Four hostages are rescued from a group of religious extremists in Barcelona. But they never expected this... the world they have returned to has been transformed....
When a disabled spaceship enters Earth's atmosphere, seven members of the advanced Tosok race are welcomed by the world.....
The Argus Space Station looks down on a nightmarish Earth. And from this safe distance, the Committee enforces its despotic rule. There are too many people and too few resources, and they need 12 billion to die....
It is the dawn of the 21st century, and America is in trouble....
The Eden Project was a dream. To start the first extra-solar colony.... To avoid the mistakes of our past.... To start anew. Three generations, born and raised on a starship hurtling through space....
The unimaginable has happened: The world has been plunged into all-out nuclear war. Sailing near the Arctic Circle, the USS Nathan James is relatively unscathed....
The very far future: The galaxy is a drifting wreck of black holes, neutron stars, and chill white dwarfs. The age of star formation is long past. Yet there is life here....
As a lifer in the Imperial Navy, fighting in a war that has lasted generations, Lieutenant York Ballin's only hope for an honorable discharge is the grave....
Fourteen-year-old Greg Dixon is living a nightmare. Attending boarding school outside of Boston, he is separated from his family when a pandemic strikes. His classmates and teachers are dead....
One starship will either save Earth or destroy her. A century ago our star erupted, destroying Earth's wormhole network and closing off trade with her colonized planets....
When a massive solar flare fries the electrical grid, Captain Jordan Hughes' problems are just starting....
Cities were crushed by the falling spacecraft, but one ship didn't crash. It remained intact and disgorged hordes of alien soldiers determined to fight to the death....
Eighteen-year-old Aidan Salt isn't a superhero. With his powerful (and unpredictable) telekinetic abilities, he could be one if he wanted to, but he doesn't....
When a spaceship landed in an open field in the quiet mill town of Sorrow Falls, Massachusetts, everyone realized humankind was not alone in the universe....
The year is 2025. Astronaut Caitlyn "Sif" Wagner and her team emerge from stasis to discover that their Mars mission has gone terribly awry - the crew has run off course in space....
The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492....
Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure....
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.
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.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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.
9 of 15 people found this review helpful
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.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful
If you enjoy the journey and not so much the destination - this is good.
Performance is great
I enjoy detail: technical, sociopolitical, interpersonal.
The technical detail was certainly present. The social/sociopolitical and interpersonal detail was thin.
I think this should have maybe been three books; preparation, travel, and (then the third section, won't describe to avoid spoilers.)
I found this storyline to jump around too much, in that I lost track a number of times. It was also much to long, there was a bunch of useless stuff that could have been removed as it really was not necessary to the story.
It was pretty good, but not great. too much drama for my taste, and the technical leaps made while society is collapsing seemed hard to believe.
I really like dystopian stories and this one really did a good job of describing that world. Unfortunately for me, I didn't know there was a book before it called the Flood. Audible only told me about this one. So I'm bummed I used our on the proper details for how this all came to be. I'd also like to know more about what happened to the crew left on the ark and the things they went to see after they last group went down to earth 3.. I wanted to know about all of earth 2 as they colonized as well. Too many big things were left off when it should have told as a novella or an additional third book. Was great but I wanted more.
So aside from the absurd premise that the whole earth could flood due to underground water being released.... silly.... but aside from that I just finished listening to this book and I'd have a hard time telling you who the main character was. Or. What the plot was. Or what happened.
It just wasn't for me.
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
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
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
If you like the apocalypse genre this is an engaging rather than a spectacular listen. It becomes rather convoluted in parts due to the number of characters and situations, but maybe that was me just getting tired of it.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
I usually enjoy Chris Patton's narrations, and, while this one was on the whole good, it had at the heart of it a catastrophe - the voice of Holly. In attempting to give her Scottish accent the narrator succeeded only in making her sound odd, detached and almost gormless. I laughed out loud at times and this really spoilt the experience.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Came to this after reading the collaborations with Terry Pratchett. It's a good yarn, some of the characters are easy to understand and have a good amount of depth, others are a little typecast, but the narration left quite a lot to be desired. Perhaps because I'm British I can tell a poor Scottish accent, and when a London accent is peppered with northern flat vowels (flud rather than flad) it gets a bit jarring. And let's not talk about the Russian accent. It's nearly as damnable as Sean Connery's effort in The Hunt for Red October. But the majority of the story is narrated in American and it's fine, and the more exciting scenes were exhilarating. So much for drifting off to sleep listening!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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?
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.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Fantastic story of human survival on and off the planet earth. You will enjoy this story.
I liked this follow up to Flood. I can easily imagine a third book closing the story, revisiting all three branches of humanity now spreading across the stars.
There was no sense of an ending, but the concept of this and its companion novel, "Flood" kept my attention well.
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
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
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.