Larry Stone's Noah: The Real Story is a book many people will pick up because they either believe it is a literary work espousing the creationist viewpoint of the Noah story or a book pointing out the inconsistences of the biblical flood legend. The simple fact of the matter is that neither assumption is true. Rather, Noah: The Real Story is more correctly described as a cliff notes type work, intended to give an uninformed person general information about the Noah story.
Before anyone even points it out, I will concede that this book is most likely being published to take advantage of the hype from the Noah film starring Russell Crowe. Nothing inherently wrong with that, and perhaps it might even be appropriate to view Noah: The Real Story as a companion book to that movie, because its main purpose is to give an interested moviegoer more details about the biblical Noah story, the historical arguments regarding its accuracy or inaccuracy, and other interesting facts. Indeed, the majority of the book is spent on questions such as how did Noah build the ark, how did the animals get on the ark, how did eight people feed all those animals, and how did they get rid of all that animal dung! But other topics such as was the flood a worldwide catastrophe or a local event, where did the ark land, how did all those animals spread across the world, and has anyone ever "discovered" or "claimed" to have discovered Noah’s ark are also touched upon. And throughout the author makes a good faith effort to always present both the "believer" and the "skeptics" arguments about the feasability of Noah's ark.
Not satisfied with just these general issues regarding the "truth" of the biblical story however, Mr. Stone also spends a large amount of time focusing on pop culture issues. There are chapters dealing with the movie industries numerous attempts to portray the biblical flood legend. There is a chapter detailing all the worldwide ark reconstructions and their current uses. There is even a portion focusing on modern amusement parks built around life size models of Noah’s ark. Honestly, if a topic has something to do with Noah’s ark, Mr. Stone discusses it in some small measure.
With all that being said, Noah: The Real Story was only an "okay" read for me personally, but this was because I was looking for details of the differing points of view on the Noah flood story. Coming into the read with that expectation, this novel seemed very light on scientific evidence, skimmed over numerous facts, and did not give me any additional information that I have not already read on numerous social media websites.
Does that mean no one should read this book?
Absolutely not. For those readers not familiar with the biblical flood story, Noah: The Real Story is a fine book that will give them a solid basis of knowledge to further their inquire into this interesting subject.
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. I’d like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to receive this review copy and inform everyone that the review you have read is my opinion alone.