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With the discovery of another life-sustaining planet light years away, there is hope for a chosen few to leave the soon-to-be submerged Earth. Holle Groundwater is one of the candidates, having been trained for this purpose since childhood, when the ships Ark One and Ark Three were being built. But as Holle prepares to endure life aboard the Ark, she comes to realize that her attempt at escape may be more dangerous than trying to stay afloat on a drowning planet.
©2009 Stephen Baxter (P)2010 Audible, Inc.
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By dunc on 07-25-11

OK

Not as depressing as "Flood", but then neither is actually being depressed.

I'm a big fan of Stephen Baxter's, but my over-riding memory of this experience is the terrible narration. It is possible to narrate a novel without acting the parts. In this case, it would be preferable. The accents were dire, and really spoiled my enjoyment of this pair of books.

As for the actual story, I enjoyed it. The exploration of the social problems of small groups stuck together was interesting. Loved the physics, and the realistic attempt at warp travel.

If you're american, buy it and enjoy it. From the UK? Buyer beware.

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By Milton O. Goodwin on 03-09-16

Troubling passage

I did NOT finish this book because it had a passage in it that truly jarred my listen. I could not get the image out of my head. I wanted an interesting scifi adventure with a great challenge and human drama. What I got fairly early was a scene that was very disturbing; out of the blue; and a dark abuse of grief. It simply could not be removed from my mind and I don't want it ever in my head. The rest might be wonderful but I cannot complete this listen. I will seek to have it deleted from my account but it will remain in my mind much longer. I pray it can be washed away. Watch and read reviews and let them guide you.

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By Paul on 03-14-11

A great bit piece of end-of-the-world sci-fi

Combing a kind of epic disaster movie scope and real-life fringe science, Ark is a compulsive listen. Stephen Baxter is obviously a real science nerd, extrapolating obscure abandoned space flight programmes and russian atomic dreams into a worryingly realistic sci-fi thriller.

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By Joanna on 11-21-10

Wow! Amazing story, loved it!

Where do I start with this book? It is well written, gripping and well read. I loved the development of the plot, it is such a detailed book. Ark lends itself well to audio as it contains complex technical language, a lot of which you get the gist of but don't understand, and i think reading it would be hard work.
The basic plot, (without spoiling it!) the earth is filling up with water, land is disappering, and a crew of scientists and astronauts build an Ark to fly to a planet they hope to colonize, Earth 2. Only 80 people will be aboard the ark so the first part of the book focuses on the training and selection of this crew. Of course nothing goes to plan, not the selection and not the mission! Highly recommended book, makes you think...

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By Katy on 09-05-16

if Noahs flood happened in the modern era!

it kept me interested till the end. a sequel to 'flood' and a well done sequence, tying the two books together. great narrator with accents. it was a bit clinical.....lots of fictional science and technology but not so detailed description of human emotions. maybe that's what you call hard science fiction. the author tried to make a realistic prediction of human nature and world politics reacting to an apocalypse

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By Cathy on 06-08-15

Grand scale apocalyptic SF

I've read reviews complain about flaws in the science and others which complain that there is too much science, but for me Baxter hits a nice balance. I enjoyed Ark more than Flood and by the end I was disappointed there isn't a third book. The narration isn't great, but I generally just tuned out the overacting and tried to focus on the language. Accents are cringeworthy.

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