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Publisher's Summary

Here is the "deeply scary" (BBC Focus) new novel from a national best-selling and critically acclaimed author. Four hostages are rescued from a group of religious extremists in Barcelona. After five years of being held captive together, they make a vow to always watch out for one another. But they never expected this....
The world they have returned to has been transformed by water - and the water is rising. As it continues to flow from the earth's mantle, entire countries disappear. High ground becomes a precious commodity. And finally, the dreadful truth is revealed: before 50 years have passed, there will be nowhere left to run.
What will be mankind's fate? Find out as the saga concludes in Ark.
©2008 Stephen Baxter (P)2010 Audible, Inc.
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"[A] fascinating apocalyptic vision." (Publishers Weekly)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Jim "The Impatient" on 04-23-11

Too long and Too English

You might like this better if you know London well. This was a great idea and if written in the style that he wrote Evolution it would have been much better. There is so much that could have been done with this subject that did not get done, because Baxter choose to write a soap opera about characters we really don't care about. Evolution was a great book, this was not. He needed to write about different parts of the country and how it affected these people instead of following some characters we just don't give a damn about.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Q on 10-30-10

A great "what-if" apolcalyptic exploration

This was a great book. It is great "hard sci-fi" and those expecting a Hollywood type ride will be disapointed. The main characters are just there to spice the story a bit, serve as an anchor and give the human perspective of the events. The book is a exploration of how events might unfold if the seas start rising. In the end it shows us how fragile our culture and knowledge really is, how quick it can be lost and how thin the layer of culture really is over the instinct of survival.

I loved this book from start to end and highly recommed the follow-up (Ark) as well. It is a bleak out look on our current world and leaves you looking at everything around you in a different way

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3 out of 5 stars
By Keith on 11-09-10

Content versus Narrator

Stephen Baxter is excellent at expressing a future vision as a possibility and as such the book is first class.

Unfortunately the narrator is not. His characterisations are weak and, to an admittedly English listener, many of his pronunciations of place names are incorrect and this annoys out of proportion to the importance of the individual word. The narrator is (I think) American, however regardless of nationality pronunciation should be correct in an audio book and a little research would have enabled this.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Chris on 02-09-11

Great story, let down a little by the narration

Flood is a story of a planetary catastrophe, told from the viewpoints of multiple survivors scattered around the globe. Although the underlying mechanism might be a little far-fetched (although apparently it has some grounding in reality), the science of the consequences feels very real indeed, which really helps to draw you in.

Although a lot more focus is given to the events themselves than the characters, the author does a good job of 'zooming in' on key moments for humanity and the protagonists as well. The character of Nathan Lammockson in particular develops very strongly throughout the book.

However, as others have mentioned, Chris Patton is an American and I too was often distracted by the odd pronunciation of place names, especially UK ones (which could be solved with some research), and the occasional time some turn of phrase that sounds fine with an English accent sounds odd coming from an American.
Bear in mind that Stephen Baxter is English, so he will naturally write in an English style, and a lot of the book is set in London and the rest of the UK. Perhaps a British narrator might have been a better choice.

You can get past it though, and you should definitely persevere because the story is well worth it.

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