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Publisher's Summary

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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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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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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boring

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

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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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Excellent Apocalyptic Story

Not your typical doom & gloom. You know what's going to happen, but it's not predictable.
The narration is superb!

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So boring

Less than an hour and a half and I can't get through it. The story is incredibly slow and boring - it's the end of the world and I just don't care. None of the characters are interesting and the monotone narration only makes it worse. I've enjoyed the other stories I've read/listened to in the forward collection so far but this is just not it.

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A Search For Meaning In Certain Extinction

Wonderfully narrated and a poignant story about our human search for meaning and in particular significance.

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Moving

This short story made me want to reevaluate what I will leave behind for my loved ones. It also made me value every moment everyday even more.

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Slow and boring

Maybe it just wasn't my thing. It was slow and not exciting. I'm not sure what the plot or the point was.

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poor storytelling

plods, meanders, ends with an ambiguous thud of nothingness. pretty much a complete waste of time and I regret bothering.

what's the point of short story with no payoff?!

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  • Diane Severson
  • 09-25-19

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
  • 02-04-21

"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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  • Sam
  • 02-01-21

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
  • 07-15-20

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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  • Kate
  • 07-18-20

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.