Flood : Flood

  • by Stephen Baxter
  • Narrated by Chris Patton
  • Series: Flood
  • 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Here is the "deeply scary" (BBC Focus) new novel from a national best-selling and critically acclaimed author. Four hostages are rescued from a group of religious extremists in Barcelona. After five years of being held captive together, they make a vow to always watch out for one another. But they never expected this....
The world they have returned to has been transformed by water - and the water is rising. As it continues to flow from the earth's mantle, entire countries disappear. High ground becomes a precious commodity. And finally, the dreadful truth is revealed: before 50 years have passed, there will be nowhere left to run.


What the Critics Say

"[A] fascinating apocalyptic vision." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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Content versus Narrator

Stephen Baxter is excellent at expressing a future vision as a possibility and as such the book is first class.

Unfortunately the narrator is not. His characterisations are weak and, to an admittedly English listener, many of his pronunciations of place names are incorrect and this annoys out of proportion to the importance of the individual word. The narrator is (I think) American, however regardless of nationality pronunciation should be correct in an audio book and a little research would have enabled this.
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- Keith

Great story, let down a little by the narration

Flood is a story of a planetary catastrophe, told from the viewpoints of multiple survivors scattered around the globe. Although the underlying mechanism might be a little far-fetched (although apparently it has some grounding in reality), the science of the consequences feels very real indeed, which really helps to draw you in.

Although a lot more focus is given to the events themselves than the characters, the author does a good job of 'zooming in' on key moments for humanity and the protagonists as well. The character of Nathan Lammockson in particular develops very strongly throughout the book.

However, as others have mentioned, Chris Patton is an American and I too was often distracted by the odd pronunciation of place names, especially UK ones (which could be solved with some research), and the occasional time some turn of phrase that sounds fine with an English accent sounds odd coming from an American.
Bear in mind that Stephen Baxter is English, so he will naturally write in an English style, and a lot of the book is set in London and the rest of the UK. Perhaps a British narrator might have been a better choice.

You can get past it though, and you should definitely persevere because the story is well worth it.
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- Chris

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-10-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios