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Summary

The Earth as we know it is about to end.

Technology has developed to the point where a person can be placed in a sleep state: a cross between suspended animation and a drug-induced coma.

Just as the trial of the new technology is being completed, an unusual comet is discovered approaching Earth, bringing with it radiation that will wipe out all life on the planet. Soon after, the government builds a sleeper facility to save humankind from extinction, taking drastic steps to maintain secrecy of the project.

But when the sleepers awaken, they discover that something has gone terribly wrong and that the strange world around them is not the one they fell asleep in.

©2018 Christopher Coates (P)2019 Christopher Coates

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Not what I was expecting

I thought this was the story of after the Ark mission, but it was a highly detailed and imaginative telli g of getting ready for the humanity changing event that was coming. A few chapters do deal with the aftermath but really just a postscript. I enjoyed it.

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Not really as advertised

I found the narrative quite interesting and engaging but the book’s blurb clearly sold it as focusing both on the sleep programme and in the after effects of the disaster and rebuilding efforts. As another review points out (that I’ve only just seen) out of the book only the last hour was based after they “wake up” so the vast majority of the book is about the programme being set up and implemented. If you’re looking for POST apocalyptic fiction this isn’t it. But maybe prepper / pre apocalyptic fans would enjoy it. The voice artist was interesting although his female voice impressions were a bit weird. The story overall was good but I just felt like it was misadvertised in the blurb and the ending was rushed / cut short.

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  • Candor
  • 21-07-19

Great new concept for an apocalyptic adventure!

The Ark is a new take on a global apocalyptic survival story. The author does a great job of setting the stage and bringing the tale from preparation for the disaster to the clean up and rebuilding afterwards. However, it is the narrator who really brings this piece to life. With the variety of voices he is able to create, you are dropped right into the action and can forget that it's only one person reading!! I'm sad to see that Nick Frey hasn't narrated any other books on Audible, and I hope that changes very soon!

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  • Alex Wallis
  • 12-10-19

The Narrator's Voice

The Narrator's voice is something to be desired. I've listened to this book twice now and i look forward to more books narrated by this voice. I just cannot get enough. Highly recommend!

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  • Ian King
  • 10-10-19

You won't sleep until you're done!

Brilliant story! It started off with a countdown of events before the main destination of the story... The earth is in deep trouble with a comet heading its way! There has been scant research done into a long term sleep programme, which has not been funded very well causing slow development, with some fatal consequences. But, when the government discovers the long term effect the approaching comet will have upon the earth and its inhabitants there is a sudden escalation of finding and high profile interest in the near redundant, long term sleep programme. It's a mystery to most involved and the cover-up has protection services working overtime to keep it that way. The story develops well and will keep you highly engaged, trying to work out exactly where it is heading and what's going to happen next. The final destination and result of the buildup left me wanting to read more from Coates, as his style of creativity is highly developed, his descriptions of everything happening is deep and wide and a joy to follow along with. I listened to the audiobook version and the narrator is a master as well! I loved the scale of characters he consistently performed and his interpretation of the text was spot on! I look forward to hearing more from this narrator, Nicholas T. Frey. Thoroughly enjoyable. A copy of this audiobook was given to me at my request, in exchange for an honest, non-bias review.

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  • kaila
  • 14-09-19

great narrator!

Intriguing outlook on the end of the world them. What would we do if we had a few years to prepare for the apocalypse? the science is interesting and the balance of men to women in power is refreshing. the narrator was so amazing that it added a whole additional layer to the story. every voice/character unique and perfect diction on every word. I really enjoyed this experience.

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  • norman
  • 24-09-19

Well written and entertaining

The Ark is a very well written and entertaining science fiction novel. I found the premise intriguing and the story well thought out and believable. I thought the voices of some of the early characters grating, but Nicholas Frey had a lot of characters to voice with the narration becoming better as the book progressed. Overall, I thought The Ark to be one of the better sci-fi novels I have listened to.