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Audible narration by Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld)

On the eve of Earth’s destruction, a young scientist discovers something too precious to lose, in a story of cataclysm and hope by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Divergent trilogy.

It’s only two weeks before an asteroid turns home to dust. Though most of Earth has already been evacuated, it’s Samantha’s job to catalog plant samples for the survivors’ unknowable journey beyond. Preparing to stay behind and watch the world end, she makes a final human connection.

As certain doom hurtles nearer, the unexpected and beautiful potential for the future begins to flower.

Veronica Roth’s Ark is part of Forward, a collection of six stories of the near and far future from out-of-this-world authors. Each piece can be read or listened to in a single thought-provoking sitting.

©2019 Veronica Roth (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

"Narrator Evan Rachel Wood portrays Samantha in a soft, resigned tone that fits a story in which humanity has already been through the painful grieving process and has settled into a somber acceptance of its fate...it’s the gentle emphasis Wood gives to the connections between humans that makes this audiobook such a compelling listen." --AudioFile magazine

"…A sensational project...." --Spine Magazine

“This is exactly how I like my techno-anxiety.... Happy bingeing!” --Audible, an October Editors Pick 

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I didn’t want it to end...

Veronica Roth’s ability to create new worlds, both uniquely bizarre & yet entirely credible, is unparalleled. The only fault I could find with this story was that I didn’t want it to end.

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  • escoocoo
  • 28-09-2019

Couldn’t Finish

Slow and boring! The narrator’s voice was so slow it could have put me to sleep. With 20 minutes left, I was so irritated I just abandoned it. I don’t know how it ends, and I really don’t care! Hoping the others in this series are better than this one.....😴😑

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  • J. S. Harbour
  • 20-09-2019

OMG let me save you an hour of your life

this is not a spoiler because this story is horrible.

it's the end of the world and humanity has evacuated to another planet at the last minute someone discovers a new flower the end.

how does garbage like this get curated? is it the idea of curating to select good stories for a collection? dammit?

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  • Whynot
  • 04-10-2019

boring

Unfortunately it was a snore fest.
However if you'd like a nap I recommend this.
Bye bye

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  • Charlie Calvert
  • 09-09-2020

Good, but nothing special

I enjoyed listening to this book. I especially recommend it to anyone who is interested in flowers. the narrative was pleasant, but there was little driving the plot forward. I would be interested to explore other books by this author.

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  • Nikolas P. Robinson
  • 20-02-2021

All Too Short, But Satisfying

Veronica Roth’s Ark, her contribution to the Forward collection, is perhaps the most emotive and well-developed character study of the things I’ve read from her. I enjoyed the Divergent series as an adult, enough so that I was disappointed the movies never completed the story even as the movie adaptations managed to disappoint in the liberties taken with the narrative. In only a small handful of pages (under two hours of audiobook), Roth succeeded in capturing a particularly satisfying, somber snapshot of the world weeks away from an unavoidable apocalypse.

As an asteroid approaches the planet, sure to make it uninhabitable for humanity, we join Samantha and a small group of orphan scientists in Svalbard, Norway where they are cataloging and collecting biological samples of as much plant life as can be salvaged. A similar project is simultaneously taking place in Australia, focused on animal life. These small pockets of humanity are all that remain on an evacuated Earth. The rest of the human population had already left aboard generation ships, while those dedicated to the flora and fauna catalog risk everything by remaining until only a matter of a few weeks until impact. As the time approaches to say goodbye, we manage to feel some small amount of the desolation and loss through the quality of Roth’s storytelling.

Evan Rachel Wood’s narration is spectacular. Her voice easily capturing the interwoven tone of sadness and hope of this short tale. I’d honestly love to hear her narrating more audiobooks. She’s got a terrific range and capacity to bring characters to life.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 18-01-2021

Excellent

I loved it. I loved the characters and the story. I can't wait to listen to more in this series. The narration was excellent also.

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  • TDM
  • 27-12-2020

Would love this to be a fully developed novel

I like the premise well enough that I would have liked to have seen a fully developed novel out of this storyline. The small taste is good enough that I will try out the author's other works.

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  • JeffB
  • 17-11-2020

Uhm... no

It was slow, I had to bump it up to 1.5 to get through it, in pacing and in performance. I am not sure how this story got included the set as I did not see a bit of tech that went awry. If it wasn’t free I would return it.

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  • Shak_attack
  • 31-10-2020

It was good

It was a cute will story. Explores the theme of loss and what there is to live for over the motif of the world about to end. Simple and enjoyable. The performance was solid.

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  • Benita
  • 29-09-2020

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This book makes you wonder how would you fell when you know the world is going to end? What thoughts will go through your mind.

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  • Diane Severson
  • 25-09-2019

Nice, but not spectacular

I enjoyed it. It was a nice diversion for the 45 minutes or so (I listened at 1.5x speed), but it didn’t move me as much as I think was intended. Evan Rachel Wood’s narration was a little bland but competently done.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 04-02-2021

"A piece of unravelling."

After most of the earth's inhabitants have been evacuated prior to it's annihilation by an huge oncoming meteor, a small group of scientists remain behind to continue to document plant species and select those which will also make that final transition. One of these is Samantha, a botonist, and, like the others in this select group, 'orphans' with no living family. She forms a friendship with an eccentric older man with a love of orchids.

Gently and lovingly written, this is a melancholy short (about an hour long) story, but one which values memories, relationship, discovery and hope. Slow moving, satisfying: it is almost better in retrospect. The narrator was Jason Isaacs, who gave a fine and sensitive performance.

One of the six future looking shorts in the Forward Collection, it is definitely not one for readers looking for fast action but is a slow and thought provoking emotional read. Beautiful.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-02-2021

narrator was great but story..not so much

so youd think this is a book about people leaving earth because it will soon be uninhabitable. wrong. its about a woman who likes plants and a bit about her parents. like? okay. sure, it was cute but Roth couldve done so much with that plot

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-07-2020

Single Track AudioBook Anybody?

Well, to begin with, aren't Chapter points really useful, to help locate where you were listening up to?
Well, Amazon do not appear ro agree with me, just put it out as a singlw chapter, after-all, its is less than 1hr 50mins in length.
Pathetic and Stupid, especially with an Amazon Title.
Whilst this does not serve as a review of the story, it does serve as one for the actual 'product'.
You, can have this one back, it has passed my 'annoyance' test, straight out of the box.

An advantage of the CD over that of a cassette when they were originally released was the ability to easily skip forward to the next track/chapter.
Amazon do not consider this to have been useful.

So single track audiobooks, well, for me, no thanks, not even they run shy of two hours. Not worth the bother.

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