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Ark | [Stephen Baxter]

Ark

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.
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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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    dunc los angeles, california, US 07-25-11
    dunc los angeles, california, US 07-25-11 Member Since 2008
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ausbin Centerville, GA, USA 09-08-13
    Ausbin Centerville, GA, USA 09-08-13 Member Since 2001
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    "More Of This Series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, Outstanding audiobook that was hard to put down and leave.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I only have time norally to listen while driving back and forth from work but with this book I ended up listerning to it every chance I had. There were a lot of individuals in the book but you began to understand there thinking and actions. Everyone have their own thoughts on reveiwing a book but for one that reads only a couple of science fiction books a book I would say buy this one.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope that another book is added to this series taking off from the ending of this one. It would be one that I would buy without any question.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis CRYSTAL RIVER, FL, US 12-02-12
    Dennis CRYSTAL RIVER, FL, US 12-02-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Cool Story"

    Ark is a cool story about a space Ark to flee a dying Earth. How the people act is about what you would expect. POORLY! How the people act aboard the Ark is another thing! There is room for another book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Colin Detroit 02-06-11
    Colin Detroit 02-06-11 Member Since 2009

    Thanks Audible for your continued support of "This Week in Tech" over at TWiT.tv

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    "Excellent follow up to "Flood""

    Although this story follows "Flood" it really doesent have any of the main characters from the first book save a few - Thats something else "save the" and "save for" in place of "except the" and "except for" is used a lot and it becomes annoying as hell since it really makes no sense at all

    this is the Ark that will take them to the stars and to another planet to live on - you have to believe that they could take a group of kids and train them from birth just about, when they are like 14-17 they are figuring out how to make a "warp bubble" to travel faster then light, thats sorts out there but I guess it could happen - lets say it did

    so they get this working and launch the think but at the last minute some 20 of the 80 people going are replaced with family members of high government office as a promise for keeping the whole thing going with security - also some "illegals" sneak on at the last minute by force and they actually only leave with 78 people 2 of whom are brothers which is a problem for genetic diversity on the new Earth seeing how they have to keep inbreeding to a minimum

    they get to Earth 2 and its crappy, they can live there but some dont want to and some want to go back home to the Earth that is under water and live on rafts - some want to go to Earth 3 as its called which will take 30 more years travel time to get there so they split up into 3 groups

    the Earth 3 people have problems along the way but make it there and the Earth 2 people are also OK as it were - the ones that went back to Earth get back and meet an old friend on a raft and one meets her son she hasent seen since they left 14+ years ago and her father who is on Ark 2 underwater in Yellowstone Park

    the book starts off as a sorta follow up to "Flood" where they left off as Ark 3 sunk and they were leaving the Ark 1 part, before they told you what Ark 1 is - goes into space and then back to Earth

    its a great book that I would like to see a follow up to in another 2-3 books or so

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    hx uppsala, Sweden 10-27-10
    hx uppsala, Sweden 10-27-10 Member Since 2010

    I'm an astronomer. Scifi is all I ever read/watch/listen to. (with the occasional epic fantasy here and there, for diversity :)

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    "meh, it's ok"

    I can't recommend the book for the story itself. Or for the narration. But it's not a total disaster.

    PLOT: A small group of people preparing to flee a dying Earth(part 1) and fleeing a dying Earth (part 2). This includes the miserable fate of those left behind, riots, panic, the still advancing sea, and such stuff. Oh, and there was a speck of nazi-style gasing of unsuspecting elderly people by the military, on purpose and in a very systematic way, but for the life of me I couldn't understand what the point was with that. The gasing was not an emotional response done by confused and scared people, it was methodical, ordered, "our heavy duty but necessary last measure" kind of thing. So I don't get it.

    OPINION: Unrealistic plotline when it comes to the Ark ship and project. The disaster on earth from the flood was on the other hand quite realistic. Inventing FTL drives in just a decade or two was also completely unbelievable. All characters were flat and uninteresting, at least to me. I listened mostly because I wanted to see how greatly the Ark would fail once it gets to the new planet and everybody dies from an alien virus or something. Which didn't happen.

    NARRATION: Yeah, not so good. There's some supposedly Scottish accents, they all sound horrible. E.g. Holle Groundwater's accent makes her sound like she's deranged, not Scottish. And that becomes increasingly annoying the more you listen to it. Otherwise it's ok.

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    Susan Airmont, NY, United States 02-06-11
    Susan Airmont, NY, United States 02-06-11
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    "More....."

    A pretty good sequel. I enjoyed both books looking forward to more. Read it, listen to it - If you liked Flood this will not dissapoint.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Hansi Brooklet, Georgia, United States 12-07-13
    Hansi Brooklet, Georgia, United States 12-07-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Hammy narrator works hard to enliven dry hard SF."

    Chris Patton narrates his heart out in an attempt to breathe some life into Stephen Baxter's mostly dry prose. In consequence, the accents are hilariously over the top -- every Scottish character sounds like Begbie from Trainspotting, and you can practically see Patton wear yellowface when performing the Chinese rocket scientist.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Paul
    Uddevalla, Sweden
    3/14/11
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Joanna
    Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
    11/21/10
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    "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...

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • R. Haylock
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    "Please just read in in American English."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It would have got 4 stars if the reader accepted that their only ability was an American accent. I can do a better scottish accent than the one in this reading and I am hopeless at immitation of accents.


    If you’ve listened to books by Stephen Baxter before, how does this one compare?

    NA


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Chris Patton?

    Hugh Lee an Irish actor who convincingly speaks in various Dublin, English accents even to being able to speak female parts to the extent that I was convinced that there must be a separate female narrator. I am sure he could manage the accents required for this book.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Nothing in particular it was an proficiently written book as would be expected from this author


    Any additional comments?

    The reader has a pleasant American English accent not grating as so many of them are, if only he had stuck to that.

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  • mr
    bonnyrigg, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "ark"

    Yet again, Baxter manages to weave a wonderful tale of grand visions and potentially prophetic science.He always makes me ask the question, should we not be

    spending more time and resources on finding an alternative future for our descendants instead of inventing more pointless guff like Twitter. #Goodread

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