a god—anyone’s god—determine who deserves to live and who to die?

It was the rising waters that chased Re Jana’s family from their home in the marshes. To the desert they fled, following the trail of animals and people who had gone before them. And there, in the dry center of the desert, rose the frame of a boat of unprecedented proportions, Noah’s ark.

Even as she falls in love with the builder’s son, Ham, and panic spreads in the gathered tribes, Re Jana questions all that she hears and believes her family will be saved, even as the deluge begins and the doors to the ark are sealed.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A gripping, epic drama—part love story and part novel of ideas.”

    New York Times

  • “Fascinating…the account is so detailed that readers will almost need to wring their clothes out as they follow the story.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Issues raised in the narrative may well provoke readers’ thoughts about the nature of faith, goodness, and cruelty.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Provoost’s landscape is rich with description and drama. Marguerite Gavin’s deep, resonant voice provides the right classical tone for an interpretation of a biblical event.”

    AudioFile

  • “Exquisitely detailed and intelligently written…A vast piece that strikingly reveals the human condition at the hour of its destruction.”

    Booklist

  • “Provoost uses the story of the building of the great ship and the coming of the flood to study how humans respond in times of great cataclysms…Gavin’s subdued and sensitive reading captures Re Jana’s growing fears as the world she knows begins to change and disappear.”

    Booklist

  • “Provoost minces no words when describing the terrified bewilderment of both human beings and animals at being left behind to drown in the deluge, and the single-mindedness of the Builder (Noah) inexorably driven to obey his tribal god…Reader Gavin’s expert, semi-voiced narration keeps it lively. Her enunciation is clear, and her voice well pitched and appealing.”

    Kliatt 

  • Longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lientje | 2/17/2014

    " Really good book. Like all of her books anyway.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jannaia | 2/11/2014

    " Affectionate, well written and established a vivid sense of landscape. Very Good :D "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 2/6/2014

    " Dark. Thoroughly conceived and depicted. Demands a very mature audience, so I hope any teens who may read this have someone with whom to talk it over. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 2/1/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. It is along the same lines as the Red Tent in that it takes a bible story and makes it come alive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erica Curtiss | 1/23/2014

    " I really love fictional novels that are biblically based, they're interesting and give me a different perspective! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimberly | 1/7/2014

    " This was an interesting read but I wasn't blown away by the writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wen | 12/8/2013

    " This book was an interesting take on the Noah/Ark/World Flood story. The main character being not an immediate member of Noahs family makes the view point very different from other stories about this historical/biblical event. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carol Palmer | 12/3/2013

    " Had a hard time following this book. Wouldn't recommend it to someone who enjoys Biblical fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bu | 11/23/2013

    " Its a biblical theme of noah's ark that the author wrote it from the point of view of a young girl.The young girl and her family leave their home to help build the ship but do they don't know who is going to be saved from the flood? the young girl Re Jana finds love but their is a consequence. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 aksnowbunny Proden | 10/22/2013

    " thought provoking with lyrical prose to match that of paulo coelho's the alchemist. it flows as the characters try to understand why they can't get on the ark also, and what is going to happen to them when the floods come. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rondi | 9/27/2013

    " Very interesting view of biblical times and what people in the community thought of Noah building the Ark. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jeanne | 8/7/2013

    " The reviews were enticing, the book was a painful slog. The parts in the book describing the ark and life within it were enough to pull this book out of zero stars. The story of Re Jana and her family was sooo tedious. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pat | 4/6/2013

    " This book was boring! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 2/11/2013

    " A very interesting telling of the Noah's Ark story. Short chapters and easy to read. Some beautiful imagery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy Thomas | 1/21/2013

    " If it had really happened, I think it would happen just like this. Thoroughly enjoyed this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gabriela | 11/10/2012

    " really changes your idea of the whole mythology. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin | 9/27/2012

    " Good, but kind of upsetting in a way. Interesting, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott Yelton | 3/21/2012

    " Really wonderful opportunity to look at the ark from a castaway's perspective. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 10/13/2011

    " This is a vivid and detailled re-imagining of Noah's story. Told by an adolescent girl whose family has come to Noah's camp to find work, it describes the building of the ark and the relationships between the family members. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nathalie | 7/18/2011

    " Good Idea... Poor Execution. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bu | 5/26/2011

    " Its a biblical theme of noah's ark that the author wrote it from the point of view of a young girl.The young girl and her family leave their home to help build the ship but do they don't know who is going to be saved from the flood? the young girl Re Jana finds love but their is a consequence. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rondi | 5/9/2011

    " Very interesting view of biblical times and what people in the community thought of Noah building the Ark. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 4/18/2011

    " I'd go a strong 3.5 on this one if it was allowed. I think I tried to listen to too much too fast -- or else the last third was just a little weak. Interesting concepts and ideas I'd not considered. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erica | 2/27/2011

    " I really love fictional novels that are biblically based, they're interesting and give me a different perspective! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 1/30/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. It is along the same lines as the Red Tent in that it takes a bible story and makes it come alive. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carol | 1/26/2011

    " Had a hard time following this book. Wouldn't recommend it to someone who enjoys Biblical fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Harla | 11/19/2010

    " Very interesting take on the Biblical story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Connie | 7/25/2010

    " I enjoyed reading this book although I can't say I find it in line with the biblical story. Certain aspects of it were interesting and made me look at the story from the perspective of those who didn't make it on the ark. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alice | 2/7/2010

    " This is a vivid and detailled re-imagining of Noah's story. Told by an adolescent girl whose family has come to Noah's camp to find work, it describes the building of the ark and the relationships between the family members. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 1/26/2010

    " Really wonderful opportunity to look at the ark from a castaway's perspective. "

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About the Author
Author Anne Provoost

Anne Provoost studied literature at the University of Leuven, Belgium, and upon completing her studies, she moved to the United States and wrote her first novel. She was elected a member of the Royal Academy of Dutch Language and Literature in 2003. Her four previous books have been translated into ten languages and have received practically every major literary award for books in Dutch. She lives with her husband and three children in Antwerp, Belgium.

About the Narrator

Marguerite Gavin is a seasoned theater veteran, a five-time nominee for the prestigious Audie Award, and the winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones and Publishers Weekly awards. Marguerite has been an actor, director, and audiobook narrator for her entire professional career. With over four hundred titles to her credit, her narration spans nearly every genre, from nonfiction to mystery, science fiction, fantasy, romance, and children’s fiction. AudioFile magazine says, “Marguerite Gavin…has a sonorous voice, rich and full of emotion.”